The Post and Courier (Charleston,SC) has a report on the main branch of the Charleston County Library and their "latchkey" children that flood in after school. Some do their homework, like Christina Brown, 12, who on a recent day sat on the steps to finish her French while waiting for her father, and Brittany Latten, also a sixth-grader, who researched a social studies project on a computer in the children's area.
Others, such as fifth-grade pals Louisa Hopkins and Sophie Greene, gather in a group outside to pass the time.
Coached on safety issues, the youngsters mainly keep to themselves and stay in groups. They know exactly what time to expect their rides home.