CADL offers collections and events for all ages, including children and teens. Here is some helpful information for parents.
Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian when applying for or renewing a card. The parent/guardian:
A One Book card allows residents and non-residents under age 18 to check out one book or magazine at a time. It also allows access to our digital collection. No parent signature is required, but children must provide their name, address, phone number, and date of birth.
A One Book card does not allow check out of items such as CDs or DVDs, and cannot be used to access public computers. Children who already have a full access library card are not eligible for a One Book card.
CADL provides a wide variety of materials representing many points of view. Staff does not monitor the information children may find in the library, or restrict checkout of library items based on age.
The Internet allows users of all ages access to ideas, information and commentary. Some may be inaccurate, offensive, or inappropriate for children.
A child with a Youth library card has access to all CADL items and services, including filtered Internet access. CADL cannot ensure that a child will not access information the parent/guardian deems inappropriate.
In compliance with Michigan law, we have installed filters on our public computer and wireless system to protect children from obscene and explicit material. Anyone under age 18 is assigned a filtered computer for Internet access. Never allow someone else to use your child's card for computer access, and never let your child use someone else's card.
CADL staff cannot provide supervision or be responsible for children. Children age seven or younger must have a parent or caregiver in the immediate vicinity and in visual contact. The assigned caregiver must be a responsible person who is at least 12 years old and who carries emergency contact information.
Children age 8 and older may use the library on their own. Parents are still responsible for their children’s actions and well-being. Anyone who is disruptive to patrons or staff may be asked to leave.