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Forsyth library system: Unattended children must be at least 11
Age raised amid caregiving concerns

Other action

Also during its meeting Monday night, Forsyth County’s library board adjusted the fiscal year 2015 budget to account for a $600 donation from the system’s Friends and Advocates to be used for summer reading program staff T-shirts.

An additional $20,746 from the budget’s general fund, already committed for materials purchases, will be used to buy more juvenile reference books for all four branches.

The increased demand for printed reference materials came from teachers requiring print sources for homework.

The board also approved an additional $40,000 from the budget’s fund balance to be used to replace copies of popular easy, juvenile and teen materials, mostly at the Sharon Forks and Cumming branches.


-- Kayla Robins

FORSYTH COUNTY — Young children will have to be a little older to be left unsupervised at any of Forsyth County’s public libraries.

The local library system’s board of directors voted unanimously to revise the unattended children policy Monday night.

According to the revision, kids must be at least 11 years old to visit a library without the supervision of a parent, guardian or caregiver. The previous age was 9.

And children must be at least 8 years old — up from 5 — to attend a library-sponsored program alone, unless otherwise stated by a staff member.

This means someone must be in the room while a child age 7 or younger is participating in a library program. In addition, someone who is at least 13 must be able to “effectively supervise young children” ages 10 and younger throughout the entire library.

The decision came after concerns that some children were being left unattended, causing library staff to take on caregiving roles.

“Forsyth County Public Library welcomes visitors of all ages to use its materials, programs and resources,” the updated policy stated. “However, caregivers must be mindful of the fact that the library is an open, public building.”

The policy states law enforcement will be contacted if “the library staff deems a child of any age to be in need of supervision and no parent or guardian can be located or contacted.”