Do’s and Do-Not’s of Library After-School Care
Helpful Tips and Procedures
DO welcome the kids as they enter the library. Making eye contact with them and recognizing them as patrons will let them build respect for both you and themselves.
DO make sure any caregiver is aware of their children.
Policy: “…children age 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult/guardian or an adolescent of at least 14 years of age while using the library resources. This caregiver is responsible for the behavior of the children in their care while they are in the building or on library property.”
DO enter the YA room on a regular basis. If children are eating, give them a first warning.
Policy: “Food and drink are not allowed in the library with the exception of a beverage in a container with a secure top.”
DO hold those who use the YA room responsible for their mess. It does not matter if someone else did it, everyone has to share the responsibility for cleaning up after themselves before the library closes.
DO NOT raise your voice unless it is an emergency and you are concerned for their safety or the safety of others. These emergency exceptions include children running through the library, bullying, or throwing things. If none of these emergencies are in place, DO speak to the child quietly and directly, as with anyone of any age.
Policy: “Patrons of any age will be asked to leave the library for loud and/or unreasonable noise, abusive, threatening or obscene language or disruptive behavior.”
DO NOT ignore children if they are being too loud. Instead, DO ask them to lower their voice as a first warning.
DO NOT worry about what happens outside unless it poses a threat to the inside of the library. If a patron complains, tell them you will inform Borough Hall or your supervisor.
DO NOT kick a child out of the library without giving a first and second warning as stated in the procedure below.
Procedure for Handling Inappropriate Behavior: For a first warning, inform them they must stop. If they are eating, recommend that they eat outside and that you will escort them if necessary. If violence has occurred, speak with your supervisor for immediate action. For a second warning, inform them that they will be asked to leave the premises for the day or call their parents to pick them up if a third warning is needed. If a third warning is given, they will be asked to leave.
As long as the children recognize you as an authority figure, someone who cares about their well-being, and someone who will not ignore their misdeeds, we can all get through this together.
As a final note…
DO forgive any child’s past transgressions. Every day is a new day and we don’t hold grudges.