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Thread: Beloved Librarian Claims She Was Fired for Defending 9-Year-Old Contest Winner

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    Beloved Librarian Claims She Was Fired for Defending 9-Year-Old Contest Winner

    Weaver explains that the library controversy started when she called the local newspaper, the Post-Star, asking if they would feature Tyler’s win in the paper. "I called the paper because I was proud of Tyler," she says, "not because I wanted to complain."

    The publication then reached out to former library director Marie Gandron for a quote on Tyler's reading success. Instead of praising Tyler's effort, Gandron told The Post-Star that Tyler "hogs" the contest every year and he should "step aside." (And if you don't believe a grown woman would say these things about a little boy who reads a lot, check out the story the paper published.) "Other kids quit because they can't keep up," she told The Post-Star last month, adding that she planned to change the reading program's rules, suggesting they draw names out of a hat instead of awarding prizes, such as T-shirts, water bottles, and atlases, to kids who read the most books. (Gandron has not returned Yahoo Shine's request for comment.)

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    And they fired her?

    Gee, we complain every day that there aren't enough bookworm kids, and when one appears, someone tries to cut him down.

    Any sensible grown-up could figure out a way to put this Tyler some kind of Hall of Fame and move other kids up to participate more. There's a way to do that without ruining everyone's life.

    And they figured that a librarian was a throwaway commodity. What boneheads came up with that plan of action?

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