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UNATTENDED CHILD POLICY
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.
 
AFTER HOURS
 
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

Books & Reading, from Scholastic Parents, Home of Parent & Child Magazine
 
Choosing Books for a Reluctant Reader
 
Children’s Literature Web Guide
A general guide to what is on the web for Children's literature. From finding author sites, to award books to online book discussion groups you should be able to find it here.

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

Dealing with Tragic Events
Fred Rogers Talks about tragic events in the news -
http://www.fredrogers.org/FRC/par-tragic-events.html

PBS Parents: Talking with Kids about the news -
http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/talking.html

National Association of School Psycologists: Talking to kids about violence -http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/talkingviolence.pdf


Bullying

Helping Kids Deal with Bullying (from Kids Health)
http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/bullies.html

Bullying (Great Schools Parenting Dilemmas)
http://www.greatschools.org/bullying.topic?content=4350

Bullying: Help your child handle a bully (from Mayo Clinic)
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bullying/MH00126

Teen Bullying: What Parents Can Do (an education.com article)
http://www.education.com/reference/article/teen-bullying-what-parents-can-do/

Stop Cyberbullying
http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html

The Bully Project
http://www.thebullyproject.com/


Helping with Homework

Virtual Middle School Library
Lots of links on this page, to sites that will help you with general education information, or with specific subject areas, like Math, Language Arts, Science, etc.
 
 
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
 
 
 

Parenting Tips

Parenting.com
The home website for Parenting and Babytalk magazines.

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.

Parents.com
Home website to Parents magazine

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

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

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.
http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents

Cybersmart - this website created by the Australian government is great for resources and advice about being online safely for all ages.
http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/

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.
http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/parent-guide/parent-guide