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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-30-09 07:19 AM
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Libraries say new safety law could mean no more books for kids
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Toys with dangerous levels of lead, toxic chemicals in clothing, hazardous baby cribs the soon-to-be-enforced Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act aims to protect children from all of them.

But library books?

Unless the Consumer Product Safety Commission exempts them from the sweeping legislation, libraries nationwide could be forced to pull childrens books from their shelves or, alternately, ban children.

That would put roughly 2 million public library books plus childrens books in school libraries in the Kansas City area out of commission unless each volume was tested for lead, an unrealistic possibility.

Youre talking about separating children from books, which has got to be the most ridiculous thing this commission has ever attempted, said Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Associations Washington office.

more . . . http://www.kansascity.com/703/story/1008438.html
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