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.
The family moved the little library to the garage, but Spencer Collins said he plans to take the issue up with City Hall.
"I would tell them why it's good for the community and why they should drop the law," he said. "I just want to talk to them about how good it is."
"Bookcase considered illegal accessory building" [KMBC-TV, HT: @lizohanesian]
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