Astoria has Astoria Rocks, a group of community members who paint rocks and adorn them with fanciful drawings, then hide them all over town in the hopes they will be discovered and then rehidden.
Well, the Chasseurs de Livres (book hunters) group in Longview, Washington, have upped the game; they are hiding books instead of rocks. Their Facebook page (http://tinyurl.com/hidebooks) gives the following instructions: “Place a book in a plastic baggie. Hide it somewhere in Longview, Washington. Take a photo and give a hint about its location and post it to this site. When you find a hidden book, read it and then release it back into the wild again for another book hunter to find.” One of the book hints is shown, courtesy of the Chasseurs de Livres Facebook page.
According to The Daily News of Longview, while there are hundreds of similar groups worldwide, the local group, which has about 150 members, might be the first one in the U.S. (http://tinyurl.com/tdnbooks).
“When someone finds a book, I hope they feel the sudden joy of someone leaving them a present,” group founder Gail Conway told TDN. “You can sit down, enjoy the book and then pass it on to someone else. … It’s anonymously sharing things that you think are beautiful.”