A School Librarian Has Rejected Books Donated by Melania Trump

"It should have been better thought out."

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A school librarian has rejected books donated by Melania Trump. As part of National Read a Book Day, the first lady sent10 Dr. Seuss books to one school in each state, but Liz Phipps Soeiro of Cambridgeport Elementary School said that her students did not need them.

"I work in a district that has plenty of resources, which contributes directly to 'excellence,'" she said in a blog post (opens in new tab). "My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science."

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Soeiro went on to say that Trump should have paid attention to and recognized a school that was much less privileged.

"Why not go out of your way to gift books to underfunded and underprivileged communities that continue to be marginalized and maligned by policies put in place by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos?"

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The librarian then went on to criticize Trump's choice of books too. She argued that Dr. Seuss' illustrations are "steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes" and you will quickly find "racist mockery" in his art. Soeiro suggested that next time, Trump should do more research and use the incredible resources at her fingertips as first lady.

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Soiero concluded her argument by stating that while it was a "wonderful gesture" and she can think of "no better gift for children than books," but it should have been "better thought out."

Trump has not responded to these comments, but according to CBS Boston (opens in new tab), the librarian "was not authorized to accept or reject donated books on behalf of the school or school district" and she has been instructed not to use public resources for political purposes ever again.

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