There are a few bibliophiles that still continue celebrating the art of reading a book, like Sharalee Armitage Howard.
Trudging into the modern era, we're shedding a lot of beautiful habits. One thing that is slowly seeing a demise is the art of reading a book. People are getting hooked onto television shows and online content that is faster to go through and easier than going through the effort of reading an entire book. But there are a few bibliophiles that still continue celebrating the art of reading a book, like Sharalee Armitage Howard.
The Idaho resident works at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library and she was faced with a very unique problem. Bordering her property was a 110-year-old cottonwood tree which was going to be torn down after it began to rot. So the heartbreaking decision to cut down the tree was made for safety reasons. All that was left behind was a stump, so Armitage decided to transform the stump into a mini library!
Armitage decided to collaborate with the 'Little Free Library', where people can take a book and leave one behind, as per their leisure. The nonprofit organization hopes to foster a healthy reading habit in the community. The project encourages the exchange of books and there are almost 75,000 registered 'Little Free Libraries' in 88 countries all around the world. The librarian shared pictures of the project on her Facebook and it got an overwhelming response from people who were thrilled with the usage of the trunk.
The 'Little Tree Library' looks like a store straight out of a fairy tale, which includes stone steps, a glass door, beautiful interior, and exterior lighting which warmly welcomes eager reader. Armitage included beautiful details in the project, like the top of the doorway which has a dentil in the form of miniature books, which pay homage to some of the greatest classics like 'The Grapes of Wrath' and 'Call of the Wild'.
The tree is something that many book lovers would like to visit, but if the Couer d'Alene 'Little Tree Library' is too far for you, there are plenty of these magical libraries all over the world. You can also start your own 'Little Free Library' in your own town.