The staff of Austin Memorial Library welcomes patron/customers of all ages to visit/use the library and its resources. We are concerned about the safety of all library users, especially children. The library is not equipped, nor is it the library's role to provide long-term or short-term daycare for children of any age. Library staff cannot supervise children or acts as substitute babysitters. Children ages 12 and younger may not be left unattended in the library. Parents/responsible persons (age 18 and older) are accountable for their children's behavior in the library. If a child is unattended, a member of the staff will walk him/her around the library to locate the responsible person/parent. The policy on unattended children will be explained at that time and a copy will be given to the responsible person/adult. If a child is unattended and staff members cannot find the responsible person, these procedures will be followed by the library staff: If successful, will insist that he/she picks up the child immediately and the written policy will be given to him/her along with a one-time verbal warning. If the child is left unattended a second time, the police will be called immediately.