Help Libraries Continue to Supply Children’s Books

From the American Library Association:

Action Alert: Ask your Representative to Sign Rep. Fortenberry’s Dear Colleague on Lead in Children’s Books!

As you know, Congress passed legislation titled “The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008” last August.  This legislation seeks to decrease the levels of lead and phthalates in products intended for children 12 years of age or younger and is enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).   This legislation was misinterpreted by the CPSC to include books.

Thankfully, U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) recently introduced legislation to amend the CPSIA to exempt ordinary books from the lead limits within the bill.  This legislation specifically exempts books and would ensure that children can continue to have access to safe, educational and entertaining reading materials.  Mr. Fortenberry cannot drive this legislation alone; he needs our help to ensure that his colleagues understand books are indeed a safe product, but our children’s access to them is threatened because of the CPSC’s current interpretation.

For more information and to have ALA forward a message to your congressional representative go to: http://capwiz.com/ala/issues/alert/?alertid=13004706&queueid=[capwiz:queue_id]

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