When I was a kid, I practically devoured books — including books from before 1985, which the Consumer Product Safety Commission is trying to rid from public libraries in an effort to reduce lead poisoning in children. They are attempting to rid the library not only of old children’s books, but also books for adults. Testing shows the books to have an almost undetectable, perfectly safe level of lead. Since many libraries cannot afford the costly, redundant test to prove safety, the books will be simply thrown away. This will have a serious impact on education and child literacy.
When I have kids, I want to show them the books I read as a kid. If H.R. 1692, the bill to save the books, doesn’t find a co-sponsor, these books will be thrown away. Please ask your representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 1692 to save the books!