Supporting a culture of safety and health through awareness, education, and skill-building, Marion Public Library is standing up against violence. On Sept. 1, 2018, Marion Public Library will become a No Hit Zone and will join a growing number of organizations and communities across the nation that have put similar programs in place.
A No Hit Zone is an environment that supports a culture of safety and health where:
- No adult shall hit another adult
- No adult shall hit a child
- No child shall hit an adult
- No child shall hit another child
Children’s Services Coordinator, Olivia Stoner, was contacted by Katie Burrell, who serves as a board member for the Iowa Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (IASAC), about Marion Public Library being the pilot site in Linn County to start the No Hit Zone initiative. Together they have led the effort to develop and implement the No Hit Zone program.
“Marion Public Library is committed to providing an environment of safety and health for our patrons and staff. Safe, healthy and nurturing relationships and environments are needed across the lifespan for people to thrive,” explains Ms. Stoner.
The No Hit Zone program improves staff responses to disruptive behaviors when they arise and the prevention of hitting from occurring.
“We want our staff to have the necessary tools and resources to feel confident that they can prevent challenging interactions from escalating. In turn, this supports our commitment to promoting the well-being of every person we serve,” adds Stoner.
Everyone who works at or visits Marion Public Library is asked to respect the policy.
Educational brochures and No Hit Zone posters will serve as visual reminder. Library staff are planning programs and displays that will build awareness and offer alternatives to violent behavior, including a parenting class this fall in partnership with the Parent Education Consortium (PEC).