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Now it's a BIG free library!

You've seen the Little Free Libraries in neighborhoods all over the country, where you can borrow or donate books that others can read and return. But you haven't seen a Little Free Library like the one in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho!

According to, a librarian named Sharalee Armitage Howard leaped into action when a 110-year-old cottonwood tree was slated for removal. Sharalee, who also is an artist and bookbinder, transformed the tree into a gigantic Little Free Library! Or maybe that should be a Big Free Library. And it's in her front yard!

The structure features stone steps, a sloped roof, a large green door, and warm interior and exterior lights. There are miniature wooden books — like Call of the Wild and Nancy Drew — trimming the entrance.

For more pictures and a video of this fantastic work of books and art, visit


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