New Anti-Lead Law Could Turn The Page For Libraries

A new federal law barring lead from children's products could turn the page on libraries. Mesa county libraries says it may have to pull books from the shelves or ask your kids to stay out.

The consumer product safety improvement act was designed to keep kids safe from toys tainted with lead. But it applies to lots of items, not just toys. The law applies to new books and books already on the shelves at libraries.

Lawmakers have giving libraries a year to look into the issue before they are required to act. If required to act, it could effect public libraries and schools all the way up to junior High. Lead testing is expensive, from several hundred to several thousand dollars a test and librarians say it could take a big bite out of their budget.


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