HUDSON FALLS, N.Y. - A 9-year-old Hudson Falls boy has won an award for being the "top reader" at the Hudson Falls Public Library for the past five years in a row. But now, the library director is asking the soon-to-be fifth grader to step aside.
Tyler Weaver read 63 books this summer to earn himself the title of top reader of the Hudson Falls Library reading program. He has won every year since he was in kindergarten, his mother says, reading 373 books in total over the past five years. His mother Katie says she is very proud of her son and that he just loves to read.
Katie was so proud of her son that she notified a Post Star newspaper about his winning streak. But when the newspaper says they put a call into the Hudson Falls Public Library for comment, the library director, Marie Gandron, did not share the pride Katie did.
The director expressed her frustration over the contest and believes Tyler should step aside to give other children a chance to win.
Gandron tells NEWS10 the statements she made to the reporter were taken out of context.
The rules of the book-reading contest include that each child is required to read books at their grade level, and once the child completes the book, a librarian quizzes them on the content to make sure they actually read the book.
The library may look to change the rules of the contest so the winner's name is simply chosen from a hat, and not based on the number of books read - an idea Tyler is not happy about.
"She says for every ten books, you get to put your name on a slip," Tyler tells NEWS10. "But if some kid just reads ten books and wins it's not fair. He didn't put enough effort into it."
Other librarians at the Hudson Falls library tell NEWS10 they disagree with the director; saying the contest is run just fine. But, the library board will not decide that until they meet in September.
Librarian Lita Casey, who works with the summer reading program, says she confronted the director to stand up for Tyler.
"The reason why I went to bat for him was that it doesn't seem right. Everything in life you've got to work for it if you want it," Casey said.
Casey says her and the Weavers have formed a special relationship over they years because the boys come in so frequently.
"I don't think he cares about the prizes. He just
wants to read and he wants to know that he read the most," she said.
In the meantime, Tyler says his summer reading has been put on hold. He says he has not been back to the library, and has only been reading the books in his house.