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Fairway discussing logistics of Little Free Libraries

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The debate over Little Libraries is growing bigger.

Leawood, KS, had told a 9-year-old boy and his family to take down their display of books to borrow and now the Fairway, KS, community is putting the brakes on the Little Libraries.

Erin Margolin has learned that spreading the love of reading in her community is not as easy as she expected.

"I don't understand how encouraging literacy in the community could be a bad thing," she said.

Margolin wants to put a Little Free Library in her front yard so that kids in the neighborhood can appreciate books just like her daughters do.

"I really like it. It's cool," said Abby Margolin, one of her three daughters.

The problem is that Fairway doesn't have specific rules for Little Free Libraries so, when Erin Margolin tried to get approval from the city, she didn't get it.

"The intent is never to tell people no on the Little Library," said Bill Sandy with the City of Fairway.

Sandy said it hasn't closed the book on Erin Margolin's library just yet.

"We have no qualms about letting that happen at all, but we want to establish some basic rules," he said.

Some of the rules they want to discuss include putting the Little Free Library 10-to-15-feet from the curb and making sure it's not bigger than six square feet.

Erin Margolin's neighbors think the city needs to stop delaying and let her open her library.

"It adds a sense of neighborhood, a sense of community," said neighbor Kathy Stone.

Erin Margolin said this is something she won't give up on.

"It is a phenomenal free library. I'm dying to put it up, so yeah, I'm going to see it through," she said.

For now the city will allow Erin Margolin to have her library in front of her house on a portable structure.

The City of Fairway is going to meet on July 9 to specifically craft an ordinance for Little Free Libraries. The earliest the ordinance would go into effect in Aug. 11.

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