We welcome Boerne students to our afterschool information page of the Patrick Heath Public Library!
We want to share with you what we have to offer for afterschool visitors. Many of our services are still available, but they might look a little different! We appreciate your patience.
We expect all students to abide by the library's policies. The library closes at 7pm Monday-Thursday, and at 6pm on Friday. Please be sure to pick up your child before closing time.
Please read the Unattended Children policy and the Disruptive Behavior policy, which can also be found on our website. This policy applies to everyone. Please make sure your child knows how to contact a responsible adult. ___________________________________________________________ Children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by a responsible “Adult” (defined as parent, guardian, teacher or assigned caregiver who is at least 16 years of age) at all times. If a child age 10 and under exhibits disruptive behavior, staff will ask the child to stop the behavior. If the behavior continues, staff will inform the parent. In the event the parent is unable to control the child, the entire party will be asked to leave the library. Children 11 years of age and older are welcome to visit the library without adult supervision. They are expected to understand and follow the rules of library use. If a child 11 years of age and older exhibits disruptive behavior, staff will ask the child to stop the behavior. If the behavior continues after the verbal warning, staff will attempt to contact the child's parent/guardian. If the child does not comply with instructions from staff, or staff is unable to contact the child's parent/guardian, the Boerne Police Department may be contacted for assistance. ___________________________________________________________ Children must arrange for transportation from the library a minimum of 20 minutes prior to closing. If any child 15 years of age and under is still on the premises 20 minutes after closing, Boerne Police Department will be notified.
Examples of disruptive behavior may include, but are not limited to:
Misuse of restrooms
Misuse of library property
Leaving bags or backpacks unattended
Using skateboards or scooters on library premises
Viewing inappropriate material on computers
Easily overheard talking
Threats of violence, etc
The Patrick Heath Public Library is a public building open to everyone, and is not a restricted, secured, or protected area. The wooded area behind the library is isolated from major traffic and has hidden areas, sharp rocks, and other debris that could pose a hazard. Any parent or guardian leaving a child unattended in the library, or in the areas behind the library, does so at the child’s risk. The City of Boerne is not liable for any consequences of parents/guardians forfeiting their responsibility for children while on library premises.
Staff will contact the Boerne Police Department for assistance when:
We are unable to contact a parent or guardian;
Anyone exhibiting a behavior problem will not leave the library;
Children ages 14 and under are left unattended after closing hours for longer than 20 minutes.
Anyone exhibits behavior that is deemed to be illegal, dangerous, or harmful to patrons or staff.