Happy Miniature Monday!

Sometimes our Mini-Books have surprising features!  Here we have “The Last Two Swallows,” a souvenir from New Orleans.  Inside are two tiny glass bottles, one labeled “Brandy” and the other “Scotch”, complete with diminutive tumblers on top!  I imagine these once had liquor inside them, but it has apparently evaporated over time, since the corks on the bottles look relatively undisturbed.  This would probably be a good book to have on hand in case of emergency!  This delightful artifact was made in Germany. 

The Last Two Swallows: Souvenir of New Orleans.  Germany, date unknown.  The Charlotte Smith Miniature Collection.

See all our Miniature Monday posts here.  

-Laura H. 


William P.C. Barton (1786-1856) was a naval surgeon and professor of botany at the University of Pennsylvania. His Flora of North America is a catalogue of the flowering native plants of North America illustrated with hand-colored engravings.

Although Barton wrote before the main era of westward expansion and thus focused on the eastern United States, he includes wildflowers that also inhabit the midwest. His illustrations of Rudbeckia purpureaCoreopsis tinctoria, and Aquilegia canadensis may be familiar to Missourians as purple coneflower, golden tickseed, and columbine.  

Read more on the Special Collections blog.

A panel of experts from the ranks of politics, academia and the press will explore the implica­tions of the November mid-term Congressional elections for America, libraries and library advocacy at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

The session, titled “Whither Washington?: The 2014 Election and What it Means for Libraries,” takes place from 8:30–10:00a.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015, in the McCormick Convention Center, room W183A.


I don’t think what I am doing is “library work”. I’m doing human work; making the world a better place.

Helping to give louder voices to the oppressed, underrepresented, and marginalized. Listening, not preaching. Understanding, not explaining.

Spreading messages of positivity, shared humanity, equal dignity. Laughter, playfulness, fun, inspiration, mindfulness, togetherness, creativity, passion, intelligence. LOVE. We all need love. And the release and renewal of #partyhard.

It just so happens that libraries embody these values better than any other organization in our communities. Librarianship is a spiritual pursuit that is completely humanist. We is greater than me.

I don’t have a job that I go to for pay, I have a vocation that I have no choice but to follow through on. I am trying my best, *failing often*, frequently coming up short, but am /authentic/ and that is all I can be.

Please use this #TGIM Monday to renew your place in the world, because only #together do we #makeithappen.


It’s Jane Austen’s birthday today! In her honor, why not dig into a re-telling of one of her classic novels?

  1. Longbourn by Jo Baker
  2. Jane and the Canterbury Tale by Stephanie Barron
  3. Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris
  4. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
  5. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
  6. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
  7. Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll
  8. The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy by Mary Simonsen
  9. Sass and Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler
  10. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
  11. Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
  12. Emma adapted by Nancy Butler
  13. Sense and Sensibility adapted by Nancy Butler
  14. Pride and Prejudice adapted by Nancy Butler
  15. Northanger Abbey adapted by Nancy Butler
  16. Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
  17. Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
  18. Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
  19. Lost in Austen
  20. Bride and Prejudice
  21. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
  22. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
  23. Austenland by Shannon Hale
Some Of The Most Majestic Libraries In The World

#1 St. Florian Monastery, Austria

#2 Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

#3 Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

#4 Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Paris, France

#5 The National Library Of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

#6 The Old Public Library Of Cincinnati, Ohio, Usa

#7 Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-generaal Den Haag Iii, Netherlands

#8 The National Library Of China, Beijing, China

#9 George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, Usa

#10 The Admont Library, Admont, Austria

#11 The Iowa State Law Library, Iowa, Usa

#12 Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, Paris, France

#13 The City Libary, Stuttgart, Germany

#14 The Library Of Congress, Washington, D.c., Usa

#15 Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria

#16 Walker Library, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Usa

#17 Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris, France

#18 Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway

#19 Library Of Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

#20 Seattle Central Library, Seattle, Washington, Usa

#21 Book Mountain, Spijkenisse, Netherlands

#22 The Oberlausitzische Library Of Science, Gorlitz, Germany

#23 Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, Connecticut, Usa

#24 Biblioteca Angelica, Rome, Italy

#25 Jose Vasconcelos Library, Mexico


The World’s First Mobile Library; A ‘Jacobean Kindle’

The year was 1617. William Hakewill MP commissioned it to give as a gift to a friend. And it just might be the first mobile library.

The Jacobean miniature travelling library consisted of 50 gold-tooled vellum-bound miniature books contained in a wooden case that resembled a large folio.

Inside there were three shelves for the books. The inside cover was an illuminated table of contents. The subject matter covered history, poetry, theology and philosophy and included works by Cicero, Virgil, Ovid, Seneca, Horace and Julius Caesar.

It was the perfect gift for a reader on the go and must of been a hit for within the next five years Hakewill had 3 others made.

The rare miniature travelling library is part of the Brotherton Collection of rare manuscripts, photographs and books housed at Leeds University and thanks to a  £1.3m Heritage Lottery grant will go on display in late 2015 in a newly built gallery.

The three other known copies live at the British Library, the Huntington Library and the Toledo Museum of Art Ohio.

Story and  more images at Daily Mail Online.