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Children's Safety is our first concern
Unattended Child Policy from Bridgeview Library

The Bridgeview Public Library is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment for patrons of all ages. Youth Services staff members are committed to helping children with activities related to the library.  Library staff members can not supervise children and can not serve as caregivers, teachers, or disciplinarians. Parents are responsible for the behavior and well-being of their children at all times.
Children under the age of eight (8) must be accompanied and directly supervised at all times by a parent or other responsible caregiver. Caregivers must be at least 14 years old and able to attend to the child's safety and ensure appropriate behavior.

If a child under the age of eight is found unattended, a staff member will attempt to contract a parent or caregiver. If the no one can be reached, for the safety of the child the police will be called. Library staff will stay with the child until police arrive.  The library is a public building and library staff are unable to care for children while performing library duties.  Parents and Caregivers are asked to take to time ensure children understand basic personal safety guidelines when alone in a public building.
Children age eight (8) and older may use the library unattended for a period of time appropriate to their age and maturity. All patrons, including children, are subject to library rules and policies.  Children unable to comply with department rules and policies should have a parent or caretaker on the premises.  All children must have contact information for a parent or caregiver in case of emergency, library closure, or rule violations.  
If the child attending a program is under the age of eight (8), caregivers must remain on the premises for the duration of the program and pick up the child in the Youth Services department at the conclusion of the program.
In the event that a young person age twelve (12) or younger is still on the premises after the library closes to the public, the police will be called to pick up the young person. Attempts will be made during that time to reach parents, staff are not permitted to take young people home.


Primary Sources
for Teachers, Parents, and Students

Encouraging Your Children to Read
The links below will take you to sites that provide great suggestions for helping your child develop and maintain an interest in reading. Check back often - we'll keep adding and modifying the list of suggested links.

20 Ways for Parents to Encourage Reading

Children Who Can Read, But Don't
Tips for Reading Aloud with Elementary School Children
Choosing Books for a Reluctant Reader

Best Children’s
This website is created by teachers and general public. It's a good source if your looking for books by subject or level.

Helping with Homework
Family Education
This site is packed with 'back-to-school' information - and it goes beyond homework help (although there is a great homework section here...)
The main back-to-school page includes links on getting ready for school, back-to-school safety, 'what parents need to know this school year', and even breakfast and lunch ideas and recipes.
TLS Books Free Worksheets
Need a little more help with school work or wishing to educationally occupy your kids then this site is full of free educational worksheets for PreK to Grade 5.
Scholastic School Success
Tips from scholastic to help your kids succeed in school from PreK to grade 8

Internet Safety
On Guard Online - this site from the federal government provides tips for parents for navigation online safety including talking with your kids.

NetSmartz - this site created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has links for parents, educators, law enforcement to find information for internet safety. Each page provides presentations and links to more information. This site also has a link for parents with teens and a special section just for kids.

Cybersmart - this website created by the Australian government is great for resources and advice about being online safely for all ages.

FBI’s Parent Guide to Internet Safety - this is a direct link to the FBI's informational pamphlet to online exploitation and the risks to your children.

Parenting Tips

Health and Parenting Center
This site from WebMD covers popular hot topics in parenting and health, popular searches as well as access to their online parenting community.

Planned Parenthood - Tools for Parents
Great source for tips on talking to children about growing up




Language and Literacy Skills
Set the stage for a lifetime of learning! Read, talk, sing, write, and play with your child to develop and foster a lifetime of literacy. Created by the Multnomah County Library.

Great Books
Newbery Medal
Recognizes distinguished contribution to American children’s literature.

Caldecott Medal
Recognizes distinguished art in an American picture book.

Sibert Medal
Recognizes the most distinguished informational picture book published in English.

Geisel Award
Recognizes authors for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.