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City says Kansas boy's free little library is illegal structure

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Spenser Collins had to remove his free little library from his yard about the city said it was an illegal structure. (Courtesy: ABC News) Spenser Collins had to remove his free little library from his yard about the city said it was an illegal structure. (Courtesy: ABC News)
LEAWOOD, Kansas -

A nine-year-old Kansas boy had his free library removed from his yard after the town said it was an illegal structure.

Spenser Collins loved the idea of sharing his love for reading with his neighborhood. With his parents' help, he set up a birdhouse-sized library with free books for the taking.

According to KMBC, the family got home from vacation with a letter from the City of Leawood stating that the little library violated certain codes and needed to be taken down. http://www.kmbc.com/news/leawood-shuts-down-boys-little-free-library/26552394#!25Byu

Apparently, the city bans buildings that are not attached to homes. Since the tiny building was in the front yard by itself, it was considered illegal.

The city said it received a couple complaints about the structure as well.

Leawood's Director of Community Development told ABC News that he believes people thought the library was going to cause the Collins' yard to become cluttered.

"First, there was just a library," he said. "Then, a bench was placed next to it. I think people were concerned there would be more and more stuff at their front yard.

The Little Free Library is not a new thing. Todd Bol, who says it helps bring communities together, started the movement in 2009.

"I find it rather humorous that the city thinks it is illegal," he said. "The Little Free Library has worked well in some of the toughest communities across the country."

Bol said there are more than 16,000 of the libraries in 72 countries.

The Collins family set up a Facebook page for support, and it has since received over 17,000 likes. https://www.facebook.com/Spencerslittlefreelibrary

*KMBC and ABC News contributed to this report.

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