Rather than spending their summer indoors playing electronic games, swarms of kids are roaming the sidewalks of Wilton, trying to catch little monsters like Squirtle, Pidgey and Venonat. The little monsters are Pok\u00e9mon and the game the kids are playing is Pok\u00e9mon Go. It is getting them up off their sofas and discovering the town they call home, but actually may not know very well. One of the hottest spots in town is Wilton Library, which has three Pok\u00e9Stops and a gym. On Thursday afternoon, three YMCA counselors-in-training \u2014 Connor, Jack and Josh \u2014 sat in the library gallery studying their phones. \u201cI like it a lot,\u201d Connor, 15, said of the game. \u201cI get to meet friends and be more social. It gives me something to do over the summer.\u201d Jack, 14, said he usually doesn\u2019t come in to town, but Pok\u00e9mon Go has changed that. \u201cI walk around and get exercise,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019ve found new parts of town I didn\u2019t know about.\u201d The game, he pointed out, \u201cuses all the landmarks and you have to go around to find things. \u2026 I never knew about \u00a0the veterans memorial. It\u2019s cool, it shows all the history.\u201d Explaining that a mounted native American statue in the library is another Pok\u00e9Stop, he said, \u201cI never knew it was there.\u201d Josh, also 14, said he never walked to town before. \u201cMost people stay inside,\u201d Jack said. \u201cNow they can go outside.\u201d Although none of them were born when Pok\u00e9mon cards came out in the mid-90s, Connor said, \u201ceverybody plays Pok\u00e9mon.\u201d They seemed to feel the most popular time to play is from 1 to 6 in Wilton Center. While these three were inside, a group of eight boys, 12 and 13 years old, were outside the library playing the game. Parker admitted the game was \u201caddicting.\u201d Tyler echoed Connor\u2019s feeling that \u201cyou get to do things besides sit in your house.\u201d For Sean, \u201cit\u2019s a good workout. You gotta catch the Pok\u00e9mon and then have to walk and find another.\u201d They claimed they play for \u201chours to days.\u201d \u201cI play all day and all night,\u201d said Sean. Will was the loner of the crowd who doesn\u2019t play. \u201cI don\u2019t have service,\u201d he said. \u201cI never got into it.\u201d Pok\u00e9mon Go is an app that may be downloaded onto a smartphone. To play, you create an avatar who walks where you walk. The game uses Google Earth technology to create a digital Pok\u00e9mon universe within the real world. A player walks until a Pok\u00e9mon appears and then tries to capture it with a Pok\u00e9 Ball, which is superimposed over the scene by their phone\u2019s camera. Pok\u00e9mon can crop up anywhere, such as at the sculpture Nurture on Hubbard Road, but Pok\u00e9Stops are different. They are locations where players can collect things like Pok\u00e9 Balls to help them capture Pok\u00e9mon. Pok\u00e9mon players are called trainers, who, after collecting their Pok\u00e9mon, train them for battles, which take place at locations called gyms. Trainers who want to add a competitive edge can join one of three arbitrary teams: yellow, blue or red. Teams battle their Pok\u00e9mon to \u201ccapture\u201d a gym. Because it has three Pok\u00e9Stops and a gym, the library is Pok\u00e9mon central. \u201cWe have non-stop traffic at the library,\u201d said Shayna Simpson, assistant director of the Children\u2019s Library, and the library\u2019s unofficial Pok\u00e9mon expert. \u201cI\u2019ve definitely noticed the gym is constantly changing teams,\u201d said Simpson, who can watch the game unfold on her phone. \u201cOn Wednesday I watched it change ownership 12 times in two hours.\u201d In the Children\u2019s Library she has mounted a display where kids can show their allegiance to a team and what Pok\u00e9mons they have captured. Originally, the yellow team was more popular, she said, but now power has shifted to the red team. Players have also used lures at the library, think of it as digital bait, to bring more Pok\u00e9mon to a spot. At age 27, Simpson is a veteran Pok\u00e9mon player herself, having been a fan of the original cards, so she may have a more enthusiastic view of the game than others. \u201cI\u2019ve been seeing a lot that it\u2019s getting people out of the house,\u201d she said. \u201cEven if they are looking at their screen, parks are getting way more usage. I think it\u2019s a super-big positive.\u201d Wilton police report no accidents or complaints thus far arising from Pok\u00e9mon play, but there have been reports of personal disasters around the country. Connecticut State Police have issued a list of do\u2019s and don\u2019ts: Don\u2019t play while driving; Don\u2019t trespass, i.e scaling fences, parachuting, tunneling, etc.; Don\u2019t fight\/argue with other players; Don\u2019t be lured into places you\u2019re not familiar with. Among the do\u2019s are: Have fun! Get out and explore your communities; Stay alert and aware of your surroundings! Traffic does not stop for these little guys. Make yourself visible when playing at night; Play with friends\/family.