City Shuts Down 9-yr-old’s ‘Little Free Library’

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It’s hard enough to get kids to read these days, and now one Kansas town is making it even harder.

9-year-old Spencer Collins of Leawood, Kansas wanted to do a community project encouraging his peers to read. So his grandfather built him his own “Little Free Library”. It’s one of 15,000 “take a book, leave a book” structures that have popped up around the world.

Spencer’s “Little Free Library” was placed in his front yard along with a bench where people could take a book and read.

Adorable, right?! Well, not according to the city. In fact, Leawood city officials have threatened Spencer’s family with a $25 a day fine unless they remove the library.

The city says they empathize with the family, however two people complained. And technically it does go against the city ordinance which states, “No detached structure, including garages, barns, sheds, greenhouses, above ground pools, or outbuildings, shall be permitted.”

Spencer is quite a little fighter. He’s now going to go to the City Council and try to persuade them to allow him to keep his library. In the meantime, he’s moved the library to his garage.

City officials will be meeting July 7 to discuss the issue, and many are hoping they will change their mind since Spencer has received an outpouring of support from all over the world.

When I read this story, I couldn’t believe it. Here you have a good kid, trying to encourage the community to come together and read.

I hope the city does the right thing, and leaves the “Little Free Library” right where it is.

And that’s today’s helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.