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Woman Turned 110-Year-Old Dead Tree Into A Free Little Library For The Neighborhood And It Looks Magical
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Woman Turned 110-Year-Old Dead Tree Into A Free Little Library For The Neighborhood And It Looks Magical

Even though we live in a connected world, with access to so much knowledge at the click of a button, there’s still something magical, and important, about books. The ability to immerse yourself in literary fiction and read slowly and deeply, as opposed to the temptation to skim and scroll, is rich in rewards and helps to foster important skills like critical thinking and empathy, two things that are becoming more obviously missing in our society. 

Nonprofit organization 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!

The coolest one we’ve seen so far, however, was made by a family in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Sharalee Armitage Howard, a librarian, artist and former bookbinder, decided that the large stump of a 110-year-old cottonwood tree would, instead of being dug up and destroyed, make the perfect setting for a ‘Little Tree Library.’ “Someone willing to take the time to give new life to a stump would never cut down a healthy tree to do it,” Sharalee 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.”

“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! Scroll down to check it out for yourself below, and pick up a book today!

The Little Free (Tree) Library

This is an awesome project.

A Coeur d’Alene artist found a unique way to repurpose an old and decaying tree in her front yard.

She’s turned the tree’s stump into a Little Free Library. It’s a free book exchange designed to encourage reading.

A Facebook post from the woman has since been shared close to 30,000 times!

https://www.krem.com/mobile/article/news/local/kootenai-county/artist-turns-100-year-old-tree-in-coeur-dalene-into-little-library/293-3fa730c4-2ccf-4771-bed9-0176fb334083

Posted by Taylor Viydo on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Here’s what people had to say about the pretty Little Tree Library

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pandamonium
Community Member
3 years ago

This is exactly what you do with an old tree. Its magical. Love the little libraries all over my town. This one's by far the most amazing.

tuzdayschild
Community Member
3 years ago

So what they're telling me is they chopped down a tree and stuffed it with it's own innards. Twisted. Also quite cool.

Chris Pitch
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3 years ago

A recycled recycling bin with the finished recycled product inside?

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Kenny Kulbiski
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3 years ago

Love this. I know it's not a phone booth but I'd still keep an eye out for Dr. Who.

Karen Klinck
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3 years ago

Fairies.

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pandamonium
Community Member
3 years ago

This is exactly what you do with an old tree. Its magical. Love the little libraries all over my town. This one's by far the most amazing.

tuzdayschild
Community Member
3 years ago

So what they're telling me is they chopped down a tree and stuffed it with it's own innards. Twisted. Also quite cool.

Chris Pitch
Community Member
3 years ago

A recycled recycling bin with the finished recycled product inside?

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Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
3 years ago

Love this. I know it's not a phone booth but I'd still keep an eye out for Dr. Who.

Karen Klinck
Community Member
3 years ago

Fairies.

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