Kindles are a great gadget. They offer everything a book lover could possibly need, as it allows us to keep thousands of books in one place. But if you’re a major book nerd, then you know there’s nothing like holding a physical book in your hand and cozying up under a blanket as you get ready to immerse yourself in a different realm. But no one has a greater appreciation for books than non-profit organization, Little Free Library, who wanted to preserve a huge 110-year-old tree from Sharalee Armitage Howard’s front yard.
When city workers of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, broke the news to Sharalee Armitage Howard, she was completely heartbroken.
Being a librarian, artist, and former bookbinder, Sharalee had a special connection to books. The city workers were planning on removing an impressive 110-year-old tree from her front yard, but she wasn’t about to stay put and watch as they chopped away such a majestic tree.
She was willing to do everything in her power to preserve as much as she possibly could, but the tree was a major liability.
Trees can be a beautiful asset, but they can also be a liability. The old cottonwood tree had been dropping huge branches on the sidewalk. Sharalee was starting to worry, but she had a plan!
Sharalee decided that the large 110-year-old stump would make the perfect setting for a cozy little library.
“Someone willing to take the time to give new life to a stump would never cut down a healthy tree to do it,” she said. Finally, Sharalee figured out what she wanted to do with the stump.
She decided to turn what was left from that beautiful old tree into a free library for the entire neighborhood.
But she didn’t do it alone. Nonprofit organization, Little Free Library, felt like they needed to step in and lend a helping hand.
And with over 75,000 ‘Little Free Libraries’ in 88 countries, let’s just say they were beyond qualified to help out!
As a matter of fact, you may have already stumbled upon some of these stunning free little libraries in your very own town, although not as impressive and elaborate.