Leawood says boy can keep his Little Free Library - KCTV5


Leawood says boy can keep his Little Free Library

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The city of Leawood says a 9-year-old boy can keep his Little Free Library.

The City Council unanimously approved a temporary moratorium Monday night to allow the library to stay. There were concerns about zoning, but all that has been worked out, much to Spencer Collins' delight.

Little Free Libraries, which are enclosed boxes of books, are catching on in a lot of neighborhoods. The idea is for people to borrow or share their favorite books.

The Collins put up a Little Free Library on Mother's Day in their front yard near the intersection of 89th Street and Ensley Lane.

However, the city said it was illegal and residents couldn't have a free-standing structure in their front yard. Opponents felt the little library was an eyesore.

The family decided to take their Little Free Library down, but made their case to the Leawood City Council.

Spencer asked his parents if he could address the city council at their Monday meeting. He wanted to explain to the city council why he loves Little Free Libraries so much and how important they are.

"It is so good for the community, and it promotes literacy. That is the main reason," Spencer said.

His mother, Sarah Collins, said he was left with a lot of questions after their library was taken down. She said he loved to check on the library and as soon as he got home, he would jump out of the car and run up to it to see what new books were left and which ones were borrowed.

The approved temporary moratorium that allows "Little Free Library" structures in residents' yards is effective Tuesday and will last until Oct. 20.

The city must wait 60 to 90 days and hold public hearings before it can permanently change its ordinances. It plans to survey Leawood homeowners associations to gauge public opinions on the libraries.

Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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