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Librarian: Send Books From Melania Trump to Underfunded Libraries

Librarian: Send Books From Melania Trump to Underfunded Libraries
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By    |   Friday, 29 September 2017 10:13 AM

An elementary school librarian said that her school did not need books sent by Melania Trump, saying the first lady should instead send the books to schools that are not as well-funded.

"I work in a district that has plenty of resources . . . my students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science," said Liz Phipps Soeiro, a Cambridge, Massachusetts librarian in a blog post.

Earlier in September, the first lady sent 10 books to one school in each state for National Read a Book Day. The Department of Education and the White House sent books to schools "that have achieved high standards of excellence," according to a White House statement.

While Soeiro's school is doing well, "school libraries around the country are being shuttered," Soeiro wrote in the blog post.

"Cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit are suffering through expansion, privatization, and school 'choice' with no interest in outcomes of children, their families, their teachers, and their schools. Are those kids any less deserving of books simply because of circumstances beyond their control?" Soeiro asked in the blog post.

The librarian also said that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' policies are harming such schools.

"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?" she wrote.

The list of books sent by the first lady included books by Dr. Seuss, which Soeiro calls "a bit of a cliché." Soeiro drew criticism for her post from the mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of Seuss, who called her post "political correctness at its worst," according to CBS News.

The Cambridge school system, Cambridge Public Schools, said the post was the librarian's opinion, not an official rejection of the books, and that she had been "counseled" about the system's policies, according to CBS News.

The librarian sent a list of 10 books back to the first lady that "I hope will offer you a window into the lives of the many children affected by the policies of your husband's administration," Soeiro wrote.

The list includes "Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation," by Edwidge Danticat.

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