This Artist Transformed A Dead Tree Into A Magic Little Library

An artist and librarian has transformed a dead tree outside her house into a magical, miniature, free library for all her neighbourhood to enjoy.

Sharalee Armitage Howard, from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, repurposed the 110-year-old cottonwood tree into the lovely public facility to "make the world a cooler place to live in."

The pretty little library and bookswap is equipped with books, a door, exterior and interior lighting and some cute book-themed decorations.

"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," the former bookbinder said on Facebook.

After receiving lots of praise for her clever idea, Sharalee added: "Thanks so much for all of the wonderful feedback about our little free library! It's awesome to know that there are so many people out there that appreciate how art (in any form) quite simply, makes the world a cooler place to live in."

Her posts about the nifty project have been shared more than 100,000 times.

Commenting on the little library, Neal Carolyn said: "Excellent repurposing! Libraries rule!"

"Wow!! You are so creative," Kerri Sandaine added.

Don't mind us, we're just booking an immediate flight to Idaho to check out this absolutely adorable library.

Sharalee has also registered her micro-library with a non-profit organisation called Little Free Library, which "inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world."

Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

"Little Free Libraries play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce," the group says on their website.

Use this map to find a Little Free Library near you, including across the UK.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Sharalee Armitage Howard

Harvey Day

Writer for Pretty52, interested in all sorts of entertainment and lifestyle content. Previously worked at ShortList Magazine and website, the MailOnline and the Birmingham Mail. Contact: harvey.day@pretty52.com

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