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Monday, August 19, 2013

Library unhappy with book reading champ

You would think that a library would be happy that an avid book reader wins a book reading contest. A NY newspaper reports:
Tyler Weaver calls himself “the king of the reading club” at Hudson Falls Public Library. But now it seems Hudson Falls Public Library Director Marie Gandron wants to end his reign and have him dethroned.

The 9-year-old boy, who will be starting fifth grade next month, won the six-week-long “Dig into Reading” event by completing 63 books from June 24 to Aug. 3, averaging more than 10 a week. ...

Everybody, it seems, but Gandron, who was surprised to learn Katie notified a Post-Star reporter about her son being a longtime winner. 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. She said she can’t now because Katie has come forward to the newspaper.

Gandron said she has an “attitude” about the contest because several years ago a little girl came in claiming she had read more than 200 books. Her mother backed her up, but it was discovered the girl was lying.

“That’s when we stopped (taking a child’s and parent’s word) because she wasn’t (reading the books),” Gandron said.

Gandron said the rules require each child to read books suitable to his or her grade level or higher. When the book is returned to the library, the child pulls a random slip of paper out of a jar and a library aide poses questions to verify whether he actually knows the content.
I am impressed that they actually test the kids to make sure that they read the books. But declaring winners by drawing names out of a hat?


Anonymous said...

Image what Tiger Woods life would be like if they banned him because he we too good or winning all the time. Michael Jordon, College sports should have banned him to allow other less skilled players to show their lesser skill. Crazy, that is an issue with kids today they are praised for not winning and those that do win are asked to leave.

Anonymous said...

Marie Gandron should step down as she is hogging the job that should be given to someone who appreciates a love for reading.

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