Librarians Becoming Reluctant Babysitters

The Seattle Public Library System has been forced to formulate a policy to address the issue of unattended children being left at its branches:

At the Columbia branch on Rainier Avenue South, young-adult librarian Sarah Webb recalled a 3-year-old who often came with an older sister and then was left alone, or three little girls from 5 to 8 years old who were being left at the library more than six hours a day. \"Sometimes they get bored,\" Webb said. \"They run out of stuff to do. They get antsy. They\'re here six hours with nothing to eat.\"

A formal policy would provide guidance for staffers, who have typically been trained in library science, not child welfare. . .

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