Little librarian Stacy Holmes: Photo by Danny Fulgencio

Little librarian Stacy Holmes: Photo by Danny Fulgencio

As of this morning, the Dallas City Council’s Quality of Life Committee has recommended that Dallas amend the city code to allow Little Free Libraries in front yards, placing them in the same category as yard furniture, bird baths, and the like.

Lake Highlands resident Stacy Holmes alerted us to the action this morning. The whole Little Free Library controversy began after one of Holmes’ neighbors complained about her front yard lending library. If you want to learn more about the LFL in Dallas, here is the presentation.

Holmes fought the good fight for her LFL. It was about more than just books, she told us. “Neighbors I did not know were coming over. They would introduce themselves. We were getting to know each other, and might not have ever talked if not for the library.”

Now she’s celebrating one of life’s little victories with some new books, she says, thanking new District 10 councilman Adam McGough for his support.

The adjustment also received vocal support from East Dallas city council representative Philip Kingston, to say the least. In a Dallas Morning News post, Robert Wilonsky quotes Kingston calling the whole hearing “wasteful” and “dumb” and questioning, “What kind of jerk calls the city to complain about a Little Free Library?”

The first Little Free Library in Dallas was erected by a Lakewood family.


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