Thank you for all the signatures accumulated so far! This issue is at a turning point for libraries, booksellers, and readers. We can make a difference if we really push now.
Our concern is at a very pressing moment in the U.S. House of Representatives. Last Monday, U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb) sponsored H.R. 1692 which granted an exception for children’s books given that they have no inherent play value for young children and no harm had been demonstrated (my paraphrasing). According to my limited understanding, the bill has been “referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce”, but lacks sufficient co-sponsors to advance in the Committee.
Please act swiftly on this issue by phoning or emailing your Representative in the U.S. Congress and asking them to support H.R. 1692. We cannot delay since some libraries and stores around the country are clearing their shelves while we debate.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1) Sign the petition: http://www.PetitionOnline.com/savebook/petition.html
2) PLEASE EMAIL OR PHONE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN THE U.S. CONGRESS ASAP and ask them to support H.R. 1692 to amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act to exempt ordinary books from the lead limit.
Visit http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml for phone and email information.
3) And most importantly: FORWARD this email to anyone you know!
Sara Lizzy Timlin
Title: To amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act to exempt ordinary books from the lead limit in such Act.
Sponsor: Rep Fortenberry, Jeff [NE-1] (introduced 3/24/2009) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 3/24/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2009 5:28 PM
If you're worried about the upcoming ban on books printed before 1985,
please sign my petition now! I am a strong environmentalist, but feel
that to eliminate all these books due to lead poisoning would be a
tragedy. Besides, all that lead would just end up in landfills and in the
I just set up this website to create an online petition, and if you agree
with me please take a look.
If you need more information, this article in the Washington Post just came
Please forward this message to absolutely everyone you know!
I give permission in advance for this to go to listserves as well.