First Lady Melania Trump gave a package of books to one school per state for National Reading Week. But one librarian in Cambridge, Massachusetts not only turned down the gift, but published a nasty online rant about how Dr. Suess books are terrible.
Liz Phipps Soeiro, an elementary school librarian and advocate for “inclusive” libraries, turned down the package of books, which included a few ubiquitous kids’ titles, because she felt the First Lady could have made better choices when doling out the reading material.
“I work in a district that has plenty of resources, which contributes directly to ‘excellence,'” she wrote. “My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science.”
“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?” Soeiro wrote, seemingly lifting teachers’ union talking points right from their campaign literature. “Secretary DeVos would do well to scaffold and lift schools instead of punishing them with closures and slashed budgets.”