[library-media] Fwd: Dear Debbie, Please Call the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Debbie Naylor dnaylor at alpine.k12.ut.us
Sun Jan 25 10:25:40 MST 2009

This could have devastating effects.  I had to leave a message with the secretary.

Debbie Naylor
Library Teacher
Lehi High School
180 North 500 East
Lehi, UT,  84043
801-768-7000 X337

"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain."  Louisa May Alcott

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January 22, 2009

Dear Debbie,

A public meeting was held January 22, and Cheryl Falvey, General 
Counsel for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), stated that 
a decision should be made by the first week of February regarding 
libraries.  She advised libraries not to take any action at this time, 
and we are hopeful that the Commission's decision will exempt 

Even with her assurances, we must let the CPSC know how important an 
issue this is to libraries.  Please call the Acting Commissioner, Nancy 
Nord, at (301) 504-7923. When you call this number, wait for the 
automated directory to give you directions to reach Nancy Nord's 
office. Explain to the Commission that it is simply impossible for 
libraries to remove all children's books from the shelves and/or ban 
children under 12 from the library and still provide the level of 
service that is needed.

As always, thank you for all that you do.  The only way we will be 
successful in ensuring that children will have access to safe books is 
with a strong grassroots effort.  Your comments to the CPSC need to be 
submitted as soon as possible, so please tell all your friends and 
family -- we need as many people as possible to communicate that this 
oversight could have lasting ramifications on our children and our 

* The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 has been 
interpreted to include books as a product that must be tested for lead. 
  While it is understandable that the CPSC must protect children from 
toxic materials, publishers have already tested the book components and 
found that the lead levels are lower than the regulations require three 
years from now.  Additionally, all book recalls in the last two decades 
have been because of toys attached to the books that posed a choking 
hazard, not the books themselves.

* Making these testing regulations retroactive would require both 
school and public libraries to take drastic steps to come into 
compliance.  They either would have to ban children from their 
libraries or pull every book intended for children under the age of 12 
from their bookshelves at the time children are fostering a lifelong 
love of learning and reading.

* In order to allow children and families to continue accessing 
critical library materials, please either exempt books from the 
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, accept the component 
tests that have already been done, or exempt all books currently in 
school and public libraries.  This will ensure that our children 
continue to have access to safe and educational library materials.

Thank you for your continued support of libraries!


Kristin Murphy
Government Relations Specialist
American Library Association - Washington Office
1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-2520
Phone Number: 202.628.8410
Fax: 202.628.8419
kmurphy at alawash.org
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