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Hooray! Punish the kid who reads so other kids don't have their feelings hurt

Posted by on Aug. 20, 2013 at 12:53 AM
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Evil Librarian Tells Kid Who Loves Books to Stop Reading So Much

A New York library director has asked a little boy who loves books to quit reading so damn much because he's making the other kids look bad.

The Glen Falls Post-Star reports that Marie Gandron, director of the Hudson Falls Public Library accused 9-year-old Tyler Weaver of "hogging" the summer reading club's annual "Dig into Reading" competition, because he's taken the top prize five years in a row.

The contest requires each participating child to read at least 10 books over the course of six weeks in order to get invited to an end-of-summer party.

By comparison, Tyler won the latest event by reading 63 books in just over a month.

Over the last five contests, Tyler, an intermediate scholar student at Hudson Falls School, has "devoured" 373 books, making his mother Katie "extremely proud."

But Gandron has a different take on Tyler's bibliophilia. "Other kids quit because they can’t keep up," she told the Post-Star.

She believes Tyler should "step aside" and has even proposed a raffle-style selection of next year's winner in order to ensure the fifth grader doesn't win.

Gandron told the paper she was leery of Tyler's accomplishments because of another young girl a few years back who claimed she had read 200 books — a feat allegedly confirmed by her mother — but was discovered to be lying.

Except that Tyler has been tested by a library aide on all the books he claims to have read.

And even Gandron acknowledged that "as far as [she] knows," Tyler won fair and square.

Lita Casey, a library aide who has been at Hudson Falls for 28 years, opposes Gandron's personal vendetta against Tyler, and has phoned a library board member to complain.

According to Casey, Tyler's desire to read isn't motivated by a desire to win a silly contest, but by a precocious love of knowledge.

As a testament to Tyler’s love of reading, Casey said that a few years ago, the summer theme centered on regions of the United States. Kids were supposed to read a book on each section of the country. A few children dropped out of the program because they didn’t like the subject matter, Casey said, but Tyler read at least one book on each of the 50 states.

Meanwhile, most of the other kids are just reading the bare minimum in order to get a party invite, Casey said.

Katie said neither of her sons would participate in the reading event next year if Gandron changes the contest rules out of spite.

Casey believes it is the library that stands to lose in the end.

"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 told the Post-Star.

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by Mahinaarangi on Aug. 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Damn that is sad on behalf of the parents of other kids and the library.

I have readers and non readers...they arent going to stop utilizing the library just because they cant keep up with other readers....that is just stupid.

by Ruby Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 1:06 AM
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Someone needs to be fired ASAP.

by Platinum Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 1:08 AM
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I was that kid. I wasn't punished for it though. I shared the prize candy with the other kids so they wouldn't beat me up. 

by on Aug. 20, 2013 at 1:09 AM
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Quoting futureshock:

Someone needs to be fired ASAP.

by on Aug. 20, 2013 at 1:10 AM
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I was also that kid.  I had to be tested to show I wasn't lying, and that my mother wasn't either.  It was quietly and politely done.

I didn't have a bitter librarian on my ass, though.  Whatta bitch.

If the other kids want to win....ZOMG!  They need to.....READ MORE.

Simple as that. 

by "Dude!" on Aug. 20, 2013 at 2:07 AM
by Destiny on Aug. 20, 2013 at 2:16 AM
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People wonder why a ton of us think we have gone in the wrong direction? Smdh!!!!!!

I was at a cheer parent  meeting on Sunday when the coaches informed the masses that we needed to explain that in All-Star Cheer, not everyone gets an award. (That was the gist, it went on for about 10 minutes) 

I wanted to puke, and scream. I spoke up and said, " if your kid gets upset? Tell them to work harder. The end. Your snowflake will deal and be better for it" I'd be happy to give a speech to those kids. 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? This and the crap I see? No wonder "our" kids can't function or weather rejection. It's insane. We are breeding a bunch of pussys. Yep. I said it, and meant it! Aghhhhhhh! 

Thank you Lord for giving me parents who didn't buy into this hippy BS. 

by on Aug. 20, 2013 at 3:01 AM
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My son had the same problem, but only at school, not the public library.  He was banned from reading because they felt he wasn't focusing enough on math - a kid who does math in his head, misses either one or none on tests, including the state standardized ones (every test, every year), a kid who went through a self paced math program at school and finished before everyone in his grade (and before the year finished)... but because he had almost 500 AR points they wanted to give the other kids a chance to "catch up" to him (from his class).

They never did.

I am not looking forward to this next year.

by Woodie on Aug. 20, 2013 at 5:54 AM
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Yup, typical. Let's punish and hold back those who want to excel so no one gets their feelings hurt...

by Gold Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 5:58 AM
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That's ridiculous.
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