The not-for-profit Little Free Library is a book program with locations in 88 countries, with over 75,000 registered Little Free Libraries. Although it exists in many shapes and sizes, the basic premise is that it is a small house-like structure on a public thoroughfare which has a front door that opens to allow passersby to give or take a free book.
In addition to the goodwill-fueled, donation-based libraries, one of the charms is that each one is customized. One family in Idaho took their Library design to the next level with a “Little Tree Library,” carved out of a 100-year-old cottonwood tree stump on their property. Sharalee Armitage Howard, you’ll not be surprised to learn, works as a librarian and previously studied bookbinding, according to her Facebook profile. She spearheaded the complex installation on her front lawn, including dentils that, upon closer inspection, are actually miniature books complete with titles. The Library also features interior and exterior lighting, to give the space an extra-homey glow, as well as a “roof” over the top of the stump to help prevent its weathering away.
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