Our summer programming usually goes through the end of August, and like public librarians everywhere, we’re exhausted once it’s over. Generally in August I try and give our team a break from decorating, and we “reset” the library to a neutral state. Which can be fun since it’s generally when we get the most compliments (usually via the <em>”oh – you didn’t do anything this month – I always love seeing what you all do!”</em> sort of way). But every-once-in-a-while there comes a decor opportunity that we can’t pass by.
It was that case this past August.
The <em>Pokemon Go! </em>phenomena was in full swing, and one of our staff members (<em>::waves hi:: to Ashlynn</em>) was totally hooked. So I asked her if she’d like to put together a <em>Pokemon Go! Crawl</em> event. After I got up from the floor and recovered from her hug tackle, I then asked Natasia to do something in the windows, but not go too crazy. I swear that I have the best <em>Marketing Minion</em> ever – check out what she did:
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These were a <strong>HUGE</strong> hit with people of all ages. Besides the <em>Pokemon Go! Crawl</em> event (which was also an ENORMOUS hit), we had a Pokemon scavenger hunt irl for kids who didn’t have the ability to access the app for any reason. That was extremely popular as well.
Here’s the supremely and simply cool display Natasia created. We filled it with gaming and computer books.
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I also made our cute dragon mascot peek out of a pokeball for some marketing materials:
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I’m so glad that my team made the effort to do more work than usual post-summer programming. It was a great experience for both patrons and staff alike.