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. . .
Where are the child welfare authorities? And ALA wonders why so few people are interested in public library work . . .