Wednesday, March 18, 2009

For the love of old books...

On my way home from dropping the kids off at school, one of my favorite people, Charles Osgood, aired his radio address on WBBM Radio 780. In today's discussion was "old" Children's Books....by "old" definition meant before 1985.



He indicated that two libraries in the US have already removed these "old books" from their shelves because the Consumer Product Safety Commision has indicated there may be lead in the ink used for the printing of these books.



There solution to this "danger" is a recommendation that the books be individually tested at a cost of $300 each, just to make sure.....

I am just in shock and left shaking my head today. Keeping our children safe is very important to me but, the amount of lead from reading a book has to be absolutely minimal. Unless, maybe you eat it.

Where has our common sense gone? Aren't there bigger threats to our children then "old" books. Personally, I still have a collection of the books I was raised with. There is not a chance in this world that I will ever get rid of them or refuse to let me children read them.

My common sense would tell me...wash your hands when you are finished. Think of all the great books we would have to destroy if we were to really believe this was a great threat.

What do you think?

9 comments:

Jen from Windy Ridge said...

crazy! and sad.

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

These people probably chewed on their books when they were kids (I'm sure they were born before 1985..)and this is the result of the lead affecting their brains! Sometimes stupidity has no limits...Marcela

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

For Christmas, my sister-in-law rounded up books that my husband and I had read as children, and gave them to our children. We loved it, it never occured to me that they might be dangerous!

pink cupcake vintage said...

It's ridiculous! I love old books!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Wow, I hadn't heard about this! I am totally with you! I love all my old books...and they aren't prying 'em from my hands! :-)
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blondiensc said...

I agree, I love old books and my best friend gave me a bunch of old Christmas books for Christmas, they are pricelss...I can't imagine them being destroyed.

Jeanneoli said...

How about monitoring the junk on television that our kids have access to. How about working on all the drugs coming into our country from Mexico with our unguarded borders....don't get me started.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

You've GOT to be kidding me! What's next?

I have a soft spot in my heart for the oldies but goodies. Always will!

Anonymous said...

Callers to Consumer Protection by concerned shops have simply been told in order to be absolutely sure, they need to test in 2009. Hence the petition by one of the shops I buy from. If you don't mind and have the time... www.ipetitions.com/petition/RepealCPSIA/