Liz Phipps Soeiro

A school librarian in Massachusetts rejected a donation of Dr. Seuss books that were part of a White House initiative headed by Melania Trump, dubbed National Read a Book a Day.

Liz Phipps Soeiro, the head librarian at Cambridgeport Elementary School, called the Dr. Seuss books “cliché” and “tired”. She said the book donations were not needed in her award-winning library.

“My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science,” Phipps Soeiro wrote in an open letter on the Horn Book blog website.

She also criticized Mrs. Trump’s choice in books and took a jab at Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

“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,” Phipps Soeiro wrote.

Social media users responded with outrage.

Some Twitter users retweeted old photos of Phipps Soeiro wearing a Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat costume. Others tweeted images of former first lady Michelle Obama reading a “tired” and “cliché” Dr. Seuss book to school children.

The school district quickly distanced itself from the librarian, saying she was not authorized to accept or reject book donations.

“We have counseled the employee on all relevant policies, including the policy against public resources being used for political purposes,” the district wrote in a statement.

The school district added that Phipps Soeiro’s “opinions do not reflect that of the school system.”




  • Yardgirl

    Da hell?? The Dr Seuss Library & Museum is in Springfield MA and is a wonderful place. This librarian is nuts, take the damn books and let the READERS decide.

  • Yardgirl

    Da hell?? The Dr Seuss Library & Museum is in Springfield MA and is a wonderful place. This librarian is nuts, take the damn books and let the READERS decide.

  • EMILY POST

    People are hitting another level with ignorance.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    why they gotta drag Michelle into it? maybe Michelle was simply reading what the children selected – that has what to do with this rejected donation?
    i swear Trump AND his supporters are STILL obsessed with all things Obama, Lol!

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Malania needs to help the problem by starting at home..Once Trump can complete a whole Dr. Seuss book then move on to books without follow along pictures.. soon he will be able to grasp words other than Yuuuge… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68bc52b2a4f54f3dc0d4dea29ec0c12c203c19b65d4d18beb2fbbd13d0be6a55.gif

  • JV

    Well, Dr. Seuss was pretty racist – in particular early in his career. I’m all for non-censorship and people forming their own opinions, but getting a Dr. Seuss donation from Ms. “read-between-the-lines” Pussy Bow would make me feel funny too — especially considering the whole Trump/NFL thing.

  • Miss Thang

    This is so stupid. Why would you reject ANY donation of educational books for your children? It doesn’t matter who donates them. This was purely political AND stupid.

  • IamAllnatural

    The orange & the wife need to read together to broaden their vocabulary.

  • Gina

    Liberal’s are nuts!!! Personal opinion’s should never influence someone’s professional responsibilities…

  • Miss Thang

    Exactly.

  • TheOwley

    It’s called intellectual dishonesty, cognitive dissonance, you name it. She got caught in her hypocrisy and taken to the woodshed. She needs to be reminded that her job is to keep up with the Dewey decimal system and report tardy books.

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    I think what the librarian is trying to say that moooore than likely…
    her library contains those books thus the mention of how many resources
    there. It is common to ask a person what they need other than assume you know what they need.. Its like giving a crack addict more crack saying I was told you are a crack addict here let me help you…really.. I totally understand the attitude of the librarian.. If her students are more advanced than what you are giving…how useful will those books be.. learn how to properly PR Stunt.. this was a fail

    I applaud this librarian..don’t dumb the kids down.. Bet money there isn’t a single Dr Suess book in any Chinese Elementary School..them mofo calculating Advance Trigonometry and college readY by 4 1/2.. we over here showing our kids how to eat green eggs n ham fuk on..the library was like VVVVVVVVVVV

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/62d56db9ae14f4ec875ac2da1e660e898ec0df698c90589d0e060f33d0c5be9a.jpg

  • TheOwley

    You mean people are politicizing everything? So annoying isn’t.

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Bet money Melania thought she was giving away medical science books because it had Dr. Seuss on it… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68bc52b2a4f54f3dc0d4dea29ec0c12c203c19b65d4d18beb2fbbd13d0be6a55.gif

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    *cackles*

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    HOLLERS!

    you said it begins at home? ROFL!!!!!

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Like the old adage states …Don’t try to throw stone when your house has a fragile ass clown in it..

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LMAO!

  • Rayne

    She must be done reading them to her old man and decided to donate them.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Darkandlovely617?

    And you just made my day ?

  • Evillene

    Interesting to me how everything said to legitimately criticize the abysmal performance of the Trump administration is considered an attack by Trumptards. But everything said to irrationally attack and demean the Obamas was regarded as legitimate criticism. The Trump Administration has failed profoundly in every area, but talking about the collapse of our govt is a personal attack on Trump?

  • Stacey J

    LMBO…okay you are on a roll today!!!

  • Willetta
  • Ryan

    DR. SEUSS?? Noooooo. I didn’t even wanna read that mess as a kid.

  • Saharabutnotdry

    Mel has no business with books , she made a career sucking twinkies in the USA and still can’t compose a correct sentence .

  • Ryan

    Mayweather challenge – I’d pay money to see trump read one of those books out loud, no hesitating or skipping words.

  • Ruby Taylor

    Not to mention poor taste. I do not like Donald Trump. Melania.. eehh. I mean she did not ask for the public scrutiny. I sympathize with her plight. Anytime Melania tries to do something decent, it is poorly received because she is married to a pig. Decency and honor dictate that one never turns down a sincere gift. No Melania is not a super intelligent woman but I do believe she was sincere in her offering. She’s trying. It’s shameful to look down your nose at her attempts to be gracious. Bad librarian!!!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    This lady clearly just doesn’t like the Trumps ????? LOL I don’t blame her.

  • pure_rachet

    The article on huffington post said it was a rich school and they didn’t need them so take them to the poorer less advantaged schools where they are really needed. But yeah, still don’t turn down free stuff.

  • Wreckognize Game

    This librarian will probably be fired. It’s one thing to dislike the choice in books but to go on a blog to criticize that was silly. Also, nobody cares about your degree lady. It’s about the children.
    If somebody donated those books we used to read back in the day that had sentences like “See Jane run”, I would be excited.

  • Kimberly King

    I see so many whites talking crap about Trump…. which tells me 9/10 they voted for his behind and now they regret it… Just like my idiotic coworker. Don’t complain now! Keep your mayonnaise tears to yourself and just deal with the ninja you voted into the office.

  • KLo

    HoElaina should teach Chump to read .

  • Well$$Well$$?

    Dr Seuss DID Illustrate some questionable pictures but I try to remember the time that he was living in. When blacks were barely seen as people.

    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7446806

  • WutizaGRANNY!
  • Breitbart_Savior

    Melanie Trump doesn’t have a single cause she’s interested in enough to taut. Like us, she’s waiting for the show to drop and this presidency to end.

  • Elevated Soul

    The Alt-Left make everything about their politics. Those books could used by needy children.

  • NeverSurprised

    No matter how well-equipped their library happens to be, there must be poor school districts nearby, which can use all the resources they can get. Why not graciously accept them, then donate them to the poor, if need be. But the operative word is ” graciously”, and right now the left seems to be operating on perpetual outrage, so no room to be either gracious or rational.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Mayonnaise tears?! LMAO! ?

  • hottlanta

    Some idiot was trying to elevate the education status of Melania against Michelle talking bout she speaks 5 languages. I told him she can’t speak English by saying Vhite Huass and she knows only 5 words and they are “you can pay me now”.

  • Kay J

    No doubt that if people need to dig up on someone’s past- TRUST that they will find what needs to be found! Lol

  • Breitbart_Savior

    Well … well … well you’re not screaming out loud in bold anymore. But you did get all sassy with the italics.

    Breaking news….Tom Price Resigns As Health And Human Services Secretary… last time I checked the republicans have all three branches of government.

    How about you and SandraRose.com (you again) spend your time talking about that garbage pail of a political party.

  • hottlanta

    Thanks I remember seeing that on PBS. We are still not seen as people.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    #pettylibrarian

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    The internet has destroyed many lives, because a lot of people have very poor impulse control.

  • Breitbart_Savior

    So what, she speaks 5 languages —but what is she DOING with those languages???! That is what matters. Hell,, I have two balls in my sack yet no kids.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    and the “comment of day” award goes to YOU hottlanta!

  • Breitbart_Savior

    Another one bites the dust—-

    Tom Price Resigns As Health And Human Services Secretary

  • hottlanta

    So hand over the bullshit books with no meaning to the needy kids and give the books with some substance to the rich kids Guess what the needy kids don’t need those books.

  • hottlanta

    He can get on a charter flight and charter his azz up outta here. I bet Obama/Bush be on the telephone ROTFLTAO at this administration.

  • Wreckognize Game

    I don’t have social media but if I did I probably would say somebody crazy mess too. This blog is the closest I’ve gotten to having any of them. I’m good.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Thank you for this…

  • hottlanta

    He got mad as hell. Don’t come with the foolishness.

  • thrift.store.jungle

    i have no actual problem w-melania. she’s likely a mail order bride trying to make the best of her immigrant experience and marriage to an awful tyrant w/small hands. i am, however, concerned about her literacy levels. there had to be another logical platform she could have headed… “immigrant pin-up girl affairs” or “how to maintain a sham marriage”, perhaps?

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    I was in Target not too long ago and those books were on sale dirt cheap….they been trying to give them away….

  • Omandesert

    I swear, reading the comments on SR sight is so entertaining. “Sucking twinkles” and “you can pay me now”. I’m LMAO. I don’t always agree with Auntie and her rhetoric, but I do enjoy her audience and their opinions.

  • Vicki White

    Then why did Mrs Obama read them? Stay looking for drama

  • Kimberly King

    Those 5 words are great words to live by sometimes. lol

  • Wreckognize Game

    I guess he thought he was in the clear and redeemed for offering to pay for his seat on those flights. But the media explained he wanted to pay just for his seat that was 58,000 but the taxpayers were billed over 400,000. That wasn’t gonna fly Sir??(Pun intended)

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    and pettiness

  • Vicki White

    I swear some of you want to stroke. Out bout anything Michelle read them same damn books… Go ahead and cut it

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Yeah she’s on a roll…

  • Wreckognize Game

    Really Bruh? ?

  • TheOwley

    What do they say; take some deep breaths and wait 10 minutes before punching the send button. And lastly, people are not going to buy your faux outrage if you have engaged in the behavior yourself. It’s the people that live in glass houses thing.

  • hottlanta

    Rachel and O’Donnell gonna be good tonight. Looking at Don Lemon and of course Dump surrogate 1957 hair cut looking azz Ben Ferguson wanna revert back to Michelle Obama leaving 2 hours early in front of Obama on a flight. Don gave him a look like really, cut him off and kept it moving.

  • TheOwley

    This has nothing to do with Michelle and everything to do with the woman librarian that made an ass of herself. The pic of the former FLOTUS illustrates she had no opinion on the subject until the new FLOTUS came along.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    FR

  • Wreckognize Game

    Where has the crazy lady been? Kelly the Con Way

  • Vicki White

    So have a stroke….cut it

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    U saw that Obama, Clinton and bush were out playing golf recently? I’m sure they are just laughing they azzes off

  • Elevated Soul

    GTFOH always trying to make everything and everybody racist…

  • Wreckognize Game

    Are you gonna reply to the librarian’s post on the Horn Book blog website? She appears to be the one with the problem.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Lol

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Get em girl!!

  • Dahl

    I didn’t know there was a degree for library science…

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    She didn’t sign up for all of this! She just wanted to be a rich wife!

  • Vicki White

    Why? I not gonna have a stroke over no damn books. This is too Petty have a heatstroke over nothing. Just read them kids a book or cut it

  • Kimberly King

    Reading a book that was most likely given to her to read VERSUS donating the same type of book are two different things darling. Not to mention my fellow Capricorn queen, Mrs. Obama graduated from two ivy leagues school. If Mrs. Obama were to donate books, I highly doubt it would be those. Medical or whatever her name is could NEVER compete or compare to the queen. She simply donated books that were on her reading level. The end.

  • JustB

    The librarian could have excepted the books and sent them home with students…

  • hottlanta

    Just like people read the Bible even though it talks about how Cain MURDERED his brother Abel and Lott got his sidepiece pregnant while married to Sarah.

  • Wreckognize Game

    I say the same about the librarian just put the book on the shelf lady.

  • stav

    Right, you need a degree to learn the Dewey Decimal System?

  • Kimberly King

    I love money so much lol

  • Vicki White

    The beginning… According to proof… Same damn books. Adults make me sick read the kids a books donate the kids the books make this about kids and not Petty ass adults and bragging about others education level is stupid. I know I’ve league smart dummies. Make things about kids and their best interest. Now that’s smartand it doesn’t take a degree… Officially the

  • Vicki White

    Officiallythis is about taking books away from kids.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I read Dr. Seuss as a child a while I admit I liked them, she had the power to give kids a more powerful and inspirational book that kids may have not been able to have access to or afford.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Lol, it’s really different now!

  • hottlanta

    Don’t backtrack your mess now and change the narrative when someone brings you facts. You said READ not TAKING books away.

  • hottlanta

    Gotta admire Dr. Seuss hustle to make that generational lifetime wealth off old moldy green eggs and ham that would make folks sick and die that should have been dumped in the garbage years ago. Giving a child green eggs and ham now is considered child abuse.

  • hottlanta

    Getting ready for her favorite holiday which is Halloween. She is scary looking. She has that wasted I am starving crypt look.

  • OP2

    To be a librarian, you will need a Masters Degree in Librarian Science which is also rich in the research related to the study of genealogy, history and geography. They also have to take courses in writing grants and learning how to fundraise on a large scale to enlist donors to help fund the library.

    They have to have a good memory of where to find certain books at any given request because. -and they are often paid good money pending on their time and ranking. An assistant director can make 87K or more.

  • OP2

    That’s because it is deeper than just the DDS. -there is a lot that goes on behind the scene to run a library and keep it funded.

  • noireyblanca

    The only thing we want from you Melania is your husbands resignation!
    On a side note: Dr. Seuss was racist as hell!!!! I found out about his racist ass last year and I burned all of his books! I had no idea, I used to read that ish to my kids when they were little.

  • Elevated Soul

    There is no plateau for ignorance when it comes to these evil liberals.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    If you need to vent, call a therapist. Stop posting everything online. When will people learn?

  • Dahl

    Wow, thanks for this. In my ignorance, I didn’t realize how in-depth their job really is…

  • IamAllnatural

    Lol no doubt

  • dontgetblocked

    She should have been fired. A school is not a political forum. How dare she speak for the district, the children, or their parents. Absolutely ridiculous.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Exactly it’s not this generation book to read

  • Passion

    You know we are in trouble when social media is ruling the world!

  • Queen B

    That was so petty take the damn books man!!!

  • Miss Thang

    Yes they have a very important job in research. Libraries are so important in keeping information available to the general public.

  • Criticus Rex

    Melissa Click in a disguise.

  • Allihave2say

    “…accepted…”

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Insane Taco Juice

    Used to work in a school library and it’s easy to become territorial because libraries have come so far. However, those jobs are too hard to come by. Most full-time positions that require more than an associate’s degree are pretty much filled for years.

  • JustB

    correct

  • Numba Pulla

    I do not like the orange hat haired man. I do not like him, sam i am. Get tf on Mealania

  • wiseone

    What’s good for Michelle is good for Mrs. Munster. Horrible things were said about Michelle and she was a classy lady. Melania is not a classy lady and she is no better than Michelle – she is not as good as Michelle.

  • MRiGOThim

    hee hee hee hee #DEAD

  • MRiGOThim

    Just accept them & burn them!!!

  • wiseone

    I suggest you take it up with the librarian rather than whining to us about it. Shout out to the librarian!

  • wiseone

    So does Melania – that’s why she is in a loveless marriage.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    “National Read a Book Day”? Maybe Melania should get her husband to participate, since he sounds like a man who doesn’t read books.
    After all, this is a 71 year old man who didn’t even know who Frederick Douglass was.

  • Naomi

    See that’s like sin to me…accept them and then donate to an under privileged school

  • MRiGOThim

    naw that’s passing on bad spirits, lol!!!

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    If the school library she works at ( not owns) didn’t need them she should have kept her moth shut and donate them. I don’t care for Donnie Dump however that donation was was thoughtful and the Liberian should have just remembered to separate her personal from her professional feelings beforing refusing that donation.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Keep duplicating Michelle..WTF

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Why TF SHE KEEP REPLICATING A REAL FLOTUS?

  • speakinmymind

    Girl…some of these folks need to read several Dr. Seuss books…??

  • wiseone

    Dump is not the only person on Earth who can say what he wants. The librarian said how she felt – everybody has the right to express their opinion. It’s called free speech.

  • Kimberly King

    Well hopefully she’s being smart and stashing money away

  • Faux Gibbler

    Funny how this fool dressed up as Dr Suess for Halloween (photo on Daily Mail) and how SHE went to a website to speak on behalf of the school.

    Also important to note: why would the 1st lady gives these books to a well funded school?

  • Faux Gibbler

    I don’t understand why she chose to give them to a well-funded school

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    She was just being petty. Dr Suess is a classic childrens book. How dare she? Don’t make the children miss out on such classic books just because you don’t like the first lady. Smh

  • Morethana?

    Sandra you forgot to mention that those books are very stereotyping and My Little Pony as well

  • Morethana?

    No Sandra didn’t mention to you that she also said that those books stereotype people

  • Morethana?

    She also said that those books stereotype as well

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    How?

  • wiseone

    She was right.

  • AprilRain

    People on here saying she has a right to her opinion are forgetting that she has an employer, and made the decision to use her employment for her own political purposes. Trump however was elected as President of the U.S.A. and therefore elected to speak on behalf of its people, now for those who wish to argue he does not speak for them, it’s just too darn late isn’t it, you should have done more to make sure he wasn’t elected.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    When she is at WORK on company time she represents the school. The books were sent to the school not her personally . She had no right to insert her personal opinion in a public donation.

  • wiseone

    You will have to address that with the school. I had nothing to do with it but I don’t have a problem with it. Dump had no right to express his opinion about the NFL – he is not even handling his own job.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Ummmmm you brought up the fact she has the right to express her opinion . I am bringing that the donation was not to her directly it was to her employer . She took it personally and acted unprofessionally .

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    And the school( her employer) did address it by the way.

  • wiseone

    So why are you arguing with me about it. Did I say something that offended you – if I did so be it. I am not changing my stance. Now scat.

  • wiseone

    Yes I did. I can say what I want – I don’t answer to you.

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Michele did it with age appropriate kids where it was wanted..this is a woman who knew the audience in which would welcome these..Melania folks does zero research.. lol..she has always copied Michele..I guess its a compliment to want to be like the greatest First Lady Ever..you can only duplicate…

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Come on now, Dr. Seuss books are classic books for younger children. They teach lessons, rhyme and provide easy reading for the little children. They have won awards as well.
    If you don’t like FLOTUS just say so. Don’t bash a tried and true classic because of her. It’s not like small children are reading To Kill A Mockingbird at 5 years old…. SMH!

  • Youngblood

    lmao at nobody likes trumps she didn’t even want the books

  • Candance

    When people exercise that first amendment people cant handle it….lmao

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    You shouldn’t answer to the name wiseone either.

  • HTOWNPinkPuffingHerbal

    Girl!! Ain’t that something…?? Lol

  • HTOWNPinkPuffingHerbal

    I feel she has a right to speak on what she think is best for the students growth. She’s working with children daily, if she feels it’s not going to broaden their horizon, I can respect her for that.
    Need more teachers and adults who actually care about the childrens growth. Keep them ahead of the average, just because it wasn’t sent to her, doesnt mean she shouldnt care or voice her opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some GREEN EGGS AND HAM. Lol

  • wiseone

    I can answer to whatever name I choose. Mind your business and don’t worry about what name I choose. Now scat.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    I am an educator and children are too grown !!! They need a little innocence in their life lol! I don’t like Care from Trump but I think with all the education cuts it’s nice to receive donations . It would be better to have paraprofessionals in the class to assist overcrowded classrooms , science books, updated materials, and more staff per student than a Dr . Suess book however you know that when you accept a job and sign an application you agree not to disparage the company in any way.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    You can choose it , we all should aim high. I applaud you for trying .

  • wiseone

    I did choose it and many people applaud me for keeping it real.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Birds of a feather flock together …… ? Makes Sense. Have a great day in the coop .

  • wiseone

    Smart birds of a feather flock together – you have a great day in your home (the coop).

  • Howard Alum ?

    I’m surprised no one is calling for her to get fired…then again Massachusetts is pretty liberal ?????