The Independence County Library (ICL) offers a teens-only Department available for the purpose of carrying out the library's mission:
The mission of The Independence County Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.
Policies and procedures governing the use of the space are needed to make the space available in a manner which is equitable and does not interfere with the fulfillment of the library's mission.
The Teen Department at ICL was created as a space for teens ages 13-19. All areas of the department are reserved for teens. All teens must have a library card to use the department. The most important rule in the Teen Department is to respect each other, library staff, and other patrons. All library policies and user agreements are in effect in the Teen Department.
Appropriate activities for the Teen Department include: playing video games, reading, studying, doing homework, working on school projects, using computers for appropriate recreation, research, and communication. Food and drinks are allowed in the kitchen area only.
Inappropriate activities for the Teen Department include: sleeping, rough housing, hitting, and excessive public displays of affection. No food or drinks will be allowed outside the kitchen area.
Consequence for inappropriate behavior:
- The teen will be given a warning by a staff member to stop.
- If the teen continues to behave inappropriately, the teen may be asked to leave the building for the day. Library staff will contact the teen's parent or guardian or police if necessary.
- As an alternative to excluding a teen from the library, the librarian or librarian's designee may restrict the independent use of the library such that the teen may only use the library when accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian. Written notice of the restriction shall be given to the teen's parent or guardian either by personal delivery or certified mail, return receipt requested.
Approved by the Independence County Library Board April 16, 2018.