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How Woman turned a 110-year-old tree into a free library for neighbors

Books. In a world where technology is everything and media is accessible at the touch of a finger, it is important to remember the vital role of books in our lives.

Personally, it scares me to think of a world without books. Of course, you can read stories online and in digital services, but there is nothing like the feeling of paper in your hands when you dive into another world.

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Fortunately, there are those who are determined to ensure that the books remain alive. An organization called the
Little Free Library has set itself the goal of maintaining a burning passion for future generations. They say their goal is: “to inspire reading, build communities, and ignite creativity by exchanging neighborhood books all over the world”.

How do they do it? Well, small libraries are popping up in various places around the world, and so far 75,000 libraries have been opened in 88 countries!

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And here is where it’s getting cool. One family in Idaho, decided to take it one step further when planning a small and special library.

It all started when Sharalee Howard, a librarian and former bookbinder, decided that a 110-year-old tree trunk near her home would be perfect for a ‘little tree library’.

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A magical tree

The trunk of the poplar tree was completely hollow which gave it a magical roof, and it was built in such a way that it resembled something from the Harry Potter films.

I don’t know about you, but this tree is one of the warmest and most pleasant libraries I have ever seen.

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She wrote on Facebook: “Well, this project is not finished yet.. but I just have to share it with you. We had to take out a 110 year old tree trunk, so I decided to turn it into a small library (which I always wanted). Here it is
(with less cleaning, vegetation and pruning..)”.

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This library looks amazing, doesn’t it?

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Keeping books alive is something that must be done. With libraries like these, we can continue to inspire future generations to take a book and get lost within the stories we all know and love.

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