Starting in September, Coffee County Manchester Public Library will hold Pokémon tabletop gaming for youth ages 6-17 on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 1-3 p.m.
Courtney Mercurio, Youth Services Coordinator, said that the event is patron lead, similar to Stitch Wits Stitching Circle in which patrons come when they can and leave when they need to.
“A patron came in a few weeks ago and asked if there was any way to get a program started for kids who play Pokémon cards,” Mercurio said.
The mother was frustrated by the lack of Pokémon gaming opportunities in the area.
“From what she told me there are a lot of parents who take their kids to Murfreesboro because it is the closest location for Pokémon card games,” Mercurio said.
This program is free and does not require a library card. You must bring your own Pokemon Cards to participate.
Pokémon: monsters for your pocket
According to online company archives, Pokémon, is also known as “pocket monsters” in Japan. The company is owned by Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures.
Pokémon are creatures that humans in the Pokemon universe catch and train to battle for sport.
The original concept, back in early 1996, was a pair of video games for Nintendo’s Game Boy and developed by Game Freak.
The idea caught on and was adapted to various media, becoming the highest grossing franchise, according to MovieWeb.
The Pokémon Trading Card Game is a collectable card game similar to the goals of the video game.
Players use Pokémon Cards, with characters have strengths and weaknesses.