Amid the far-left campaign to get all Dr. Seuss books canceled, the New York Library said that it will not pull the six “controversial” Dr. Seuss books from its shelves. Instead, it will continue to distribute the books until they are no longer in a condition to be handled.
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“The New York Public Library will keep six controversial Dr. Seuss books on the shelves despite this week’s decision to cease their publication due to racist imagery,” the New York Post reported. “The library, which serves Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island, said it does not censor books and will keep the controversial titles in circulation until they are no longer in suitable shape to lend out, a spokeswoman said.”
“As with all public libraries the New York Public Library does not censor books,” library spokeswoman Angela Montefinise shared with the outlet.
“In this case, the six titles in question are being pulled out of print by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, so the very few copies we have of these titles will continue to circulate until they are no longer in acceptable condition,” she added.
The one caveat is that the library will not make special accommodations to promote the titles of the Dr. Seuss books, according to the Daily Wire.
“In the meantime, librarians, who care deeply about serving their communities and ensuring accurate and diverse representation in our collections — especially children’s books — will certainly strongly consider this information when planning storytimes, displays, and recommendations,” Mintefinise said.
The six books include: “If I Ran the Zoo,” “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer”—were pulled from further publication amid complaints that the books contain racist and offensive imagery.
“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that owns the rights to publish Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel’s works, said.
“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics, and specialists in the field as part of our review process,” the company noted to the Associated Press. “We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles.”
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The Daily Wire reported:
The decision does not affect the majority of Dr. Seuss’s titles in publication and was not, initially, an effort to “cancel” the popular children’s author. But subsequent decisions from the White House, which scrubbed Dr. Seuss from its “Read Across America Day” events — despite the celebration being timed to coincide with Dr. Seuss’s birthday — and from Universal Studios, which said it was “reevaluating” its Seuss-themed land following the allegations, seem to indicate that Dr. Seuss is about to face a more significant cultural reckoning.
Libraries, however, have been one of the primary institutions to push back against the cancelation of such books, despite the potential that they may be offensive. The New York Public Library was joined by the Denver Public Library in saying that they would not disallow access to the Dr. Seuss books in question.
“Libraries across the country are having conversations around how to balance our core values of intellectual freedom with the harmful stereotypes depicted in many children’s classics,” the Denver library said in its own statement. “The freedom of choice in what a person decides to read is here to stay and the value of reading for any child is critical in their development.”