Children - For Parents

Centerville Public Library
Safe Child Guidelines

The Centerville Public Library welcomes the use of its facilities by children of all ages. Our services and programs are offered to make the library a warm and inviting atmosphere for children, to encourage them to visit the library and to develop a love of books, reading and libraries.

Busy public buildings are not secure places for children to be left alone. Responsibility for the welfare and the behavior of children using the library rests with the parent, guardian or an assigned chaperone. Library staff cannot assume responsibility for children’s safety and comfort when they are unattended.

The Library Board of Trustees believes that it is the parents’ responsibility to provide childcare. The purpose of this policy is to inform parents and guardians that the Library does not assume responsibility for the safety of
children, and to provide the guidelines used by staff.

Levels of supervision required:
  • Children age three and under must always be in close proximity and within sight of the adult responsible for their safety.
  • Children under the age of ten must be supervised by a parent or caregiver, at all times while in the library.
  • Children ten and older may be left unattended, providing they are mature enough to follow library rules and observe proper conduct.
  • Unattended children must be picked up before the library closes. Any child left more than ten minutes beyond closing time will be picked up by the Barnstable Police and taken to the station for their safety.
  • Children of any age with mental, physical or emotional disabilities which affect decision-making skills or render supervision necessary, must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at all times.
  • Children at programs. A child may attend a library program by him/herself, however, the caregiver must remain in the library and be ready to meet that child promptly when the program ends. Staff does not monitor the arrival or departure of any child from a program or the building. 

Important Sites Specifically For Girls and Boys
A Mighty Girl

This site is “the world’s largest collection of books, toys, and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.” Book suggestions are categorized as fiction, general interest, history/biography, personal development, and social issues. There are also suggestions for a wide variety of movies, TV and music – all with the intention of promoting strong,
health, and smart young girls. There is also an extensive parenting section that provides helpful information on body image/self-esteem, bullying, life skills, adoption, LGBTQ parenting and much more.

The site is constantly changing its featured books based on the time of the year or current events.  One section that is featured at the moment
is books starring mighty girls with disabilities. The site explains the reason behind this choice. “Every child wants to see herself represented in the pages of her books – but if your Mighty Girl has a disability or special need, books featuring characters like her are few and far between.  And when characters with disabilities do appear, they are often marginalized, only existing so that the main character of the book can show compassion towards them.  Fortunately, authors and publishers are starting to recognize the importance of representation and inclusion of people with disabilities, and in recent years more and more books have been featuring characters with disabilities. These books encourage children to be understanding and accepting of peers with special needs, while also providing children with disabilities all-too-rare role models who represent their struggles and triumphs.”
Guys Read

This site is a Web-based literacy program founded by author Jon Scieszka. As the site explains “Research shows that boys are having trouble
reading, and that boys are getting worse at reading. No one is quite sure why. Some of the reasons are biological.  Some of the reasons are sociological.  The good news is that research also shows that boys will read – if they are given reading that interests them. On his site you will find sections such as book of the month, new books, information about authors, and the tools necessary to create your own “Guys Read” club. 

Probably one of the best features of this site is the extensive list of suggested reading material. The books are categorized in sections that would appeal to boys such as “Tails and Scales (Animals and/or Insects)”, “Robots”, “The Wild West”, Mysterious Occurrences”, “Dragons”, “Creepy and Weird”, and “Superheroes and
” to name a few.

There are also reading suggestions for comics, graphic novels, magazines, poetry, and life events. In other words, Jon Scieszka is really doing just about anything he can to get boys interested in reading and becoming life-long readers.

Internet Safety
On Guard Online - this site from the federal government provides tips for parents for navigation online safety including talking with your kids.

NetSmartz - this site created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has links for parents, educators, law enforcement to find information for internet safety. Each page provides presentations and links to more information. This site also has a link for parents with teens and a special section just for kids.

Cybersmart - this website created by the Australian government is great for resources and advice about being online safely for all ages.

FBI's Parent Guide to Internet Safety - this is a direct link to the FBI's informational pamphlet to online exploitation and the risks to your children.

Encouraging Your Children to Read
The links below will take you to sites that provide great suggestions for helping your child develop and maintain an interest in reading. Check back often - we'll keep adding and modifying the list of suggested links.

20 Ways for Parents to Encourage Reading

Resources from Reading is Fundamental (RIF) - Literacy Central
Tips for Reading Aloud with Elementary School Children
Choosing Books for a Reluctant Reader

Best Children’s
This website is created by teachers and general public. It's a good source if your looking for books by subject or level.

Helping with Homework
Family Education
This site is packed with 'back-to-school' information - and it goes beyond homework help (although there is a great homework section here...)
The main back-to-school page includes links on getting ready for school, back-to-school safety, 'what parents need to know this school year', and even breakfast and lunch ideas and recipes.
TLS Books Free Worksheets
Need a little more help with school work or wishing to educationally occupy your kids then this site is full of free educational worksheets for PreK to Grade 5.
Scholastic School Success
Tips from scholastic to help your kids succeed in school from PreK to grade 8

Parenting Tips

Health and Parenting Center
This site from WebMD covers popular hot topics in parenting and health, popular searches as well as access to their online parenting community.

Planned Parenthood - Tools for Parents
Great source for tips on talking to children about growing up




Language and Literacy Skills
Set the stage for a lifetime of learning! Read, talk, sing, write, and play with your child to develop and foster a lifetime of literacy. Created by the Multnomah County Library.

Great Books
Newbery Medal
Recognizes distinguished contribution to American children’s literature.

Caldecott Medal
Recognizes distinguished art in an American picture book.

Sibert Medal
Recognizes the most distinguished informational picture book published in English.

Geisel Award
Recognizes authors for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.