CHILDREN'S AND TEENS SERVICES

Purpose

Elliot Lake Public Library Board recognizes that the library services provided to children and teens are important in their own right for intellectual growth, cultural appreciation and recreational activities. The intention of this policy is to ensure that children and teens are accessing materials, programs and services of Elliot Lake Public Library are treated safely, consistently and fairly.

Elliot Lake Public Library Board endorses Ontario Library Association's Position on Children's Rights in the Library and Ontario Library Association's Position on Teen's Rights in the Public Library.

Children in Public Libraries have the right to:

  1. Intellectual freedom.
  2. Equal access to the full range of services and materials available to other users.
  3. A full range of materials, services and programs specifically designed and developed to meet their needs.
  4. Adequate funding for collections and services related to population, use and local community needs.
  5. A library environment that complements their physical and developmental stages.
  6. Trained and knowledgeable staff specializing in Children's Services.
  7. Welcoming, respectful, supportive service from birth through the transition to adult user.
  8. An advocate who will speak on their behalf to the library administration, library board, municipal council and community to make people aware of the goals of children's services.
  9. Library policies written to include the needs of the child.


Teens in Public Libraries have the right to:

  1. Intellectual freedom.
  2. Equal access to the full range of materials, services, and programs specifically designed and developed to meet their unique     needs.
  3. Adequate funding for collections and services related to population, use and local community needs.
  4. Collections that specifically meet the needs of teens.
  5. A library environment that complements their physical and developmental stage
  6. Welcoming, respectful, supportive service at every service point.
  7. Library Programs and Services appropriate for Teens.
  8. Trained and knowledgeable staff specializing in teen services.
  9. An advocate that will speak on their behalf to the library administration, library board, municipal council and community to make people aware of the goals of teen services.
  10. Library policies are written to include the needs of youth.