Parent Library Cooperation Guidelines

The Hershey Public Library welcomes and encourages community members of all ages to take advantage of the many resources the library has to offer. In order to provide the best possible library experience for our customers, we ask parents to follow these guidelines for Parent-Library Cooperation:

  • We expect all children under the age of 12 to be supervised by an individual 14 or older while visiting the library.
    Parents are responsible for their children’s behavior in the library. Disruptive children are defined as children who talk loudly, run, are disrespectful toward others, or mistreat library property. Disruptive children, attended or unattended, may be asked to leave the library after one warning.
  • We expect all children and teens to use appropriate language and behavior in the library. Those who do not will be asked to leave after one warning.
    We expect parents to maintain control of their children while visiting the library. Please remember that the library staff’s professional services do not include baby-sitting.
  • We expect parents to set reasonable time limits for their children’s library visits.
    Library staff members cannot be responsible for the safety, care, supervision or entertainment of children, who, on a regular basis, are required by parents to spend hours in the library after school in lieu of daycare.
    In order to provide for the general welfare for all persons using the library, and to provide for the general safety of children using the library, each child should know his/her full name, address, and telephone number and the name and phone number of a responsible adult to contact if the parent cannot be reached. The child should be introduced to the children’s librarian and other library staff members so he/she feels comfortable approaching them with a problem.
    If an unattended child is being disruptive, is habitually left unattended for long periods or time, or is deemed to be at risk of coming to harm, an effort will be made to locate the responsible parent, guardian, or caregiver. If necessary, Derry Township Police will be notified to take custody of the child.
  • We expect parents to let us know if they or their children are unable to find the type of materials they seek.
    We welcome suggestions for materials that will broaden our collections or improve our service.
  • We expect parents to be responsible for the types of materials checked out by their children and their selection choices.
    The library staff does not limit choices or censor materials.
  • We expect parent’s to see that overdue fines are paid promptly. Parents are financially responsible for damages to library materials or property incurred by their children.

Child Safety in the Library

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Hershey Public Library Policy

  1. Parents or guardians are responsible for the behavior of their children in the library at all times.
  2. Children under 12 years of age must be supervised by a person 14 years of age or older.
  3. Children 12 years of age and older must know how to contact a parent or guardian.
  4. Parents/guardians and children are reminded that the library is a public facility.  Library staff will assist with library related activities. Appropriate behavior and supervision are the responsibility of the parent/guardian and are expected at all times.
  5. If a problem arises with a child of any age and the staff is unable to locate a parent/guardian, the police may be called at the discretion of the library staff.
  6. If a child remains at the library after closing and the staff is unable to locate a parent/guardian, the police may be called at the discretion of the library staff.

Bullying Prevention Resources

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These websites will point you to people and organizations that can help.

  • DAUPHIN COUNTY government services’ website– Human Services; addressing children and youth services including bullying prevention.
  • YOUTH.GOV – links to bullying, information, strategies, tools, and resources for youth, families, schools and community organizations related to a variety of cross-cutting topics that affect youth.
  • STOP BULLYING.gov  bullying prevention and response; youth topics, including electronic aggression. Information on intervention for parents, youth, schools, and educators. Research, spotlight articles, and references. Links to other websites, including US Education Secretary Highlights for Best Practices of Bullying Policies.
  • CONNECT SAFELY  safety tips and advice for parents and kids on safe internet and  cell phone use, how to stop bullying and cyberbullying and how to deal with fake profiles on social networks.

Safe Access to the Internet

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Warning to Parents and Caregivers:

Parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff, are ultimately responsible for their children’s use of the Internet through the Library’s connection. The Hershey Public Library does not monitor, and has no control over, any materials obtained on the Internet, and cannot be held responsible for its content. Despite the presence of filtering software, it is recommended that parents supervise their children’s Internet sessions.

Behavior Policy

  • No more than 2 people on any computer at any time
  • Please log on / log off with each new user
  • Appropriate, respectful behavior is expected at all times

These rules will be strictly enforced. If you do not follow the rules, your computer time will be ended for the day. Please note that federal law requires children 16 and under (until the 17th birthday) to have filtered Internet access. Library staff CANNOT override these filters.

CyberSmarts

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CyberSmarts, is part of Power Library, and a resource for information for parents and children on how to deal with important safety issues through an interactive e-book collection. For children grades 3 – 6. For older children, select Teen CyberSmarts for help with cyberbullying and social networking.

TOPICS:

Avoiding Predators Online
Playing Games Online
Protecting Your Privacy Online
Stopping Cyberbullying
Using Social Networks

Books and Babies

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Books and Babies is a four-week series of 20-minute interactive programs for pre-walking children birth to 12 months and their caregivers. One child and one adult register together for songs, simple stories, nursery rhymes and action plays. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents of young children while introducing your baby to the library and literacy.

Summer session 

Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. June 18 to July 16. Registration begins on Monday, June 4. Register online, or call Children’s Services at 533-6555 ext. 3708,

Wonderful Ones

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Wonderful Ones is a series of 20-minute interactive programs for walking children 12 month to 24 months and their caregivers. One child and one adult register together for songs, simple stories, nursery rhymes and action plays. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents of young children while introducing your baby to the library and literacy.

Wonderful Ones will return in early Fall.

Toddlertime

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Toddlertime is a series of 20-30 minute interactive programs for children 24 to 36 months and their caregivers. One child and one adult register together for songs, stories, rhymes, and a joyful introduction to the library. Toddlertime  is for children ages 24-36 months and caregivers.

Toddlertime will return in early fall.

Storytime

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Storytime is a six-week series of half-hour programs designed for children 3 to 5.  Storytime provides a structured literature-based opportunity for children to gain independence.  Parents and caregivers may use Storytime to fill their own library needs or may be present in the room to observe or participate. Extended conversations with other parents are discouraged in the Storytime space. To best serve our young listeners, sessions are divided by age.

Storytime will return in early Fall.