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Old 02-09-2009, 11:08 PM   #1
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Paper Books - a DANGER to Children!

"The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act is intended to protect children by mandating the testing of toys and other children’s products for lead. Good idea, right? But the law is vaguely-worded, and as written requires the testing of books for lead as well. This expensive and destructive testing could have serious implications for bookstores and libraries. Alternatives to testing include banning children under 12 from libraries to keep them safe."

http://www.sarahgoslee.com/2009/01/2...-the-children/

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TSince the law does not exempt books, children's' sections at libraries and bookstores will, at minimum, face price hikes on newly acquired titles and, at worse, may have to rethink older holdings.

After all, no one has the slightest idea how many future violations lie hidden in the stacks and few want to play a guessing game about how seriously officialdom will view illegality. "Either they take all the children's books off the shelves," Associate Executive Director Emily Sheketoff of the American Library Association told the Boston Phoenix, "or they ban children from the library."
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:18 PM   #2
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:48 PM   #3
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And so the cost of textbooks, school supplies, and equipment..etc.. becomes even more outrageous

http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/16/cps...0116olson.html

"The law's provisions were billed as stringent, something applauded by high-minded commentators as a way to force the Mattels and Fisher-Prices of the world to keep more careful watch on the supply chains of their Chinese factories.

Barbed with penalties that include felony prison time and fines of $100,000, the law goes into effect in stages; one key deadline is Feb. 10, when it becomes unlawful to ship goods for sale that have not been tested. Eventually, new kids' goods will all have to be subjected to more stringent "third-party" testing, and it will be unlawful to give away untested inventory even for free.

The first thing to note is that we're not just talking about toys here. With few exceptions, the law covers all products intended primarily for children under 12. That includes clothing, fabric and textile goods of all kinds: hats, shoes, diapers, hair bands, sports pennants, Scouting patches, local school-logo gear and so on.

And paper goods: books, flash cards, board games, baseball cards, kits for home schoolers, party supplies and the like. And sporting equipment, outdoor gear, bikes, backpacks and telescopes. And furnishings for kids' rooms."
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:54 PM   #4
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Wow, I can see this having some lasting fallout as the ramifications become more widely known.
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Old 02-10-2009, 02:42 AM   #5
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And here I thought the Dutch government was over-protective...
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Old 02-10-2009, 03:48 AM   #6
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Thank goodness this sort of ridiculous rule was not in force when I was a child.

Our local library became a sort of club which I attended from the age of seven. Saturday mornings were exciting with pals and a librarian-reader who would help us choose our books.
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Old 02-10-2009, 04:46 AM   #7
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It's funny how people tend to concentrate on ridiculous issues, while overlooking really important ones.

OTOH, maybe now the ereaders and ebooks will really take off
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:55 AM   #8
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Thank goodness this sort of ridiculous rule was not in force when I was a child.

Our local library became a sort of club which I attended from the age of seven. Saturday mornings were exciting with pals and a librarian-reader who would help us choose our books.
Same here! I'd be found there every Saturday until I was around 11 and I went to the big library at the nearby town. It was much, much, much larger! The only time I didn't go was when it was really pouring. I'd have to get there by bike and it was about 10km away.
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:27 AM   #9
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I'd be surprised if library books weren't already covered in enough bacteria to contravene a host of health and safety regulations - and no-one has stripped the shelves yet.
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:35 AM   #10
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I'd be surprised if library books weren't already covered in enough bacteria to contravene a host of health and safety regulations - and no-one has stripped the shelves yet.
Probably not as many bacteria as paper money.
Hmm. I wonder whether the new legislation mean that dollar bills have to be tested too?
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:04 AM   #11
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:20 AM   #12
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Maybe it's part of the new President's stimulation package - to create new jobs testing toys for tots!
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:24 AM   #13
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I once saw my daughter about to breathe. She was actually going to inhale air which probably had god knows what in it. Well, I put an end to that in a hurry, let me tell you!
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I once saw my daughter about to breathe. She was actually going to inhale air which probably had god knows what in it. Well, I put an end to that in a hurry, let me tell you!

It's crazy. First, kids can't have pnut butter, and now they are taking away their library books. What's the world coming to?

OK, I do have a thought: These kids aren't risking lead poisoning by touching the books. They would have to eat them, right? Are kids allowed to eat library books? I don't think so.

Another thought: And who is to say with 100% surety that lead is bad for kids. What if they grow up all sickly and brittle, only to find out in 20 yrs that lead is an essential nutrient? Is anyone thinking about that? Won't someone think of the children?
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