Librarian Fired for Actually Getting Kid to Read
A library aide has been fired for successfully doing her most basic job — getting a kid to read more. And so, too, has the library’s director, who started the reading controversy in the first place.
Lita Casey was dismissed on Monday after working for 28 years at the Hudson Falls Free Library in upstate New York. Her offense? Defending a nine-year-old child whose voracious reading appetite and abundant (and free!) library books makes him read too much. So much, in fact, that Weaver dominates the library’s annual reading competition, having won his 5th straight reading title by absorbing 63 books in the 40 day competition.
That should be good news, right?
Not in the eyes of library director Marie Gandron, who said the soon-to-be fifth grader Tyler Weaver “hogs” the contest with his no-good-dirty-rotten-book-stealing reading habits. Gandron had hoped to change the structure of prizes awarded in the contest to encourage other kids to get involved in the reading contest, as “Other kids quit because they can’t keep up,” Gandron said. Instead, Gandron wanted to award prizes for the reading “contest” by picking names out of a hat. Why that would actually encourage reading, we can’t say. It’s not as if those prizes were the main reason Weaver — the self-described “the king of the reading club” — was picking up those books in the first place. All little Weaver has won in his five year reign is an atlas, a T-shirt, a water bottle and certificates of achievement. That’s nothing special.
Casey stood up for this injustice back in late August, calling the idea of changing the prizes “ridiculous.” Well, she has since paid the price for standing up for her beliefs. “I could not believe it, and I still cannot believe it,” she said after she heard she had been let go in a phone conversation. Gandron, too, has paid the same price herself, as she was also fired from her job last week after 41 years at the library.
With two of the library’s six employees gone over a dumb controversy, it’s hard to find much of a winner in this story. That is, except for our friend Weaver. If only these librarians had put down the books and watched some of The Wire, they would have known a good life lesson: You come at the (reading) king, you best not miss. (Atlantic Wire)
“I could not believe it, and I still cannot believe it,” Casey said Tuesday.
She said she was called by board member Michael Mercure, who is a lawyer and the Washington County public defender.
“I asked why I was being terminated, and I was told the board would not give a reason. I asked if I could come down and talk to the board. He went away for a minute, came back and said no.
Yeah, don’t ask a high and mighty government official, your Lord & Master, to explain themselves! That’s tantamount to insurrection!
Just Ask Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and Eric Holder…
So naturally, when the whole tempest in a teapot explodes in the Liberals face it’s time to “put it behind us and move on” response.
After all, “What difference does it make??”
Let’s not dwell on our mistakes (we obsessed on other peoples).
The Good News from Hudson Falls Free Library: Kids Are Reading!
Let’s Turn the Page on Unfortunate Controversy
Hudson Falls Free Library Board of Trustees
August 21, 2013
For more than four decades, the goal of Hudson Falls Free Library’s summer reading program has been to encourage and inspire children toward a lifelong love of reading — and we have been immensely successful.
This year, 30 children read 10 or more books over their summer vacation. That’s the good story we should be sharing and celebrating, and we’re sorry that some unfortunate comments have overshadowed the accomplishments of Tyler Weaver and all of the participants in our program.
Tyler has achieved an impressive record of reading the most books in our program for five years in a row, and deserves our applause for that. In an era where technology too often keeps children’s noses pointed at text messages and video games, Tyler and the other “Dig into Reading” kids have embraced the wonderful world of books, and for that they should all be proud.
Looking forward, the Library Board and staff will be reviewing the way in which our program works to ensure that it continues to meet its goal of encouraging as many children as possible to spend time reading over the summer.
We thank Tyler and all of our young friends of Hudson Falls Free Library for sharing their love of reading with us, and we look forward to reading and learning with them for many years to come.
I was “unfortunate” and let’s put on a happy face and just move on. Nothing to see here.
Like Liberal Government incompetence.
Just like Benghazi.
And after that response I think my saccharine intake for to next 10 years has been filled.
Comment field by “common man”:
What a perfect example of a failed effort to promote meritocracy over excellence. Much like not keeping score for youth sports and giving everyone a trophy, efforts to level the playing field to avoid hurting the feelings of those less talented or uncompetitive only teaches our children that life should be “fair”. To create an atmosphere where what is utmost important feeling good about yourself regardless of one’s efforts to achieve excellence only sets up a child for a life of disappointment. Life is not “fair”, not everyone has the same ability to be the best. Hard work is rewarded and laziness will only get you the bottom slot in life.
“Heroes rise above the mediocrity that surrounds them”
But if this were the Obama Administration we just have to wait 8 months and the Library Manager will have a new job as the assistant/advisor to the head of Board, just like Susan Rice. 🙂