Libraries: Don't Drop Kids Here On Snow Days

The county library system is asking parents to make alternative plans for child care during snowy weather when schools are closed. Dropping off children at libraries is not an option, library officials say.

"Unfortunately, some parents have left small children alone at the library on snow days," library director Edwin S. Clay III said in a statement. "This is inappropriate, because librarians are not child-care providers."

According to the county Department of Family Services' child supervision guidelines, "Children who are 7 years old or younger should not be left alone for any period of time."

Clay agreed, explaining that public libraries are busy places that serve a wide variety of visitors. "If your children are too young to be dropped off in a crowded shopping mall, they're too young to be dropped off at the library."

The child-care resource and referral number is 703-449-8484; parents can also search for drop-in providers on the Child Care Central Web site at .

Another snow day alternative is community centers. Their hours vary, so parents should call first, especially on snow days when center openings could be affected by the weather.

For more information on community centers, call 703-324-4386 or go to .

By  |  December 15, 2005; 2:37 PM ET  | Category:  Government , Weather
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