Are Pokémon lurking in your local Fingal Library?

Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on November 23, 2016.

As a parent of two young boys, our household has experienced an infatuation with all things affiliated with Pokémon. It intensified over the summer when we were first introduced to “Pokémon GO” by my very excited 10 year old son. As he chattered continuously about the first Pokémon mobile game to arrive on Android/iPhone, I […]

As a parent of two young boys, our household has experienced an infatuation with all things affiliated with Pokémon. It intensified over the summer when we were first introduced to “Pokémon GO” by my very excited 10 year old son. As he chattered continuously about the first Pokémon mobile game to arrive on Android/iPhone, I really had no idea “Pokémon GO” and the Pokémon brand was such a global phenomenon. On a daily basis, I would be besieged with pleas from him to play “Pokémon GO”, as it became apparent that all his friends were playing this new game. My attention peaked as soon, as I heard it involved the use of a smartphone as I was only familiar with the Pokémon Nintendo DS games and trading cards.  It was then that I suddenly started to notice his buddies walking around the neighbourhood with a smartphone in their hand, completely immersed in capturing and collecting Pokémon in this new and hypnotic virtual world.

If you are like me and are completely flummoxed about this crazy phenomenon, I hope this guide will begin to demystify the intricate world of Pokémon. We also hope to show you how Fingal County Libraries can enable you to bring the Pokémon fun into your home without putting a dent in your wallet.

So, what is Pokémon Go?

Pokémon GO is the first Pokémon mobile game to arrive on Android/iPhone, allowing players of the game to step outside, move around their neighbourhood and find and capture Pokémon, with the aid of their smartphone.  The player’s phone displays an actual real-world map of paths and streets where they are standing. This is the main view of the game as the map displays Pokéstops (any public landmark, like your local library) and nearby Pokémon. As players walk through their real world with their smartphone, their phones vibrate as they come near a Pokémon.

What are Pokémon?

Pokémon is short for Pocket Monsters and was developed in the mid 1990’s by Japanese game developer, Satoshi Tajiri.  Pokémon are fictional creatures, of all shapes and sizes that possess unique and special powers. They live in places made up of different lands or regions and these lands are made up of familiar things such as trees, caves, cities, oceans, and beaches. There are currently more than 700 creatures that inhabit the Pokémon universe and they are very similar to animals we already know such as birds, fish, horses and in some cases even machines and aliens.

Who are the Pokémon Trainers?

The player of the game takes on the role of a “trainer” whose journey involves traveling from place to place, catching and training Pokémon. Pokéballs are used by trainers for catching and storing Pokémon. The Pokéballs are thrown at Pokémon and when it hits them, the Pokémon are sucked inside.  Pokémon are raised and commanded by their trainers and during their adventures, Pokémon grow and become more experienced and stronger Pokémon as they battle against one another by their human “trainers”.

Who is Pikachu?

One of the iconic and major characters of the Pokémon franchise is Pikachu, the electric Pokémon who fights other Pokémon by projecting electricity from its body. Pikachu is both the name of this character and the name of the species it belongs to. Considered a mascot of the franchise, the furry, yellow mouse is a central character in the Pokémon anime series – anime is the Japanese word for animated films and television shows.

The Pokémon Company is a multi-billion-dollar entity celebrating 20 years of success this year. It produces a wide range of merchandise such as video games, trading card games, animated TV series, films, toys, and much more. Fingal County Libraries has a wide range of Pokémon materials ready for you to borrow and take home. Why not browse our Library Catalogue online and discover what we have to offer. You can request a library item and arrange to have it collected from your nearest Fingal Library. The following is just a flavour of what we have available:

Pokémon : Deluxe Essential Handbook, 2015

This comprehensive guide book is a must-have for Pokémon trainers. It’s got everything you ever wanted to know about Pokémon in a easy-to-read format. All the facts and figures you’ll need to master the world of Pokémon Go are in this essential handbook.

Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, 2016

Check out the 18th Pokémon anime movie – Hoopa and the Clash of Ages. When Ash, Pikachu, and their friends visit a desert city by the sea, they meet the mythical Pokémon Hoopa, who has the ability to summon things—including people and Pokémon—through its magic ring. After a scary incident, they learn a story about a brave hero who stopped the rampage of a terrifying Pokémon long ago. Now, the threat that has been bottled up for years is in danger of breaking loose again! Can Ash help his new friend overcome the darkness within…or will a dangerous secret erupt into a clash of legends?

Pokémon Black and White Book Series  by Hidenori Kusaka & illustrations by Satoshi Yamamoto, 2013 – 2015

With up to 20 volumes, Pokémon Black and White is a manga series based on the Pokémon video game series. Manga is the Japanese word for comics. In this book series, meet Pokémon Trainers, Black and White. Black has dreamed of winning the Pokémon League. Now he embarks on a journey to explore the Unova region and fill a Pokédex for Professor Juniper. White has an exciting career as the Trainer of a talented troupe of performing Pokémon. She dreams of making her Tepig Gigi a star. Follow Black and White as they continue on their journey, meeting surprising new Pokémon.

Tip: If you’re new to manga, it can be a little confusing working out where to start reading. Traditional manga reads right to left. And don’t forget to take time to look at the beautiful artwork as most of the beauty contained within a volume of manga isn’t the story line, but the artwork.

Welcome to Camp Pikachu by Alex Polan, 2016

This book is ideal for reluctant readers who love Pokémon. Alex Polan is the author of the unofficial stories for Pokémon Collectors. The first book in an exciting new series for Pokémon fans is full of adventure, friendship, and summer fun. Camp Pikachu gives kids the opportunity to act out adventures from their favourite Pokémon games and cartoons, battling other teams to earn points and badges and, if they’re lucky, make it into the Summer Camp Hall of Fame!

 Pokemon Go : ultimate guide by Steve Smalls, 2016

Be one step ahead of your friends with this 26 page ultimate guide which answers all your burning questions about the Pokémon Go game, including tips, tricks, and cheats.

By Úna Smyth, Fingal Libraries