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Dallas wants to curb Little Free Libraries

Photo by Danny Fulgencio

Photo by Danny Fulgencio

Are Little Free Libraries too unstylish for some members of the Dallas City Council?

A council subcommittee this week voted in favor of a plan to limit the grassroots take-a-book/leave-a-book movement that’s found some traction in Dallas.

Little Free Libraries have popped up in Dallas front yards over the past few years. And last year, a neighbor called 311 to complain about one in their Lake Highlands neighborhood.

The proposed city ordinance, apparently based on that one complaint, would regulate the size of  the libraries to no taller than 5 feet, no wider than 20 inches and no deeper than 18 inches. Also, they must be at least 10 feet away from neighboring property lines.

A Lakewood family was the fist to create a Little Free Library in Dallas.

City Councilman Phillip Kingston has been supportive of the libraries. When the council’s quality of life committee voted to amend the city code to specifically allow them last year, Kingston called the hearing “wasteful” and “dumb,” adding “What kind of jerk calls the city to complain about a Little Free Library?”


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By |2016-09-15T13:42:47-05:00September 15th, 2016|News|2 Comments

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