Who's up for a good old fashioned book burning?
There's been a lot of contention online about the CPSIA. Now, second-hand stores have actually begin discarding and destroying all of their children's books from before 1985
(along with other children's products like toys and clothes). After a month of this law being active, there are few children's items in any of the thrift stores I visit. Now, I don't have kids...but for those that do, this could be a huge blow.
I certainly hope all those books we donated to Mr. MacRoss's school will be spared this fate. I know for a fact some of the books in my boxes were pre-1985 publications. A statement from the ALA
has made it clear that they consider libraries to be included under this law.
Supposedly, this law makes it illegal not only to sell said books, but to give them away as well. No more family hand-me-down books from before I was born. I find it ironic that the baby book my parents kept when I was born is now considered unsafe for children. I don't suppose the congress has thought about the ramifications of taking away even more resources for children to learn to love reading? Our country is illiterate enough as it is.