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Safety guidelines for children in La Crosse libraries to be discussed by city board

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A city library should be a safe place for kids to be, and leaders of the La Crosse Public Library want that to be the case in their buildings.

Members of the city library board could vote at their August meeting on an updated policy for child safety. For example, a caregiver who accompanies a child to the library could be 16, rather than the current minimum age of 18.

Deputy library director Dawn Wacek says children are still expected to behave themselves at the library.

“Them being a child, makes no difference,” she said. “We’re still going to ask them to leave, if they’re, you know, ripping up materials or climbing the furniture or something like that.”

Wacek says the library staff watches youth spaces, to be sure that adults who don’t have a reason to be in those areas do not go there.

“Our youth spaces are reserved for youth by young people and their caregivers, meaning if you’re an adult who doesn’t have a reason to be in the children’s area, you may be asked to go somewhere else,” Wacek says.

Wacek says library staffers “can’t act as parents” while kids are in one of the city’s library branches.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Lucenut

    August 9, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    Shut this antiquated boondoggle down! We can read everything in the library of congress on our freaking phones now! And we can buy hard-copy books from Amazon and hundreds of other places for one tenth the cost the library buys them from (it’s corrupt approved vendor list).

    The library was a good idea when a book cost the equivalent of a month’s wages. Now it’s a progressive echo chamber that costs us millions of dollars a year.

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