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Government Forces Child to Shut Down His Free Library

In what is yet another example of government malpractice, the city of Leawood, Kansas has forced a family to shut down their free “little library.” Little Spencer, 9, wanted to share his passion for reading with his neighbors so he asked his parents if they could build a “little library” to put in their front yard.

The little library movement has been gaining steam around the country, with little libraries like Spencer’s popping up in all 50 states.

But it won’t happen in Leawood if the city government has anything to say about it.

In what is yet another example of government malpractice, the city of Leawood, Kansas has forced a family to shut down their free “little library.”

Kansas Watchdog has more:

The city of Leawood is using the full power of the law to protect property values from the threat of, uh, free cabinet-sized libraries.

A municipal statute designed to ban all detached structures is being levied against Leawood residents Brian and Sarah Collins after their 9-year-old son, Spencer, worked with his dad and grandpa to build the Little Free Library as a Mother’s Day gift.

The concept is nothing if not quaint; think “take a penny, leave a penny,” except with books. While the initiative has been allowed to flourish unhindered in surrounding communities such as Prairie Village, Leawood has taken a strict stance against the matter. 

Most Americans believe that following the law and being a good citizen are important features of our society. But what happens when the laws are overbearing, unjust or just plain stupid? We have to stop letting our local, state and federal governments get away with being such boorish and pushy buffoons.

There is no need for a law that would stop a person from building a mailbox size structure on their front lawn. While we’re at it – it’s very likely that most of the laws on the books where we live (whether town, city, state or federal) are probably unnecessary, or at the very least, unnecessarily overbearing.

Why don’t we change that?

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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