Information for Parents
The library offers collections and events for all ages and reading levels, including children and teens.
- Children of any age may have their own Youth cards.
- Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when applying for or renewing a card. The parent/guardian must provide current photo ID and proof of current address, and must have less than $10 in charges on his or her own card. The signing parent/guardian is financially responsible for anything checked out on the child's card.
- Youth cards are free for residents; non-residents may purchase a parent/child card ($75/year; non-refundable).
Youth One Book Cards
- A One Book card allows residents and non-residents under age 18 to check out one book or magazine at a time, without needing a parent's signature. They must provide their name, address, phone number and date of birth.
- A One Book card does not allow check out of CDs, DVDs or other items, and cannot be used to access public computers.
- Children who already have a regular library card are not eligible for a One Book card.
Access to Our Collection
- CADL provides a wide variety of materials representing many points of view.
- CADL staff does not monitor the information children may find in the library, or restrict checkout of library items based on age.
- A child with a library card has access to all CADL items and services, including filtered Internet access. The Internet allows users of all ages access to ideas, information and commentary. Some may be inaccurate, offensive, or inappropriate for children.
- In compliance with Michigan law (PA 212 of 2000), CADL has installed filters on our public computer system to protect children from obscene and explicit material. Anyone under age 18 is assigned a filtered computer for Internet access (based on library card number). For their own safety, never allow someone else to use your child's card for computer access, and never let your child use someone else's card.
- Filtering software is not completely effective, and CADL cannot ensure that a child will not access information the parent/guardian deems inappropriate.
Visiting the Library with Children
- CADL staff cannot provide supervision or be responsible for children.
- Children age 7 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 for library purposes. 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.