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In a recent e-mail club message I wrote about how a law from 2008 forbade anyone selling any children’s books published before 1985 to children, unless they passed a lead content test! The law, that was trying to protect children from lead, went to extremes, and went waaaay too far. UPDATE – the law has been repealed. I got the word from Fred Woodworth’s long running zine about kids series books called, “The Mystery and Adventure Series Review”. Woodworth was one of MANY, that loudly opposed the stupid law from the start. In writing about the change he also remarked, that the people responsible for all this upset, the person or persons writing the law, were not held accountable for all they did. Good point. They should be held accountable for all the harm they caused.
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HERE IS THE ORIGINAL MUSEA E-MAIL CLUB MESSAGE:
Musea E-mail Club #487 Banned Books Is Kid’s Stuff Compared to This
Scenario: I’ve got a copy of the ‘Secret Garden’ that I loved reading as a child. IF I give this copy to a child now in 2009 …. I’ve broken the law and can face a $100,000 fine or time in jail. And sadly I am not kidding.
No, 2009 is not 1984, but it seems close. This is so outrageous that I wonder how it got past America? But it did. And it’s the law.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), is a law passed by congress in August 2008 in response to the fear of lead in toys from China. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, the agency charged with enforcement, issued guidelines specifying that all children’s books published before 1985 would become illegal to sell unless they passed a lead-content test (which costs $300-$600 a book). Experts say this is pretty stupid and the lead in some inks wouldn’t be bad if kids ate them.
The books are allowed for collectors, but if and only if no kid sees the kids books!
Used book stores, thrift shops, libraries etc. are put into a spot.
What are they supposed to do – burn them! At Fahrenheit 451?
To make sure this is real,and sadly it is, please search ‘CPSIA’ or articles such as