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Obsolete Czech phone booths find new life as mini libraries

A row of empty telephone booths is pictured in this photo taken in London on Jan. 17.

Photo: Reuters

Two Czechs have breathed new life into telephone booths made obsolete in the cellphone age, converting them into mini libraries with the first installed at a Prague hospital recently.

On the shelves of the red booth, patients of the IKEM hospital will find a plethora of genres, including works by US crime writer John Grisham, Czech and Russian titles and biographer Andrew Morton’s Diana: Her True Story.

Library mastermind Monika Serbusova, 27, said she and a friend drew inspiration from a similar project in Britain.

They won backing from a local phone operator, then built the libraries with the help of colleagues and friends, painting the booths and installing wooden shelves.

She said they intend to set up other libraries at a shopping centre and elsewhere. They currently have 700 books, but the selection will grow as people have promised to donate large collections.









1. obsolete adj.

廢棄的;淘汰的 (fei4 qi4 de5; tao2 tai4 de5)

例: Gas lamps became obsolete when electric lighting was invented.


2. breathe (new) life into idiom


(shi3 chong1 man3 re4 chen2 yu3 neng2 liang4)

例: City leaders hope the project will breathe vitality into the downtown.


3. plethora n.

極多 (ji2 duo1)

例: He is a multi-talented musician who plays a plethora of instruments.


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