Pokémon in the library!

So you may have heard of this new game called Pokémon GO. It’s only the biggest craze sweeping the nation right now, with news stories popping up everywhere about a sore leg pandemic, traffic fines for playing while driving, and about people kayaking out to sea to capture a Pokémon gym for their team.

If you’re mystified, here are the basics: the game is an augmented reality app for both iOS and Android, and it uses Google Maps data to place your avatar in the real world so you can capture Pokémon that you find at the beach, the park, on the streets, or even in your own home. If you’re still confused, have a look at this article which explains everything you need to know.

We’re pretty excited that the Central library (and Karori!) is a Pokéstop (landmark) so we’ll be using Pokémon lure modules to bring the Pokémon to us! We’ll be active from 12-5pm TODAY, Friday 15th July, and next week from the 18th to the 22nd of July from 11am-2pm each day. We’ve got loads of power sockets and USB charging stations for you to use to keep your phone charged up so you can catch ’em all! By the way, we’ve noticed an abundance of Bulbasaurs ’round here.

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PokédexWe also have this “old school” Pokédex in our children’s area where you can tell us which Pokémon you’ve caught in the library. Check out our Tumblr for some more great Pokémon content 😉

You can also join us on Twitter using the hashtag #PokémonABook – some of the ones we’ve come up with are pretty great, if we do say so ourselves! For Whom the Bellsprout Tolls, Catcher in the Rhyhorn, Wartortle and Peace, Pride and Pidgeot, The Old Man and the Seaking, The Weepinbell Jar… Tweet us your best mashups!

Happy hunting, trainers!