BEHAVIOR POLICYIt is the policy of the Board of Trustees that patrons of the Spooner Memorial Library have the right to use Library materials and services without being unduly disturbed or impeded by other library users, and the patrons and staff have the right to a secure and congenial environment.
Rules of Conduct
1. Any behavior that disrupts or hinders public use of the Library is prohibited on Library property. This includes, but is not limited to, loud or boisterous behavior, verbal or physical harassment, drunkenness, running, and fighting.
2. Seating at Library tables, enclosures and chairs is limited to the number of persons for which the furniture was designed.
3. Smoking or chewing tobacco is not permitted in the library. Public eating is permitted only when specifically approved as part of a program in Library meeting rooms.
4. Bicycles are not permitted in any Library public area or entryway. Roller-skating and skateboarding are not permitted in the Library. Wagons and strollers may not be left obstructing a corridor, hallway, aisle, entry or exit.
5. Taking surveys, circulating petitions, distributing leaflets, and other similar activities are permitted in the Library only when authorized by the Library Administration.
6. Animals, except those used to aid persons with disabilities, are not permitted in the Library, except as part of a Library sponsored program. Animals may not be left unattended on Library property.
7. Parents or other legal guardians are responsible for the behavior of their minor children in the Library.
8. The violation of federal or state laws or local ordinances will not be permitted on Library property, and the Library reserves the right to inform the proper authorities of any violations. Theft, vandalism, and mutilation of library property are criminal offenses and may be prosecuted. The Library reserves the right to inspect all bags briefcases, backpacks, and other such items when the staff has reason to believe that this rule has been violated. The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left unattended.
9. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on Library property, except as part of a Library sponsored program authorized by the Library Administration.
10. Failure to comply with these rules may result in the loss of Library use privileges.
SAFE CHILD POLICYThe Spooner Memorial Library encourages children and families to use its facilities. However, when children are left unattended, problems can arise. Young children may wander away, be persuaded to leave with a stranger, or become confused or frightened. Older children may become bored or disruptive. In the event of an emergency involving unattended children, library staff cannot take legal responsibility.
1. Parents or guardians are responsible for the behavior and supervision of their children at the library.
2. Children age five and under must be accompanied by an adult or responsible adolescent (12 or over) at all times and in all areas of the building. Parents or another adult responsible for children attending story time must remain in the building.
3. Children ages six and seven may be left unattended in the children’s area for up to a ½ hour if the adult or responsible adolescent is in the building. Given the staggered finish times for area schools, we understand that children may sometimes have to wait at the library for a parent or sibling. Under these circumstances, school age children under 8 may wait up to a ½ hour to be picked up.
4. Children age eight and over may use the library without parents or guardians, provided they behave appropriately and follow rules that apply to all patrons, including respect for others and for library property and materials.
5. Any child requiring continual staff intervention or with special needs shall not be left unattended, regardless of age.
6. The library staff assumes no responsibility for children left unattended on library premises.
7. The library reserves the right to contact parents/guardians/proper authorities if minors are left unattended and require supervision.
The Spooner Memorial Library Trustees and staff ask that parents abide by this policy to keep our children safe and to ensure an enjoyable experience at our library for all patrons.
COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICYA. Objectives:
The purpose of the Spooner Memorial Library is to provide recreational and popular use materials as well as educational support for all Library patrons. Because of the volume of publishing, as well as the limitations of budget and space, the library must have a selection policy in order to develop a collection that meets the people’s interests and needs.
B. Responsibility of Selection
Ultimate responsibility for the selection of materials for the Spooner Memorial Library rests with the Library Director. The Acquisition Librarian with input from other staff members according to their areas of expertise conducts the purchasing and processing of materials. The director oversees the selection process and has the authority to reject or select any item. The accountability for collection development lies with the director, who operates under the framework of policies set forth by the Board of Trustees.
C. Criteria for Selection
1. The main points considered in the selection of materials are:
a. Individual merit of each item
b. Popular appeal
c. Suitability for clientele
d. Availability of funding
e. Existing library holdings
2. Sources used in seeking information about new material include but are not limited to:
a. Best Seller Lists
b. Summaries by Baker and Taylor
d. Publishers Weekly
e. Book Page
f. Library Journal Book Review
g. Patron suggestions
3. The lack of a review or an unfavorable review shall not be the sole reason for rejecting a title that is in demand.
D. Gifts and Donations
The library accepts gifts of books and other materials with the understanding that they will be added to the collection only if appropriate and needed. If they are not usable, for whatever reason the director will dispose of them.
Memorial gifts of books or money are also accepted with suitable bookplates placed in the book. A patron may request specific Memorial books as long as the request material meets the above criteria established by the library board of trustees. Book selection should have prior approval from either the director or the acquisition librarian. If no selection is suggested the acquisition librarian will make one.
The library does not appraise the value of donated materials though it can provide a receipt for the donated items, if requested by the donor.
E. Interlibrary Loan
Because of limited budget and space, the library cannot house all the materials that are requested. Therefore, interlibrary loan is used to obtain from other libraries those materials that are not in this library's collection.
In return for utilizing interlibrary loan to satisfy the needs of our patrons, the Spooner Memorial Library agrees to lend its materials to other libraries through the same interlibrary loan network, and to make an effort to have its current holdings listed in a database that is accessible by other libraries throughout the state.
In order to participate in the interlibrary loan service, the patron must comply with the following conditions:
- Have a valid Spooner Memorial Library or Merlin card, with current information
- Have less than $5.00 in fines
- Adhere to the conditions and due dates set forth by the lending library
- Understand that there are no renewals for Interlibrary loans
Replacement of worn or damaged materials is an ongoing process that is dependent upon the current demand, usefulness, more recent acquisitions and availability of newer editions. Weeding is the responsibility of the library director and the acquisitions librarian. Other staff members may be asked to participate according to their areas of expertise. Withdrawn materials will be handled in a similar manner and under the same authority as donated materials.
G. Potential Controversy
The Spooner Memorial Library recognizes that some materials are controversial and that any given item may offend some patron. Selection of materials will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the basis of the principles stated in this policy.
Parents and or guardians are responsible for the content of materials checked out by children. Selection of library materials will not be inhibited by the possibility that materials may come into the possession of children.
Library materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of their contents, and no library material will be sequestered except to protect it from damage or theft.
H. Challenged Materials
Although materials are carefully selected, there can arise differences of opinion regarding suitability of content. Patrons requesting that material be withdrawn from or restricted within the collection may complete a “Request for Reconsideration of Materials” form that is available in the library. The Request for Reconsideration of Materials will then be placed on the agenda of the next regular board meeting, which the public is welcome to attend.
Request for Reconsideration of Materials
Request initiated by:
1. To what in the work do you object? (Please be specific. Cite ages.)
2. Did you read the entire work? If not, what parts did you omit?
3. Any further statements you would like to make? (The back of the sheet may be used for additional comments.)
4. Would you like this material to be submitted to the Spooner Memorial Library Board of Trustees for reevaluation?
CELL PHONE POLICY
Cell phone use is restricted to the entryway of the library and the library property outside of the building. Cell phones use is not permitted inside the building proper. Patrons entering the library are asked to shut any audible rings off.
Although the board recognizes the convenience and necessary functions of cell phones for patrons, they feel that cell phones are disruptive and hinder the use of the library for others.
Passed March 23, 2004