Parents & Educators

Library staff offers resources for parents, educators, caregivers, and students. Need to find the right book for your reader? Are you a teacher who would like to have a librarian visit your class, or would you like to bring your students to the library for a tour? We're here to help.

Can Kids Be Alone at the Library?

Please review the library's Underage Policy to learn more about kids and teens visiting the library. A few important things to note include:

  • Children 5 and under cannot be left unattended at the library under any circumstances.
  • Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian when visiting the library. If the child is attending a library-sponsored program, the adult guardian must remain in the library at all times.
  • Children 9 and older may not be left unattended at the library for extended periods of time that do not include programs.

Tips for Parents

  • Accompany your children on trips to the library.
  • Let them explore the shelves, mindful that kids and teens are naturally attracted to books and other materials intended for them, not to materials beyond their maturity or reading level.
  • Provide clear guidelines. If you believe certain materials or subjects are inappropriate, express your concerns in a nonjudgmental way. Remember, what is forbidden immediately becomes more attractive.
  • Peruse materials your children select and review all reading lists sent home by teachers.
  • Learn how to evaluate children's books. Check your library for guidelines about what is appropriate and appealing to various ages. Read book reviews and look through materials yourself to determine their appropriateness for your children.
  • Talk to your children about what they are reading. This will help you understand their interests and concerns and allow you to express your opinions.
  • Get to know your public and school librarians. They are experts at selecting materials that correspond to a child's age, interests, and abilities.
  • Introduce your children to their librarians and encourage them to seek help from library staff when they need it.
  • If you have questions or concerns about a book, discuss them with a librarian or teacher. They may be able to help you understand why the material is being used or provide an alternative for your child.
  1. Elizabeth Murray

    Children's Services Supervisor
    Phone: (405) 372-3633 x8116

  1. Jordan Stine

    Teen & Adult Services Librarian
    Phone: (405) 372-3633 x8127