ILMK Reader Hero #3: Spencer Collins

ILMK Reader Hero #3: Spencer Collins

Readers make the world a better place. The I Love My Kindle blog recognizes those extraordinary few who make heroic efforts to expand their minds, their hearts, and their perspectives by engaging with the world’s culture through the experience of literature.

They are our Reader Heroes.

“It’s kind of like I’m in a whole other world and I like that,” he said. “I like adventure stories because I’m in the adventure and it’s fun.”
–9-year old Spencer Collins on reading


Little Free Library

program is a way for readers to selflessly help others share their love of reading by setting up a small outside bookshelf where people can take and leave books.

Spencer Collins set up one of the sites in Leawood, Kansas,with different sections for different types of books.

Spencer is nine years old.

While the act of setting up the library itself shows how Spencer is positively contributing to the community, the story goes beyond that.

The City Council ordered the Little Free Library be removed…because it violated ordinances about “accessory structures” (which are not attached to houses).

How Spencer reacted shows the  resourcefulness that reading can teach you.

Spencer is reading up on the city codes, and is going to challenge the decision.

This Reader Hero didn’t just give up, or get mad, or work outside the system.

If Spencer’s noble actions succeed, the law could be changed,  benefiting  Leawood (and possibly other communities) now and in the future.

Thank you, Spencer, for being a Reader Hero!

Readers of ILMK are welcome to express their congratulations to Tyler Weaver and to offer support and encouragement by commenting on this post and/or clicking on the poll below (an additional way to support is below the poll):

Spencer also has a

Facebook page

When you click “About” there, you’ll get a number of links, including this one to contact the Mayor and City Council of Leawood:

If you do so, please keep in mind Spencer’s own mature response to the situation.

We hope to send Tyler a Reader Hero t-shirt in recognition (as we have done in the past with a Reader Hero), if arrangements can be made. If you can help with that, comments can be made privately to this post, and any personal information will not be shared with readers. Please indicate that the comment is private.

Thanks to The Mary Sue for the heads-up on this story.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.


4 Responses to “ILMK Reader Hero #3: Spencer Collins”

  1. Carolyn perreau Says:

    sent an email to the city planning maybe it needs to be a city wide effort. thank you for bringing it to our attention

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Carolyn!

      I think they’ll figure out some way to make it work. I understand the concern about uneven enforcement, but I don’t think the ordinance was intended to affect something this small.

      I guess I wonder more about the two people who complained about it…

  2. Lady Galaxy Says:

    It’s easy to set up a similar program in the workplace. When I was teaching high school, we had a bookcase in the teacher’s lounge. We set aside one shelf as a take one, leave one shelf. Now that I’m retired, several of the teachers who actively participated in out “little library”, myself included, get together once a month for lunch. those without Kindles bring books to share. Those of us with Kindles or iPads with Kindle apps trade off Kindle books that are “lendable”?

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