Youth Services Department
Serving the Children and Families of Bridgeview
The Youth Services Department of Bridgeview Public Library strives to offer quality programs to the children and families of Bridgeview. Our goal is to offer resources and programs that will promote a love of reading in each child. The Youth Services Department is a professional, caring environment where children are respected and appreciated. We look forward to serving you.
Register for our 6 week Holiday Programs! Holiday Programming runs from November 4th - December 14th. Check out the calendar link on the library's home page or pick up a Brochure and Calendar from children's department. We have programs for Toddlers, PreSchoolers, After School for Kindergarten - 6th grade, and Teens.
Children's Safety is our 1st concern
Unattended Child Policy from Bridgeview Library
The Bridgeview Public Library is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment for patrons of all ages. Youth Services staff members are committed to helping children with activities related to the library. Library staff members can not supervise children and can not serve as caregivers, teachers, or disciplinarians. Parents are responsible for the behavior and well-being of their children at all times.
Children under the age of eight (8) must be accompanied and directly supervised at all times by a parent or other responsible caregiver. Caregivers must be at least 14 years old - and able to attend to the child's safety and ensure appropriate behavior. If a child under the age of eight is found unattended, a staff member will attempt to contract a parent or caregiver. If the no one can be reached, for the safety of the child the police will be called. Library staff will stay with the child until police arrive. The library is a public building and library staff are unable to care for children while performing library duties. Parents and Caregivers are asked to take to time ensure children understand basic personal safety guidelines when alone in a public building.
Children age eight (8) and older may use the library unattended for a period of time appropriate to their age and maturity. All patrons, including children, are subject to library rules and policies. Children unable to comply with department rules and policies should have a parent or caretaker on the premises. All children must have contact information for a parent or caregiver in case of emergency, library closure, or rule violations.
If the child attending a program is under the age of eight (8), caregivers must remain on the premises for the duration of the program and pick up the child in the Youth Services department at the conclusion of the program.
In the event that a young person age twelve (12) or younger is still on the premises after the library closes to the public, the police will be called to pick up the young person. Attempts will be made during that time to reach parents, staff are not permitted to take young people home.