October 18, 2016 - 6:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - Hunting season has started, and this year it includes books.
A pair of Kamloops women started hiding books around Kamloops this weekend after watching a video from Belgium in hopes of inspiring adventure. Downtown resident Janet Whitehead, a life coach, artist and writer, wants local readers to get out and see the community.
“I think all book readers are adventurers at heart,” she says. “I think the world needs more treasure hunts right now.”
She and a friend decided to start on Saturday, Oct. 15. They hid a couple books, started a Facebook group and encouraged people to hide or find books of their own. Over the past few days more than 50 people have joined and 15 books have been hidden. While she doesn’t know how many are being since people don’t always check in, at least a few have been taken from their hiding spots.
“We haven’t written up any guidelines as to what they have to be,” she says.
The books are typically hidden inside an airtight bag to keep them dry, with a note explaining why they’re there. When the hiders hide the books, they take a photo and post it on the Facebook page with a clue as to where to find it.
“I’m hoping people will see that photo and get that spirit of adventure,” she says.
When people go out to hunt for books, she’s also hoping they’ll run into others looking for the book, building a bit of community. For Whitehead herself, it’s just a fun thing to do, to share books and see the area.
“It’s just plain fun for me, I’m looking for interesting places,” she says. "A big thing for me is the adventure."
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