Making the most of your family's visit to the library
Chatham County Public Libraries welcome children and families. Children are entitled to the same benefits as adult patrons, including a peaceful and pleasant atmosphere. Children’s safety is a priority, and because the library is a public building open to all, parents are reminded that children under 11 years of age must not be left unattended, even if the parent or caregiver is in the same building. Minors under the age of 16 may not be charged with supervising younger children.
We recognize that noise is an inevitable byproduct of learning and growing; however, parents are reminded that the library is primarily a quiet place of study. We ask that parents and caregivers teach children:
• respect for library materials, which includes gentle handling and placing on carts or tables following their use
• that we use quiet, “indoor voices” in the main part of the library, outside of the story room
• that it is not appropriate to run in the library or climb, jump on, or throw library materials, furnishings, or art work, including those located in the children’s area
• that we do not eat or drink (other than water in closed containers) in any part of the library except the meeting room or in story time programs
• that shoes must be worn at all times unless they are being removed as part of a children’s program in the story room