This Kid Had a Great Plan to Encourage Reading — Until Bureaucrats Ruined It

Photo Credit: Facebook/Spencer's Little Free Library

For nine-year-old Spencer Collins, exploring a good book is one of life’s greatest joys. As he characterizes it:

“It’s kind of like I’m in a whole other world, and I like that. I like adventure stories because I’m in the adventure and it’s fun.”

In an effort to share that passion with his community, Collins set up a ‘little free library’ in his front yard. Basically, his idea consisted of a bookshelf with a sign encouraging neighbors to take or leave a book at their discretion.

As his mother recalled, however, the local government soon stepped in.

“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.”

Though the library has since been relocated to the family’s garage, its young proprietor is not giving up. He said he plans to protest the ruling at City Hall and even has a potential fix for the alleged violation, which is based on a ordinance dictating no structure may be erected separate from a primary residence.

“I thought, why not get a rope and attach it to our house and the library?”

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Photo Credit: Facebook/Spencer’s Little Free Library

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