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Librarian Explains Why She Rejected Books Donated By Melania Trump

By Tom.

Melania Trump has found herself in the middle of a controversy she probably didn't see coming. In honor of National Read a Book Day, the First Lady sent packages of children's books to one top-performing school in each state, part of a literacy program that is a tradition among first ladies.

But Mrs. Trump never guessed Dr. Seuss would cause this much trouble:

Mrs. Trump's deliveries contained classics such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Liz Phipps Soeiro, a librarian at an elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, declined the first lady's donations of Dr, Seuss books, stating: "The library did not have a need for them because they were not lacking literary resources" She also said that "Dr. Seuss' illustrations were rooted racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes."  She went on to cite If I Ran a Zoo which some critics say contains caricatures of Africans and Asians. 

This left some on Twitter feeling confused and combative: