May 18, 2022

Colorado: “New Boulder Public Library Rule: No Unattended Children Under Age 12”

From The Daily Camera (Boulder):

The Boulder Public Library’s new rules of conduct don’t allow children under the age of 12 to be alone in the library.

Library officials say they developed the new rule, which will go into effect Wednesday, because some parents leave young children by themselves in the children’s section while the parents use other sections of the library.


“He walks to school by himself. He can walk and ride his bike all over downtown by himself, but he can’t be by himself in the children’s section of the library?” asked Steve Hendricks, a Boulder freelance writer, of his 10-year-old son, Elliott. “That doesn’t make sense.”

Elliott Hendricks, a sixth grader at Casey Middle School, describes himself and his best friend as “bookworms.”

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See Also: A Boulder Public Library Blog Post Outlining New Rules

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