Marshall University does not ban books! The information is provided to let people know what has been banned/challenged elsewhere.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises issued a statement on March 2, 2021, announcing they would cease publication of six of Dr. Seuss’s children’s books due to racist stereotypes that “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” The six titles withdrawn from publication were And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, If I Ran the Zoo, McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s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 titles contain offensive depictions of African and Asian people. Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, said, “Any author, or anyone publishing books, can make choices about what is out in the world.” Caldwell-Stone noted, however, that “an author’s or publisher’s decision to stop publishing a book should not be grounds alone for removing a book from a library’s collection.” Libraries around the country are reacting in diverse ways. Some libraries will continue to circulate the books while not using them for displays or public readings. Other libraries are reviewing their options. And still other libraries are withdrawing the books from circulation.
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A Banned book has been removed from a library, classroom, etc.
A Challenged book has been requested to be removed from a library, classroom, etc.
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August 22, 2022