Friday, 9 January 2009

New Year blessings ... part 2

A house is not a home without a family.

To me, family is the most important, the most precious and is life-everlasting.

What a way to start the year ...

As I rearrange bookshelves, I take a break and read some posts and I'm greeted with conversations stemming from this:

Effective February 10th, in the United States, the sale of all
children's books (books intended for children ages 12 and under) is to
be PROHIBITED. Every single book printed prior to the ruling is
affected, whether new or used. New books in production are required to
include a "lead-free" certification and will be the only books that are
legal to offer for sale.

What does this mean to the homeschooling family?

Well, for one, curriculum fairs across the country will be cancelled as
book vendors scramble to figure out how to comply with the new ruling.
Complete book inventories will have to be destroyed -- the ruling even
prohibits giving away the books! Local thrift stores will be hard hit --
most will likely have to close their doors -- yes, even Goodwill and
Salvation Army.

Clothing, toys and books -- even CDs and DVDs are included in the
ruling. Thrift stores will no longer be able to accept or process
anything (including clothing) that would be intended for a child.

No more library sales. Libraries will not be permitted to give away or
sell book donations. It is unsure yet, however, how the libraries'
shelves themselves will be impacted (the ruling doesn't explicitly
mention "loaning" books, just selling or giving them away). The key
word, however, is "distribution" --

libraries may well be required to destroy books from their shelves.

(The ruling that originally passed was about toys, but the EPA has since
made a statement that clothing, books and media are included in
"children's toys".)

Just how serious is this new law? has already notified all vendors of their need to comply.
No book can be sold at the Amazon site that was printed prior to
compliance. And the "compliance" must be coordinated at the
manufacturing stage. At the time of this article there is no clause to
be able to grandfather-

in older books or even rare out-of-print books.
It can cost between $500 and $1500 to test a book for lead.

I happen to own a children's bookstore specializing in living books from
the 1950s and '60s. My punishment for selling a book after February
10th? Up to $100,000 and 5 years in jail. And yes, it is a felony
charge. For selling a SINGLE book.

(Although I don't think the S.W.A.T. team scenario would become a
reality overnight, at the same time I would be leery of blatantly
violating Federal law.)

So what can you do to help save your local used bookstore that sells
children's books? Or that homeschool curriculum business?
Or your EBay business selling children's items?

ACT NOW before the quickly approaching deadlines:

1) Email or call the CPSIA - the office of the CPSC ombudsman at

Comments on Component Parts Testing accepted through January 30, 2009.
Or email: Sec102ComponentPartsTesting@...

2) Contact your local representatives. For their contact informa-
tion, just enter your zip code.

3) Make your voice heard by voting on this issue! The top 3 in
each category will be presented to President-elect Obama.

4) Sign the petition.

5) Spread the word!
Forward this article.
Send an email.
Write about this on your blog. Tell others about this issue and
encourage them to do the same.


For the complete story, read the following links:

Consumer Product Safety Commission Summaries on Legislation Index
page for Children's Products Containing Lead; Lead Paint Rule and
other rulings

Office of the General Counsel FAQ on retroactive inventory require-
ments -- The use of forward effective dates appears to force current
inventories to adhere to the ruling on February 10th, 2009

Specific FAQ on their interpretation of books and other media to be
included in the testing of lead based products

Effective Date: Lead content limit of 600 ppm becomes effective 180
days after enactment. An advisory opinion regarding the application
of the new lead limit to inventory existing at the effective date
can be found on our web site at

Getting the Lead out: There is no lead in children's books

There is no lead in Children's books: From a Pedatrician

Goodness me, this sounds serious indeed. I do not know all the facts, but wanted to share the information just in case anyone hasn't heard about it yet.

Okay, let's talk about New Year Resolutions.
Did you make any?

Amongst my list:
  • to have a better year than last year.
  • to be better organised with school, i.e. create a better filing system. 
  • sort through bookshelves.
  • set up a REALISTIC menu to fit our budget and STICK TO IT for at least one year.
  • get back to writing my diary on a daily basis.
  • start saving for computer. (It may only be a small amount at the moment but I'm setting aside $10 per week. Mental note to self: big things come from small beginnings.)
  • email friends and ask for birth dates again (I lost them all last year when our computer crashed).
  • blog more frequently

  • Welcome 2009

    I've enjoyed our summer break and feel quite rejuvinated and with that, I think I'm just about ready to commence our schooling for 2009. This weekend the plan is to reorganise the bookshelves and (attempt) creating a better filing method. I would also like to create a realistic plan for the school year. In order to do this, I think I will get started on tamāhine 1's exemption. I found that by preparing tama 1's exemption last year, it killed two birds with one stone - prepared the exemption as well as created the schooling plan for 2008. So fingers crossed I repeat with success this year.

    Okay, I will now close this posting. Firefox is crashing on me every few minutes.

    I read some posts on different groups this week and some ladies were saying they were experiencing problems. At that stage I hadn't, but now I understand what they were talking about. This is just too frustrating for me.

    So, I am going to gather all the bookmarked websites and blogs I have on Firefox and download Google Chrome. Why am I trying Google Chrome? Because I have one of my brother's using it and a niece. They say it's good and that's good enough for me. I've had it with Firefox.

    Before I do sign off though, I will try to load one last thing, and I hope this is okay to forward. I received the Australian map lapbook on the CMandFriends-ANZ group. Michelle is providing the lapbook and as she quite rightly reminds everyone: Copyright restrictions still exist so no sharing.

    It is ONLY available until this SUNDAY so be sure to get in quick.

    Thanks for dropping by
    ka kite ano

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