The Sylvan Lake Municipal Library held a Pokewalk on Monday

Sylvan Lake Library drops Pokemon lures

Lakers gathered at the Municipal Library to continue the worldwide trend of Pokémon Go

Gotta’ catch them all at the library.

On Monday, July 25 Lakers gathered at the Municipal Library to continue the worldwide trend of Pokémon Go, which has now had more then 70 million downloads in the Apple AppStore and has caused Nintendo’s stock to skyrocket.

The “Pokewalk”, put on by the Library staff, was intended to bring people to the Library and have a fun and safe way to play the game according to Library Programmer, Corrie Brown.

The walk consisted of staff, volunteers and participants joining together for a walk down 48 Street to the lake shore, where the Library staff dropped two Pokémon lures which draw in the digital characters for people to catch using their smart phone app.

The importance of having staff and volunteers is too not only draw attention to the services provided by the Library, but also to avoid any of the mishaps that have now become a worldwide issue regarding the game.

“We are going to do it as safe as we possibly can,” Brown said. “There is a lot in the news about people not playing very safely so we have three volunteers and two staff members to keep everyone safe.”

After dropping the lures on the lake shore, intended to bring in other residents playing the game, the group walked back to the Library where another lure was dropped and game players had the opportunity to participate in other poke-related activities. The advantage of playing at the Library is that players can use the libraries free Wi-Fi to play, rather then their carrier data plans.

“We will also have games and activities for people to do afterwards we will be doing some crafts, some word searches and other games,” Brown said “We will also be doing sack races with Pikachu and other Pokémon on the sacks. It brings people in.”

According to Brown, Pokémon is about much more then just the Pokémon Go smart phone app.

“We have a lot of Pokémon books they can come and read them,” she said. “Aside from just this game, there is a lot that Pokémon does with literacy.”

The Pokewalk will likely return to the Library and is one of the many free community programs the library puts on for the Town of Sylvan Lake.

“It shows people that we do fun stuff and that we are more than just books,” Brown said. “We do many programs for lots of different ages and this is just another fun thing we can do.”

If you would like more information on the Library visit www.sylvanlibrary.prl.ab.ca.

reporter@sylvanlakenews.com

 

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