During the July 31, 2023, Botetourt County Board of Supervisors Meeting, Botetourt County leaders unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the protection of citizens’ first amendment and parental rights in Botetourt County Libraries. The resolution stated that the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors actively supports and defends citizens’ First Amendment rights including:
Read the full resolution here.
Also, during the meeting, Botetourt County Board of Supervisors Chair, Dr. Mac Scothorn, shared a recommendation that he stated he would share, on his own behalf, with the Botetourt County Library Board that it consider prohibiting minors (under age 18) from visiting County libraries unaccompanied except for 16 and 17-year-olds who have been granted written permission by a parent to do so.
The Botetourt County Libraries’ current policy, which was endorsed by the Board of Supervisors, is that children under the age of 13 must be supervised by a parent or responsible adult over the age of 18. Read the Botetourt County Libraries’ current unattended children policy here.
Read more about library policies about parental rights here.