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Message to Parents

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We are delighted that you are encouraging your child to use the County of Los Angeles Public Library. We are glad to be your partner in supporting your child's education and reading experiences.

It is the responsibility of the County Public Library to supply a wide-ranging collection of books and other materials to meet the varying needs and wide-ranging interests of the diverse populations of Los Angeles County. These materials include subjects intended for many grade and maturity levels and reflect varying viewpoints and philosophies.

No one knows your child like you do. You are your child's most important adviser in choosing materials which meet his or her needs. As a parent or guardian, it is your responsibility to take an active role in selecting materials that are suitable for your child to read or view.

Your signature on your child's library card application means that you understand that your child will have access to the whole library with its wide range of resources, even those that may not meet your personal standards. The library staff does not take responsibility for judging the appropriateness of materials selected by your child when you are not present to supervise those selections.

Below are suggestions for making sure that you and your child have a positive library experience:

  • Visit the library together.
  • Help your child select materials. Read through or review their selections to be sure that they meet your standards.
  • Introduce yourself to the Children's Librarian. He or she will be glad to help you to select library materials for your family.
  • Familiarize yourself with the County Library policy on public access Internet use and how to guide your children's use of the Internet.

We hope that you and your child enjoy the County of Los Angeles Public Library experience together.

Sincerely, county seal

County of Los Angeles Public Library