Pokemon Go is taking over and kids are flocking to the library pokestop! Pokemon Go is the combination of so many things the library supports: gaming, imagining magical creatures, and getting to know your community. I’ve been playing the game (a lot) in my personal time, and I’ve really enjoyed exploring my neighbourhood and meeting other Pokemon Trainers.
Whether they have a smartphone or not, most kids like Scavenger Hunts. I decided to take advantage of the Pokemon craze and add a passive Pokemon Scavenger Hunt to our Summer Reading lineup! Pokemon and Scavenger Hunts are a perfect match – Pokemon is all about wandering around, seeking little creatures.
Kids could pick up their Library Pokedex sheet at the desk, and follow the clues to find the Pokemon. In the show, they often play a “Who’s That Pokemon” game, where they show the silhouette of a Pokemon before commercial break, and reveal the answer on return. In Pokemon Go, the virtual pokedex begins as a series of silhouettes. As you catch pokemon, your pokedex becomes filled with the full images.
I used location clues to add a riddle aspect to the game, but also to familiarize kids with the library. For example, most kids don’t know about our Tween section – now they will! Meowth is hiding underneath the comic book display – kids have to lift it up, revealing meowth and piles of comic books they might not have ever seen otherwise.
Along with my Scavenger Hunt Sign I also hung this Official Pokestop Sign (designed by my talented partner Danny Fast!). Hopefully this (and our air conditioning) will encourage Pokemon Trainers to come on in.
Kids who bring back the pokedex completed get their choice of Pokemon themed buttons that we pressed with our button maker!
If you do a similar Scavenger Hunt in your library, let me know! Here are the resources I made / used:
- Pokemon Scavenger Hunt
- Pokemon images to hide for Scavenger Hunt
- Library Pokedex sheet (PDF)
- Library Pokedex Without Locations (PDF)
- Pokestop Sign
- Gym Sign
I’d love to hear what other libraries are doing to capture the Pokemon excitement!