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Town Shuts Down Boy's Free Library

Jun 23 2014 - 12:44pm


So much for Summer reading. A town in Kansas has shut down a local book program, started by one of its young citizens. Spencer Collins was told to close his "little library," a structure in his family's front yard that asked those who walked by to take a book and leave a book. The 9-year-old opened the library on Mother's Day [1] in an effort to encourage literacy, reading, and community. Unfortunately, not everyone was pleased with the boy's business venture. Town officials told Today.com that officers received multiple complaints [2] about the structure, which was said to be in violation of several property maintenance codes. Last week, the Collins family received a letter telling them to remove the structure by Thursday or be fined.

"They were going to charge us $25 a day, so we took it down," Brian Collins, Spencer's father, tells Today.com [3]. The family has since moved the library to the garage and plans to petition the town council next month. Brian believes community support and modern-day technology could change the ruling.

"We hope to have it overturned via the power of social media," he says.

Source: Today.com [4]


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