Larsen Family Public Library

"Better libraries build better communities."

Policies

The mission of the Larsen Family Public Library is to provide quality materials and services which fulfill educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and businesslike.

Bulletin Board Policy

PUBLIC NOTICE BULLETIN BOARDS

The purpose of the public bulletin board at Larsen Family Public Library is to make available information regarding cultural, recreational, educational, and human services programs and events in the community which are available/open to the public at large.

Bulletin board materials may be submitted for posting by non-profit organizations for civic, educational, or cultural purposes. Such organizations may submit literature publicizing a specific event. Limited space generally allows only short-term notices. The director must approve all postings and may prohibit postings which do not meet library standards. Staff will mark the date of the posting on materials which are posted.  Postings may be retained until the day after the program/event or for 45 days.   Unless other arrangements are made, items must be picked up by the day following the event by the owners. Otherwise, the library will not be responsible for returning materials. Request for return of items with name and telephone number of person to be contacted should be printed on the back of each article. Posting of a notice does not imply endorsement by library staff or Board of Trustees.  Any materials found on the bulletin board that have not been approved shall be removed and discarded.  The notices shall be divided into four categories: library notices, non-profit notices, governmental notices, and local notices.

Display and Exhibit Policy

Displays and Exhibits:

The Larsen Family Public Library provides space for displays and exhibits which are consistent with the library's mission, programs and services and which contribute positively to the library's environment.  As an educational and cultural institution, the Larsen Family Public Library welcomes exhibits and displays of interest, information and enlightenment to the community. Displays of handiwork, historical material, nature study, or any other material deemed of general interest may be exhibited.   All exhibits and displays are to be approved by the library director prior to set-up.  The director shall accept or reject materials offered for display in accordance with suitability and availability.  Exhibitors are asked to provide a list of items on display.
 
The library assumes no responsibility for the preservation, protection, or possible damage or theft of any item displayed or exhibited. All items placed in the library are done so at the owner's risk.

Anyone displaying any item(s) of value must first sign a Display and Exhibit Release.  Articles displayed may not be priced for sale; the displayer may leave business cards near the items displayed and/or may post a sign with the displayer's name, address (including e-mail or web site), and telephone number.  The library is not responsible for loss of any items.

The presentation of any display or exhibit does not imply an endorsement of the content by the Larson Family Public Library, its Trustees, or staff.

Request for Reconsideration:  Materials will not be proscribed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.  The library will not censor or remove a display, exhibit, or item because some members of the community may disagree with its content.  Individuals who object to a particular display, exhibit, or item should complete a "Request for Reconsideration" form.  Requests for reconsideration will be answered in writing by the Larsen Family Public Library administrative staff.  Should a complainant wish to pursue the complaint, he/she may address the full library board at its next regular meeting. 

 


Larsen Family Public Library Display and Exhibit Release

I, the undersigned, hereby lend the following works of art or other material to the Larsen Family Public Library for exhibition purposes only.  In consideration of the privilege of exhibiting them in the library, I hereby release said library from responsibility for loss, damage, or destruction while they are in the possession of the library.

Signature:

Date:

Address:

Telephone:                

E-mail (please print clearly):

Food and Beverage Policy

It is the policy of the Larsen Family Public Library to maintain an environment appropriate for the protection of library materials and conducive to study.  Food and beverage attracts rodents, cockroaches, silverfish and other unwanted pests that damage library materials.  By complying with the policy, users and staff will help maintain a clean work environment, pest-free building, and aid in the preservation of our collections for future generations, while enjoying some food and drink in the library.

  • ACCEPTABLE BEVERAGE CONTAINERS are covered and spill-proof, such as travel mugs with lids and bottles with screw-on or pop-up tops.
  • ACCEPTABLE FOODS  are sandwiches, packaged foods, and vending-machine type candy, chips, and snacks.  Hot foods are not allowed.
Do not bring food and drinks into areas posted “No Food or Drink” regardless of the type of container you have. NO Beverages or foods are permitted at or near:
  • Public computers
  • Photocopiers
  • Printers
It is the individual’s responsibility to throw away wrappers, containers, and other trash in the appropriate trash receptacles.  We encourage those who have major spills to report these to library staff immediately so we can arrange for the appropriate clean-up. We appreciate your cooperation in protecting the library environment. 

Behavior

Patron Responsibilities and Conduct:

It is a patron's responsibility to maintain necessary and proper behavior standards in order to protect his/her individual rights and the rights and privileges of other patrons. If a patron creates a public nuisance, that patron may be restricted from the Library and from the use of the Library facilities. Those who are unwilling to leave or do not leave within a reasonable amount of time, after being instructed to do so by the staff, will be subject to the law.

Young Children: The Larsen Family Public Library encourages visits by young children, and it is our desire to make this important visit both memorable and enjoyable for the child. Library staff is not expected to assume responsibility for the care of unsupervised children in the library.

Pre-school and Kindergarten children may not be left unattended. They must be attended by a person over the age of 14.

Students in the 1st through 3rd grades may not be left unattended for more than 30 minutes.

Students in the 4th and 5th grades may not be left unattended for more than one hour.

Disruptive children: Children of all ages are encouraged to use the library for homework, pleasure reading and program attendance. The library staff realizes that the library will be noisier at busy times and that children by nature can cause more commotion. However, children whether with parents or not, who are being continually disruptive will be dealt with firmly. The child will be given a warning that he/she must settle down or will be asked to leave the library. If, after a second warning, the child continues to be disruptive, he/she will be asked to leave the library. If the child needs to contact a parent, they child may do so and then wait in the front foyer until the parent arrives.