Letterboxing at the Library

The Library has two letterboxes in the library building.

Letterboxing on the Olympic Discovery Trail by Carissa BonhamLetterboxing is a worldwide hobby that is like a treasure hunt, generally taking place outdoors and on public property. The goal is to find a letterbox (a small weatherproof box containing a logbook and a rubber stamp) through a series of clues available on websites like Letterboxing.org.  Finders bring their own stamp and personal notebook. Once they have found the hidden letterbox, they make an imprint of the letterbox’s stamp in their personal notebook, and leave an imprint of their signature stamp in the box’s logbook. Often letterboxes and finders create custom hand-carved stamps, but that is not necessary.

The fun of letterboxing is the mystery, so “letterbox etiquette” encourages that finders be discreet when they find a letterbox, respect the environment while they hunt, and that they put it back exactly as they found it with all contents intact. If a letterbox is missing from its spot, you can inform the person who planted it through the site you found the clue.  You can even log when you’ve found the clues on these same websites. It is very similar to the hobby geocaching – but more “old school” since you don’t use a GPS device. A compass can come in handy, though!

 Photo Credit: Letterboxing on the Olympic Discovery Trail by Carissa Bonham

Letterbox 1: The State Room
Difficulty: Easy
Length of “trail”:  Less than one mile
Letterboxing Spoiler by Kevin McGeeThis letterbox can be found on the second level of the library. When you enter the library foyer, you will see some double doors on the left. These lead to the stairs to the second floor. Take these stairs. At the top, you’ll pass through two more sets of doors (one on the landing, and double doors in the hallway on your left) to get to the adult services section.

Once you’ve entered this section, you need to find a special room.  The room is named in honor of our home state and is often used as a quiet study room. The rooms are labeled with small gray signs (you can always ask the staff for help, too).

You’ll find all sorts of books related to the history of our state in this room, including genealogy information and history books, but you’re looking for the section that has books about Very Important People.

When you’ve found this section, look for the book that doesn’t belong. That book is the letterbox.

Photo Credit: Letterboxing Spolier by Kevin McGee


Letterbox 2: A Breeze in the Trees
Difficulty: Easy
Length of “trail”:  Less than one mile
Mom Stamping in by Amber KarnesThis letterbox is hidden in the area of the library where you’ll find the Berenstain Bears, Pippi Longstocking, and the land of Narnia.

When you’ve passed the double doors, you’ll next seek out the fiction section.  But not just any fiction! The section you’re looking for contains stories you don’t need eyes to read.

In this section, which is arranged alphabetically by author’s last name, look for a book by an author whose last name is a type of cracker.

The letterbox is one of the books on the shelf, and its title will evoke a breeze in the trees.

Photo Credit: Mom Stamping in by Amber Karnes

Please let the staff know if you believe either letterbox is missing!