Library adopts child and Educator Library Card Policies

(Jackson, Wyo.) - At today’s monthly public meeting, the Teton County Library Board adopted two policies: the Library Policy for Children and the Educator Library Card Policy. Both policies go into effect on Sept. 1, 2016. *Library Policy for Children* From Jan. 6 to March 2, a proposed revision to the Library Policy for Children was opened to public comment. The Library Board received more than 50 comments from community members who offered valuable feedback on the policy. At the March 2016 meeting, after a thorough review of public comments, staff recommended to the Library Board approval of the original proposal with a few important edits to clarify the policy language. At the April meeting, the Library Board reviewed staff-developed procedures for implementation and then approved the revised policy language. During the final public comment period, from April 21 to June 13, one comment was received. The Library Policy for Children as approved in yesterday’s meeting: 1. Parents or caregivers are responsible for the supervision of their children at all times. Children under 8 years of age may not be left unattended at the library. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver who is at least 12 years of age. If a child under 8 years of age is left unattended during or after library hours, parents will be notified. If parents cannot be notified, police will be called. 2. Children behaving in an unsafe, disruptive or disrespectful manner will be asked to leave the library. Repetitive misbehavior may be documented in an incident report and may result in loss of library privileges. 3. Parents and guardians are responsible for their children’s use of library resources and materials. This is not the library’s responsibility. 4. Children or their caregivers must sign up for use of designated library resources and materials, and time limits must be respected. Library staff is currently working on strategies to support families who will be affected by the most significant change to the policy: that “children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a caregiver who is at least 12 years of age.” The previous version of the policy did not specify a caregiver age requirement. *Educator Library Card Policy* The Educator Library Card facilitates and enhances access and availability of Teton County Library materials to teachers and caregivers in Teton County. Teachers often need to borrow large quantities of library materials and keep them for long periods of time. This new policy guarantees educators six weeks with materials rather than the standard one to three week checkout period. Many public libraries across the nation issue educator library cards, including the Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride, Colo., the Boulder (Colo.) Public Library, and the Multnomah County Library in Portland, Ore. During the public comment period, the Library Board received three comments from members of the community. The Educator Library Card Policy as approved in yesterday’s meeting: 1. The Educator Library Card entitles educators who teach in Teton County, Wyoming, including Alta, Wyoming, a free Teton County Library Card regardless of their personal residence. Educators include preschool teachers, day care providers, private school teachers, public school teachers, afterschool and youth summer program instructors, and home school teachers. Educators must show proof of their educator status in the form of: school district identification; preschool or day care operating license; private school identification; afterschool or summer program provider identification; documentation of home school program certification; letter from current principal or afterschool or youth summer program director, or pay stub. 2. Educator Library Cards are valid for one school year beginning August 1 and must be renewed annually with proof that the cardholder still teaches in Teton County, Wyoming. All Educator Cards expire on July 31. 3. Up to 100 Teton County Library items may be checked out for six weeks, with one renewal with the Educator Library Card. Items checked out do not accrue fines, but the card will be blocked when any item type is overdue. Teton County Library’s fees for lost or damaged items apply. 4. DVDs, video games, Lucky Day, and eReaders may not be checked out on the Educator Library Cards. These items are subject to regular patron checkout and fee structure. 5. Interlibrary Loan items carry their own fees and checkout structure. 6. The Educator Library Card allows access to Teton County and Wyoming State electronic resources. *Feature Photo: Afterschool in Teen-Children's Wing. h/t Teton County Library / Pitchengine Communities * #buckrail #news