It all started with books, of course. Documentary film producer Julia Marchesi saw piles of them, left on Brooklyn brownstone steps, creating an informal book-borrowing system within the borough.

But when she saw a picture in the New York Times of a tree trunk carved out to create bookshelves, Marchesi got the idea for a project that is a continuation of Brooklyn’s book-lending tradition: part public art, part interactive whimsy, with an undeniable creativity built in.

The project is called the 100 Story House, and is a planned mini-brownstone building in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill Park, which will house a “give-a-book, take-a-book” collection that extends the front-stoop tradition.

Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects, is helping to back the project.

100 Story House logo, Design: Leon Reid IV