Kansas City, MO - Nine-year-old Spencer Collins decided to open the “little free library” because he loves to read.
"I like adventure stories because I'm in the adventure, and it's fun," he told KMBC-TV.
The “library” was a small box sitting in a stand in the family’s yard. On it is a sign that says, “take a book, leave a book.” However, the city of Leawood, Missouri isn’t on-board.
"When we got home from vacation, there was a letter from the city of Leawood saying that it was in code violation, and it needed to be down by the 19th, or we would receive a citation," Spencer's mother, Sarah told the TV station.
The Prairie Village Post reports the letter said, “your take a book leave a book structure must be attached to the house.”
But don’t blame the city. They say they were forced to take action after receiving two complaints.
Who complains about a free library?
City officials wouldn’t say, but made it clear they have to enforce the law banning "detached structures."
Spencer’s dad Brian told Fox4KC, “I think the law is a good one,I think the intent of the law is a good one” But he believe there should be some wiggle room.
“Applying it to something that won’t house mice is a bad idea."
For now the family has overcome the issue by moving the library into their garage.
Nevertheless, Spencer isn’t finished with this fight. The family is looking into ways to have the law changed. "I think it’s unfair because it’s really good to the community," he said.