Boy, 9, creates library in his front yard. City shuts it down.Submitted by Ed Thinking on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:37
In Kansas, 9-year-old Spencer Collins has been told by authorities that he must stop sharing books with his neighbors, and close the little free library--honestly, it's just a bookshelf--in his yard. Its slogan was "take a book, leave a book," but city government is mostly about the taking.
Collins loves reading. He doesn't just dive into a book -- he swims through its pages.
"It's kind of like I'm in a whole other world and I like that," he said. "I like adventure stories because I'm in the adventure and it's fun."
When he tried to share his love for books, it started a surprisingly frustrating adventure.
"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," said Spencer's mother, Sarah Collins.
Leawood said the little house is an accessory structure. The city bans buildings that aren't attached to someone's home.