News Flash


Posted on: August 16, 2023

Botetourt County Library Board of Trustees Upholds Parental Rights in Botetourt County Libraries

Blue Background with orange text and megaphone held by a hand graphic

During the August 16, 2023, Botetourt Library Board of Trustees Meeting, Trustees unanimously decided to maintain the library's current policy requiring children under the age of 13 to be supervised by a responsible adult aged 18 or older. 

Trustees noted that they had received substantial citizen feedback requesting to maintain the Library’s current Unattended Minor Policy. They observed that Botetourt parents have full access to and control of minors’ library accounts until they turn 18, ensuring high transparency into their children’s use of library materials. Read the Botetourt County Libraries’ current unattended children policy here.

Botetourt County Library’s policy is already one of the most conservative policies in the Commonwealth, as many other public libraries in Virginia allow unaccompanied children as young as 8 or 10 years old. 

Library Board of Trustees Chair, Dr. Marlene Preston said, “We appreciate community input about teen use of the library. Our libraries always welcome teens! Current policies already reflect the rights and responsibilities of parents, and the policies allow teens to access library materials while they are still using a card controlled by their parents. Botetourt teens are learning to make good choices as they use the library for information and entertainment. They manage their homework, receive tutoring services, select books for leisure reading, and chat with friends while they enjoy the resources and comfort of the library environment. Overall, we protect the rights of parents and minors--all patrons--to access the professionally chosen materials in the library as they choose.”

During their public meeting on July 31, the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the protection of citizens’ First Amendment and Parental Rights in Botetourt County Libraries, affirming current Library policies.  During the discussion, the Library Board of Trustees unanimously expressed their support for the Board of Supervisors resolution. 

At the same Board of Supervisors Meeting, Chairman, Dr. Mac Scothorn shared a personal request that the Botetourt County Library Board of Trustees 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.  Dr. Scothorn had been asked by citizens to have the current age of 13 reviewed to see if there was merit in having it changed.  

“I appreciate the Library Board of Trustees looking into the age matter and I fully respect their decision of keeping the current Unattended Minor Policy in place.  I know they weighed all the options and found the Botetourt policy to be appropriate,” Dr. Scothorn stated. He went on to say, “It is my true desire that parents praise the efforts of their children’s learning and ask parents to join them in the process to build not only knowledge but also a better community”. 

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home

Burn Ban Lifted for Botetourt County

Burn Ban Has Been Lifted

Posted on: December 4, 2023
Take RVL Everywhere You Go!

New Library Mobile App

Posted on: December 4, 2023
photo of zack kelly - sitting on a bench holding a baseball glove

BOCO Storyteller Series - Zack Kelly

Posted on: November 14, 2023
graphic with toys and toy drive verbiage on festive background

Toy Drive: October 30-December 8

Posted on: October 25, 2023
Burn Ban In Effect

Burn Ban In Effect

Posted on: November 8, 2023
blurry photo of road workers with VDOT logo

VDOT Pipe Replacement Projects

Posted on: October 13, 2023
BOCOFacts4U text on green background

Recycling in Botetourt County - FACTS

Posted on: October 13, 2023
Blue Background with Botetourt County Logo and text

Planning Commission Change of Date

Posted on: October 2, 2023
photo of woods and trail with grass

Craig Botetourt Scenic Trail Information

Posted on: September 29, 2023

Board of Supervisors Agenda for 9/26/2023

Posted on: September 22, 2023
Photo of Jim Arzigian in front of the Buchanan Library in Buchanan VA

BOCO Storyteller Series - Jim Arzigian

Posted on: September 13, 2023

Board of Supervisors Agenda for 8/22/23

Posted on: August 18, 2023
Blue Background with cloud and lightning bolt

Severe Weather Resource Guide

Posted on: August 7, 2023
Blue Background with white box and county seal with hand holding megaphone graphic

BOCO Resource Guide

Posted on: July 5, 2023
blue background with hand holding a megaphone with text

2024 Real Estate Assessment

Posted on: June 26, 2023
blue background with cartoon hand holding a megaphone

Legal Ads & Notices

Posted on: June 23, 2023
Photo of white truck and men in reflective vests installing fiber for internet

BOCO Broadband Journey

Posted on: June 20, 2023
youth football player with red jersey

Why I Play - Luke's Story

Posted on: June 15, 2023
BOCO WILD Girl Fishing

BOCO WILD Sees Record Attendance!

Posted on: June 13, 2023
Now Offering Pickleball Newsflash

Pickleball is HERE

Posted on: June 12, 2023
photo of the Botetourt Sports Complex

Botetourt County is Hiring!

Posted on: May 25, 2023
blue background with BOCO Libraries logo and cartoon hand holding a megaphone

Fincastle Library - Extended Hours

Posted on: May 24, 2023
blue compass logo with person fishing and sun mountains and river in background

BOCO Wild 2023!

Posted on: May 17, 2023
Adult man and two boys wearing red football jerseys, smiling

Why We Play - Mike's Story

Posted on: May 4, 2023
American Flag with Declaration of Independence and VA250 logo

Virginia 250 - a Revolution of Ideas

Posted on: April 25, 2023
kids playing youth sports - football, cheerleading and soccer

Fall Sports Registration is NOW OPEN!

Posted on: April 20, 2023
text over blue background


Posted on: April 20, 2023
blue background, orange letters and orange bullhorn

Budget Subcommittee Meeting

Posted on: April 17, 2023
Khushba Patel with Dairy Queen Logo

Botetourt County Welcomes Dairy Queen

Posted on: March 24, 2023

Board of Supervisors Agenda for 2/28/23

Posted on: February 24, 2023
photo of Penny Firestone with Gary Larrowe and Richard Bailey

Firestone Recognized for Years Of Service

Posted on: December 20, 2022
Photo of Luke Campbell

Campbell Nominated for Rising Star Award

Posted on: December 2, 2022
Blue background with traffic alert text

Interstate 81 Lane Closures - Exit 158

Posted on: December 1, 2022
blue background, orange letters and orange bullhorn

Budget Subcommittee Meeting

Posted on: November 22, 2022

Board of Supervisors Agenda for 11/22/22

Posted on: November 18, 2022
Photo with Thanksgiving Food: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatos, corn

Thanksgiving Closures

Posted on: November 17, 2022
Beige background with text spelling BOCO Grateful

BOCO Grateful

Posted on: November 1, 2022
Basketball Players playing basketball with text

Now Hiring Site Supervisors!

Posted on: October 31, 2022

Board of Supervisors Agenda for 10/25/22

Posted on: October 21, 2022
Photo of people cutting ribbon on a stage

Munters Grand Opens in Botetourt County

Posted on: September 28, 2022

Board of Supervisors Agenda for 9/27/22

Posted on: September 23, 2022

Board of Supervisors Agenda for 8/23/22

Posted on: August 19, 2022
VDOT logo with text Buchanan Road Closure

Buchanan Road Closure Starting 8/15/22

Posted on: August 11, 2022
Disneys Encanto photo for movies in the park event August 13 6pm at Blue Ridge Park

Movie in the Park - August 13th!

Posted on: July 25, 2022

VDOT Temporary Rd. Closure Alert

Posted on: July 19, 2022
Parks and Recreation is hiring text over photo of sports complex

BOCO Parks & Recreation Is Hiring!

Posted on: May 12, 2022

BOCO Broadband Update

Posted on: April 27, 2022

Stay connected!

Posted on: November 22, 2016

2021 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report

Posted on: December 28, 2021