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9-year-old reader accused of hogging library reading program

Posted at: 08/20/2013 5:34 PM
Updated at: 08/20/2013 10:34 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

HUDSON FALLS - Tyler Weaver loves to read. Especially about dinosaurs.

The 9-year-old is a straight-A student at Hudson Falls schools.

But this summer, he's getting a lesson in real life.

Tyler read 63 books in The Hudson Falls Public Library's "Dig into Reading" program.

Kids read books and then answer questions about them to prove they've read them.

This is the 5th consecutive summer that Tyler's been the top reader. He gets small prizes for being the best--- books, certificates of achievement and even a crown proclaiming king of summer reading.

But the library director thinks Tyler's winning streak is a royal pain. Marie Gandron told The Post-Star that Tyler "hogs" the contest and should step aside.

Gandron told the paper that

"Other kids quit because they can't keep up."

Tyler isn't buying it.

"I think that's bull poop," said Tyler.

Tyler still received the prizes at last week's end-of-program party, but his mom says the library director's comments teach the wrong lesson.

"If you're doing something too well, step aside. Let other people do it. Don't keep pursuing something that you're good at,"

Gandron was at the library but she didn't comment because she says the library board won't let her.

As for Tyler, he says he plans to keep reading and keep winning the summer reading contest at his local library, or one in nearby alls.

"f I don't get an apology or an explanation of why they thought I was cheating, I won't go back," he said.

NewsChannel 13 reached a member of the library board Tuesday afternoon who said she couldn't comment, but said the board will be taking up the matter at its next meeting, which is September 9th.