During October 2016, visitors of all ages to the Franklin Park Public Library had a chance to choose the best Pokémon from ten candidates running for election. Staff chose characters from the first generation of Pokémon , created ballots, crafted ballot boxes and designed campaign posters. The Pokémon election was also tied-in to our Fall Fest Parade theme: "Gotta Read 'em All! @ the Franklin Park Library." Staff, family, and friends dressed in Pokémon-related attire and carried Pokémon campaign signs in the Park District of Franklin Park's annual Fall Fest Parade. An election ballot and a pencil were given out to parade-goers to encourage participation in the Pokémon Elections.
Voting stations were established near two of our public service desks, and a children's materials display about the voting process accompanied the ballot box in the Kids Crossing section of the Library. After the primary election ended in mid-October, the field was narrowed down to five candidates. Then voters could choose one from among the five challengers in the final voting battle. After a decisive battle between voter favorites Snorlax and Eevee, Eevee was crowned the winner. Over 562 votes were cast, with 242 in the primary and 320 in the general election. We plan on purchasing a giant Eevee plush to make an appearance in our library's upcoming events and photo opportunities. This was a fun and light-hearted theme that tied into the resurgence of Pokémon from the Pokémon GO app, and it gave kids a chance to participate in their own election during a presidential election year.