Obsolete Czech phone booths find new life as mini libraries 過時的捷克電話亭重生為迷你圖書館

Thu, Feb 20, 2014 - Page 10

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.