We are certainly living in a mobile world. If you haven’t heard lately, something phenomenal happened in America last week called Pokémon Go. The mobile app uses location-based augmented reality technology. It encourages users to interact with the world around them through the eyes of their mobile devices as they try to catch and collect Pokémon species and other necessary Pokémon-catching tools.
Your eyes might have started to cross when you read “Pokémon” or maybe not until “augmented reality,” but I assure you, this is huge. Within one day of its release, the app was downloaded on more Android devices than the popular dating service app Tinder. The average user stays on the app for an average of 43 minutes per day, which is higher than other social media apps like Snapchat and Instagram. And now, just 10 days after its initial release, it has surpassed the total downloads of Candy Crush and total daily users of Twitter.
If you or someone you know is playing Pokémon Go, the Delaware County District Library is a great place to visit on one of your adventures! The Ostrander branch library has seen many people checking in to its PokéStop. The Powell branch library is a very active PokéStop, and also has a gym located nearby at the park entrance near the Delaware County District Library sign. You could try to claim the gym at the Orange branch library, or stroll through any of the other 3 PokéStops on the library’s grounds.
Finally, if you’re taking a walk around downtown Delaware, where there are plenty of PokéStops, you can end your trip at the gym at the Delaware main library.
The Orange branch library is hosting an all ages Pokémon Go meet-up on Thursday, July 21, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Get ready to catch ’em all, because we’re setting some lures! Look for an event on the DCDL Facebook page and invite your friends.
While you’re in, see what’s new on the DVD shelves, including these titles:
• “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Starring Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman in the characters’ first big-screen pairing.
• “Criminal.” To stop an international terrorist, the memories and skills of a CIA operative are implanted into the brain of a dangerous criminal.
• “The Divergent Series: Allegiant.” Beyond the wall, Tris and Four face a threat more dangerous than they ever imagined, fighting for the future of an entire city in this action-packed third Divergent adventure.
• “Miles Ahead.” Jazz legend Miles Davis (Don Cheadle) and a music reporter embark on an adventure to recover a stolen tape of Davis’ latest compositions.
• “Elvis & Nixon.” The untold true story behind the meeting between the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and President Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment that is immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s website at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.