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Baltimore County libraries to host Pokemon GO event Friday

Baltimore County libraries to host Pokemon GO event Friday
A player enjoys a game of Pokemon Go in Harford County on Wednesday. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The Baltimore County Public Library will tap into the Pokemon GO craze with a family-friendly event tomorrow.

All 19 of the system's branches, including the Towson library, will host "Ready, Set Pokemon GO! Poke Crawl with BCPL" July 22, encouraging interested gamers to visit their local library in search of digital monsters.

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Gamers can check in throughout the day, according to the library's Facebook page. Players who visit the library will find a librarian wearing a Pokemon button with whom they can discuss information about the game, such as which "team" the player belongs to and which Pokemon they caught at the branch.

Special Pokemon stickers will be available to players while supplies last, according to the Facebook page.

A driver was playing Pokemon Go when he sideswiped a parked Baltimore City patrol car on July 18, police said. (Baltimore City Police video)

At the end of the day, whichever "team" has the most check-ins will "take control" of the library branch, as if it were a Poke Gym in the game.

The library will also set off digital "lures" throughout the day to attract more digital monsters. At Towson, a lure will go off at 11 a.m., according to the Facebook page.

Since its launch July 6 in the United States, Pokemon GO has become the biggest mobile game in history, according to information from SurveyMonkey, Inc.

More information about the event is available online through the library system's Facebook page, Baltimore County Public Library.

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