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CPSC Issues Rule Regarding Lead Standards; More Guidance To Come for Libraries

As the American Library Association (ALA) has emphasized since first enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), concern for children’s safety is our first priority in providing materials to young patrons. On August 26, 2009, the CPSC’s final rule on children’s products containing lead was released. In the…

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Washington Office Grassroots Advocacy: A New Year Brings New Opportunity

A month has passed in the new year and a new Presidential Administration and Congress have settled into Washington. They have hit the ground running, dealing with the many challenges that face our nation. The economic crisis has been a primary focus, and since the downturn, the library community has…

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Congressman Lee Calls on Consumer Product Safety Commission To Clarify Law That Could Force Libraries to Destroy Children’s Books

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 OFFICE OF U.S. Rep. Chris Lee (NY-26) Contact: Andrea Bozek/Mike Ricci 202-225-5265 (office)/716-598-4500 (cell) WASHINGTON — Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to clarify whether libraries will soon face the prospect of destroying children’s books in order to…

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UPDATE: ALA Files Comments to Consumer Product Safety Commission

The American Library Association today submitted comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission) on January 15, 2009. In addition to expressing our concern that the Commission’s implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) will prevent libraries…

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ALA Files Comments, Urges CPSC To Exempt Libraries from Regulation Under Consumer Product Safety Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) today filed comments with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), urging the commission to issue notification confirming that the new lead limits under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSIA) do not apply to library books and related materials. Under the CPSIA, which…