The famous children’s book character “Waldo” is visiting 25 different businesses in downtown New Milford this month.

Candlewick Press is once again teaming with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including the Bank Street Book Nook in New Milford, for some fun and to encourage residents to patronize their businesses this month.

Waldo and his faithful dog, Woof, will be well hidden at several businesses, including the Bank Street Book Nook, Bank Street Theater, Play, Toy Hut, the Barkery Boo’tique, Swank on Bank, Natural Market Place, Paul Morton Jewelers and Reiss Learning Center on Bank Street; Action Computer Services, Monica’s Corner, All Aboard, H.H. Taylor & Son, Safari Collective and the Sweet Spot on Railroad Street; the Village Center for the Arts, Tasty Waves, Nordica and the Nutmeg Olive Oil Co. on Main Street; Ameico Inc. on Church Street; Bike Express on Bridge Street; Lennie’s Flower Shop on Elm Street; Villarina Pasta Shop and Dol’r Bills on Route 7; and the Green Spot on Route 202.

Residents who spot Waldo can win prizes, including buttons, coupons and more.

Those wishing to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in New Milford!” passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they find.

The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at 10 or more sites can bring their passports back to the Bank Street Book Nook to collect prizes.

Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle seekers to collect prizes and be entered in a grand prize drawing July 30. The top prize is a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.

For information, call the Bank Street Book Nook at 860-354-3865.