Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Want to use the library? Then behave!

My hometown of Madison, Wisconsin is the latest to propose a policy for dealing with minors who fail to behave while visiting the city's public library branches.

The policy seeks to "prohibit behavior that is disruptive, inappropriate or dangerous to self or others."

If a child violates the policy, his parent(s) will be called. If they can't be reached, the library staff will contact the police. Children under 7 will not be allowed in the library unless they are accompanied by an adult or older child.

"It's not that children - even on their own - are not welcome at the library," says Madison Public Library Director Barbara Dimick. "They just need to behave while they are there."


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