Policies

Cannon Free Library Internet Safety Policy

GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

As part of its mission, the Cannon Free Library provides Internet access and personal computing resources to registered borrowers. Individuals who do not meet eligibility requirements for a library card with borrowing privileges may qualify for Internet access if they present proper identification and meet such other requirements as may be established by Cannon Free Library administration.

Cannon Free Library also provides wireless access, enabling individuals to use their privately owned computer equipment to access the Internet.  Visitors who wish to use Cannon Free Library’s wireless connectivity are not required to meet borrower eligibility criteria.  Wireless access does require the acceptance of Cannon Free Library’s Wireless Network Policy.

The Cannon Free Library does not monitor and has no control over the information on the Internet. The Cannon Free Library assumes no responsibility for any loss or damages, direct or indirect, arising from its connections to the Internet or from any other use of its personal computing resources.

As with all library resources, patrons are advised to exercise their own critical judgment and discrimination when evaluating sites found on the Internet. Certain information may be inaccurate, misleading or offensive to some individuals.

Unauthorized access, including so-called hacking, and any other unlawful activities by any Library users are strictly prohibited.                                                                                                   

CHILDREN, PARENTS AND THE INTERNET 

Parents/guardians have the sole right and responsibility to decide what is appropriate for their child: individuals who have not attained the age of 17.

 The Cannon Free Library does not act in loco parentis (i.e., in the place or role of the parent).Parents/guardians are responsible for the supervision of their child’s Internet activity. Children who use the Internet unsupervised may be exposed to inappropriate or disturbing information and images.

Material Donations Policy 

The Cannon Free Library accepts donations of recent books and audiovisual materials which are clean and in good condition. We reserve the right to accept, decline, discard, or sell any donations. Realia will not be accepted. We provide a receipt for gift materials for tax purposes upon request.

Problem Patron Policy

Patrons that are unruly, disturbing, offensive or abusive to other patrons and/or staff may have their library privileges suspended for a period of time. All disciplinary action will be handled by the Director.
 1st Offense – Verbal warning by the Director
 2nd Offense – Suspension of library privileges until patron amends offensive behavior
Any suspension may be appealed to the Cannon Free Library Board of Trustees, and their decision is final.

Unattended Children and Minors

All children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or adult caregiver when present in the Library. No child under the age of 10 may be in the Cannon Free Library without parental supervision. All parents will be responsible for the actions of their children while in the Library.

Responsibility for the welfare and the behavior of children under the age of 18, using the Cannon Free Library rests with the parent, guardian or an assigned chaperone.  Though staff will always respond with care and concern, they cannot assume responsibility for children’s safety.

We recognize that many young adults under the age of 18 are responsible enough to be in the library without adult supervision. However, if library staff identifies behavioral issues or recognizes that a young adult cannot use the library responsibly on their own, staff may ask young adults to leave the premises. Additionally, parents will be contacted, and if behavioral issues occur, a young adult may be required to have a parent or caregiver present while using the library.

If a crisis occurs, staff may need to contact authorities to ensure the safety of a child under the age of 18.