We live in a connected online society, with access to so much knowledge at our fingertips. However, there’s still something magical and important about books.
The ability to submerge yourself in literary fiction and read, as opposed to the temptation to skim and scroll, is rich in rewards and helps to foster important skills. These include improved focus and concentration, and stress reduction.
Nonprofit organization Little Free Library is helping to ensure we keep our passion for books alive by “inspiring a love of reading, building community, and sparking creativity by developing 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 sweetest one we’ve seen so far, however, belongs to 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, makes the perfect setting for a Little Tree Library.
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.”
Sharalee stated, “It was dropping HUGE branches for years onto the sidewalk and street (even without windy weather). We were anxious not to hurt anyone. 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 and topped with a roof. Installed with warmhearted interior and exterior lighting, we get a truly magical fairytale look. One of the most charming libraries we’ve ever seen! Scroll down to check it out for yourself below: