Last night we held our first Library PokeNight and it turned out to be one of my most successful programs! 18 people showed up (22 if you count staff who stopped by), it was a good mix of teens and younger adults. The goal was to capitalize on the fact that we are a Pokemon Go PokeStop and it worked! So, what did Library PokeNight consist of?
- A PokeWalk around the downtown area where our library is located. You can hit three stops from our library – so we started there (one of my coworkers also dropped lures on all three stops). This went very well and we picked up some people along the route who just happened to be out and about catching Pokemon.
- Pokemon button-making. We made team badges and I had a variety of Pokemon art to choose from.
- Pokeball cookie decorating. This is a very easy edible craft. You just need sugar cookies, frosting, and mini-marshmallows. My coworker and I divided up all the frosting and supplies beforehand to save time and avoid a clogged line at the cookie table.
In addition to the Library PokeNight event, I’m doing a couple passive activities.
- Draw your favorite Pokemon on the whiteboard.
- DIY Pikachu & Pokeball. I printed off the Cubeecraft templates and set them out in the Teen Zone with scissors and glue. It’s been pretty popular with patrons of all ages.
What is your library doing to attract Pokemon Go players?