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Players welcome: Catch Pokémon at Mukilteo Library


Do you play Pokémon GO? Residents are welcome to catch Pokémon among the stacks at the Mukilteo Library.

A group of young men walked into the Stanwood Library on July 11 and stood in a circle.

With heads down, they stared intently at their phones.

Unsure, library staffer Melissa Borders approached the group and asked: “Are you playing Pokémon GO?”

It’s a scene playing out more and more since the mobile online game launched in the U.S. on July 6 – and one that is especially common in places such as libraries.

“We love it,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory. “We are all about supporting our communities, and Pokémon GO has quickly become something our customers are embracing.”

Libraries figure prominently in the world of Pokémon GO. Players go in search of Pokémon, which they capture and then train at Pokémon GO Gyms. Along the way, they may need supplies, which are available at PokéStops.

Libraries can be any or all of those things, and Sno-Isle Libraries welcomes players on their quests.

“We’re putting up signs that say ‘Welcome Pokémon Trainers,” said Dawn Rutherford, teen services coordinator for the library district.

If there is one caveat, it is a request to respect other library users while capturing Pokémon, training or resupplying.

So far, that doesn’t seem to be a problem.

“Pokémon GO players can be very focused on the game,” Rutherford said. “We are also hearing stories of people making it out of the house more and families walking around playing the game together.

“We are thrilled to be a place Pokémon trainers can safely connect and discover.”

Rutherford added that it appears that most if not all Sno-Isle Libraries buildings are identified in some way in Pokémon GO: “Some of our libraries are gyms, many are PokéStops and I’m pretty sure all have Pokémon waiting to be caught.”

Find Pokémon at the Mukilteo Library at 4675 Harbour Point Blvd. in Mukilteo.


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