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City shuts down little free library

Nine-year-old Spencer Collins of Leawood, Kansas received a citation for creating a little free library on his front lawn as a gift for his mother.

Collins, with the help of his father and grandfather, built a small bookcase for neighbors to freely exchange books after his mother said she wanted one.

“Reading is one of my favorite things to do,” Collins said. “We built it on Mother’s Day as a present for my mom because she really wanted one.”

However, the Collins family returned from vacation to find a letter from the Leawood City Codes Enforcement Office warning them that they would be issued a citation if they did not remove the little library from their property.

According to The Daily Signal:

The relevant portion of Section 16-4-2.2 of the Leawood Development Ordinance states: “No detached structure including garages, barns, sheds, greenhouses, above ground pools, or outbuildings, shall be permitted, unless expressly allowed by this Ordinance.”

Collins plans to challenge the ordinance in City Hall to argue for the power to share reading materials with his community.

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