Library brings people together with Pokemon GO

Posted at 1:19 PM, Jul 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-27 13:19:50-04

Pokemon GO has become a hit, and with the popularity many people are coming together to play. The downtown Lansing Area District Library is one of these places.

Sara Doherty, Public Service Librarian, created a Pokemon GO group crawl. It is held every Wednesday from 12 to 1 pm.

The idea came to Doherty when she saw a lot of people playing around the library, as the library is a Pokestop.

“We had a lot of people around the library and I thought it would be a great way to get people out and together during lunch,” Doherty said. “It’s a nice way for people to get out and interact with each other, of all ages.”

During the group crawl, they went to the Capitol Building, through the main drag downtown and the park across from the Radisson. Along the way, kids to adults played together, discussing the game and other topics. Doherty also set lures and kept her eye out for Pokemon.

As they walked and played, the croup picked up people along the way, to join the fun.

One fellow player, Karum Chandran, who lives downtown, said he has noticed more people at businesses, parks and in the area playing the game.

“Downtown used to be dead (during the weekends and at night),” said Chandran. “Now, you can’t go two seconds without seeing a group of people walking around and playing.”

Chandran said that this is a good thing for the area. It makes it safer and good for the local businesses.

Check out photos from their most recent Pokemon GO crawl here.