Theodore Geisel, better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss has been well known and up until very recently well-loved by the masses.
The Children's author who is best known for his series of Cat in the Hat books has six titles that are generating controversy around the world.
The titles 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 have all been in question, and the books are said to portray people in ways that are "hurtful and wrong."
Dr. Seuss Enterprises released a statement earlier this month stating that they plan to stop the publication and licensing of the titles in question.
Many bookstores and libraries are choosing to pull these books from their collection. Cochrane Public Library's Head Librarian and Assistant Director, Andrea Johnston says that they don't believe in censoring this material. She says that these books can be used to start important conversations.
"We want everyone to have as much access to information as possible and we want for our patrons to be able to have those conversations," says Johnston. "To be able to look at these books and say back when these books were published people would batt an eye at this problematic imagery. It kind of facilitates a really good discussion piece."
Johnston says that the titles in question were brought to her attention by other concerned staff members. She says that while she can understand the cause for concern, she believes that there is greater value in using the books as an educational tool.
"Of course I considered it. Absolutely that's my job," says Johnston. "Again, it's not something that I want to take away from our collection because I want those important conversations to happen and for parents to have that discussion with their kids."
Johnston strongly believes that by censoring material, the library would actually be doing a disservice to the public. She says it's their job to provide a wide range of genres, topics and resources for the public to access.
"Our job as libraries is to be able to have a little bit of everything so you can make your own opinion," says Johnston. "We want to give you as much access to information as possible so you can educate yourself and form your own opinion, whatever that may be."
The beloved children's author’s most famous books, like "Green Eggs and Ham," and "Oh the Places You Will go" will remain untouched.