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Library Conduct Rules

1.  Excessive noise is not permitted.

2.  Disorderly and/or disruptive behavior is not permitted.
    This shall also pertain to the following:  a.  Orderliness of library materials and furnishings shall be maintained by patrons.  b.  Running, stamping feet, aimless wandering around shall not be permitted in the library.

3.  Smoking is not permitted inside the library building.

4.  No eating or drinking are permitted in the building by patrons (with the exception of certain functions in the basement multi-purpose room which have previous authorization for food and drinks by the Board.)

5.  Appropriate dress requires shoes and shirts.

6.  Animals and pets are to remain outside the building except as required by persons with disabilities or for programs approved by the library.

7.  Soliciting is prohibited.

8.  Loitering and obstructing passage are prohibited.
    This shall also pertain to aimless and disruptive wandering around.
    a.  Bicycles should be placed in the bicycle rack.

9.  Improper acts which are subject to prosecution under criminal or civil codes of law are prohibited.

10. Damage to property is an act subject to persecution.
    a.  This shall include the library building, interior, exterior and grounds, and all library property.
    b.  Prohibits putting damaging objects in the book deposits.
    c.  Prohibits damage to property belonging to staff members and patrons on library premises, e.g. cars, bicycles.

11. Physical abuse, assault on another person, or the use of abusive, insulting, or threatening language to a person in this building shall be cause for the removal of the offending party or parties.
    This shall also pertain to the following:  a.  Obscene or harassing phone calls.  b.  Prohibits physical fighting.

12. Individuals who are drunk and/or disorderly (or using drugs illegally) shall be banned from admission.

13. Patrons may use only public areas of the building.  (This shall also pertain to misuse of exits.)

14.  Use of skates, skateboards, inline skates, and similar products is not permitted in the library.

15. Unattended children (minors under age 18)
    a.  Parents and caregivers, not library staff, are responsible for the actions and safety of children visiting the library.
    b.  Children should have contact information for someone who can assist them in an emergency situation.
    c.  Both children and parents should be aware of the library's closing hours.  Although the library phone is available upon request to make calls for rides home, it is the parent's responsibility to make arrangements for the child to be picked up at the appropriate time.  The library staff is not responsible for children who have not been picked up at closing time.  Staff are not permitted to transport children in a vehicle or accompany them home. 

16.  Parents of juvenile violators may be notified.

     Members of the staff shall have the authority to deny the use of library facilities to any patron for a period not to exceed 30 consecutive days for any act or conduct which they deem to be in violation of the rights of others, to be in violation of the rules, or for any other due cause.  The denial of the use of library facilities for any longer period may be invoked only by the Board.  A suspension of the rights of a patron by a staff member is an act of the Board such power having been delegated to the staff.  Any patron whose rights have been suspended shall be entitled, upon written request directed to the Board, to a prompt hearing before the Board.

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