Little Free Library will be back in service after Leawood agrees to moratorium on ban

LEAWOOD, Kan. - Nine-year-old Spencer Collins learned a lesson in citizenship and government Wednesday after he plead his case for free little libraries in Leawood.

"I want the council to change the code to allow little free libraries because I love to read." he said in an address to the Leawood council Monday.

The city of Leawood has an ordinance that does not allow residents to have detached structures in their yards. Last month, Spencer and his family put up a free little library in their front lawn . They warned Spencer’s family that the free little library that the free little library is considered a detached structure.

However the city, agreed to place a moratorium on the enforcing the ordinance for free little libraries until October 29, 2014.

“I’m pretty excited. I think it’s a really good thing and I think it belongs in our front yard,” said Collins.

In the meantime, Leawood City Council plans to evaluate their ordinance and plans to send out a survey to residents about detached structures and free little libraries.

"There's a process that is involved,” said Sarah Collins, Spencer’s mother, “We're trying to teach him that there is a process and that there are steps to be taken and when you have a disagreement you just follow the steps to resolve it," she said.

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