Habitual 9-Year-Old Reading Club Contest Winner To Be Kicked Out Of Competition: ‘He Hogs The Contest’

Gregory Wakeman - Author

Aug. 19 2013, Updated 1:27 p.m. ET

A 9-year-old boy is set to be kicked out of a reading club contest after he won the competition for the fifth year in a row.

Rather than being congratulated for his efforts, the lead librarian where the contest is held wants him to be excluded from the competition in the future.

Marie Gandron, the library director for the Hudson Falls Public Library, has stated that Tyler Weaver “hogs” the event, and it is now time for him to step aside.

Weaver has even labeled himself the “king of the reading club” and read 63 books for this summer’s Dig Into Reading event, which was held between June 24 and August 3. He is so prolific that other children have been unable to keep up with him, and he’s now left them in his wake for the past five years.

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Gandron has now had enough though, and she’s told the Post-Star, “Other kids quite because they can’t keep up.” Weaver was awarded with his fifth title on August 15.

Tyler’s impressive reading skills has seen him read 373 books at his level or above, and, alongside his trophy, Taylor has also gathered a water bottle, t-shirt, and an atlas.

Weaver is clearly proud of his achievements, stating, “It feels great. I think that was actually a record-breaking steak.”

Katie Weaver, Taylor’s mother, also added, “I don’t see the downside of Tyler winning five years in a row. I think people should be proud of him, especially a library director.”

Discussing her son’s prizes, Katie added, “They’re really not any grand things. I think he just likes to be the top reader.”

Lita Casey, another library aide, feels that Tyler has earned the honor, stating, “My feeling is you work, you get it. That’s just the way it is in anything.”

The dispute has yet to be resolved, and, if it isn’t concluded soon, Katie has threatened to take her son’s skills to another library.


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