I think it's really cool when people see potential in the aftermath of destruction. In this case, Orono resident Darryne Rockett saw just that, following a windstorm last October that caused a large tree in her yard to fall down. Rockett and her dog were inside her house at the time, and narrowly escaped getting hit.

When the danger had passed, and the mess of the fallen tree had been cleaned up, she said she was left with this large stump, and immediately started to think of different artistic uses for what remained. At first she said she had considered making it a sort of hollowed out corridor for her grand-kids. But then she spoke with a neighbor who knew of a local chainsaw artist named Shawn R. Bennett, that might have some ideas to help her out. After exchanging a few calls and emails, Rockett said she and Bennett came up with a plan.  They would turn the stump into a Little Free Library. Rockett said she had seen a few in Bangor, but wasn't sure if Orono had one yet.

Fairy's Tales Little Free Library in Orono, ME
Cori Skall
Fairy's Tales Little Free Library in Orono, ME
Cori Skall
Fairy's Tales Little Free Library in Orono, ME
Cori Skall

Rockett said it only took the artist a week and a half to create the fairy-tale themed Little Free Library, which officially opened this weekend. Since word of her new Little Free Library got out, she says neighbors have started to stop by with book donations, and with information about other Little Free Libraries in the area, including one on Stillwater Ave, and one by the Orono Public Library.

Fairy's Tales Little Free Library in Orono, ME
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She says there's even a website, LittleFreeLibrary.org, that you can go to, to find ones anywhere in the U.S! She say she hoped her Fairy's Tales Little Free Library will not only encourage neighbors young and old to discover or rekindle a love of reading, but that it will provide the community a place to come together and get to know each other better. Rockett and her husband say they have no other plans to create anything else on their property, but hope this piece of art on their lawn will shine a bit of a spotlight on Shawn R. Bennett's talents.

Fairy's Tales Little Free Library in Orono, ME
Cori Skall