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Miniature Books from the World's Smallest Library

Updated on October 29, 2011

I love reading. This isn't just a hobby, but I got many benefits from this activity. Reading isn’t just fun, entertaining but also gave us knowledge. For most people, reading is one of the best hobbies a person. No matter what they read. But I believe we have favorite book. In the big city, reading is a lifestyle. We have to follow recent news from around the world. Internet is good media for us beside book, newspaper or magazine. Here are a few of my favorite ways that reading has so many benefits, beside improved my quality of life as well.

  • Reading helps us to improve concentration and stay focus. From the book tell about the whole story. We will get better by concentration, since must concentrate in order to read.
  • Increased vocabulary. By reading, we can increase our vocabulary and improves our spelling too. Do you know that reading forces us to look at words that we might not have seen before and you will find many new words. Even language in children’s book is more sophisticated.
  • Improved memory. We get this benefit when we’ve been reading consistently. We can remember everything much easier.
  • Improves creativity. By reading about diversity of life, social and culture gave us more information to develop creativity and innovation into your thinking process.
  • Reading reduces stress. This is my favorite section. When I am feeling bored, I will pick up a book, start reading and stop being bored. We can choose awesome fiction book before bed time.
  • Learn about other cultures and places of the world. How would you know about the life of people in Japan if you don’t read about it? By reading gives you an insight into the diversity customs, ethnicity, lifestyle, etc. That’s why I love writing about travel though I have never seen that place before.

We can get all information from many sources. Library is one of the best places for us to find great books on the bookshelf, even the oldest book. We can find the information from the librarian or catalogue. Reading in the library is old-fashioned way in reading books before the internet era. But it’s running well until now. But the modern library is completed with the internet facility. We can search book by browsing from the internet or the book from the computer list. It’s quite easy, right. If we talk about library, do you know the oldest library in the world? the oldest continually running library in the world is at the St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai, Egypt. This library was built in the middle of the 6th century. It has the second largest collection of religious material in the world, after the Vatican. How about the largest library in the world? The Library of Congress in Washington D.C is one of the largest repositories of recorded knowledge in the world. It has 115 million items in a number of formats.

The world's smallest library

But do you know the smallest library in the world? There’s good information from Hungaria related with the smallest library in the world. This library is belongs to Jozsef Tari. He has the world's biggest collection of miniature books. All the mini books saved on the dozens of shelves lined with 4,500 hardbacks and paperbacks. It was measuring just a few millimeters each with several categories like: history, politics, literature, sport, art and even cooking from 31 countries around the world (in ten languages). Most of the items in his collection are in Hungarian, but he also has quite a few from the Mexico, US, Australia, Canada, Japan and Indonesia.

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With the smallest title about 2.75 mm high and 1.75 mm wide. The size of each book is not bigger than a size of half-finger length. Jozsef also has 15 kinds of miniature newspapers, including the smallest in the world, which measures only 19 x 26 mm. Wow.... personally, I can’t imagine how to make this book with smallest letter.

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How to read these books? Although Jozsef's books have very small pages, but all the font size from these books can be readable with the naked eye. Jozsef start to collect these miniature books while at printer school. He has about 4,500 books at the moment, but the number always changes. Sometimes he exchanged them with other collectors and tried to get several copies of each publication. Some of the books are written with miniature format, but others are smaller versions with larger text.

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He started to collect miniatures since 1972, almost forty years ago. He must have the first book as his collection. He said that his first book was “The Constitution of the Hungarian People's Republic”. This book has 26 mm wide and 35 mm high. The oldest book in Jozef's collection is 100 years old. All the books must be saved in the special bookshelf. It’s different with other bookshelf. He made the bookshelf by himself with small size too, match with the miniature book measurement. He also published his own miniature books, completed with design and all preparations. He gave illustrations of the book to her daughter, Eszter Dance who is also an artist. I am glad to share this information to all of you and I presenting this hub for book’s lovers in the world.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, ishwaryaa22. Thank you very much for stopping by and I am glad to know that we have the same hobby. I love your vote. Take care and have a nice day :-)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub! Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. I have a collection of books - only normal-sized ones. The miniature books & the smallest library shown in the photos of this fascinating hub looked so cute. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear, Peggy. Thanks for coming and share about Houston's Museum of Printing History. I had never heard about this museum. It must be fun reading in this place. I also give many thanks to you to tell us about your grandfather collection. I hope the tiny books always maintained. Have a good day!

      Best wishes, Prasetio

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This was interesting to know about this man's vast miniature book collection. There have been some on display at Houston's Museum of Printing History and they are amazing to see in person. Some have been so small that one would need a magnifying glass to actually read the print. My grandfather had a collection of small books that measured approximately 2 by 3 inches. I read all of them and then passed them on to my aunt and uncle so that they will stay in the family since they have children and grandchildren. Voted up and interesting!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, JUAN FERNANDO. I'll check your blog. Take care!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, PegCole17. Thank you very much for your appreciation to this hub, especially for little books. I hope we can inspired with the passion of reading and collecting books. God bless you!

      Prasetio

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      You have a knack for finding the most interesting subjects and turning them into fascinating read. I love these little books! Another great hub.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Sally's Trove. Thanks for coming and share your passion with miniature books. I thought you have great collection of this type of book. I hope you can see the Jozsef tari's collection in person. God bless you. Have a good day!

      Prasetio

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I have a few miniature books, but never thought about them as a collector's interest. TY so much for putting this Hub together to show that these little works are desirable for people all over the world. I'd feel privileged to share a conversation with Jozsef Tari and take a look at his library. Awesome.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, Dolores Monet for coming and share your childhood experience related with books and library. How wonderful memory you have in the past. I thought we have the same interest with books and we love reading as well. Nice to see you and thanks for your big appreciation to this hub. Have a nice weekend.

      Blessing and hugs,

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi, Prase! Voted up and awesome as usual. I don't know where you get this stuff, but your hubs are always informative and entertaining. Those tiny books are not only cute but they are beautiful as well. You mentioned the library - I love the library. I remember being a little kid (I was 3 or 4) and walking around looking up at shelves that now come up to my waist. I remember my mother telling me that I could choose any book that I wanted, several of them, to take home.

      I still remember that thrill. Mommy told me that we'd have to take them back but that I could get other books. I was my first real wow moment. I've been to the library at least every 3 weeks since then.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, TheListLady. Thank you very much for coming and how you love reading and love books as well. Keep on reading as one of the most refreshing activity for your leisure time. I love your "VOTE". Cheers...

      Prasetio

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      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      What a gorgeous hub. I love reading and I love books and now I love the mini books. What a great collection.

      Thanks a million prasetio30 for creating another one of a kind hub. Yay - and rated up and more.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, thelyricwriter. Nice to see you again. Thank you so much for coming and share your attention to this hub. I hope you entertained with this information and learn about the passion of someone in share his great hobby. I always love your vote. Cheers....

      Blessing, prasetio

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Praetio, I have to commend you for your hub quality. I know they take you hours upon hours. You always have great hubs and pics, just like this. I haven't seen "real" little books this small. May become a trend. You never know. Brother, you have my vote and enjoy your Sunday pal.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, Sueswan. I am so happy to present this hub for you and you love this information as well. Jozsef has dedicate himself to share his collection to the world and he did it well. Thank you so much. Cheers...

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, MartieCoetser. I am glad you love this information and you have a plan to collect miniatures book like what Jozsef did before. Of course, you can contact me in the future and I write special hub for you about your tiny library. Cheers...

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My brother, Om Paramapoonya. I really impressed reading your comment about my work. I really appreciate your vote. Have a good day!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear friend, vocalcoach. I am glad to see you here and your appreciation to this hub. Wow....thanks for share that you have few of tiny books. You can keep these well and start collecting this books is a good idea. Maybe you can meet Jozsef one day...amen.

      prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Welcome to this hub, drpastorcarlotta. Thanks for your compliment to me. I really impressed with this. I promise, I'll do the best. God bless you! ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear friend, Eiddwen. You are so sweet. Thank you so much for coming and bookmark this information. I really appreciate your vote. Take care!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Prasetio

      I didn't know that there are so many mini books. It looks like Jozsef has the largest collection of mini books.

      I enjoyed reading this hub and found it very interesting.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      I can't resist cute, tiny books. I should enlarge my own collection and maybe, ten years from now, you can write an article about my miniature library, Prasetio. Thanks a lot for this interesting hub about miniature books and the world's smallest library.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      How cute! I wish I had a mini library like that. You always have something fascinating to share with us. Rated up!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Pras, my dear friend - You have done it again! I love this hub on libraries and small books. I have a few "tiny books" that I have held onto and now after reading your hub, maybe I will start a collection. Always very fond of your marvelous hubs. They are so popular here on hubpages. So, I thank you again for the time and effort you have put into this. What joy it brings! Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting!

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      OH! My God they are sooooooooo small!!! lol, lol, GREAT HUB! prasetio30 thank you! You always have informational Hubs to present to us! Voted-Up!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Hi prasetio,

      What an amazing collection, I love this one and vote up up and away.

      It's also going into my bookmarked slot as one of my favourite hubs.

      Thank you so much again.

      Take care and have a great day my friend.

      Eiddwen.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear my friend, Pamela. It's been so long we never met. But I hope you still love my hubs, including this one. Thank you very much for coming and give your big attention to this hub. I have the same idea with you about these miniature books collection. I hope you always fine and healthy...amen! Have a good day.

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, AliciaC. Nice to see you again. Wow... I am glad to know that you love reading, like what I did in my spare time. I hope this hub can be good inspiration for us. Just keep on reading. Wish you all the best!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, anglnwu for dropping by. All the money and time had been paid by many appreciations out side seeing his amazing collection. Personally, I never blink my eyes to see all his miniature books. Thumbs up for creative person like Jozsef Tari. Have a good day!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, randomcreative. I hope you enjoy reading this information. Thank you very much. ~prasetio

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      That small book collection is fantastic. This is a very interesting hub,as usual. You come up with such unique topics. Rated up and awesome!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting and enjoyable hub, Prasetio. Like you, I love to read. The miniature books are amazing! They are so tiny. Collecting the books must be a fun hobby.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      What a neat collection of miniature books. He must spent a lot of time and money on that collection. Interesting and rating it up.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Fascinating! Thanks for sharing this.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My brother, Alastar Packer. How are you today?I hope you always fine and healthy...amen. Thanks for share your appreciation to this hub. I am glad you learn something new about miniature books. Jozsef has a big passion to collect something unique and different with others. Nice to see you again and have a good day!

      Blessing, Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Rosemay50. Nice to see you again. I hope from this hub you can find something unique about miniature books collection. I really appreciate your vote. Thank you so much for coming. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      A bibliophiles unique gift here Pras. So very cool. Tari is a most fortunate man. Learned something new and had an enjoyable experience doing it. Thank you my brother.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear, Ruby. Thank you so much for coming and share that you have a nice collection of books. I believe some of your poem came through those books, right. Sometimes we got inspiration after reading, no matter for the subject (book, magazines or newspaper). Have a nice weekend, my friend.

      Blessing and hugs,

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, anjperez. Welcome to my hub and nice to see you here. I am glad to know that you love reading too. This books as good appreciation from book lovers like Jozsef did before. This was also a good way to preserve reading to the whole world. Thank you very much. Cheers....

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear, Lucky Cats. Thank you very much for your attention to this hub. I believe you visit this hub with your beautiful smile. I agree with Mentalist Acer about the world so small, even these books as well. I love your vote!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My best friend, drbj. Thank you very much for giving wonderful comment about reading to this hub. I hope we can preserve this hobby as something useful for us in our spare time. I believe we can apply this for our work in writing. I am so happy to share this information. God bless you.

      Prasetio

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      What a fascinating hub on these interesting tiny books. I have seen one or two but had no idea there were so many.

      A great hub

      Voted up

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, writer20. I hope you enjoy this hub as well. I really appreciate your coming. Thanks...Take care! ~prasetio

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love to read. I have a nice collection of books. The little books are cute and would be fun to collect. Thank's again for a unique Hub...Cheers

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, Mentalist acer. I hope you enjoy reading this hub. Have a nice weekend! ~prasetio

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      anjperez 5 years ago

      interesting... very cool! i love reading so much. but this is way cooler. the closest i have seen is the bible which is available and made into like key chains. but a collection? way better... thanks for this hub... (,")

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Rosie. Nice to see you again. Thanks for giving your big appreciation to this topic. I thought you love reading as well. These books are unique and quite interesting to find out more about the content inside them. God bless you!

      Love and peace,

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My brother, dahoglund. Thank you for coming again. This is your second visit. I am glad to know that your wife has miniature book and it's readable. I hope you enjoy reading this book. Have a nice weekend. ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, CWanamaker. Nice to see you here. Thanks for share your appreciation about miniature books. I have the same idea with you that we still get the knowledge by reading these tiny books. Cheers..... ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, B.Malin. Thank you so much for coming and share your thought about the smallest library in the world. It sound so unique and unusual when reading these books, right. I am glad to know that you live in Jersey, the same city with Willard Wigan, right. Have a nice weekend!

      Prasetio

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      I salute any effort to preserve libraries and books, pras, because with the advent of easy texting, soon only the most educated in our society will know how to write complete sentences and spell words correctly.

      Thanks for telling us about these miniature books.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Neat little books look so cute. greatread, thank you.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Prasetio! This is so incredibly interesting. I love small, miniature books. Always have been drawn to these...and, now..to see that there are so many out there I had no idea! Very interesting...thank you for sharing this unique hub with us!!! UP Interesting Useful and Awesome.

      PS I LOVE Mentalist acer's comment...too punny!

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      Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Like they say,it's a small world...Great Reading Pras!;)

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      Rosie Rose 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Prasetio, those miniature books are so cute. How very interesting! Now I know more about miniature books and who Jozsef Tari is. Excellent hub, as usual. Voted way way up!

      Have a nice day,

      Rosie

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      After I wrote my comment I found my wife has a miniature book. It really is not very hard to read.

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      CWanamaker 5 years ago from Arizona

      Wow, miniature books are so cool! Actually minature anything are cool. The great thing about these books is that even though they are a novelty item, you can still read them and learn something. I enjoyed reading about these, thanks.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      I too Love Reading, for it is such a Rich and Rewarding Experience. What a Wonderful and Interesting Hub on Miniature Books...and to be able to actually read them, what a treat that is. And Hooray for Jersey (my state) for having the smallest Sculpture in the World. Thanks for sharing, loved this Hub!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, Steph for your appreciation to this hub. Actually I have the same idea with you that we can read the book clearly without a magnifying glass. I love your VOTE. Cheers...

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, stayingalivemoma. I am glad to see you here. I hope you enjoy this information. Take care~ prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My brother, dahoglund. Thank you so much for coming and leave nice comment. I had never know that Benjamin Franklin started the first library in the US. I give big appreciation to your comment and add valuable information about library. My friend's wife working as a librarian in one of the biggest University in London. Her salary was good enough. There are many oldest books over there. Have a nice weekend. Cheers...

      Prasetio

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Love the tiny books! Its interesting that the font size is still large enough to read without a magnifying glass. Lots of cool photos. Rated up!

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      Valerie Washington 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      wow...how cool is that?

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      This I vote up, awesome and interesting.To add a bit to your library trivia, I think Benjamin Franklin started the first library in the United States. Two of my friends, one of whom is a career Library employee complain the the libraries are getting rid of some of the most valuable book in terms of importance, not money.

      The miniature books are interesting. I wonder what they are like to read.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, Mark Ewbie for coming to this hub. I thought you love reading too. I hope you enjoy this information. Take care! ~prasetio

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      Mark Ewbie 5 years ago from Euroland

      I love those small books! Really neat collection.