No matter what it looks like, any Little Free Library is awesome simply for what it is. But some are a little more creatively crafted than others, like this incredible Little Free Library carved out of a 110-year-old tree!

Crafted by Sharalee Armitage Howard, a librarian and artist from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, this Little Free Library is so cozy and inviting you’ll wish you could crawl right into and read inside. The magical mini library was created by carving out a cottonwood tree, but don’t worry the tree was already dying.

“Someone willing to take the time to give new life to a stump would never cut down a healthy tree to do it,” Howard told Bored Panda. “It was dropping HUGE branches for years onto the sidewalk and street (even without windy weather). We were really worried about someone getting hurt. One finally hit our son’s car.”

As Howard points out in her Facebook post showing off the completed library, one of the most incredible features is the dental moulding above the door. If you closely you’ll see that the small tiles are actually mini books complete with classic titles painted on the outside, like Little Women and The Hobbit.

For the uninitiated, the Little Free Library program was founded to create a network of self-built, mini libraries around the globe with purpose of fostering a love of books and reading in all communities.

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—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Ben White via Unsplash

 

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