When you have a massive dead tree stump in your front yard, your instinct might be to cut it down. When you’re a librarian, however, your instincts are somewhat different. Sharlee Armitage Howard, a librarian at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library in Idaho, decided to turn this 110-year-old tree stump on her property into a miniature library. She is continuing the trend of Little Free Libraries where people are encouraged to borrow books from local street boxes and return them at their own leisure.
Howard, however, might have one of the most elaborate Little Free Libraries in the world. With stone steps, a glass door, welcoming lighting, and dentil blocks in the form of miniature books above the entryway, the library truly projects a unique and impressive aesthetic. When she first announced her project via Facebook, it got a pretty overwhelming response. Her initial post from last month now has over 85,000 likes, 13,000 comments, and 101,000 shares.
Like all other nonprofit Little Free Libraries, Howard’s tree library is aimed at fostering a love of literature in the community. There are over 75,000 registered Little Free Libraries in 88 countries around the world, and each is unique in its own right. If you really want to take a literary-themed trip around the world, visiting each Little Free Library would be an epic way to do it.
You can get an even closer look at Howard’s tree library in this video, created by local news station KREM.