A Hudson Falls, NY library aide was fired this week for doing the unthinkable.
Standing up for a child who liked to read.
Lita Casey worked as an aide at the Hudson Falls Free Library for 28 years and ran the library’s summer reading contest. Her boss, library director Marie Gandron, didn’t feel it was fair that Tyler Weaver, a 9-year-old, has won the contest since he was in kindergarten. Grandon wanted to change the rules to end the child’s winning streak. Gandron reportedly said the boy “hogs” the contest and should “step aside.” So instead of a contest, Grandon wanted to pull the winner’s name out of a hat. But Casey wasn’t having it.
“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 told the Post Star in an Aug. 15 article.
Unfortunately the library’s board of trustees thought instead of remedying the issue of the contest, it would be better to fire Casey and Gandron.
“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.
“I worked there for 28 years without a complaint,” said Casey, who also taught nursery school for 42 years. “I have to believe it was related to the whole reading controversy.”
Who knew reading could be so controversial.
So now you have two unemployed library professionals, and a little boy who missed out of possibly winning the contest after he read 63 books this summer. Way to go Hudson Falls.