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Can a child READ TOO MUCH? Librarian fired over it

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
September 19th, 2013
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Can a child read too much? Shouldn't he or she be out playing in the sunshine with his or her friends? Or is there something inherently harmful in a child who prefers the company of a book? A New York librarian has spoken out in favor of her little friend - and has been dismissed as a result.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The librarian's friend nine-year-old friend, Tyler Weaver was accused of "hogging" the Hudson Falls Free Library summer reading contest after winning five years in a row. Librarian Lita Casey spoke up for her little friend, and it cost her position.

The top reader in the Hudson Falls Public Library summer reading club, Tyler read 63 books in six weeks to earn the top prize, his fifth straight year winning first place. 


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Casey, who worked as an aide at the library for 28 years, said she was "stunned" after a library board member called her with the bad news on Monday night. "I could not believe it, and I still cannot believe it," Casey told reporters.

Casey spoke up on behalf of Tyler, who won a T-shirt, an atlas, a water bottle and several certificates of achievement. Tyler has won every year since he was in kindergarten. His mom Katie Weaver says he's read a total of 373 books. 


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Library director Marie Gandron wanted to change the rules to end the Tyler's winning streak. Gandron reportedly said the boy "hogs" the contest and should "step aside." Instead of making it a competition, Gandron shared plans to pull the winner out of a hat.

Casey disagreed with the plan. "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?' I told her (Gandron), but she said it's not a contest, it's the reading club and everybody should get a chance," Casey told reporters last month.


The story captured international attention and brought television news crews to the library's front doors.


"How would it even be a contest if you just picked a name out of a hat?" Tyler said.


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The board confirmed that Gandron, who worked at the library for 41 years, is no longer employed at Hudson Falls. Casey has been shown the door as well. She asked a board member why she was being fired, but got no response.

"I worked there for 28 years without a complaint," said Casey. "I have to believe it was related to the whole reading controversy."


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