Policies for Parents

All libraries contain some printed and audiovisual materials which some parents find inappropriate for their children. Our Children’s and Teen staffs are familiar with the Library’s collection and will work with parents to make suggestions regarding material appropriate for their children. Parents who do not want their minor children to borrow DVDs from the Library may inform the staff at the check-out desk and their preference will be noted on their children’s records.

We make every effort to ensure that each child’s early library visits are positive. A child’s Library card presents opportunities for fascinating, educational and entertaining adventures and discoveries. We encourage parents and guardians to share the library experience with their children and guide them in their explorations.

Especially for Parents: A Guide to the Internet

  • There are many wonderful and safe Web sites created especially for children. Even preschoolers can safely use the Internet for learn-to-read games and to color in online "coloring books." Read more about Net Safety websites available online
  • Safe sites clearly identify publishers and/or source material. Most sites have included a special section with information about the creators and how to help children use the site.
  • You can help your children use the Internet safely and responsibly by asking a librarian for help in using the Internet, by having your children attend an Internet class at the library, and by exploring the Internet together. Talk to your children about your expectations regarding their use of the Internet, appropriate areas to visit, length of time online, etc.
  • See Great Web Sites for Kids, produced by the American Library Association for tips and guidelines for a positive, safe use of the Internet by children. It includes special sites for parents and caregivers, suggested family Internet safety guidelines, suggested rules and Netiquette for children when using the Internet, and definitions of Internet terminology.