YOUNG people are being encouraged to put down their digital devices and get outdoors to search for dozens of hidden books.

Look for a Book Darlington has been launched following the success of similar schemes around the country.

People are being encouraged to hide books in and around the town for inquisitive bookworms to find and enjoy during the summer holidays.

All you have to do to take part is join the Look for a Book Darlington Facebook page and start your search.

Cassie Cooper, who works for Darlington Borough Council’s library services, has brought the idea to life in the town and she wants to encourage young people to pick up a book.

The mother-of-three said: “I would love to say that this was my own idea but it was something that I saw happening across the country and thought would be really good to bring to Darlington

“Families are being encouraged to hide their old books wrap them in clear plastic and hide around the town. They can also find other books and read them before hiding them again.

“We have just started this week and anyone can join in on this free activity to encourage reading and free fun in the summer holidays.

“I have three children of my own – so I know how difficult it can be to keep them entertained for six weeks – and this is a great, free activity for everyone to enjoy throughout the summer holidays.

“As I work in a library, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day.

“Everyone taking part can register on the Look for a book Darlington Facebook group where they can upload pictures of their successful finds.”

After the children have finished reading the books, they are then encouraged to hide the book in a different spot to keep the game going.

To take part in fun people are being urged to search on Facebook for Look for a book Darlington and click to join the group.

For details about the search or to read Ms Cooper’s blog visit