Woman Creates 'Little Free Library' Out Of Old, Dying Tree

Woman Carves Magical ‘Little Free Library’ Out Of 110-Year-Old Tree

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This is possibly the most inviting ‘Little Free Library’ of all time

There’s been a number of Free Little Libraries showing up around towns and communities all over the world the past few years — but this one you really have to see to fully appreciate.

Obviously for any library, it’s not what’s on the outside that matters most. But this particular book-borrowing haven looks like something out of a magical fairytale land.

It’s so dreamy, we want to go there immediately with a thermos full of hot cocoa and plenty of free hours.

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Sharalee Armitage Howard

Creator Sharalee Armitage Howard, a librarian and artist from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho turned a dying 110-year-old cottonwood tree outside her home into the most perfect mini library. “Someone willing to take the time to give new life to a stump would never cut down a healthy tree to do it,” Howard told Bored Panda. “It was dropping HUGE branches for years onto the sidewalk and street (even without windy weather). We were really worried about someone getting hurt. One finally hit our son’s car.”

And so, her Free Little Library was born.

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Sharalee Armitage Howard

“Thanks so much for all of the wonderful feedback about our little free library! It’s awesome to know that there are so many people out there that appreciate how art (in any form) quite simply, makes the world a cooler place to live in,” Howard wrote on Facebook next to pictures of her creation.

Thanks so much for all of the wonderful feedback about our little free library! It’s awesome to know that there are so…

Posted by Sharalee Armitage Howard on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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If you’ve not seen one before, nonprofit organization Little Free Library (which Howard is now officially a member) has inspired people from all over the world (88 countries, in fact) to keep a love of books alive and to inspire “a love of reading, building community, and sparking creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.” By building little libraries on their property, the hope is to put more books in the hands of people who wouldn’t necessarily have access otherwise. If you don’t have the ability to fill your library with books, Little Free Library will donate books for you.

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Howard’s attention to detail is unmatched down to the molding, which is made up of little wooden classics affixed to the outside.

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Sharalee Armitage Howard

We have one of these in our neighborhood and it’s impossible not to smile when you pass by. My kids love and appreciate the ability to walk right up and take a book of their choosing, read and return it, and add books to the collection when we’re able. Not only does it teach them a love of books, it’s also a powerful lesson in giving back.

Howard’s idea is proof how much life something on its way out is able provide. Can we get one of these on every street corner, please?