The Little Free Library inside a century-old cottonwood tree stump looks magical.
While we live in a highly connected world where digital technology is clearly the master, actual analogue books have still managed to retain their charm.
The nonprofit Little Free Library strives to cultivate this relationship with the printed press.
In more than 88 countries about 75,000 small, completely free libraries have spread where anyone can borrow or drop off a book.
One of the latest to join this project is in Coeur d ‘Alene, Idaho.
Sharalee, an artist and librarian who lives in Coeur D’Alene, posted images and thoughts about her project on Facebook.
“This project isn’t quite finished… but I can’t wait to share it.
“We had to remove a huge tree that was over 110 years old, so I decided to turn it into a little free library (which I’ve always wanted).”
“Here it is (minus some cleanup, vegetation, and trim work)!”
The Little Free (Tree) Library is a free book exchange designed to encourage reading.
Little Free Library is a project aimed at spreading reading.
These completely free libraries have already sprung up in many countries and are often located on street corners or in public places.
Anyone can take a book out of the library or leave one there, thereby creating a community of reading buddies.
In addition to the books on the shelves, the little library also has a roof so as not to be exposed to the elements, as well as indoor and outdoor lighting.
The complex installation on the librarian’s front lawn includes details 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.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if these libraries started springing up like magic in every neighbourhood?
You can find a Little Free Library near you on the organisation’s website which also offers premade kits if you don’t have any large tree stumps on hand.