A man walks past a mini library made from a former phone booth in IKEM hospital on January 9, 2014 in Prague (AFP Photo/Michal Cizek)
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Two Czechs have breathed new life into telephone booths made obsolete in the mobile phone era, converting them into miniature libraries.The library mastermind, 27-year-old Monika Serbusova, said she and a friend drew inspiration from a similar project in Britain. They won backing from a local phone operator, and then built the libraries with the help of colleagues and friends, painting the booths and installing shelves. "The plan is to install nine booths in Prague," said Lucie Jungmannova, a spokeswoman for phone operator Telefonica Czech Republic, "and then see how successful the project is".She said the company runs over 13,000 booths across the country, down by half from 10 years ago as people increasingly use mobile phones.
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