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.