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Friday, September 2, 2016

Pokémon Go with Books

The last long weekend of the summer is here and, undoubtedly, there will be people playing Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game that has become a global phenomenon.  In the game, players use a mobile device's GPS capability to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real-world location as the player.

Though I love geocaching, I have not played Pokémon Go, but I came across a version which I thought I would love to try.  An elementary school teacher in Belgium, Aveline Gregoire, has created a simplified version that anyone can play – but with books instead of Pokémon.  She set up a Facebook group a few weeks ago, called Chasseurs de livres (“Book hunters”).  Members post photos and hints about where they’ve hidden a book, so others can look for them.  Once a book has been found and read, it can be “released” back into the wild for other players to stumble upon

Her Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/554284188095002/) has over 61,000 members.  Gregoire is considering creating a Chasseurs de livres app, but in the meantime, if the game sounds intriguing to you, all you need to start one in your area is a Facebook group.  If you check out her Facebook group site, you will see that she shares information about how to set up your own group.