By Mike LaCrosse, WBZ-TV

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – The librarian at the Cambridgeport Elementary School is saying no thanks to a shipment of books from First Lady Melania Trump.

One school from each state was chosen by the White House to receive ten Dr. Seuss books as part of National Read a Book Day.

“Getting an education is perhaps the most important and wondrous opportunity of your young lives,” Mrs. Trump said in a letter to the children who will be receiving books.

The school’s librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro, wrote a lengthy editorial for the Horn Book’s Family Reading blog explaining why her school does not need the books.

First Lady Melania Trump reads Dr. Seuss book to students (WBZ-TV)

“My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science. Multiple studies show that schools with professionally staffed libraries improve student performance,” wrote Phipps Soeiro.

The librarian’s editorial also criticizes the First Lady’s book selections, which include The Cat in the Hat; One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; The Foot Book; Green Eggs and Ham; and Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

“You may not be aware of this, but Dr. Seuss is a bit of a cliché, a tired and worn ambassador for children’s literature. As First Lady of the United States, you have an incredible platform with world-class resources at your fingertips.”

Parents picking their children up outside the elementary school on Wednesday were quick to support the librarian.

“That’s the librarian’s prerogative and I support her decision,” said parent Eric Munson.

“I think the letter is really articulate, constructive in its suggestions,” said parent Alex Vanpraagh.

Cambridgeport School (WBZ-TV)

The Cambridge School system says the opinions in the editorial do not represent the district and released a statement, which says in part:

“In this instance, the employee was not authorized to accept or reject donated books on behalf of the school or school district. We have counseled the employee on all relevant policies, including the policy against public resources being used for political purposes.”

People outside the school district around Cambridge Wednesday night were also quick to chime in.

“So I don’t have a very strong opinion, but I think it could definitely be interpreted as an insult to the First Lady,” said Elizabeth Pyjov.

“Oh well Dr. Seuss for us yeah we always used to read books as kids and have our parents read him to us. We actually had at my sister’s wedding my brother read a Dr. Seuss poem,” said Simon Tyson.

Comments (106)
  1. But if Michelle Obama picked them out. She would have loved them

    1. Pitiful. Why not graciously accept and then pass along to another district if need be? Why did she turn it into a political move? Guess what ~ NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR EDUCATION. If Michelle Obama had sent them, she would have framed them.

    2. David Thor says:

      The beautiful thing about Dr. Seuss is how he expressed joy, environmental awareness, personal development and awareness in a sweet, subliminal fashion. This “librarian” must waste so much energy on bitterness and anger to not be able to see this right in front of her.

    3. Michelle Obama did read Dr. Seuss books to school children when she was FLOTUS. Not in Cambridge, I believe. This has nothing to do with the books, it has ALL to do with her own political opinion. I am so amazed at how many educators feel the need to be politcal. I am surprised she didn’t burn them like the Nazis. Dr. Seuss racist, unacceptable?? Outrageous. She took down her twitter account as of yesterday. I guess she cannot be woman enough to accept criticism, but she can give it out. Coward.

  2. Just take the books and shut up.

    1. Exactly! This was done to insult the First Lady. It’s becoming the politically correct thing to do. What lesson did this Librarian’s actions teach the children? I’m so fed up with the immature actions of ignorant adults. Then they wonder why many children grow up to be stupid grownups. It starts at home and in many schools. SMH :-(

      1. First of there is an entire “Read Across America” day dedicated to Dr. Seuss himself. Does this librarian think that is cliché as well. What an elitist snob. I am so grateful that she is not at my child’s public school. The Trump family can not do anything right in the eyes of these people.

    2. Wha Dahel says:

      That’s what we will be told when creationism is forced upon us too.

      1. This dispute has nothing to do with creationism, evolution, or whether or not earth was seeded by aliens. It is simply about depriving children of part of their education because she does not like the donor.

  3. J.D. Johnson says:

    My favorite line: “My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science. This reeks to entitled arrogant liberal woman. You seriously spent that much money to learn how to stack books and find them on shelves? She is a total embarrassment to the people of that town and this state. Regardless of what you think, you accept the donation as a courtesy and out of respect. No wonder kids hate libraries -with tyrants like this running them they are boring and to be avoided. Nice job, librarian.

  4. WHERE ARE YOUR MANNERS, ETHICS AND INTEGRITY??? Graciously accept those books respectfully. If you don’t dont need them give them to children that do!!! SHAME ON YOU LIZ!!! And to think these people are teaching and influencing our children and grandchildren. HOME SCHOOL YOUR CHILDREN. GOD BLESS YOU MELANIA. GOD BLESS YOU AMERICA.

  5. Shame on Liz and shame on school for not making her write a public apology to the White House. So easy to stand on band box not so much to eat crow. Seriously,Leave Dr Seus alone.

  6. How do you justify dismissing Dr. Seuss books, many of which are now animated feature films, in the state Dr. Seuss was from????!!! Have you not visited the memorial park in Springfield, Massachusetts that celebrates his work? Or the entire children’s section at Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, FL, visited by people from all over the world annually? Clearly it was a mistake to offer a beautiful collection of books to a school that is too well funded and well staffed to appreciate the sentiment, particularly while a smaller and less fortunate school would have gratefully accepted them. I don’t care who they were coming from.

  7. The action taken by the school librarian is shocking. She should have graciously accepted the books and given them to needier children after the fact. I think the school district should reprimand her in some way and insist that she write a letter of apology to the First Lady. Most of the parents interviewed sided with the librarian. I feel sorry for children being raised by such rude, ungrateful people. As for the librarian’s degree in library science, hooray for her. I don’t care if she has a doctorate degree in organic chemistry. She is impolite, ungracious, and a bad example to students. Patricia Minogue Prestel

  8. Condescending and clearly trying to make a gift an insult to one’s intelligence. NO CLASS , SHAME ON A REPRESENTATIVE OF A SCHOOL

  9. Angelica Ath says:

    I can’t believe this! This woman(the librarian) is just a bad example for students, she was grose and she clearly put politics first before good sense and maners. I don’t like Trump but his wife….she is other story. She seems like a nice person and I really think she is trying hard to serve the best way she can. I really like her and she doesn’t deserve such attitude from…anybody.

  10. I thought people from Massachusetts were supposed to represent the upper class. This tacky librarian needs to be fired immediately just for her ignorance in the face of the generosity of a REAL woman of great dignity and culture…..our First Lady Melania.

    1. Pb Brown says:

      It’s Cambridge. That’s not upper class: it’s uppity class.

  11. This is just horrible! God bless you Mrs. Trump! I & Thank God for Dr. Seuss! His books helped all 4 of my boys to take off in leads and bounds in learning to read…Now 13 years -23 years old ALL 4 of my boys are amazing readers! R.I.P. Dr. Seuss…”WELL DONE THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT ENTER INTO THE JOY OF MY REST” Says; -GOD HIMSELF!!!!!!

  12. If she ever asks for $$ she should be fired immediately

  13. ashleypou says:

    According to her this school is overloaded with money and doesn’t need any help. A polite response such as Thanks very much for the offer, but we are well funded and have many books for our students. May I recommend that these books be offered to a school which does not have the funds we have to help our students. Thanks again for the offer.
    Since this school seems to have an abundance of funds, perhaps, some funds of this school could be sent to some underfunded schools.

  14. Bill Deegan says:

    Just shows the level of civility in the people’s Republic, why not a simple thank you and leave it at that.

  15. Elitist much? Lady, your degree is the least important personal fact about you, best I can tell. I’m just glad you don’t live next door to me, or better yet, in my state.

  16. John Peasant says:

    Seems like The Grinch who stole Christmas came early this year, with Liz Phipps Soeiro banning books that she doesn’t like. Dr Seuss – the HORROR! I bet she has long since removed and purged any books written by that famous American racist Mark Twain, especially Huckleberry Finn. Come to think of it, weren’t some German guys in the 1930s also in the habit of burning books?

  17. Ms. Liz should show where her school is donating to under privileged schools since they have so much money. Ms. Liz is what’s wrong with some children these days that act better than the rest and are “above ” reading the basics that made some of our children the wonderful people that they are today. A terrible example for the children in this community no matter what others in this community have said.

  18. Why would the First Lady just pick a library to send the books to rather than asking to hear from those that wanted them? The librarian seemed pretty clear that they already have these titles. Silly to duplicate what might be in triplicate on the shelves. Maybe the First Lady could have offered a selection to choose from? Or maybe something about bullying since that seems to be her cause?

  19. James Green says:

    Just goes to show, all the education in the world doesn’t teach you manners.

  20. It does seem wasteful to send books to rich schools that already have them. Five hundred books is a drop in the bucket and the fact that they sent old common books most people already know and most libraries already have is odd. Typical Trump lameness.

  21. Mental Illness is not the norm teaching children about lgbtq’s. Soeiro is no way qualified to teach kids about such delicate issues of human beings & also being political about it., She is not a doctor of any brand, nor a politician. She is not teaching but indoctrinating kids to young to know. She is nothing but Left Liberal trying to brainwash children. Soeiro probably has issues within her self.

  22. Unbelievable! Really, unbelievable. We’re talking about a gesture of ten books, not stocking libraries! Additionally, the education system has hierarchies like all institutions. If Ms graduate degree in Library Science felt another school could use the books more than her school, why not donate them? Why not write a post graciously accepting and appreciating the GESTURE and announce that you are donating the 10 freaking books to a needy school – you know, HELPING the cause? And lastly, how typical of CBS to make a national story of something so banal.

  23. A graduate degree in “Library Science”…………….seriously. Now I will need to look for the school teaching graduate degrees for eating cheesecake i had read about.

  24. She is a dedicated Communist. What else would one expect Someone fetch the helicopter.

  25. Bad form, on the part of the librarian.

  26. She is a complete SEXIST! She has publically stated that she hates MEN! All men, not just some man, etc. She should not be allowed around children at all! Makes me wonder about her bosses ….

  27. Misinterpreted! She DID NOT say “no thanks,” she said, “shove them up your ass!” BIG difference!

  28. The Massachusetts elementary school librarian who rejected Dr. Seuss books donated by First Lady Melania Trump because the publication’s artwork contained “racist mockery,” was previously photographed dressed as the Cat in the Hat and holding a “Green Eggs and Ham” themed breakfast.

    Liz Phipps Soeiro was busted Friday by Twitter users after she snubbed the First Lady’s donation to the Cambridgeport Elementary School. Soeiro wrote in a letter to Trump that the school could not accept the books, which included: “The Cat in the Hat,” “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”

    Yet Soeiro was seen in a March 2015 photo from the school’s Twitter account holding a Cat in the Hat doll in one hand, a Green Eggs and Ham book in the other and Dr. Seuss-style stockings and hat — and smiling while doing so.

    Hypocrisy much?

  29. John Albano says:

    “Cambridge, Massachusetts, is an amazing city with robust social programming…” – Liz Phipps Soeiro, The Horn Book — The more I read about Cambridge, the clearer that becomes.

  30. Todd Almond says:

    You left out the part where the letter implies Dr Seuss was a racist.

  31. Frank Muller says:

    Can you imagine the outrage if this was done to Perma-scowl?

  32. What is dismaying, and, forgive me, horrifying, is that this level of political activism is tolerated in the Cambridge school system. These are young minds, and what is going into them is controlled by an identity bot. We’re in trouble.

  33. I am a Mother and Grandmother. I have for years read Dr. Seuss books to my families, and I
    can tell you unequivocally that my family did not become racists because of it!!! Not only that,
    kids have no idea what racism is at that early age. After President Obama hailed Seuss as “one of American’s revered wordsmiths” in a presidential proclamation on 2016’s Read Across America Day, I can’t for the life of me understand the thinking behind Librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro at
    Cambridgeport School decision. The explanations offered are ridiculous, making far more out of
    book characters than they are. These are kids!!! We need to be increasingly concerned with the
    indoctrination of young children by adult ideology, a dangerous path. Enough!
    One more point… Like Trump or not, it was ungracious of Ms Soeiro to turn down a gift. What an
    example of adult gratitude. Why not accept the gift and then when you and others who make
    the decisions, pass the book gift onto those who want them. Why not take responsibility and show “the kids” some adult good and gracious behavior. That might be a lesson the children will remember. These are trying times, and stories like this one are not bringing us any closer together. Again, enough!

  34. The censorial, smug, sanctimonious librarian and the crypto-marxist stooge parent Eric Munson need an attitude and mortality adjustment. Off to the labor correction camps for you filth.

  35. Ron Dionne says:

    She was from cambridge, the most liberal city outside of san fran.

  36. She wanted her five minutes of fame. Well she’s got it. Not the way she expected, I’m sure. Principal: Katie Charner-Laird Email- Cambridgeport School 89 Elm St. Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 349-6587

  37. Karen Baker says:

    We must check the archives that Michele Obama read Green Eggs and Ham to school children March 1, 2011 to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

  38. I am far from a Trump fan. But why couldn’t the librarian accept the books graciously? A horrible example for the children. In my opinion, this librarian should be fired.

  39. Irene Watson says:

    So what is cambridge public school going to do to correct this embarrassment.

  40. River Alph says:

    The country is full of people that hate the Trumps and rightfully so

  41. The Massachusetts librarian who said she sees “racist propaganda, caricatures and harmful stereotypes” in Dr. Seuss books looked pretty happy to be dressed as Cat in the Hat in 2015.

    Twitter sleuths took little time finding Cambridge Public Schools Librarian Liz Phipps Soiero’s feed and digging into old posts after she raised eyebrows this week with her public rejection of an honorary gift from the White House of 10 embossed Dr. Seuss books.

  42. David Toomey says:

    Trump fanatics got to hate…

  43. I was thinking of donating something nice to the elementary school library but did not realize that Liz imposes a political lithmus test to any donation! Shameful.

  44. It is the donor that counts – not the content. She would have loved books donated by Hillary Clinton, regardless of what they were about. roflmao Except that the children are deprived of some good and humerous reading material.

  45. This uneducated Librarian got her five minutes of fame… give the books to the children. She obviously doesn’t care about the children. She only cares about her selfish political point of view. Fire her ass. How many other books has she kept out of circulation at the school for children?

  46. Bobbie Chase says:

    I am no fan of the Trumps but this school librarian is an idiot. Dr. Seuss books are wonderful flights of fantasy. The librarian is an embarrassment to the profession. I am a retired high school English teacher and librarian and also worked in the childrens’ room of a large public library in the inner city. The children, as well as many of my high school kids, loved Dr. Seuss.
    From Bobbie Chase