Even though we live in an era where we can access knowledge all over the world with a single click, there is still something magical about reading books. Sitting in a cozy corner with a hot coffee and a nice book is almost similar to perfection and all the book lovers over there would know exactly how it feels. Books are truly like magic. You can slowly and deeply be immersed in its magic and nothing can ever be compared to that feeling.
A non-profit organization named Little Free Library is helping to ensure we keep our innate love of books 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, with over 75,000 libraries provided in 88 countries so far!
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The coolest one we’ve seen so far, however, was made by a family in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Sharalee Armitage Howard who is a librarian, artist, and former bookbinder. She decided that the large stump of a 110-year-old cottonwood tree would be used for a better purpose than being dug up and destroyed. So she thought of making the perfect setting for a ‘Little Tree Library.’ Out of this.
Speaking to media she said,
“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!”
The stump was carved out from the inside, topped with a roof and installed with a cozy interior and exterior lighting for a truly fairytale look, one of the prettiest libraries we’ve ever seen.
So, check out the video of this pretty library and maybe this will be a nice idea for you to try-out as well!