Sharalee Armitage Howard is making news headlines for transforming what was once the headache of her neighborhood into something that will make a positive impact on the community.
A dead tree had become a problem in her neighborhood and she turned it into this cute little library for her neighbors-inspired by a nonprofit organization devoted to reading.
A Problem For The Community
The dead cottonwood tree was in the front yard of this artist and librarian from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and had been there for about 110 years! The tree was quite the problem as it was breaking down more and more every day.
According to Sharalee, the tree was dropping massive branches onto the street and sidewalk, even when the weather was not windy. The entire neighborhood was always worried that someone would get hurt and one day, a branch finally fell on her son’s car.
Instead of completely destroying the tree, she decided to do something else with it. She was given inspiration by a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to learning.
Little Free Library
A nonprofit called Little Free Library is an organization that is devoted to inspiring, in communities all around the world, a love for reading. They help people create mini-libraries for themselves and for members of their community to enjoy.
Also, they provide books to their supporters at discounted rates. With the idea of exchanging books, people can create mini-libraries open to everyone to borrow books from.
They could also leave their books there for other people to read. People have created over 75,000 mini-libraries in 88 different countries since the launch of the organization.
A Tree-mendous Idea
Sharalee to the decision to turn this tree into a little library for her own community, using resources given to her by Little Free Library. They carefully cut down most of the tree, leaving only the stump behind.
She, with the help of her family and other members of the community, carved the inside of the stump and topped it with a roof. They installed lights on both the inside and outside, a glass door, and shelves to put the books on.
The transformation of this old tree is absolutely remarkable. Sharalee says she still has a little bit of work to do on it, but so far, it looks amazing! The most important part is that she has created a library, and this will serve her community well. Well done to her!