I work in a public library, and while I would not say that this is a huge problem here, it does happen. I have not encountered a young child (say, under 8) left alone at the library yet, but many parents drop off their middle school aged children in the afternoons and evenings. The only problem I have with this is that very often a parent will seem to "forget" to pick up their child. Kids get very embarrassed and upset over this, understandably, when they have to wait outside after we've closed for the parent to come. Two staff members always stay behind with the child, and the parents get a letter explaining the library hours and policy.We find toddlers wandering around by themselves now and then, and in most cases the parent is embarrassed and/or running around frantically looking for his/her child. Not surprisingly, a three year old gets very upset when he/she can't find a familar face in a strange place. Let me add that, while I love the library and all it offers, it still attracts the same wierdos as any other public place. I would not feel comfortable leaving my young kids alone there. You can't expect all the librarians to know that that is not little Jimmy's dad whose dragging him out as he screams, "But I don't wanna!!!!" Parents are constantly dragging out kids that don't want to go. laura
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