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July 4th, 2014
04:53 PM ET

Boy fights city council to save his library

(CNN) – Nine-year-old Spencer Collins put a "Little Free Library" in his yard, a stand where anyone can donate or take a book from its shelves. He built it as a Mother's Day present.

"We were in Minnesota, and she saw one, and she really wanted it," said Spencer.

These little libraries are not uncommon, there's even a website where people can find one close by.

But Leawood City Council quickly asserted that the little library violated an ordinance that notes: "No detached structure including garages, barns, sheds, greenhouses, above ground pools, or outbuildings, shall be permitted, unless expressly allowed."

The council sent Spencer's family a letter, and forced them to take his free library off his yard.

But the Collins are fighting back.

Spencer's dad Brian started a Facebook page advocating to keep the library. It has more than 31,000 likes. They've also won the support of Lemony Snicket, the children's book author.

The reaction has "been unbelievably positive," says Brian.

Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn confirmed that there is a council meeting next week to discuss the matter. Spencer and his family will attend to see if they will make an exception for the library, or amend the ordinance.

"My mom says it really benefits the community because you meet new neighbors, and it really promotes reading," said Spencer. "And I love to read, and I really just like that."

The 9-year-old says his favorite book at the moment is The Ranger's Apprentice series.

"It's about this boy who gets adopted by a king, and he gets to be kind of like a spy's apprentice, and he starts learning all the skills," he says.

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