Letterboxing at The Westport Library

What is Letterboxing?

"Letterboxing is an intriguing mix of puzzle solving, treasure hunting and rubber stamp artistry, topped off with the thrill of discovery."
~ The Letterboxer's Companion, by Randy Hall

 

Looking for a Letterbox is like going on a quest.  A Letterbox hunter first chooses or creates a rubbber stamp and then follows clues to find hidden Letterboxes.  Letterboxes all have notebooks inside for hunters to make stamp marks and to write a message. This is a great activity for traveling families!  To find directions for hidden Letterboxes all over the world visit Letterboxing.org.

Thanks to Girl Scout Troop #50192 (and their leaders!) for introducing us to this fun and educational hobby.

Letterboxing @ The Westport Library...

 

If you are new to Letterboxing, visit the Children's Library to get started

1. Choose a Rubber Stamp
(the Children’s Library is giving them away – yours to keep!)

2. Choose a Log Book (also yours to keep!)

3. Is it summertime?  Find the Westport Library StoryWalk
(HINT: It’s outside the Library)

4. Maybe read the story (hey – there’s an Elephant in every picture!)

5. Sign the StoryWalk Guest Book

6. Find a Letterbox Clue in an envelope with the Guest Book

7. Found the Letterbox? Open it!

8. Stamp your Log Book with the Library’s Rubber Stamp

9. Stamp the Library’s Log Book with your own rubber stamp – write the date and your name
(maybe a cool, fake name that you have invented for yourself!)

10. DONE!!!
Put everything back in the Letterbox and hide it again in the same spot where you found it.

Was that fun?
Search for letterboxes all over the world at www.letterboxing.org


The Westport Library also houses two indoor Letterboxes, courtesy of Girl Scout Troop #50192!

Here are some clues to help you on your quest:

1. Start at The Westport Library, located at 20 Jesup Road in Westport, CT.

2.  Find the Children's Library
(location inside the Library will vary in 2018 - 2019 as the Library undergoes renovation)

3.  The Butterflies Letterbox is shelved with children's books about butterflies.
Find a green binder with a spine label that reads:
J595.789
Troop #50192

4.  The Fairytales Letterbox is shelved in the folklore section of the Children's Library.
Find a green binder with a spine label that reads:
J398.2
Troop #50192