More than meets the eye


There is something rather magical about books small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, books you can carry with you wherever you go.  A few months ago, I was talking to a fellow library employee about the wonderful world of small books and was thrilled to discover I wasn’t the only one completely in love with them.  I then decided I needed to know exactly how small the smallest book in the library was.  I set off on my nearly hour-long adventure, beginning at A and trekking all the way to Z.  Past gargantuan textbooks, hidden away between mountainous instruction manuals were my treasures: tiny books.  They are good at blending in, some even seem to disappear on the shelf.  However, when caught, these little storytellers can prove to contain multitudes.


Here are just a few of my discoveries:


A Book Of Glyphs by Edward Sanders



Time Will Say Nothing by Ramin Jahanbegloo



Crown Of Olive by John Ruskin




This set of charming yellow play scripts



Left to Right:

Night Moves By Stephanie Barber

Avatar by Evan Lavendar Smith

Attempts At Life by Danielle Dutton



Left to Right:

Love At First Bark by Julie Klam (who wrote another book with an equally adorable title: You Had Me At Woof)

The Case Against Perfection by Michael J. Sandel

The Lost Art Of Reading by David L. Ulin



Clockwise from bottom left:

Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton

Les Chatiments by Victor Hugo

Book Of Wonder by Lord Dunsany



And of course, the smallest book I could find, Turtle Island by Gary Snyder which measures a mere 4.5 x 3 inches.



And there are even more of these lovely little books to be found throughout the library, in fact, here are all of the small stories that didn’t make it into this post!


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