I wish I were joking. No punchline – this really happened, to Lita Casey, a 28-year veteran of the Hudson Falls Public Library. She also taught nursery school for 42 years. She knows a thing or two about kids. They call her “Gram.” What was her great offense, that would get her kicked out of the library?
Every summer, the Hudson Falls Library in the great state of New York hosts a reading contest for youngsters, and for the last 5 years, one outstanding reader has walked away with the prize. Meet Tyler Weaver.
He’s 9. That means he’s been the top kid reader in this town since he was 5. This year, he read 63 books during the 6 week contest. Are they celebrating this outstanding kiddo? Putting up his picture in the library? No – the library director complained that Tyler was “hogging” the prize, and he should step down and let another kid win for a change. She planned to award next years’ prize by drawing names out of a hat instead. Paging Harrison Bergeron?
Librarian Lita Casey came to Tyler’s defense, and spoke up for him. As a result, Casey was let go – not for being bad at her job, but for drawing attention to this embarrassing situation. You know, all those television cameras and newspaper headlines. Well they SHOULD be embarrassed. Firing the person who stands up for what is right? Is this really what you’d like your town to be known for?
- Librarian Wants Child to Stop Entering Reading Contests so Others Can Win (breitbart.com)
- New York librarian fired after speaking up for child who read too much (nydailynews.com)
- Harrison Bergeron movie ( for rent on youtube.com)