Librarian Chastises 9 Year-Old Kid For Reading Too Much
images courtesy Hudson Falls Public Library
Marie Gandron, a library director in Hudson Falls, NY, has advised 9 year-old Tyler Weaver to remove himself from participating in the annual public library reading contest, Dig Into Reading!, PostStar reports. Why? Tyler has read the most books five years in a row, and Gandron thinks someone else should have a chance to win.
After the boy's fifth win (he consumed 63 books over the summer), Gandron phoned Tyler's mother Katie Weaver and complained.
During a phone call Tuesday to Gandron, the library director said Tyler 'hogs' the contest every year and he should 'step aside.'
'Other kids quit because they can’t keep up,' Gandron said.
Gandron further told the reporter she planned to change the rules of the contest so that instead of giving prizes to the children who read the most books, she would draw names out of a hat and declare winners that way.
Of course, now that the cat is out of the bag, Gandron can't do a thing about it, which suits library aide Lita Casey just fine.
'We’re not going to see some of these kids until next year, and you’re worried about them (being treated equally), and then, you’ve got two kids who come in every week taking books out?' she said.
Casey said she called library board member Michael Herman to complain.
'My feeling is you work, you get it. That’s just the way it is in anything. My granddaughter started working on track in grade school and ended up being a national champ. Should she have backed off and said, ‘No, somebody else should win?'
Well put. Moreover, little Tyler Weaver will eventually grow up, and thus won't be able to participate anyway. So let the kid have his moment. Amirite?
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