Out with the Old, In with the Old

blog_kidsbooksMany booksellers, librarians, and others who think teaching our nation’s children to read is a good idea have been outraged since last month, when a law passed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission went into effect and mandated that children’s books printed before 1985 be taken off shelves and pulped because their illustrations contain lead paint — some are resisting the law, and the situation may prove to be a righteous battle between protectors of cultural heritage and paranoid safety nuts terrified of peanut butter and spinach; meanwhile, Warner Bros has begun a service that allows people to order DVDs of vintage films that were previously unavailable in that format — the company will create them as they’re ordered, not unlike a pizzeria, in a novel effort to bring cultural gems of the past into the present in a financially sound manner.