Libary Books

Posted on: Sat, 09/23/2006 - 8:39pm
barb1123's picture
Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

Just wondering what everyone's comfort zone is regarding library books. R (PA, ana dairy, eggs, nuts, multiple FA, EA, asthma, eczema) is 7.5 and wants to start going to the library. I've always steered clear due to concerns about possible contact reactions (i.e. if someone was eating something he was allergic to while they were reading a book he wants to check out).

I mean, I have no way of knowing if someone was eating peanut butter while turning the pages of a book. Does this sound like I'm over the edge? Is this a valid concern? Does anyone else avoid the library?


Posted on: Sat, 09/23/2006 - 9:06pm
PurpleCat's picture
Joined: 01/28/2006 - 09:00

We go to the library all the time. My DD also uses and borrows books from the school library.
We have only gotten one book that a child left red candy residue in and my DD gave me the book to take back without reading it. (This book came from her school's library.)
My DD has not had any problems being in the building, using the items there (including the computers), or borrowing and reading the books. We also borrow DVD's and VCR tapes.
Keep Smiling
DD - allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, and egg
[This message has been edited by PurpleCat (edited September 24, 2006).]

Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2006 - 12:34am
krc's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

We go to the library all the time and never a problem.

Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2006 - 12:44am
Greenlady's picture
Joined: 06/30/2004 - 09:00

We've gone to the library with no problems. (His class also goes to the school library weekly). However, my son (age 7) on his own has started washing his hands after handling library books.

Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2006 - 1:08am
3xy1PAinNH's picture
Joined: 08/07/2006 - 09:00

My son is not touch sensitive, thus we have never had a problem. Fact is, whenever you are out in public there is a risk, I guess you just need to decide what your comfort level is.

Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2006 - 7:34am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

We have a handwashing policy that is pretty strict... and it helps.
My daughter is truly, exquisitely sensitive. She has had problems with library books on about three or four occasions. I always check them over for true gross contamination before we bring them home, and they are not allowed into her bedroom (so she can't handle them out of sight, in other words). They live away from OUR books, too.
We had problems with "picture books"-- once a contact rxn so bad it took a few days of benadryl. But no trouble at all with literally hundreds of items since she quit reading picture books and moved to novels.
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Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2006 - 9:00am
krasota's picture
Joined: 04/24/2000 - 09:00

My biggest problem with library books isn't food--even for cookbooks! It's smokers and perfume users. And when a book triggered me without those two factors obviously present, I assumed cat owners.
I don't think folks who smoke in the house should be allowed to check out library books. I had one book that I could NOT air out. It was SO smoky.
And air freshener smells and perfume are almost as bad. Do not spray my books with febreze and lysol! [img][/img]

Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2006 - 10:15am
Kathryn's picture
Joined: 02/17/1999 - 09:00

My son is an avid library user and reads library books all the time. He is contact sensitive but has never had an issue with library books. Yes, all of what you have to say about the habits of the world when it comes to hygiene is true BUT it is not the world that counts for us. For us, it is what my son does that makes the difference and reduces the risk. What he does is wash his hands thoroughly after handling books just as he does after playing basketball, baseball, etc. and before eating. My brother, also alleric and contact sensitive, is approaching 50 and has never had an issue with library books. I could write this and my son could suddenly have a reaction based on touching the surface of a library book tomorrow. Even if that happened, I would encourage his continued use of libraries and library books. Library service and the doors to pleasure and information that it offers is too vital to an informed and enjoyable life to be set aside easily. Any reaction would be rare and our reduce the risk plan would continue to include use of libraries. Life is for living and libraries are for life!
P.S. There was a thread on this before if anyone wants to search for it.

Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2006 - 11:55am
luvmyboys's picture
Joined: 05/25/2006 - 09:00

I agree too that this is somewhat of a risk. That is why I have fought our library to eliminate peanut butter craft activities! I think also this is more of a problem for young children who put their hands in their mouth. We also TRY to keep our library books in a set location and we do not allow them at the dinner table, even if we are not eating anything. Admittedly I do not enforce handwashing every time they touch a library book...I'd go insane! Besides I think our skin is falling off from all the handwashing!

Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2006 - 12:04pm
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

No problems with library books, but I am so sick of the text books with spilled food in them. Eating is to be done at the table, not just to have something to do with your hands while reading. It`s no wonder our obesity rate is so high. If dd is hungry, she sits down and eats at the table. I don`t let her munch out of habit if she isn`t hungry. Sorry to get sidetracked--it just drives me nuts the way so many people are so food focused. It is a huge risk factor for obesity to eat while doing another activity so that the person does not pay attention to internal cues of hunger and fullness. Back to the question, she makes sure not to put her hands in her mouth while reading library books or textbooks. After reading, she washes her hands before eating.

Posted on: Sun, 09/24/2006 - 1:36pm
ceross's picture
Joined: 01/27/2004 - 09:00

My five-year-old DD uses the library with no problem. She's an avid reader and absolutely loves going to the library. She is contact-reactive but has not had any problem with library books.


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