Reading. Libraries. Books. E-books. Learning. Imagination. All things that come with reading. It’s fun. It can be considered self-care. It can take you to a “land far, far away…” if you let it.

Point is that reading is fun, exciting, and necessary as we all know. However, how much awesome would it be if you were able to find a great book at a mini library in your own neighborhood, like the one below? I know I’d enjoy it. Article here.

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Article Highlights:

  • The Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire people and help build community by encouraging people to install book exchanges in their neighborhoods.
  • Since 2009, the organization helped install over 75,000 libraries in 88 countries and exchange millions of books annually, spreading the love for books everywhere.
  • Recently, inspired by this project, one librarian from Idaho decided to create her own unique little library.
  • It was created by Sharalee Armitage Howard, an artist, librarian and former bookbinder from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
  • Her family recently had to chop down a 110-year-old cottonwood tree standing in their yard and decided to not let its trunk go to waste by installing a tiny library inside it.
  • They carved it from the inside and decorated it with a tiny shingled roof to give it a cozy, magical look. Check it out in the gallery below!

A Praise in my Spirit:

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Round of applause! ✔

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea! I love it so much! 🥰🥰

Anyone who knows me, personally and through my writing, can tell that I love to read. I write non-spoiler reviews too. Check them out here, here, and here, if you haven’t already. 😉

Anyway, I love that this woman chose to serve her community with more books and found a crafty and creative way to do it!

I have always thought that reading was an uber-important complement to learning and it’s really sad that a lot of people can’t read in this day and age.

Reading adds to the imagination and vocabulary unlike anything else in the world! It’s magical properties only grow stronger and stronger as the reader gets older. 

I mean, to repurpose an old tree that was in the ground into a mini library was genius!! It looks amazing. It encourages reading. It allows the honor system to work; take one, leave one. It’s just great! 

A Word of Advice:

download (1)This is something that would love to do once I find my “forever” home.

Unfortunately, I’ve never run across anything like this in real life, but if I did, I’d have a TON of books to donate! 

If you should see one somewhere, consider donating a book or two. Nothing wrong with giving back to the community, especially when it comes to reading, learning, and education. 💖