The Broomfield Library is in the process of removing the six Dr. Seuss titles from its shelves that Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that it will no longer be publishing or licensing.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises made the announcement on March 2, which is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. According to a statement, Dr. Seuss Enterprises worked with a panel of experts, including educators, who reviewed the catalog of titles and made the decision to cease publication of the six books last year. The six books portray people “in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” the statement reads.
The following titles will be removed: “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.”
The books have been under review at Broomfield’s Library for more than a year, according to a community update from the city and county of Broomfield. The six books will be removed as part of the city and county’s “ongoing efforts to make our spaces safe and inclusive for all families,” the update read.
“We are proud to continue exploring different ways we can make local changes to our collection to create a more inclusive and affirming experience, while also encouraging diversity and understanding,” Library Director Kathryn Lynip said in a statement.
Dr. Seuss’ other books will remain in circulation at the Broomfield Library.
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What other area-libraries are doing
The six titles are still in circulation at the Longmont Public Library, but Children’s and Teens’ Librarian Manager Claire Studholme said staff has yet to make a final decision on the six books Dr. Seuss Enterprises has deemed too harmful for publication.
“We are considering several options for the titles once they no longer have holds on them,” Studholme said. “We do not want our young patrons simply stumbling upon these books that include blatant racism and stereotypes in our general collection as they cause real harm to our (Black, Indigenous and people of color) children and their families.”
Studholme said racism in Dr. Seuss books has been discussed and researched by Longmont Public Library staff prior to the estate’s announcement, and it’s been a topic in librarianship “for at least four or five years, if not longer.”
The Longmont library has fielded “several” complaints over the past four years about Dr. Seuss books.
The Louisville Public Library owns four of the six Dr. Seuss titles that are no longer being published. As of Wednesday, all four titles were checked out, Director of Library and Museum Services Sharon Nemecheck said.
“Once library staff have copies in hand they will evaluate the titles using the lenses of diversity and inclusion and decide whether to retain these titles in the library’s collection,” Nemecheck said.
The Lafayette Public Library is not pulling any Dr. Seuss books from its collection, City of Lafayette Communications Director Debbie Wilmot said, adding there’s currently a waitlist to check the books out.
Officials from the Denver Public Library said they are not planning to pull any Dr. Seuss books from its collection, The Denver Post reported March 3.
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