Tyler Weaver, 9, read 63 books in six weeks to win the summer reading contest at Hudson Falls Public Library in upstate New York. The incoming fifth grader has won five years in a row. Which is . . . unfair?
Tyler “hogs” the contest every year and should “step aside,” Library Director Marie Gandron told the Star-Post. Over five years, Tyler has won an atlas, a T-shirt, a water bottle and certificates of achievement.
Tyler’s mother, Katie, had alerted the newspaper to his streak. His younger brother, Jonathan, 7, won second place for the second year by reading more than 40 books.
“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.
Prizes also are given to the top kindergarten reader and for best rock people (?) and coloring entries.
Lita Casey, an aide at the library for 28 years, said the Weaver boys visit the library every week year round. She estimates they’ve checked out 1,000 books in the last few years.
Changing the contest rules is “ridiculous,” Casey said.
“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 said.
A few years ago, the summer theme centered on regions of the United States, Casey recalled. “Kids were supposed to read a book on each section of the country,” but some found it boring and dropped out. “Tyler read at least one book on each of the 50 states,” she said.
One commenter suggests that Marie Gandron has hogged the library director job long enough and should “step aside” to let someone else have a turn.
Harrison Bergeron, call your office, Instapundit writes.