Updated September 17, 2018
The Moon Public Library welcomes children of all ages to use its facilities and services. Visits to the Library should be positive, enjoyable experiences for children and all patrons. The safety and well-being of all is of the utmost importance to the Library. However, responsibility for the behavior and well- being of children using the Library rests with the parent/guardian, not with the Library’s staff. Any patron that creates a disruptive situation in the library may be asked to leave.
Children must be supervised by parents or other guardians at all times when not attending a library program. Parents must remain in the library while their child is attending a library program or other event. Unattended children are any children under the age of 10 using the library unaccompanied by a responsible person, or left alone in one part of the library while the responsible person is in another. Children between ages 10 and 14 should not be left unattended in the Library for more than two hours or at closing time. Library staff will use their judgment and discretion in determining whether or not a child is unattended.
If a parent/guardian cannot be located in the Library, the staff will attempt to contact him or her by phone, requesting immediate pick up of the child. If there is no response, or if the child has not been picked up within 15 minutes, staff will summon the Moon Township Police Department. In the event the library is closing, two staff members will wait with the child until the Police arrive. Library staff members will not transport children from the library to any other locations.
The library reserves the right to require anyone who violates its rules of conduct, as outlined in this policy, to leave the premises for the remainder of the day or evening.
Depending upon the severity or frequency of the violation, Library privileges may be suspended for a specified period of time, and may include Notice of Trespass from Library properties. Unlawful activities will be reported to the police and when appropriate, violators will be subject to arrest.
The following activities are not allowed in the library:
- Public consumption of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs will be reported to the police.
- Creating a disturbance by making noise, using profanity, talking loudly, or engaging in other disruptive conduct.
- Interfering with another person’s right to use the library or with the Library Staff’s performance of their duties.
- Threatening behavior, including but not limited to, violence, threats of violence, and possession of weapons.
- Bringing animals into the library except those needed to assist a disabled person. Service animals must be leashed and under physical control of the handler at all times.
- Soliciting or canvassing of any kind.
- Entering areas posted “Staff Only” without permission.
The following activities are not allowed while using the Library’s computer and internet resources:
- Accessing the computer’s hard drive or the Library’s network.
- Circumventing the Library’s reservation or security software.
- Vandalizing computing equipment.
- Activities that violate state or federal law.
- Violation of Copyright laws and licensing restrictions
Those who damage or deface library materials or property may be prosecuted. Parents can be liable for damage done by a child under 18. Behaviors including theft of library materials, use of false identification to obtain a library card, or use of another person’s library card without his/her permission are against state law and may be prosecuted.
Parents/guardians will receive written notice of “Suspension of Library Service,” if their child (up to age 18), has violated any of these policies and has been suspended for more than one day from the use of the Library.
The use of skateboards, roller blades, scooters, bicycles or any other similar device on Library property which includes but is not limited to sidewalks and parking lots, or within the Library building is prohibited.
Shirts and shoes are required for program attendance and within the Library building.
Disruptive behavior is not necessarily limited to the above activities. The Library Staff will require a patron to leave the premises, summon the Moon Township Police Department, or ultimately suspend a patron’s privilege to enter the Library for non-compliance with this policy.
Updated March 20, 2007
In the event that Moon Township closes all of its municipal facilities, the library will automatically be closed and rely on the Township to perform necessary notifications.
Circumstances which could precipitate closure include failure of heating/cooling equipment during periods of extreme weather, heavy snowfall, unsafe road conditions, lack of electrical power, lack of computers available at the circulation desk for an extended period of time, or any situation creating an unsafe environment.
After the decision is made to close, the director or other staff will contact the following:
- Moon Township Municipal Office
- Moon Cable Access (Channel 14)
- WPXI (Channel 11)
- Staff members scheduled to work