Librarian Transforms 110-Year-Old Tree Stump into Free Community Library

All book lovers are definitely going to love this jaw-dropping tiny library. Yes, it doesn’t look like your usual library but this free library is certainly one of a kind. Sharalee Armitage Howard decides to turn a 110-year-olf tree stump in her front yard into a tiny library. Howard is currently working as a librarian at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library in Idaho. And when her aging cottonwood tree begins to rot and needs to be cut down, a brilliant idea pops to mind. She decides to transform it into an amazing tree stump library and registers it into the Little Free Library organization.

Little Free Library is the world’s largest book-sharing, nonprofit movement that aims to encourage exchanging and sharing of books. There are currently over 75,000 registered Little Free Libraries in 88 countries that you can readily access anytime. And Howard’s tree stump library is one of these. Little Free Libraries allow the community to take a book and leave a book in return. Anyone can set up and register a Little Free Library as long as it can contain books and is easily accessible. Small cottages and tiny sheds are the most common types of Little Free Libraries. But his tree stump library is probably the most remarkable of all.

One-of-a-Kind Tree Stump Library

This stunning tree stump library features a sloped roof, a large green door, stone steps, and warm interior lights. Additionally, wooden miniature books adorn the top of the doorway. These decors represent some of the greatest classics such as Nancy Drew, Call of the Wind, The Hobbit, and more. When Howard shared photos of her tree stump library on Facebook, it received overwhelming approval from the people. Her clever utilization of space and her advocacy for book-sharing have inspired other people to do the same.


Visitors are very much welcome to go visit this awesome tree stump library in Coeur d’Alene. However, if you can’t make it to Idaho, you can find the nearest Free Little Libraries in your location by checking out this map. Or you can visit the organization’s Instagram page to see other unique libraries in different parts of the world. Are you planning to build your own Little Free Library? Here are some useful tips to help you get started. Moreover, the organization sells pre-crafted little libraries that you can simply install anywhere.