Book lovers are definitely going to love this awesome, jaw-dropping little tree library. Yes, it doesn’t look like your regular library but it’s free and certainly one of a kind!
Even though we’re living in a digital world, with access to so much knowledge and information at the click of a button, there’s still something magical about books.
The ability to soak yourself in literary fiction and read slowly and deeply, as opposed to the temptation to skim and scroll down, is richly rewarding as it helps to foster essential skills like critical thinking and empathy— the two things that are becoming more obviously missing in today’s society.
Thankfully, a nonprofit organization, Little Free Library, is helping to ensure our innate love of books stays alive by “inspiring a love of reading, building community, and sparking creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”
These little libraries are popping up everywhere, and the coolest one we’ve seen so far was made by a family in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Sharalee Armitage Howard, a librarian, a former bookbinder and artist decided that a large stump of a 110-year-old cottonwood tree would make a perfect setting for a ‘Little Tree Library.’
Sharalee told a media outlet:
“Someone willing to take the time to give new life to a stump would never cut down a healthy tree to do it.”
“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.”
“The average lifespan of a cottonwood tree is merely 40-50 years… so it got to live more than twice that already!”
No detail was spared in the creation of this “Little Tree Library.” It includes stone steps, a glass door warm interior and exterior lighting, providing a welcoming glow for a truly fairytale look.
Even with its small details, the Little Tree Library maintains its literary purpose.
Just above the door, dentils in the form of small books recall some of the great classics such as Call of the Wild and The Grapes of Wrath, so that the community knows what they’re looking at.
And when Sharalee shared her project on Facebook, it got an overwhelming response, with many people thrilled by her creativity.
Sharalee was inspired by the Little Free Library program, a nonprofit organization that aims to encourage lending and book-swaps in local communities.
Little Free Libraries also seem to be taking off, with over 75,000 libraries springing up in nearly 100 countries worldwide.
Scroll down to check out more photos of Sharalee’s creation and pick up a book today!