With new rules, Bangor library welcomes readers
The board of trustees of the Bangor Public Library has adopted a new rules of conduct policy for users of the library. The only change the public will notice is that pets no longer will be allowed in the building.
Only working service animals or those animals that are part of a library program will be allowed in the building.
The staff saw a need to clarify, both to itself and to the public, what was acceptable behavior in the library. A staff committee worked on a draft policy, which the library board used as a base for the rules of conduct:
Bangor Public Library welcomes all residents of Maine to be members. The library’s first priority is public service.
The library board of managers and trustees have instituted the following policy in order to maintain a clean, pleasant and safe environment.
Users of the library are forbidden to:
• Engage in any illegal activity.
• Create a public disturbance.
• Use obscene and-or abusive language or gestures.
• Engage in harassment or threatening behavior.
• Engage in sexual acts.
• Solicit the public or staff on library premises.
• Use tobacco, alcohol or illegal substances on the property.
• Block entrances, aisles or access to library materials.
• Engage in bathing or public nudity.
• Use sports equipment on library property.
• Mutilate, damage or deface any library materials or tamper with or displace, disable or unplug library furniture or equipment.
• Engage in cell phone use that disrupts other patrons, or use cell phones in areas designated as quiet zones.
• Possess weapons.
• Bring pets other than service animals or animals used for library programs into the building. Animals must be under control at all times.
Unattended Children Policy
The children’s department is reserved for use by children, their parents or guardians, and adults interested in children’s literature.
The Bangor Public Library is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment that encourages children to visit the library. Library staff is available to assist and support children with the use of library resources.
However, the library is not responsible for children left unattended on the premises. Unattended children are children of any age who are apparently unaccompanied by a parent, guardian and-or responsible caregiver in the library.
Parents, guardians and-or caregivers are solely responsible for the safety and behavior of their children. They are advised that children — like all library users — are expected to comply with the library’s rules of conduct policy.
Parents, guardians and-or caregivers must inform themselves as to scheduled library closing times and be aware that a library facility sometimes may have to close unexpectedly due to emergencies or safety issues. It is the responsibility of parents, guardians and-or caregivers to let their children know what they should do if they must leave the library.
Library staff may call the police or other appropriate city agency if a child is left unattended when the library facility closes, or if a child otherwise appears to be at risk.
The library board and staff hope that a clarification of expectations will help everyone have a more productive and pleasant time at the library.
Upcoming program at the library:
• A Kathy Mallat party, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30.
The library will be closed Monday, May 25, to celebrate Memorial Day.
Barbara McDade is director of the Bangor Public Library.