It's About Choices
Your child's library card* presents opportunities for many fascinating, educational and entertaining experiences, and we are pleased that you, as a parent or guardian, are encouraging your child to explore them.
The Arapahoe Library District provides a wide variety of materials representing many points of view on topics of interest to the community. All libraries contain some printed, audiovisual and online materials that some parents find inappropriate for their children.
It is not the library's policy to decide what ideas your child should be exposed to; therefore, we hope you will continue to participate in the learning process by helping your child select materials and by sharing them at home.
We provide alternatives. You make the choices.
* Children of any age can get an Arapahoe Library District library card with parental approval. Parents/guardians are responsible for library materials and any fines or charges incurred by their minor children (under age 18).
Using the Internet
The Arapahoe Library District provides free access to Internet computers for all ages. These computers are filtered in accordance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Colorado State Law on Internet Protection in Public Libraries (CRS 24-90-601 etc.). Computers in the children's area of the library or those designated for use by children only have a stricter level of filtering than that used on adult and teen computers.
Please be aware that no filtering system is infallible and the Arapahoe Library District does not assume any responsibility for the accuracy of its Internet filters.
We are always willing to work in partnership with you to help guide your child in the safe use of the Internet. The library staff can direct you to child-appropriate websites and help you find resources with tips for parents and children on how to surf the web safely. Please remember, however, that ultimately, you are responsible for your child's use of the Internet in the library.
For Your Child's Sake
To keep your child safe in the library, please keep in mind that the library is a public building open to everyone, and please . . .
In 2000 Congress passed a federal law that requires schools and libraries receiving federal funds to establish certain Internet safety measures.
The Arapahoe Library District offers computers with internet access available to the public at no charge at all of our libraries! We also offer free wireless internet access you can use with your notebook/laptop computer or other wireless device.
This Filtering Clearinghouse site is provided by the Colorado State Library to help you understand the Federal CIPA law and how it affects your local library.
Keeping your children safe is a full time job. With school out for the summer, younger children and teens have even more time to surf the web.
These tips and websites will help keep the whole family safe in cyberspace.