About This Blog

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Large Tiny Collection, Part II


Bethany, former grad student, now cataloger of tiny books

University of Iowa
Library
125 West Washington St.
Iowa City, IA 52242

There we were, waiting with anticipation at table 2 under the watchful gaze of Captain Picard. Having stowed our belongings in a secure locker and filled out the necessary request forms, we waited for Laura to retrieve some items for us to view.

As I mentioned in my previous post, my husband Jim and I had arrived at the University of Iowa Special Collections Library and were eagerly awaiting the opportunity to see some pieces from the miniature books collection. In the meantime, Paula, the library assistant who had initially greeted us, mentioned that she would try to get a hold of a person who knows more about these diminutive volumes to provide more detailed information. Just as Laura was bringing out the first few books, Bethany showed up and sat down at table 2 with us. What luck! Bethany, who works part-time cataloging the tiny books, is usually off on Fridays, but just happened to be in on the day of our visit. We were more than grateful for her knowledge. We spent the next hour or so awed by the diversity and intricacy of these wee publications.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Large Tiny Collection, Part I


University of Iowa
Library
125 West Washington St.
Iowa City, IA 52242

You're no doubt familiar with miniature poodles and miniature golf. You've heard of mini bikes, and MINI cars. If you're my age, you probably remember mini skirts, and if you've read my blog for the past few months, you know about mini libraries (a.k.a. Little Free Libraries). Lately even miniature houses have become popular. Are you ready for a whole new kind of miniature? I recently learned about miniature books and the people that collect, create, and exhibit them. Actually miniature books aren't new. They've been around for centuries, but they're new to me. I only learned about them a few months ago and was more than intrigued. So when I heard that the University of Iowa Library is home to a large collection of miniature books, I immediately added it to my bucket list. A large collection of miniatures? Somewhat oxymoronic, I know, but nonetheless a must see for me.