Become a Pokémon Master at Your Local Library
Do You Want to be the Very Best?
For the last week or so Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm and I couldn’t be happier. As someone who grew up during the 90’s when Pokémon was huge, I feel a prick of nostalgia every time I see someone out hunting for Pokémon. It takes me back to days when I would run home from school and turn on the T.V to watch the anime or I would head outside to trade cards with my friends. I devoured the manga and constantly looked for new ways to share my love of Pokémon. Everyone wanted to become a Pokémon master back then and thanks to Pokémon Go and your local library, now you really can catch ‘em all!
So What Exactly is Pokémon Go?
Pokémon Go is a game available on Android and IOS devices that allows you to “catch” Pokémon virtually. Based on the popular 90’s Pokémon video games and combining it with technology used in the recent Ingress game, Pokémon Go uses your mobile device’s GPS and camera to show Pokémon in the player’s real world surroundings. Once you spot a Pokémon, you have the chance to catch it using a Poké ball. You can find Pokémon by walking around and using an in-app map that shows you the location of wild Pokémon. Once you capture a Pokémon, it will be added to your Pokédex. A Pokédex is a digital encyclopedia of the Pokémon you have captured.
What is a Poké Stop or Pokémon Gym?
While the object of the game is to “Catch ‘em all” players must also find Poke Stops which allow them to collect Poké balls, eggs and other special items. One item that can drop is a lure module. A lure module can be attached to a Poké Stop and it allows any Pokémon trainers in the area to catch more Pokémon for 30 minutes. Want to attract more people to your business or library? If your location is a Poké Stop you can place a lure to attract more foot traffic. Poke Stops can be anything from national landmarks, city buildings and even libraries! That’s right; chances are your local library is either a Poke stop or a gym! Have a suggestion for a Poké Stop or gym? Check out this page to request spots new gyms and Poké Stops or to suggest removing one.
I mentioned that your local library could be a gym, but what are gyms? Once you reach level 5, you have the option of joining one of three teams- Team Valor, Team Mystic or Team Instinct- and you can battle other players in Pokémon Gyms. Gyms can be controlled by one team at a time and if you are part of a gym you get extra items and Poké coins.
For Some Quick Tips on How to Get Started on the Game Check Out the Video Below:
How San José Public Library Can Help You Catch ‘em All!
Most San Jose Public libraries are either gyms or a Poké Stop which means chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time hunting Pokémon at your local library. Why not check out some of the great Pokémon resources we have so that you can be the ultimate Pokémon Master! Make sure you check us out on instagram to see what your local library is planning. Happy Hunting!