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Code of Conduct for Library Patrons:

• We have the right to free and open access to the Library
• We respect the rights of others to use the Library appropriately
• We respect the Library's collections and understand their value
• We use the Library's facilities in a manner that ensures the comfort and safety of others, including taking responsibility for our children's behavior
• We respect the work of the Library's staff to ensure a positive and safe environment and promote and support literacy and learning
• We understand the importance of zero tolerance for tobacco, drugs, alcohol, harassment, discrimination, or violence of any kind in the Library

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Unattended Children/Child Behavior

Service to children, parents, and adults working with children is an important part of the
library’s purpose. The library is free and open to unaccompanied children who are
independent enough to use the resources for recreation, information, and education—
within the following guidelines.

1. It is never the function of the library’s staff or volunteers to provide supervision or
care for unaccompanied children.
2. In accordance with Connecticut state law, 53-21 a-c, any child under the age of 12
should have a responsible family member or caregiver in the building while the child
is using the library.
Sec. 53-21a. Leaving child unsupervised in place of public accommodation or motor vehicle:
(a) Any parent, guardian or person having custody or control, or providing
supervision, of any child under the age of twelve years who knowingly leaves such child
unsupervised in a place of public accommodation or a motor vehicle for a period of time
that presents a substantial risk to the child's health or safety, shall be guilty of a class A

3. Parents and guardians are—at all times—responsible for the conduct and safety of
their children in the library. Parents and guardians must provide appropriate
supervision based on the ages, abilities, and levels of responsibility of their children,
bearing in mind that the library is open to the public.
4. Children, like all library patrons, are required to respect library property and act in a
manner appropriate to the use and function of the library (see the Willimantic Public
Library Code of Conduct). Children who are not using the library appropriately, or
who require excessive staff attention or intervention, may be asked to leave. The
parents or guardians of these children may be notified, and if necessary, asked to stay
with their children while visiting the library.
5. Parents are expected to be aware of the opening and closing times of the library, and
that the operating hours might change unexpectedly.
6. If a child is left at the library at closing time, the police may be called. Under no
circumstances will a library staff member or volunteer drive a child home.
Failure to adhere to these rules may result in loss of library privileges.

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Internet Policy:

To maximize availability to this resource, and to ensure fair accessibility to all, please note the following guidelines, rules and procedures.

Internet access is available on 17 terminals in the library; 7 in the Youth Department and 10 in the Adult Department.  Access to the Internet is compatible with the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read, the Freedom to View, Access to Electronic Information Services and Networks, the Children's Internet Protection Act and with the policies, goals and objectives of the Willimantic Public Library mission of service.

The Internet allows users to connect to networks of resources and information located outside the library.  The library does not filter the content available from any Internet source.  The library has no control over the content of these resources nor do we have complete knowledge of what is available on the net.  The library does not warrant the information available through its connections to be accurate, authoritative, factual, timely or useful and does not endorse the content of networked information made available by means of these connections.

The Willimantic Public Library assumes no responsibility for damages, direct or indirect, arising from the use of these electronic services, or from its connection to other Internet services through its provider, Bibliomation Inc.  Library users access the Internet at their own risk and discretion.  As with other materials, the restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.  We recommend that parents take an active interest in and responsibility for their child's online access.

The use of the Willimantic Public Library (WPL) Internet service for any purpose contrary to local, state or federal laws is strictly prohibited and subject to prosecution.  It is prohibited to use the WPL Internet so as to interfere, threaten, engage in predatory behavior or disrupt other users, services or equipment.  This includes but is not limited to the distribution of unsolicited advertising, chain letters, 'spamming', propagation of computer viruses or worms, and the installation of .suid, .rhosts or similar files.  Such activities will result in the loss of privileges and criminal prosecution.  Screening of sexually explicit materials is considered sexual harassment and is not allowed on WPL terminals; failure to abide by this will result in permanent loss of computer privileges.  The Copyright Protection Act prohibits the use of library equipment in the copying and downloaded transfer of protected music or data sources.  Use of the WPL gateway is intended for private, non-commercial activities, and does not permit sales and the marketing of products or services.  The WPL Internet does not offer the creation of email addresses.

The library staff does not offer instruction in basic computer operations and Internet searching technique.  A minimal level of competence is expected for users of the workstations.  Please investigate other educational programs available elsewhere for in-depth training.

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Use of Youth Department Computers by Adults:

The public computers in the Youth Department are designed for the use of children through the age of 17. Young adults between the ages of 14-17 may use the computers in both the Youth and Adult Departments.

Adult use of Youth Department computers is not allowed unless accompanying a child. In this case adults will be allowed one 60 minute session per day.

Children's use of the computer always takes precedence over adult use.

Adult and young adult patrons will only view sites that are consistent with the emotional maturity and development of young children. For this reason, adults will refrain from viewing sites that include graphic violence, sexual content, or inappropriate language. Any computer user who accesses such sites may lose the privilege of using computers in the Willimantic Public Library.

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