Sunday, January 25, 2009
A Banning of a Different Sort
According to a recent article on the News4Jacs blog out of Jacksonville, Florida, a new federal law may result in banning children from libraries unless certain books are pulled from the shelves. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act is designed to protect children from the dangers of lead. Concerns are being raised about trace amounts of lead in ink and the government wants all books, games, toys and clothing for children under 12 tested for lead. Testing books could cost between $300 and $600 each. The American Libraries Assocation (ALA)is lobbying Capitol Hill to exclude public and school libraries from the new law.
The ALA wiki which includes links to other sites around this issue and the Utah Library Association's web site includes a letter from Kristin Murphy, the ALA Government Relations Specialist.