Warren-Newport Public Library District
Lake County, Illinois
Board of Trustees
Adopted: June 13, 2006
Reviewed/Revised: January 15, 2008; May 21, 2013; April 21, 2015; September 17, 2018
ARTICLE 1. RESPONSIBILITY
Parents or legal guardians are responsible for their childrenís safety and well-being while their
children are visiting the Warren-Newport Public Library (WNPL) or the bookmobile. The
Warren-Newport Public Library District (WNPLD) cannot and does not assume responsibility for
the safety and well-being of unattended children.
ARTICLE 2. GUIDELINES
To help ensure the safety and comfort of children using WNPL or the bookmobile and to
maintain an atmosphere conducive to reading and study, the Board of Trustees of WNPLD has
adopted the following guidelines:
WNPLD is not responsible for children left unattended.
Parents or legal guardians are responsible for their childrenís behavior in the library or
on the bookmobile. WNPL staff will assist children with using the library and bookmobile,
but will not supervise or babysit children.
Children under ten (10) years old must not be left alone in the library. A responsible
person (parent, guardian, sibling, or babysitter), age 16 years or older must be in
attendance in the same department of the library as the child and must maintain an
awareness of the childís location and activity.
A child of any age who has a medical condition that requires substantial monitoring must
not be left alone in the library.
Unattended children over ten (10) years old must be involved in a library program or be
using library resources.
Unattended children must be able to tell library staff their full name, parent or caregiverís
name, and parent or caregiverís phone number upon request. They must also have the
ability to contact a responsible person for transportation when transportation is needed.
Unattended Child Policy
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Parents or guardians are responsible for picking up their children prior to the library
closing. Under no circumstances will a staff member drive any child home.
If the parents of an unattended child under the age of fourteen (14) years cannot be
located when the library is closing, the staff will call the Gurnee Police Department, who
will assume responsibility for the child. At their discretion, staff may call the Gurnee
Police Department to report an unattended child.
The regular use of WNPL as a place for children to go in lieu of daycare services is not
Unattended Child Policy
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