A clever twist on the donation-based community library breathes new life into the big old tree stump.
The Little free Library inside a century-old cottonwood tree stump looks magical
While we live in a highly connected world where digital technologies are clearly the master, actual analogue books have still managed to retain their charm. The nonprofit Little Free Library strives to cultivate this relationship with the printed press. In more than 88 countries, around 75,000 small, completely free libraries have spread where anyone can borrow or drop off a book. One of the latest bookstores to join this project is located in Coeur d ‘Alene, Idaho, and it seems to be surrounded by magic…
The Magical Little Free Library in Cour d ‘Alene has become popular locally and on social media
Little Free Library is a project aimed at spreading reading. This is served by a network of small bookcases containing various books. These completely free libraries have already sprung up in many countries and are often located on street corners or in public places.
Anyone can take a book out of the library or leave one there, thereby creating a community of reading buddies. One of the newest free libraries is located in Cour d ‘Alene, Idaho. The owner and creator is Sharalee Armitage Howard, a local artist and librarian.
This little cottage is very different from the others: It was laid out by Sharalee in the heart of a 110-year old cottonwood tree that is sick and destined for felling. The artist, from Cour d ‘Alene, then hollowed out a place in the trunk where she could incorporate the Little Free Library. With fantastic results!
In addition to the books on the shelves, the little library also has a roof so as not to be exposed to the elements, as well as indoor and outdoor lighting.
The Little Free Library in Cour d ‘Alene is now active and has been very successful in the neighbourhood, and especially on the internet when Sharalee published images of her project.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if these libraries started springing up like magic in every neighbourhood?
You can find a Little Free Library near you on the organisation’s website which also offers premade kits if you don’t have any large tree stumps on hand.
LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES ARE MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE, SPREADING THE JOY OF READING
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organisation that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighbourhood book exchanges around the world.