In Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a librarian gave new life to a dying tree by putting a library in it.
It’s likely the most adorable story you’ll read today: an American woman by the name of Sharalee Armitage Howard, an employee in her town’s public library, had the incredible idea to give a second life to a tree that stood in front of her house. In Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, now exists an enchanting free library in the middle of a tree trunk.
A huge restoration job
‘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 (after some cleanup, vegetation, and trim work)!’ explained the creator on Facebook. Seeing that the 100 year-old tree was rotting, she decided to save and restore it. She managed to put on a front door, just above which she carved out several decorative books. The tree-library can house up to 100 books, all in guarding its magical, fairylike atmosphere.
As you could probably guess, any subject this cool pretty rapidly made its rounds on social media. For Sharalee, the internet’s feedback was overwhelmingly positive: ‘I’ve officially become a Little Free Library charter member! It’s my understanding that, within days, you’ll see my tree on the national map,’ she remarked on Facebook. If you happen to pass by Coeur d’Alene, stop by this one-of-a-kind library!
Check out the video above to see the beautiful library-tree for yourself!