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You probably shouldn't be doing anything at all at this time since the jury
is out on what libraries can or must do regarding this new legislation.  The
CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) can be found here:

The American Library Association has information about how they are working
with the Consumer Product Safety counsel on this.  You can read about it

On June 9, 2009, the following was posted on the ALA District Dispatch site:

"Currently, the Commission is not imposing penalties under the new standards
for most books.  The Commission has been presented with evidence by the
publishing industry and others that so-called “ordinary books” as
manufactured under present standards do not contain lead.  This evidence has
been provided so that publishers and distributors of ordinary children’s
books might be granted an exemption from the testing requirements in the
CPSIA.  Today’s meeting is one in a series of sessions on this topic."
[More available at the link below:]

Basically the lead content in books is very small and is not considered to
be harmful.  As a result, ALA is hoping to have libraries and their books
exempted from the process of eliminating anything with lead content.  To
stay up-to-date on this issue, bookmark the ALA District Dispatch website
and watch for any new information that might come from meetings on this

(In the meantime, don't toss your books!!)  *grin*


Shonda Brisco
Assistant Professor / Curriculum Materials Librarian
Mary L. Williams Curriculum Materials Library
001 Willard Hall
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078

"Digital Resources" columnist
School Library Journal

"Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get
you through times of no libraries." ~ Library Poster

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