Sharalee Armitage Howard works at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library in Idaho. When an old cottonwood tree began to rot and had to be cut down for safety reasons, she knew exactly how to turn it into something special. Now she has her own little free library where people are free to pick up books or put books down.
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organisation that fosters a love of reading and community by encouraging the sharing of books. Her 75,000+ Little Free Libraries are registered in 88 countries around the world, each with its own unique characteristics. When Armitage Howard shared her project on Facebook, she received an overwhelming response from people excited about her creative use of space. We paid attention to every detail when designing this "Little Girlfriend Tree Girlfriend Library."
It features a stone staircase, glass doors, and warm indoor and outdoor lighting that provides an inviting glow. Down to the last detail, this project remains true to its literary purpose. Just above the door is a football in the shape of a miniature book, reminiscent of some of the great classics such as "The Call of the Wild'' and ``The Grapes of Wrath.'' If you can't make it to Coeur d'Alene, there may be a small free library nearby.
The nonprofit's Instagram account highlights some of the unique libraries around the world. Use the map to see which libraries are closest to your location. Want to start your own little free library? This organisation has lots of tips for making your own, and they also sell pre-assembled kits.