Centerville Public Library
Safe Child Guidelines

The Centerville Public Library welcomes the use of its facilities by children of all ages. Our services and programs are offered to make the library a warm and inviting atmosphere for children, to encourage them to visit the library and to develop a love of books, reading and libraries.

Busy public buildings are not secure places for children to be left alone. Responsibility for the welfare and the behavior of children using the library rests with the parent, guardian or an assigned chaperone. Library staff cannot assume responsibility for children’s safety and comfort when they are unattended.

The Library Board of Trustees believes that it is the parents’ responsibility to provide childcare. The purpose of this policy is to inform parents and guardians that the Library does not assume responsibility for the safety of
children, and to provide the guidelines used by staff.

Levels of supervision required:
  • Children age three and under must always be in close proximity and within sight of the adult responsible for their safety.
  • Children under the age of ten must be supervised by a parent or caregiver, at all times while in the library.
  • Children ten and older may be left unattended, providing they are mature enough to follow library rules and observe proper conduct.
  • Unattended children must be picked up before the library closes. Any child left more than ten minutes beyond closing time will be picked up by the Barnstable Police and taken to the station for their safety.
  • Children of any age with mental, physical or emotional disabilities which affect decision-making skills or render supervision necessary, must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at all times.
  • Children at programs. A child may attend a library program by him/herself, however, the caregiver must remain in the library and be ready to meet that child promptly when the program ends. Staff does not monitor the arrival or departure of any child from a program or the building. 

A Mighty Girl 

This site is “the world’s largest collection of books, toys, and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.” Book suggestions are categorized as fiction, general interest, history/biography, personal development, and social issues. There are also suggestions for a wide variety of movies, TV and music – all with the intention of promoting strong,health, and smart young girls. There is also an extensive parenting section that provides helpful information on body image/self-esteem, bullying, life skills, adoption, LGBTQ parenting and much more.
The site is constantly changing its featured books based on the time of the year or current events.  One section that is featured at the momentis books starring mighty girls with disabilities. The site explains the reason behind this choice. “Every child wants to see herself represented in the pages of her books – but if your Mighty Girl has a disability or special need, books featuring characters like her are few and far between.  And when characters with disabilities do appear, they are often marginalized, only existing so that the main character of the book can show compassion towards them.  Fortunately, authors and publishers are starting to recognize the importance of representation and inclusion of people with disabilities, and in recent years more and more books have been featuring characters with disabilities. These books encourage children to be understanding and accepting of peers with special needs, while also providing children with disabilities all-too-rare role models who represent their struggles and triumphs.”
Guys Read 

This site is a Web-based literacy program founded by author Jon Scieszka. As the site explains “Research shows that boys are having troublereading, and that boys are getting worse at reading. No one is quite sure why. Some of the reasons are biological.  Some of the reasons are sociological.  The good news is that research also shows that boys will read – if they are given reading that interests them. On his site you will find sections such as book of the month, new books, information about authors, and the tools necessary to create your own “Guys Read” club. 
Probably one of the best features of this site is the extensive list of suggested reading material. The books are categorized in sections that would appeal to boys such as “Tails and Scales (Animals and/or Insects)”, “Robots”, “The Wild West”, Mysterious Occurrences”, “Dragons”, “Creepy and Weird”, and “Superheroes andSupervillians
” to name a few.
There are also reading suggestions for comics, graphic novels, magazines, poetry, and life events. In other words, Jon Scieszka is really doing just about anything he can to get boys interested in reading and becoming life-long readers.

Bullying Resources for Educators and Parents
Bullying is formally defined as unwanted aggressive behavior by another, involving a perceived or observed balance of power. These behaviors are continuous and can inflict harm on communities, individuals, families and schools.  Up to 90 percent of students report they have experienced bullying  by the time they reach eighth grade. Our comprehensive list of resources should serve as a guide for educators and parents to help put a stop to bullying in our schools and communities.