I just can't help but sing as I come to my keyboard this morning. A headline on FoxNews.com caught my eye: "Lead is Feared in Children's Books."
Apparently the CPSC is urging libraries to remove any books on their shelves printed before 1986. The libraries' response? Yeah, right. I love this line in the article: "Few, if any, libraries are complying, and many librarians are ridiculing the recommendation as alarmist."
And this one:
"'We're talking about tens of millions of copies of children's books that are perfectly safe. I wish a reasonable, rational person would just say, "This is stupid. What are we doing?"' said Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association's Washington office."
I'm a reasonable, rational person. This is stupid. What are we doing?
Ok, but then the next line, we got to squeeze this in there to be fair to the special interest groups, and it is entirely true: "Lead poisoning has been linked to irreversible learning disabilities and behavioral problems."
So what does our national authority, the Center for Disease Control, have to say?
"But Jay Dempsey, a health communications specialist at the CDC, said lead-based ink in children's books poses little danger.
'If that child were to actually start mouthing the book — as some children put everything in their mouths — that's where the concern would be,' Dempsey said. 'But on a scale of one to 10, this is like a 0.5 level of concern.'"
Like the math on that? 0.5 isn't even on the scale.
The last paragraph is is an opinion from someone who didn't research it enough.
"Nathan Brown, a lawyer for the library association, said libraries should not even be subject to the law. He argued that Congress never wanted to regulate books and that libraries do not sell books and thus are not subject to the consumer products law."
Um, yes, there were a lot of things that Congress did not want to regulate with this law. However, they didn't have time or support to write limits or guidance. In fact, special interest groups got the law in place and kept limits out of it. Now they refuse to amend the law. I wonder if perhaps the CPSC is attempting to force the hand of Congress by picking on libraries? If libraries refuse to comply with the law, what will happen to them? Well, technically speaking, the CPSC will have to go in and test books themselves (all the while they are testing millions of other products) to be sure they are in compliance, then when the books are not in compliance will prosecute the libraries. Riiiiiiggggghhhhtt. And for the record, some libraries DO sell books. Even if they don't, they are definitely subject to this law, which is regulated by the CPSC. Read a little more!
I love the irony. A good dose for the day!
If you want to read the entire article at FoxNews, you can find it: here.
Oh, I have to add--Mitch said he wants to write to the Library of Congress and notify them that he'll take any of their books printed before 1986. Gutenberg Bible anyone??? I mean, technically, that book was intended to be used by children, adults, everyone! (Nevermind that you can't actually touch it now, I'm trying to make a point here.) It doesn't matter WHAT library it's in, or where the library places the book, books are for children!