DENISON, TX – When the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced in March it would require products for children including library books be tested for lead, the expected expense put several area libraries on edge. Now that commission says libraries can rest easy.
The Denison Public Library was preparing to go before the city council to request $50,000 to test their children's books published before 1985 for lead. Now the commission says they do not want libraries to take any action while they sort out the details of the mandate.
Denison Public Library director Alvin Bailey says if they were not able to come up with the funds, they would have had to throw away hundreds of books. Bailey says he is glad that the classic books they have will stay on the shelves.
"I think in terms of the Denison Public Library and others in the viewing area, we have had these books out there for a long time and there has been no problem and we don't anticipate there being one as we move forward," Bailey said.
Bailey says now they will focus on getting new books published after 1985 into the library.