EPL Updates Policies to Require Youth Chaperones After School
Euclid Public Library strives to foster a welcoming environment while encouraging patrons to use the facility and its resources for learning and enrichment. To preserve that opportunity, the library expects patrons to be respectful of each other and behave in a manner that does not disrupt other patrons or staff. In the past several years, we have taken a number of significant steps designed to improve the learning environment – and indeed the safety – at our library. We have hired additional staff and police to supervise the building, increased after school programming, improved our safety and security technology, and more.
Unfortunately, since the beginning of 2017, the library has experienced a sharp increase in disruptive behavior during after-school hours that has prevented the library from serving as a safe space for all library users. There have been multiple harmful incidents involving youth, including fights, vandalism, assaults on police officers, and inappropriate computer usage. This kind of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
As a result, the Euclid Public Library Board of Trustees has approved several amendments to our Library Code of Conduct and Unattended Children policies. Effective March 1st:
A parent, guardian or caregiver over the age of 21 must accompany children under the age of 18 in the library, Monday through Friday, between 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM.
Though we recognize that some children are more mature and better behaved than others – and better behaved as individuals than in a group – however, the library must take measures to ensure the safety of everyone. Therefore, we respectfully request that parents ensure an adult accompanies children to the library or make alternative arrangements. The library will continue to offer programs for children and teens during the limited access time. Unattended students or parents must call (216) 261-5300 to pre-register. Once the program is at capacity, the library will no longer take reservations. Those participating in a program can enter the building fifteen (15) minutes before the program starts. Unattended students registered for the impACT the 216 ACT Prep tutoring program may enter the library to participate in tutoring.
We want to hear your feedback about these changes. We also invite you to participate in the community-wide process of developing long-term solutions to meeting the needs of our students. Your input will be vital to this process. Please join us at one of our upcoming community meetings:
March 6th 8:30 AM, 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM
March 14th 8:30 AM
March 8th 8:30 AM
March 20th 6:30 PM
March 9th 2:00 PM
For those unable to attend a meeting, please share your feedback and any questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, community members are invited to the library’s monthly Board Meetings held on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM.
We appreciate your cooperation and support as we continue to strive to achieve our goal of providing a welcoming space for all.
Kacie V. Armstrong, Director
Kacie V. Armstrong, Director