The Weare public Library seeks to promote reading and literacy in the community, provide access to information, and acquire and make available educational and recreational materials and activities for the benefit and stimulation of all patrons.
Library cards are free to residents and/or taxpayers of Weare, as well as those employed in Weare. The library may require proof of eligibility: a driver’s license or other photo ID with current address, a utility bill bearing the person’s name and local address, a paid tax bill or inclusion on the current Weare tax list, or a pay stub from a Weare employer. Non-resident cards are $20 a year. Non-residents are asked to include a legal address on the registration card. Temporary residents are not eligible for a borrowing card.
For children aged birth to 14 years, their library privileges are derived through their parents or guardians and must have parental permission to receive a library card. A parent or guardian signature is required for all patrons under the age of 14, except for students visiting the library with their class. In such cases, notice will be sent to parents through the school that library cards are being issued. Responsibility for the reading, listening, viewing and borrowing of materials by children and young adults, as well as for their use of the library, rests with the parent or legal guardian. Cards are not transferable. All information provided by patrons for registration, as well as all circulation history, is protected by NH RSA 201-D:11, Library User Records: Confidentiality.
Lost or Forgotten Cards
A patron who has forgotten his/her card may check out materials at the staff’s discretion. If a patron loses a library card, there is a replacement fee of $1.00.
Loan Periods and Renewals
Books, magazines and audio books circulate for 14 days, DVDs and videos circulate for seven days. Items may be renewed if no other patron has reserved them. Any item that is 21 or more calendar days overdue may not be renewed.
Books borrowed from other libraries are circulated for two weeks, and may only be renewed by permission of the lending library when a demonstrable need for extra time warrants renewal.
Checkout limits for items may be imposed at the discretion of the staff if materials are in high demand, or a patron has failed to return items in the past. A patron may borrow no more than 5 interlibrary loan items at a time.
Denial of Borrowing Privileges
The library director and staff may, at their discretion, limit or rescind borrowing privileges for due cause. Such cause shall include detaining books for longer than 28 days, as cited in NH RSA 202-A:25, or other documented evidence that a patron has not demonstrated reasonable effort to comply with the terms of a borrower’s card.
Borrowing privileges may be restored upon payment for, or return of overdue materials, or when a patron has demonstrated compliance with the terms of a borrower’s card.
The library does not charge a daily fine for overdue materials, but provides a box at the circulation desk for donations.
At 28 days past due, a bill may be sent to the patron for the replacement cost of overdue material plus a $5 fee for processing. Unpaid bills are cause for suspension of borrowing privileges. The only exception to this suspension date would be when a patron claims an item was returned and is actively working in good faith with the library staff to resolve an overdue issue.
Under the terms of NH RSA 202-A:25, the library and its agents reserve the right to request assistance from law enforcement or collection agencies in the collection of unpaid bills or the return of library materials.
If a patron finds and returns a missing item after a bill has been paid, the library reserves the right not to issue a refund.
Lost or Damaged Materials
Materials that are lost or damaged beyond reasonable repair while charged out to a patron become the patron’s responsibility. Patrons will be billed the cost of each item plus $5 for processing.
The Library Director may, in exceptional cases, accept a replacement item in lieu of payment. In such a case, the replacement must occur within 28 days of the due date to avoid suspension of the patron’s borrowing privileges.
Adopted, Weare Public Library Board of Trustees, December 1, 2016
Collection Development Policy
The Weare Public Library seeks to select, organize, preserve and make available to the people of the community books and related materials which will aid them in the pursuit of education, information, entertainment, and enrichment. The library seeks to develop a collection representative of differing points of view. Materials should not be excluded on the basis of the origin, background, or views of those responsible for their creation, but should be evaluated for purpose, quality and relevance to the needs and interests of the community.
Because no small library can individually develop a balanced, comprehensive collection that meets the diverse needs of a community, the Weare Public Library’s collection will be supplemented by loans from participating libraries in the state’s interlibrary loan system, NHAIS (New Hampshire Automated Information System). Every effort will be made to meet criteria for participation in this system.
Ultimate responsibility for materials selection policy lies with the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees delegates selection to the Library Director and through the director to such members of staff who are qualified by reason of education, training and experience.
The library’s collection will be built to meet the needs and interests of the community. Library materials are meant to be used. Selection criteria include the following: customer requests; previous interest in the author, subject, or genre; current interest or usefulness; relevance to community needs and interests; historical significance to the town; availability of material elsewhere; duplication of content in existing materials.
Works widely considered to be classics shall be included in the collection and shall be judged on the merit of the whole work even if a part reflects stereotypical, biased, or otherwise objectionable qualities in its characters or content.
Books and other materials will be accepted on the condition that the library has the authority to make whatever disposition of them it deems advisable. Selection of gift material for the collection is subject to the same criteria as purchased acquisitions. Memorial gifts will be designated by a special bookplate. The library does not appraise donated materials, but donors may be given a receipt listing the number and format of items received.
Deselection (Weeding of Collection)
Items are removed from the collection when they are no longer relevant. Decisions to remove books shall be guided by the following criteria: use; age; currency of the author, subject, or format; duplication within the collection; availability elsewhere; historical significance to the town; physical condition.
Materials removed from the collection may be given to other libraries, sold or donated to the Friends of the Library. Outdated or damaged materials will be disposed of.
The library recognizes its responsibility to be a resource for a wide spectrum of ideas, viewpoints, and beliefs. Language, situations or subjects which may be offensive to some community members do not disqualify material which, in its entirety, is judged to be of value.
Use of the library and its materials is open to all, regardless of age, race, sex, nationality educational background, physical limitations or any other criteria that might be a source of discrimination. We are dedicated to protecting the individual’s right to decide what library materials to use. While persons may reject materials for their own use, it is not their right to restrict access to material by others. The library will not restrict additions to its collection, nor justify removals, based upon protecting potential users from the contents of material. The selection of materials for the adult collection is not restricted by the possibility that children may obtain materials their parents consider inappropriate. Parents and guardians are responsible for establishing guidelines for use of materials by their children.
Patrons may request reconsideration of an item previously selected. They will be given copies of this policy. If, after reading and discussion of these documents with the library director, all concerns and questions have not been satisfactorily addressed, they may complete a copy of the Request for Reconsideration. This form will be reviewed by the Trustees of the Library at their next scheduled meeting, and a letter notifying the requestor of their decision sent immediately after the meeting.
Emma Sawyer Community Room
Rules for Use of the Meeting Room
A. The Emma Sawyer Community Room of the Weare Public Library is available to educational, cultural and civic groups based in Weare or substantially serving Weare. Organizations agreeing to the terms outlined below are welcome to meet in this room whenever it is not being used for library programs or by library organizations.
We expect compliance with all requirements of these rules for us. If not, the user will be subject to a fine at the discretion of the library trustees.
C. Rules for Use
1. Maximum occupancy is 49 people.
2. Non-governmental organizations may reserve the room for single dates only.*
3. Youth groups must have an adult sponsor and one adult in attendance for every 15 young people present.
4. Non-local groups must be sponsored by a Weare member of the organization.
5. No commercial use is permitted.
6. All meetings must be open to the public and free.
7. Only light refreshments may be served.
8. The key must be returned the next day that the Library is open. (Bookdrop may be used for return)
* effective 10/2007- A second date per group/per month will be permitted
if that date is open and written application approved five or fewer days
before the second date requested.
1. Applications will be considered in order of receipt. Library programs will have priority.
2. Applications must be made to the library director by an adult Weare resident in writing in the approved form.
Those who use the meeting room are responsible for leaving the room in the condition in which they found it. Restoration or repair of any damages is expected. Please check with the library director about using decorations in the room.
Patron Behavior Policy
The Trustees and staff of the Weare Public Library seek to provide a comfortable environment for all library users, and to be stewards of the town’s property in our care. For the library to be safely enjoyed by all patrons, the following rules and regulations must be observed. While no list can be complete, any conduct that disrupts the operation of the library is prohibited.
- Many patrons use the library as a place for quiet study. Patrons should respect the rights of others and not engage in loud conversations or noisy activities, profane or abusive language, shouting, singing, or use of audio devices without headphones. Cell phone ringers should be turned off and phone conversations conducted in the lobby or outdoors.
- Harassment of others, either verbally or by physical actions is prohibited. This includes any actions that patrons or staff members perceive to be harassing.
- Threatening the safety or rights of another person, including but not limited to violent or disorderly behavior, verbal threats of violence or abusive language, stalking, or possession of weapons are all prohibited, and the police may be called.
- Use of alcohol, tobacco in any form, or illegal drugs is prohibited in the library. Patrons under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be asked to leave library property.
- All patrons, regardless of age, must wear appropriate clothing, including shoes and shirts.
- Only animals assisting persons with disabilities or for training or programming purposes will be allowed in the library.
- Children age 10 and under may not be left unattended in the library and must be directly supervised by an adult or caregiver 16 years or older, with no exceptions. Running, damage to library materials, and disruptive behavior may result in a request to take children out of the library. (See Unattended Children Policy)
- Theft of or damage to library property is prohibited. Anyone involved in such actions will be subject to arrest and prosecution and will be responsible for restitution.
9. Bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, scooters and similar equipment may not be brought into the library except by permission and may not be used in walking or driving areas.
10. The library reserves the right to contact the Weare Police Department for assistance related to the removal of a patron.
Violations of this policy will result in increasing levels of action, ranging from asking a patron to leave for the remainder of the day to a patron’s permanent loss of library privileges, to legal prosecution. The level of action shall be determined on a case-by-case basis and shall be within the sole discretion of the Library Director or his/her designee.
A patron may appeal a decision of the Director to the Board of Trustees who will review the circumstances of the case and confirm, cancel or change the director’s decision. The board may suspend a patron’s library privileges indefinitely.
The Weare Public Library presents programs that offer information, education and recreation to the citizens of Weare.
Library sponsored programs are free and open to the general public. Some programs may be designed with specific audiences in mind, i.e., children’s programs, toddlers’ programs and parenting programs. Programs targeted toward specific audiences will be publicized as such.
When the cost of materials for a program exceeds a nominal amount, there may be a materials donation requested by the library.
Organization or business affiliation will be used by the library in our promotion of programs where support or sponsorship of a program has occurred. This does not constitute endorsement, merely acknowledgement.
Limits on audience size due to presenter’s terms or building capacity may make the use of admission tickets necessary for some programs. Whenever a program is ticketed, this shall be noted on all publicity. Tickets shall be free and available at the library. Ticket holders who do not plan to attend an event are asked to contact the library at least two hours before the event, in case there is a wait list.
Tickets will be honored for seating until ten minutes before a program. At that time, general admission to all others will open and remain open until the program starts.
Parents, guardians and chaperones shall make every effort to model appropriate audience behavior and to promote courteous attention among children in their care. The library may request that audience members step outside in the event of cell phone use, crying children or other distractions.
Programs will be planned to meet the interest and needs of community members and will represent the wide range of ideas and views contained in our materials collection. They will represent the library’s philosophy of free access to information. The ultimate responsibility for selection of library programs rests with the library director who operates within the framework of the policies determined by the Board of Trustees.
Social Media Policy
Overview: Weare Public Library supports the notion of the library as a commons. Online environments are an increasingly important area for providing and supporting community. In order to provide an effective community, we must allow our users to interact not just with the library but with each other. This can be accomplished by allowing our users to post comments, questions or other content to our public web environments.
By enabling our users to talk to us (and each other) directly, we improve their present experience with the library, and gain valuable feedback that can be used to improve our future resources and services. Because we are a public institution, we have a responsibility to provide equal access to our services and resources. If we are to deny participation in a library-created environment, we must have a public declaration of the criteria upon which we make that decision. For this reason, content moderation assures the use of social software technologies responsibly, fairly and without legal liability.
Definition and purpose: Social Media is defined as: blogs, other types of self-published online journals, and collaborative Web-based discussion forums including, but not limited to, LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. Social Media facilitate an environment for library staff and library users to share opinions and information about library-related issues, events and subjects. The Library supports participation in Social Media as an additional method by which to promote the services and resources of the library.
Procedure: Comments, posts and messages are welcome and will be reviewed before publishing. The following will be removed before publishing:
- Obscene or racist content
- Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language
- Potentially libelous statements
- Plagiarized material
- Private, personal information published without consent
- Comments totally unrelated to the content of the forum
- Hyperlinks to material that is not directly related to the discussion
- Commercial promotions or spam
- Content that is copyright-protected
By posting content, the user agrees to indemnify the Weare Public Library and its officers and employees from and against all liabilities, judgments, damages, and costs (including attorney’s fees) incurred by any of them which arise out of or are related to the posted content. Forums and messaging may not be used for commercial purposes or for organized political or religious activity. Opinions expressed by individuals in posts and messages are not those of the library.
Unattended Child Policy
The Weare Public Library welcomes the use of its services and facilities by children. Staff members are committed to:
- Helping children find materials for school work and recreational reading.
- Providing an environment that encourages study and exploration.
- Planning short programs that inform and enrich.
- Teaching children the joy of books and reading.
Although staff members are also committed to the well-being and safety of children, library facilities are not designed or licensed to provide basic childcare needs or emergency care if the child becomes upset or ill. Any public place may be dangerous for a child who is left unattended. Arrangements should be made ahead of time for children to be picked up, as the library discourages the use of the phone for this purpose. Children should be told immediately if any changes in arrangements occur.
The Library reminds parents to consider the safety and well being of their children and the needs of other library users of all ages. Children should be supervised at all times and reminded that the materials in the library are to be respected and treated with care. With these considerations in mind, the following policies and procedures apply to all users of the Weare Public Library.
1. All children 10 years old and younger should be accompanied by a parent or other adult who is responsible for the child. Children under the age of 10 may not be left unattended in the library and must be directly supervised by a responsible adult or caregiver 16 years or older, with no exceptions.
2. At the discretion of the responsible parent or guardian, a child age 10 or older may be left unattended for the period of time needed to select materials, complete a homework assignment, or attend a program. The child must know how to reach the responsible adult in case this need should arise. Children should not be left for excessively long (more than two hours) periods of time.
3. Children and their adult caregivers should be aware of the closing times of the library. The library will call the Weare Police to escort children who have been left in the building after closing hours. Responsible adults will be called to pick up the child at theSafetyBuilding. Under NH RSA 169-C:3 (1) and (3)XIX such children shall be considered abandoned or neglected until a parent or responsible adult picks them up.
Staff Procedure for Unattended Children at Closing Time
1. Library staff should attempt to call a parent twenty minutes before closing. If the staff
cannot reach a parent within fifteen minutes after closing, the police will be called to assume responsibility for the child.
2. Two staff members should remain with the child until the parent or the police arrive.
3. The library staff will UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES transport or take the child away from the building. In the case of either a disruptive or an unattended child where action as outlined above has been taken, a report will be sent immediately to the Director and a copy will be filed at the library.
4. In case neither the police nor a responsible adult are available to assume care of children left at closing time, the parent shall assume the cost of all wages and benefits, to the nearest hour, for both employees remaining with the unattended child.
Policy and Procedure for Disruptive Children
Definition: Disruptive behavior is any form of behavior that seriously or constantly disturbs patrons or staff; damages library property; interferes with library service; or endangers the well-being of the disruptive child or others. Such behavior may occur within the building or in the area immediately outside the building. Parents will be responsible for any disturbance or damage done to the library by their child.
Parental Responsibility: Parents are responsible for the actions of their children in the library. A parent (or other responsible adult) who brings young children to the library must keep them under control and within sight. Shouting, running, pushing, or other rowdy, rambunctious activities, will not be tolerated. Adults accompanying young children who cry for an unreasonably long time may be asked to remove children until they have quieted down.
Children over the age of 10 may use the library unattended provided that their behavior is not disruptive whether or not the parent is present.
Unaccompanied Children: In the case of disruptive behavior by unaccompanied children under 12 years old, a parent/guardian will be called to pick them up. Disruptive children, older than 12 years may be asked to leave the library after two warnings. In both instances, parents will be contacted and, if the parent is unavailable, police custody will be utilized. All incidents of disruptive behavior will be reported in writing to the Director.
Children should not bring food or beverages to be consumed in the library. The exception is when food is served as part of a Children’s Room program or celebration.
Children should dress appropriately in the library. In addition to basic clothing (top and bottom) shoes should be worn.