The structure outside Barbara Hinske's downtown Phoenix home looks like a fancy birdhouse. But instead of being littered with bird seed, it's brimming with books.
Dubbed Hinske Hall, it's one of a growing number of Little Free Libraries decorating dozens of front lawns, storefronts and parks around Arizona, connecting to an international movement that encourages neighborhoods to share books.
Little Free Libraries can look like houses, animals or any other object that can hold and protect books from the elements. Hinske's is a mini-mansion with a granite exterior, marble front door and a little window with a dog looking out.
Anyone can visit Hinske's Little Free library, she said. The concept is simple: Take a book, leave a book.
The first Little Free Library was built in 2009 in Wisconsin, according to littlefreelibrary.org. Since then, Little Free Libraries have graced front yards in Honduras, Uganda, Pakistan and elsewhere.