Kansas Boy Forced to Remove Little Free Library From His Yard

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Spenser Collins, 9, loves to read. The idea of sharing his love of books with his neighbors thrills him. So with the help of his parents, he set up a Little Free Library in their yard in Leawood, Kansas.

But the town of Leawood decided the birdhouse-sized library was an illegal structure and the family was ordered to remove it.

The family moved the Little Free Library into their garage. But they are looking to take the issue with City Hall, KMBC reported

The little library, which was made by the boy’s grandfather, was capable of holding a few books. Like the Little Free Libraries across the country, it had a “take a book, leave a book” note taped on its door. The bookshelf sat next to a bench on the family’s front yard, which was intended to provide a spot for readers to enjoy their books.

“When we got home from vacation, there was a letter from the city of Leawood saying that it was in code violation and it needed to be down by the 19th or we would receive a citation,” Spencer’s mother, Sarah Collins told KMBC.

The City of Leawood bans buildings that aren’t attached to homes. Since the library was a free standing structure in the family’s front yard, it was considered illegal. The city has received two complaints regarding the library, according to Richard Coleman, Leawood’s director of community development.

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