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. Frank Muller says:

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. Ron Dionne says:

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

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. Irene Watson says:

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

  10. River Alph says:

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

  11. 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.

  12. David Toomey says:

    Trump fanatics got to hate…

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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

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