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Librarians are debating how to handle the Dr. Seuss furore - but say the books will stay on the shelves for now

Librarians are debating how to handle the Dr. Seuss furore - but say the books will stay on the shelves for now

A copy of the children's book "If I Ran The Zoo" by author Dr. Seuss, which the publisher said will no longer be published.
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Librarians said they're discussing what to do about six discontinued Dr. Seuss books.




They'll stay on the shelves for now, said the New York Public Library and other US institutions.




Sales of Dr. Seuss books soared after figures like Ted Cruz railed against "cancel culture."




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Bookstores will soon be without six Dr. Seuss titles found to be offensive, but library borrowers will still be able to find them on their shelves. On Tuesday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, which oversees the author's estate, said it would cease publication of six books found to have racially insensitive imagery.For libraries, the removal of offensive books is a complex issue. Leaving books on the shelves may lead to backlash, but pulling them could be seen as a form of censorship. "Libraries across the country are having conversations around how to balance our core values of intellectual freedom, with the harmful stereotypes depicted in many children's classics," said Olivia Gallegos, communications manager at the Denver Public Library.
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