Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Gotta Catch All the... Books?

Unless you've been living under a very big and soundproof rock, you've probably heard of Pokémon GO, the video game that allows players to search real locations for virtual items. The game has been lauded for getting people to explore their environment and connect with others.
I know lots of people who play, but games like that aren't really my style. But it got me thinking... wouldn't it be neat if there were similar games that focused on books and reading instead of screens?

Turns out there are!

Operation Teen Book Drop is a yearly event hosted by literacy and social media project Readergirlz (you can see details of this year's event, which will be on October 14th, here). Participants are encouraged to grab printable bookmarks from the website, choose their favorite books, and leave them in public places. Then they should post on social media with the hashtag #rockthedrop to let others know where to find the books.

There's also a similar game in Belgium that was started by a school principal and has now grown to nearly 50,000 participants.

Would you play a book-hunting game?

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