The New York Public Library will keep Dr. Seuss books on shelves after Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced earlier this week that it will cease publication and licensing of six of its books citing racist themes.
“As with all public libraries the New York Public Library does not censor books,” library spokeswoman Angela Montefinise said, according to The New York Post.
“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,” Montefinise said.
“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,” she added.
Still, the Dr. Seuss publisher will discontinue the publication and distribution of “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”
“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” an earlier statement from Dr. Seuss Enterprises read.
The Biden administration also subsequently pulled the books from “Read Across America Day.”
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