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July 11, 2014 - 8:25 am

As a Mother’s Day gift, 9-year-old Spencer Collins built a cute little box and put it on a pole in front of his house, stocking it with books. He attached a little sign “Take a Book, Return a Book.”

To you and me, it’s a “Little Free Library,” of which there are some 15,000 nationwide. To government bureaucrats, however, it’s another unconscionable act of rebellion, with a subject rising up on this hind legs to challenge the authority of the rulers.

The government of Leawood, Kansas, ordered him to take it down. You see, Leawood doesn’t allow private property owners to build structures in their front yards — not even a little box on a stick.

On Monday, Spencer appealed to the City Council, perched upon a milk crate so he could see over the podium. And, amazingly, the council unanimously ordered a temporary moratorium, through October, allowing little lending libraries in Leawood.  What politician wants to tell a kid he can’t promote literacy?

So, Spencer will put his library back in the front yard. But that’s not all.

He says he’s installing a reading bench too.

Uh-oh. Look out, Spencer!

Scott Ott co-hosts a news, commentary and humor show called Trifecta on PJTV. He created and hosted the 20-part series on the Constitution titled Freedom's Charter. His satire site, ScrappleFace, spawned three books and praise from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin and many others.
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But God help him if he tries to sell a glass of lemonade. Then come the SWAT team to shut him down, and maybe shoot his dog.
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Did he try to censor the contents of the Library? Maybe the American Library Association tried to put in some adult material as a test.
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Leawood, Kansas: it's a silly place.
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Lemme guess -- the Council's condition was that they be allowed to dictate the titles in the Little Library...
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