Monday, April 30, 2007

Welcome Neighbors

My neighbor brought home 3000 new pets last night and we were thrilled. Several other neighbors formed a crowd to watch them enter their new home. These are the first honeybee hives in the neighborhood and I was intrigued to see how the new hives were set up. The beekeeper showed us how docile the bees were, hanging together in a big clump. They were still very peaceful after being roughly knocked out of their box and into the hive. She also told us many fascinating facts such as drones have no stingers, and they have extra large eyes so they can spot the queen on her mating flight. She also told us how she has bees intentionally sting her hands to keep her arthritis at bay for at least three weeks. If you would like to learn more about the honeybee, and how to keep them, take a look at:

A Book of Bees by Sue Hubbell

Sweetness and Light: the mysterious history of the honeybee by Hattie Ellis

Friday, April 27, 2007

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree

We have had many questions about the beautiful trees covered in white blooms on the Library lawn. They are Star Magnolia trees (Magnolia stellata). They smell as wonderful as they look. Looking for more tree identification? Why not take a look at Trees by Allen Coombes? This handy book is loaded with helpful illustrations of leaves, blossoms, berries and nuts from trees from around the world.

Friends of the Dover Public Library Booksale starts this weekend!

The book sale begins Saturday, April 28th at 9AM in the Library’s Lecture Hall (for all adult materials) and in the downstairs corridor alongside the Children’s Room (for kids’ books). Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the sale will feature thousands of hardcover and paperback books and plenty of videotapes, books on CD and books on tape at bargain prices ranging from $.50 and up. All items for sale will be on tables, convenient for easy browsing.

This popular sale, filled with tremendous bargains, runs through Sunday, May 6th. Prices will be discounted every two days until Friday, May 4th when prices are slashed to $1.00 for each bag or boxful of books! This is a great opportunity to stock up on plenty of books for those lazy days at the beach.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Don't Turn to Crime, Check Out Our Graphic Novel Collection

Graphic Novelist Brian K. Vaughan, joking after winning a Young Adult Literacy Services Association (YALSA) award:

"If libraries had been cool enough to carry graphic novels when I was a
kid, I never would have had to turn to petty crime to afford my expensive comics habit."

Don't turn to crime, come to the Dover Public Library and check out our HUGE collection of graphic novels--almost 600 to date!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A Beautiful Building

The Library often has visitors from around the country. They marvel at our surroundings, murmuring “What a beautiful building!” They notice the handsome woodwork, the oak columns that flank the entrance to the front rooms, the elaborate ceiling moldings and trim, the mullioned windows, and the fireplaces in the Reference Room and Browse Room.Then, invariably they ask, “Was this a house, a private mansion?”

The Library is a classic example of a Carnegie Library. If you walk into the Rochester Public Library, another Carnegie design, you would feel right at home. There are many similarities, although both buildings have been renovated and modernized. The Dover Public Library was built by the citizens of Dover, with a little help from Andrew Carnegie, in 1905. Next time you come in, make sure to notice all the wonderful architectural details.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Food for Thought

From Dog Years: a memoir by Mark Doty.

“One of the unspoken truths of American life is how deeply people grieve over animals who live and die with them, how real that emptiness is, how profound the silence is these creatures leave in their wake. Our culture expects us not only to bear these losses alone, but to be ashamed of how deeply we feel them.”

Monday, April 23, 2007

Part-time Library Assistant Needed

Part-time Library Assistant needed at the Adult Circulation Desk. Average 20-25 HOURS per week, including some mornings, afternoons, evenings, plus some Saturday and Sunday hours, with fewer weekend hours in the summer.

We are looking for an energetic person with a wide knowledge of books and authors, an avid personal reading habit, well-developed customer service skills, and familiarity with basic computer technology to work at our busy Adult Circulation Desk. Previous public library experience is a definite plus.

Duties include checking library materials in and out, registering new borrowers, reshelving library materials, answering the telephone, providing guidance to patrons in locating library materials, providing guidance in the use of computer workstations and equipment such as photocopiers and microfilm; assisting patrons with Internet access, and performing basic maintenance of computers and printers. The pay range is $11.15--$15.16 per hour. Application CLOSING DATE: May 10, 2007

Benefits include vacation, holiday and sick leave on a proportional basis.

Applications can be picked up at Dover City Hall or downloaded at Completed applications must be returned to the Office of the City Manager.

Friday, April 20, 2007

A Treatise: "Why We Love You for Offering, but Why We Cannot Let Volunteers Do Story Hours"

You may have heard that, due to city budget cuts, we have been directed to lay off our Children’s Librarian, one of two full-time positions in that department. This has forced us to cancel our Monday morning story time (one of seven weekly sessions).
Several kind and generous patrons have come forward since this announcement, offering to fill in and do that story hour. Most have kids of their own, or grandchildren, some are former teachers, now stay-at-home moms. All of these people have certainly read their share of stories aloud to eager young listeners.
One young woman volunteered for this task because, she said, she remembered how her attendance at our story hours twenty years ago impacted her life. She told us that, on one occasion, she snuck out of house and walked to the library despite her mother’s insistence that she couldn’t attend that week because of her bronchitis. So you see, story hours are among the most important things we do.

While we fully appreciate the sentiment of these story-hour volunteers and applaud their generosity of spirit, there are a multitude of reasons why we cannot accept their noble propositions.

1.) Story Hour is just that. One hour in a small room with 20-22 wiggly preschoolers, no parents allowed. It takes a great “handler” to manage the group; to understand how to gently guide group behavior; to know when the kids need to get up and move around; to trigger their need to verbalize, sing, stomp, or occasionally even yell.
2.) For many young children, this may be among their first group activities without Mom or Dad present. It’s a progressive learning experience as their weeks in the group progress: socialization and friendships with other children develop, listening skills improve, and independent behavior grows in this new situation. Some are shy, others are outgoing and it takes many skills to bring everyone along happily.
3.) Our Children’s Room story team takes great care to plan, months in advance, for each session. A theme is selected (e.g. ducks or snow or gardens) for each week’s stories and potential titles are debated and finally chosen. The staff then virtually memorizes the text in each book so that they’re not “reading”, they’re holding the book up, facing the children, so that the kids can see the illustrations.
4.) Interspersed among the stories are a variety of extra activities: these may include a simple snack (e.g. Teddy Grahams during the teddy bear theme), a related short film based on a book (e.g “The Snowy Day”), a flannel board story, a craft (e.g. making a crown during royalty-themed week), or even planting some seeds.
5.) Singing and dancing is also a prerequisite. Familiar tunes, finger plays, sing-a-longs, and creative movement are a part of every story hour. Our storytellers must also be actors and minstrels.
6.) What happens after story hour is also very important. Over the course of each six-week session, the story-giver learns about each child and also gets to know their parent. This librarian, based also on her knowledge of children’s literature and pre-literacy building blocks, is then better able to suggest appropriate and enjoyable take-home books for each child, and provides a familiar face at the desk each time that child visits the library.

It’s for these reasons that the Dover Public Library Children’s Room has waiting lists for its story hours. These are the reasons we have people standing in line on registration day. Our story hours are quality productions, a little bit theater, a little bit magic, a lot about keeping children enthralled with books and turning them into lifetime library users.
It’s for these reasons that we don’t embrace the idea of “Drop-In” story times as happens at the big-box bookstores. We prefer to put our efforts into more personalized “high-touch” (and we hope “high-impact”) storytelling sessions. It’s because they’re well-planned, well-rehearsed, and professionally done by our multi- talented Children’s Room’s staff that we cannot use just anyone to tell the stories we want to tell.

If you would like to help in another way, the Children’s Room could use volunteers for some behind-the-scenes work, especially with craft preparations. If you can help on a weekly, regular basis, a couple hours at a time, and don’t mind “running with scissors”, please speak to one of the Children’s Room staff!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Are You Prepared?

My neighborhood was flooded this weekend. There was great disparity in the level of preparedness from house to house. Some neighbors had generators, sump pumps, and plenty of food on hand. Others sat in the dark or asked better supplied neighbors for milk. As these “hundred year” storms seem to be hitting us almost every year, more and more people are preparing for them. One thing many of us have not done is to document our possessions. If you are unfortunate enough to have your home flooded or damaged you will be in a much better position to recoup your losses if you have performed a home inventory. It’s not as painful as you might think. You can use a video camera or digital camera to show all the items in a room. You can narrate on video the value of items. The Insurance Information Institute has set up a helpful website where you can download free software to help you perform a home inventory. If you have some family heirlooms you want to find the worth of, the library has quite a few antique and collectibles price guides.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Spellman Files

If you are looking for something just plain fun to read, try The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. People Magazine describes it perfectly as Dirty Harry meets Harriet the Spy. Izzy Spellman comes from a family of private detectives. Her little sister’s hobby, perhaps obsession is a better word, is surveillance. Izzy’s mom performs background checks on potential boyfriends, her dad bugs her bedroom. No secret is safe from the relentless family snooping. When Izzy finally meets a nice normal man she tries to reform her investigative instincts and act like a regular person so she pretends to be a tweed skirt, twin set wearing teacher. Can she get her wacky family to behave so she can snare the dentist of her dreams? Parts of this were funny enough to make me laugh out loud. Fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series will enjoy this.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Climate Change 101 Lecture Rescheduled

Due to yesterdays weather, the Climate Change 101 Lecture was cancelled. Fortunately we were able to reschedule it for Monday, April 23, 7pm: “Climate Change 101 and What You Can Do (or How I Lost 20,000 Pounds and You Can Too!)"Our climate is changing are all around us: glaciers and polar ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising, heat waves, extreme storms, or droughts occur more often, and more species are becoming endangered. While it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless to do anything, Julia Dundorf and Denise Blaha, program directors of the NH Carbon Challenge at UNH, will supply all the information necessary to make small changes in your household that will substantially reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. Learn about the Carbon Challenge and pledge to lose 20,000 pounds (of carbon that is)!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Kiplinger's picks Librarianship as "Great Career"

A recent (April 6) article by Marty Nemko at www. is titled "7 Great Careers for 2007". Along with four health occupations (orthodontist, optometrist, audiologist, and physician assistant) are the diverse jobs of higher education admininstrator, landscape architect, and LIBRARIAN. Nemko says, "Forget about the image of a librarian as mousy bookworm. Today's librarian is a high-tech information sleuth, a master of mining cool databases (well beyond Google) to unearth the desired nuggets. Plus you'll probably have regular hours and good job security."
We appreciate the listing, but please notice he doesn't mention the high levels of compensation for librarians as he does for some of the other careers on his list. Believe me, no one chooses this profession to get rich!
Also off the mark is his remark about job security. While this used to be true, many municipalities are strapped by rising costs and are cutting jobs as evidenced right here in Dover if you saw last night's headlines in Foster's Daily Democrat. A planned reduction-in-force here will see us lose a 40 hour position in our Children's Room next month.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

National Library Week programs coming!!

National Library Week, April 15-21, is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries, librarians and library workers and to promote library use and support. There are several special programs scheduled at the Dover Public Library:

Ø Monday, April 16, 7pm: “Climate Change 101 and What You Can Do (or How I Lost 20,000 Pounds and You Can Too!)"
Our climate is changing are all around us: glaciers and polar ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising, heat waves, extreme storms, or droughts occur more often, and more species are becoming endangered. While it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless to do anything, Julia Dundorf and Denise Blaha, program directors of the NH Carbon Challenge at UNH, will supply all the information necessary to make small changes in your household that will substantially reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. Learn about the Carbon Challenge and pledge to lose 20,000 pounds (of carbon that is)!

Ø Wednesday, April 18, 7pm: “The Coming of Aging: Learning to Live from the Inside Out"
Hear how Jean Shula, author of the book, “The Coming of Aging”, completed a year’s cross-country camping journey, facing unfamiliar situations and integrating past and present with the valuable lessons that only come as we age. The richest experiences of life come with maturity, which translates into collective wisdom. If youth is a time for learning about the world and how to maneuver in it, growing maturity is about learning to honor the interior lessons learned. Jean spent 20 years as a psychotherapist and hospice co-director before taking her camping sabbatical. She currently lives in Dover, pursuing her new career as writer, speaker, workshop leader, Transitional Life Coach and grandmother.

Ø Thursday, April 19, 7pm: “Life at the Lincoln House 1916--1921”, a Dover Historical Society program by William Minnick
Travel back 90 years to when Mr. Minnick’s grandfather, John F. Minnick, lived in the grand Corporation House (aka the Lincoln House) on Locust Street. John Minnick was the Agent for the Cocheco Division of the Pacific Mills, and he and his wife and their four children lived in the Agent’s house during his tenure as chief executive of the mills. The program will include stories, photographs, and reminiscences passed on in the Minnick family.

All programs are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

How Long Will You Live?

I was watching CNN this morning when they did a health segment with Dr. Sanjay Gupta called “Chasing Life”. Dr. Gupta was talking about research being done on longevity. You can use an online calculator to find out how long you are likely to live. After you take the quiz you can also get personalized feedback on what you can do to extend your lifespan. Did you know that not flossing your teeth inevitably leads to inflamed gums? Chronic inflammation leads to the release of inflammatory substances into the bloodstream that can clog the arteries. You may also want to look at Dr Gupta’s new book Chasing Life: new discoveries in the search for immortality to help you age less today.

The Wayward Muse by Elizabeth Hickey

Just finished a great book that I just had to let you all know about, it is The Wayward Muse by Elizabeth Hickey. It is the story of Jane Burden, considered one of the plainest and ugliest girls on Holywell Street, an Oxford slum, in 19th century England. It would be a tall order for Jane to marry well with this dubious distinction, as well as coming from an extremely poor family. A fortuitous visit to the theater with her sister Bessie leads Jane to be discovered by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a famous, and scandalous, painter, who today is known as one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Rossetti sees through her coarse hair and severe expression to proclaim her “the most beautiful girl in Oxford. Maybe in all of England.” She begins modeling for him and they soon begin a passionate affair (to the right is a painting he did of Jane). When Rossetti leaves abruptly, with no plans to return, Jane is heartbroken, and marries one of Rossetti’s friends, William Morris, who is known today as the Father of the Arts and Crafts Movement, and they have a passionless, but stable marriage. Very entertaining quick read, with an appealing blend of history, art, and romance.

This book started me thinking about friendships amongst famous people like Rossetti and William Morris. Most of their circle of friends went on to become artists of some distinction. And there are other famous friends such as Truman Capote and Harper Lee, who were childhood friends, Emile Zola and Paul Cezanne, Thoreau and Emerson, Tolkien and Lewis, the list could go on. Is this just coincidence or do people these people inspire each other to do great things? Hmmm...I think it is a bit of both, but what do you think?

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Climate Change 101 and What You Can Do

Get ready for this April’s Earth Day by attending a special program at the Library: “Climate Change 101 and What You Can Do”. This program will be held Monday, April 16th at 7pm in the Library’s Lecture Hall. Pick up a newspaper, scan the Internet, or turn on the TV and you’re bound to find something on climate change. Indicators that our climate is changing are all around us: in reports of glaciers and polar ice caps melting, rising sea levels, record heat waves and droughts, endangered species, and more extreme and frequent storms. Faced with a global problem, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless to do anything. “Climate Change 101” will give you the information you need to make small changes in your household that will substantially reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. Take the Carbon Challenge today and pledge to lose 10,000 pounds (of carbon that is)!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Pig Candy - It's a Good Thing

If you don't know what Pig Candy is then just go back to whatever you were doing. But if this delicacy is familiar to you, then today is your lucky day!

At least once a month we conduct an informal survey, (usually late in the afternoon when we're hungry) of the library staff and anyone else who might be standing around about the merits or lack-there-of, of Pig Candy. Usually, we all answer about the same way, "oh, I wouldn't make it, but I would probably try it if someone else made it." Well, today someone else is making it and it is none other than Martha Stewart herself, the Goddess of All Things Good. Oh sure, she doesn't call it Pig Candy, she calls it Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon - la dee dah - but fans of Jill Conner Browne and her Sweet Potato Queens will not be fooled. "Hey, Martha just because you add a pinch of pepper doesn't change the fact that this is Pig Candy, and you have given it a big thumbs up." It's the official "good things" decree we have been waiting for.

So, if you can't catch Martha today you can find the recipe for Pig Candy on page 120 of The Sweet Potato Queens' Big Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner) by Jill Conner Browne. Or, you can just call the library. We all know it by heart, not that we would ever make it ourselves, but if someone were to bring us some , we would probably try it.

Friday, April 06, 2007

A Hint from Heloise

In last night's paper, there was a "Dear Heloise" letter from a woman in Georgia, regaling services at her local library. It seems she can place holds on books she wants by going to the library's online catalog at their web site. The library then sends her an email notice when the books are ready for pick up. The woman called this "a great hint for your [Heloise's] readers."
Heloise replied, "Aren't libraries wonderful? They offer a wealth of information, and it's not just books---CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and more are available for everyone to use. Most libraries have computers that patrons can use as well."

The other letters to Heloise concerned how to fluff your pillows in the dryer, how to clean your cheese grater with an old toothbrush, and how to make comfortable shoe insoles from an old mouse pad. Useful, perhaps little-known tips that readers might be surprised to hear about. Although I was pleased to see libraries praised, I also had some feelings of ambivalence. Doesn't everyone already know these facts about their public library? Apparently not. This woman was inspired to let everyone know her "insiders tip" through the Heloise column. It struck me that this was like saying, "Did you know that your local supermarket has bread and milk?" No one needs to hear that because it's such common knowledge. Placing holds online and getting an email notice is also quite routine in libraries.

Why did this woman feel the need to share her hint about libraries? Probably because she feels she's discovered a wonderful secret that others should know about. Libraries tend to be insular places, often content to please the regular customer base without reaching out to recruit new ones to our POW! ZOWIE! (highly marketable and wonderful) services, programs and collections. We have failed to market our services to the fullest, mainly because few of us have any money for advertising budgets or public relations staff. How many people still think we only just have books?

That's one of the reasons for this blog, to tell the world about the 21st century library and all it has to offer. We're actually curious about you, our blog readers. Are you just other librarians? customers? curious non-users of libraries? Do me a favor and leave a comment. Simply state: "librarian", "patron", or whatever! Feel free to offer us any suggestions for further publicizing library programs, services and collections.

Pick A Bouquet of Bookmarks

Readers seem to really be enjoying our bookmarks with suggested readings for topics as diverse as Historical Fiction, Forensic Fiction, James Herriott, Carl Hiaasen and John Grisham readlikes, so we have made up some new ones for you. Be sure to pick up the new “If you like James Patterson try” and “If you like Nicholas Sparks try bookmarks.

Most of our bookmarks are also available in online catalog.

Non-Fiction Nuggets

Do you prefer reading non-fiction? Sometimes I need to read some non-fiction to "cleanse the palate" after too much fiction. The lure of the factual for me often outshines the fictional. So, here are three books that I have recently enjoyed for those who need to add some "real" to their reading diet.

Beneath the Metropolis: the secret lives of cities, by Alex Marshall.
What lies beneath? Alex Marshall dissects the layers of major cities of the world from below. What amazing things are lying beneath the surface! Subways and catacombs, secret tunnels and abandoned rooms, vertical layers of previous building and tunneling projects comprise underground worlds that few people realize exist. Each chapter outlines the archaeology, industrial networks, terrain and tunnels beneath the ground. Excellent maps and illustrations accompany solid text on the history and future of the underground of the world's greatest cities.

Museum of the Missing: a history of art theft, by Simon Haupt.
How are art capers really done? Through the skylights with special equipment? Via a ladder propped against a wall beneath a window? The canvas cut out of the frame and rolled up into a backpack? Oddly enough, all of the above.
Art is a commodity, and this compelling treatment of the growth of high-profile art theft is fascinating. Art theft in war time, robbery techniques, famous forgeries, international investigations, and the use of art as a trade item in drug deals are all detailed. In addition, there is coverage of the current gallery of missing art that show what is still "at large" in the art world.

Operation homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the words of the U.S. troops and their families, edited by Andrew Carroll.
Gripping, poignant, often heart-rending personal narratives of the experience of war for our troops. Poetry, diaries, eyewitness accounts, journals, short stories and other material by troops and their family members bring the reality of war into sharp focus.
The compilation is divided into topical sections covering combat, daily life, home front issues, etc. Some entries are hilarious and some are heartbreaking. Balanced and sensitive, this is a collection that offers an intimate window into the feelings and experiences of soldiers and their loved ones that is fresh from current events.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Practice Taking Tests like the SAT and ASVAB from Home!

Did you know you can practice taking tests like the SAT, GED, Praxis, ASVAB, citizenship, GRE, nursing exams, and Real Estate Brokers exam from home? You can also polish your skills in Spanish, math, reading, and writing resumes and cover letters. Simply log onto the Library’s web page and click on Online Resources. Next, choose Learning Express and you will be prompted to enter your 14 digit library card number and to choose a password. Select your test from the 300 tests available and begin practicing. You can also use Learning Express here at the Library.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Edward takes a break

Edward enjoys the brief spring sunshine outside the library.

A Burst of Color at the Library

The skies may be gray with impending snow, sleet, and rain, but the library has a spring like art exhibit currently on display. Pam Cilley's paintings, as you can see from the example, are full of flowers, color, and life. Come in and take a look, it just may make you feel better.

Explore the World of Children's Non-fiction

As I look back over the many years I've been reading children's literature, I have to say that overall, I'm really impressed with the quality of the books our kids are reading. That's not to say I think it's ALL superlative stuff, (and I'm always happy to give my opinion either way!), but for the most part, I think the world of children's books has grown richer over the years. In particular, I'd like to mention the area of children's non-fiction. With the advent of high-quality photo reproduction, we're seeing some amazing things, and the writing has been improving, too.

Here in New Hampshire, we're doubly lucky---we have some homegrown non-fiction authors whose work stands right up there with the best of them.

Sy Montgomery, a New Hampshire resident, has published several wonderful books, among them The Tarantula Scientist, The Man-Eating Tigers of the Sunderban, and Escantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon.
Her books are always exciting, full of interesting information, and she's also lots of fun to talk to in person.
Check out this interview:
----isn't she inspiring?

Also, right here in Dover, we have a wonderful non-fiction author, Jim Mastro. Jim has traveled to Antarctica several times, and in 2003 he published Antarctic Ice, one of the most accessible non-fiction books for young children that I've ever read----and the photographs are gorgeous!

Take a look at these, and explore all the other non-fiction offerings on the Children's Room shelves---I think you'll be impressed, too!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Part-time Job Opening at the Library

The Library currently has an Afternoon Page position open. The jobs' primary tasks involve shelving books, maintaining the book stacks, assisting in closing the library, and running errands. For more information about the job and how to apply visit our web site at

The Catalog will be down on Tuesday

Tuesday, April 3, there will be no access to the online card catalog. Librarians will be happy to look up books for you, but we will not be able to reserve books for you.

The Road

The Road by Cormac McCarthy, available in book form and Book on CD.

A father and son travel the post apocalyptic ash land of America in this gripping and devastating tale.

The love between the man and the boy carries them through the bleak and barren terrain, the horror of murderers and eaters of human flesh. It keeps them on the right path. “Are we still the good guys, Papa?” the boy says in times of confusion and shock. There are hard and bleak lessons to be learned: how to continue to be the good guys when sometimes survival means leaving behind others who need your help; how to continue when there seems to be no hope, no reason to do so; how to be thankful for the meager good that comes along.

This book is frightening and tender, cryptic and crystal clear, simple and mysterious. Ultimately, it is perfectly beautiful.

Marcus Gale says hello

Children's entertainer Marcus Gale will be visiting the Dover Public Library Tuesday, April 17, at 10:30am for the last in his spring series of music workshops for little ones.

picture @copyright mbyrom

Edward listens carefully

Miss Marcia is reading to Edward from his favorite book. Can you guess what it is?