Use of Children’s Room and Use of Teen Room

Use of Children’s Room

The Demarest Free Public Library has set aside a room for use by children ages 10 and under. This area contains reading materials, computers, and other media specific to the developmental stages and needs of this population. As such, the Demarest Free Public Library requires that the area set aside for children is used by children, their caretakers, families, and individuals with an interest in children’s literature, such as teachers or students taking children’s literature classes.

Out of concern for the safety of young patrons, adults who are unaccompanied by a child or children in the Children’s Room may be questioned by staff, and may be asked to move to another area of the Library.

Use of Teen Room

The Demarest Free Public Library has a designated Teen Room to be used primarily for studying. Patrons must be at least thirteen years-old to use the Teen Room, with the exception of browsing and selecting the Young Adult materials shelved there.

In an effort to create a safe space for young people, adults are discouraged from entering the Teen Room, other than to browse and select Young Adult materials. Adults may not use the Teen Room or the computer in the Teen Room to work or study. Adults in the Teen Room not browsing the Young Adult collection may be questioned by staff and may be asked to move to another area of the Library.

Patrons using the Teen Room understand that they are subject to monitoring via security camera and that they must follow the Library’s regular rules of conduct.

Adults can reserve the teen room during school hours. The Teen Room will not be available to the adults after school hours, on weekends, or during school closures.

Adopted by the Demarest Library Board of Trustees April 25, 2022.