I just received a call about Congress’ move to ban children from libraries… WHAT??!!
OK, calm down, and take a deep breath. There is much more to the story.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), passed this past August, requires that all products for children under 12 must be tested for lead. Books are subject to this requirement, as lead is often present in ink, but testing is expensive and time consuming.
So what does this mean for libraries? Well, that is not completely clear just yet. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is still working on guidelines for all industries, including schools and libraries, for when the law takes effect on February 10th. Libraries and schools could be granted an exemption.
For more information:
Library Journal - http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6628453.html
This is the official press release from the American Library Association which announces that the ALA is asking for $100 million in stimulus funding from Congress for libraries during this time of economic crisis.