Two Wagga grandmothers have been on a mission to reignite a love for books in the community for one year.
Heather Hassall and Sue Honey decided to start a chapter of the Look 4 Books in 2019 to engage the children in their families with reading.
The initiative is a kind of literary treasure hunt which was started in the UK by Dave Judge and his partner Claire Tate to help stave off her daughter's boredom during the summer holidays.
Ms Hassall said the hunt dropped off in Wagga during the height of the coronavirus pandemic and the colder months, but it has picked back up again in the past week.
The online social media group now boasts more than 850 members.
"Last weekend, we hid 150 books, and on Friday I have put 30 books out," Ms Hassall said.
"We hid them at a park in Ganmain, Coolamon and North Wagga, the Botanic Gardens, Livvi's Place, Collins Park, Apex Park and Boorooma.
"Now that we are heading into the warmer months, it is going to take off again.
The pair have also helped to start a chapter of the hunt in Tumbarumba, and Ms Honey is working with residents in Orange to get their chapter going.
Donated books are sanitised, placed in a plastic bag, and are left in parks, playgrounds, or anywhere out in public.
They have a note attached from the hider, and the seeker is encouraged to pay it forward by hiding a book themselves.
Ms Hassall said they continue to put in all the work as they know the benefits of reading.
"We have both have grandchildren and both Sue and I have a background in childhood education," she said.
"We know the value of reading, and it is something we are very passionate about."
To find out more, donate books or join the hunt search for Look 4 Books Wagga Wagga online and join the social media group.
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