You hear me rattle about the paranormal and what facts and information I do know. What gets me excited is proof. For 21 years I have gathered stories from staff and patrons alike, on their experiences here at the Sweetwater County Library. The one thing that is the hardest to get but is the “cream-of-the-crop” are ghostly photos that have been captured in the building.
It does not happen often, but it does happen. I have taken hundreds and hundreds of photos and have only gotten orbs. I am a sceptic when it comes to orbs. Most can be proven to be dust or bugs. Rarely do I capture anything that I consider “the-real-deal”. I have to mention, I did however see with my own eyes for the first time ever a white glowing orb. It appeared the first week of June while I was sitting at the Reference Desk. It suddenly formed about the size of a table tennis ball. It happened so fast. It formed and then dropped straight down into the floor. I was in shock. No, I did not get a photo, but I wanted to state for the record that I have actually seen a true orb.
We do have one photo of an orb that is unusual. It is an orange orb. There are others around it, but it definitely stands out. It was taken during library program where a band was playing. Random photos were being taken and the orange orb was caught.
During a special educational ghost walk for a local business, again random photos were taken by the attendees. One woman was shaken when she reviewed her photos and found a dark shape in the stacks. We just call it the dark shape. To some, it looks like a small boy with his legs up as if he is sitting. Others just are not sure what they see. What do you think?
One of our regular volunteers that works with the ghost walk, is Hannah. She has been a part of our group for many years and previously was part of SPIS or Sweetwater Paranormal Investigation Society. During one of the investigations here at the library, Hannah took pictures looking down from the second floor. She had noticed movement at the bottom of the stairs. She was very excited and said she had captured a photo of a blue mist. She did, but while I reviewed the photo I noticed a lady with long dark hair. I asked her who that was. She stated “What lady?” There had been no other women in the building besides her. The rest of the team were all men.
Do you have photos of ghosts at the library? I am always happy to see others. Some people are shy about bringing them in to me. Please feel free. If you do not want your name mentioned, no problem. We try to gather as much information and as many photos as are available. Please remember to share your stories and your evidence whether it be photos, audio, or video.
Your contributions are greatly appreciated!!
One of the top questions we are asked at the library is “Have you had any activity lately?” Many times the answer is no, but not lately. It is always amazing to me how the work day can be moving along as usual, with nothing out of the ordinary is going on. It can sometimes set you up for a surprise.
The past week has been an active week for some of us. Library wise, we have been extremely busy. It has been the end of school and the start of the Summer Reading programs. To add to the energy level, several Rock Springs schools had requested special “ghost related” tours of the library. Miss Ellie has been very busy with these groups. The school children seemed very interested in what she had to share. One young person said they felt a pinch on their arm. While using the ghost box, several of the children stated they heard a baby cry. I have to admit, I was working the desk when they came by and I too heard the baby cry over the radio. Ellie also mentioned she heard it as well.
Our patron count has been very high. This might account for the serge is reports. The ghosts seem to be attracted to high energy. May times we find that programming with high energy will seem to nudge things along. Many times before, during and after the Zombie Prom, which is an annual event, hundreds of orbs are in many of the photos. It is the only time you see so many. It is our belief that these are energy orbs from all the high excitement.
Listed below are the actual reports that I and the other staff members entered in the official Ghost Log:
5/23/2014 Mick & Alaina 4:35 pm
We were working the Front Desk. The door to the back hallway was closed and we both heard it “bang” like someone was trying to come in. Micki ran and looked and there was no one there. Alaina stated she was sure she heard it too.
5/27/2014 Micki & Shannon 7:38 pm
We were working the Front Desk. The door to the back hallway was closed and we both heard it “bang” like someone was trying to come in. Micki ran and looked and there was no one there. Shannon stated she was sure she heard it too. Weird it happened twice in a week.
5/28/2014 Micki/Staff 11:45 am
I was working at the Reference Desk on the computer. As I did I saw to the left of me a white orb, about the size of a table-tennis ball. It moved from just above the computer down and disappeared into the floor. I have never had this happen before in all the time I have worked here (21 years). WOW. This was unbelievable. I just sat here looking at the spot thinking it would re-appear, but it did not. Wow.
Photo #1-Orb in Young Adult area. I am posting this to give an idea what an orb might look like. ( The one I reported was much whiter and much brighter. )
Photo #2-Notice multiple orbs in upper right corner, taken during a Zombie Prom.
*Time will tell if the activity will slow down or continue at this high level.
Does the name John Zaffis ring a bell? Well is you watch the Syfy Channel it might. He and his crew are on the show “Haunted Collector”.
The following was found on John’s official website:
John Zaffis has over forty years of experience studying and investigating the paranormal. He has had the opportunity to work for and with his aunt and uncle, Ed and Lorraine Warren. This sent John beyond looking for ghosts and hauntings and into studying demonology under the Warrens. This led into John’s involvement with cases of possession and exorcism, which gave him the opportunity to work with prominent exorcists in this field, including Roman Catholic priests, monks, Buddhists, rabbis and ministers. John has assisted and worked with well-known exorcists Bishop Robert McKenna, Father Malachi Martin, and the Reverend Jun.
His research has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, England and Scotland covering several thousands of cases. Through hands on investigating with other investigators and clergy, he has obtained a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the paranormal and is considered one of the foremost authorities in the field today.
John has a lot of first-hand paranormal experience, including experience with ghosts, poltergeists, and demonic and diabolical entities. He has also worked extensively with both spiritualists and psychics concerning how their knowledge is used for channeling, reincarnation (past-life regression), calling of the spirits for information, and how they use meditation to acquire the information which they are seeking. Because of his personal experiences with hauntings, ESP, near death experiences and other paranormal activities, he is firm in his conviction that such phenomena exist.
John has been featured in the Discovery Channel’s documentaries A Haunting in Connecticut and Little Lost Souls. John has also appeared on Unsolved Mysteries, Fox News Live, and many other print and news media events. John also appears in Graveyards and In a Dark Place, both books written by Ed and Lorraine Warren. John’s first book, Shadows of the Dark, co-written with Brian McIntyre, was released in September, 2004. John hosted a show on SyFy, Haunted Collector, and became a producer for the last season of the show. John has also appeared on Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. John is working on multiple follow-up books currently, and is lecturing all over the United States at colleges and universities.
One of the creepiest haunted dolls I have ever heard of, is the story of “Robert Did It!” In the book “Haunted Objects: Stories of Ghosts on Your Shelf” by Christopher Balzano and Tim Weisberg, a chapter is dedicated to this story under the title “Robert’s Rules: Chris Experience with the World’s Most Haunted Doll. I have seen this story on television a couple times and now read about it. I am sorry but this one gives me the creeps.
People claimed to see the doll move-sometimes just its head, other times its whole body. It would appear in different windows of the house and smile out at the neighbors. In one story, family members say they saw it running through the house. Graves and Gravestones, a local ghost tour that has permission to visit Robert at night, says the activity did not stop there. When Robert Otto died, Eugene inherited the house. Into adulthood, he remained close to the doll. Walking around with it and seating it at the dinner table led to the disintegration of his marriage. Eugene’s wife kept putting Robert out of sight, but the doll kept coming back, often visiting her.
There is much more to this story and many more included in the book.
You may not want to read this before bed!
Book, Haunted Objects: Stories of Ghosts on Your Shelf” by Christopher Balzano and Tim Weisberg
John Zaffis official website http://www.johnzaffis.com/
The site, at 300 North 1st East, Green River, Wyoming, had previously been the city cemetery, which had been established in 1892. In 1926, a federal CWA project moved the bodies and old grave markers to the Riverview Cemetery just up the hill. In 1930 the town used the site as a park.During 1944 a Veteran’s Housing Site was built on the site, due to the return of the veterans. During the construction, several remains were found and re-interned at the now current Riverview Cemetery. The identity of the remains was unknown.
In 1978, during the construction of the new facility, twelve unknown graves were found. Again in 1983 during landscaping of the grounds revealed more graves and remains. This renewed the fear of a historic epidemic of smallpox and the re-introduction of the disease.
Since 1985 unexplained occurrences have been reported at the library. The Green River Library is listed on the famous list of the ghost and haunted places in Wyoming.
In 1989 “Ghosts on the Range: Eerie True Tales of Wyoming” by Debra D. Munn was published. Included in her book was the story of the Sweetwater County Library, titled “The Library Built over a Cemetery”. Ms. Munn was good enough to come to the library the following Halloween and do a reading from her book. Story has it that several loud noises were heard from the stage area and eager listeners reportedly wondered out-loud if the “ghosts” were upset about the reading.
In 1993 a “Ghost Log” was started to record the unusual happenings. As something unexplained happened it was written in the log. The log is available at the Circulation desk, but is not available for check out.
During pipeline construction in August of 1996 remains were unearthed just outside the library by the lower parking lot. Sweetwater County Coroner Dale S. Majhanovich said wood chips were found Tuesday by construction workers digging under North First East. Charlie Love, of the Western Wyoming Community College Archaeological Services Department, examined the find and determined that the bones were of two people. Two wooden coffins and their contents were within a couple feet of the pipeline that was being worked on and one coffin had actually been nicked when the line first went in. At least one of the wooden coffins was covered in felt with a small window. A brass plaque indicated the coffin was purchased a Beeman and Cashin Mercantile Co. of Evanston. No date was inscribed. It was determined one was a male about 45 years old and the other a female of about the same age. Both were in good health, at least one was Caucasian and both were about the same height The bodies were re-interred at the Riverview Cemetery.
This log is still currently being used.
Every now and then someone will approach the Front Desk at the library and ask “So have you had anything ghostly happen lately?” If I had a nickel for every time I hear that line. It is strange how at times things will be so quiet and then for no reason activity picks up. You just never know.
We do our work and forget about all the paranormal stuff and the next thing you know a patron is telling us they saw a door move in the Men’s Room. It never fails to amaze me. I joke all the time that the “ghosts are on vacation” when reports slow down. It does seem that they might just do that.
According to one of my co-workers we have had two reports this week. The first was the gentleman that did report the door moving in the Men’s Room. The second was someone claiming they saw a shadow moving along the back of the stacks. I always find the report of the shadows or shadow people interesting. I have seen them myself. The patron did not share much information so I am guessing a bit. When I have seen the shadows, it is very fast. It is so fast that you stop and think, “Did I see that”. Somehow I know I have, but after all these years I stop and wonder if my eyes are playing tricks on me. I am sure from time to time that may be the case, but I also know that there are times that is not the case.
Many times we have been asked if there is a reason why the reports slow down. I have a couple theories on this. First I think we do receive reports but the patron has not written it down or emailed it in and we get busy with our everyday work and we forget to log it. Second, I think weather has a bit to do with it. When the weather is changing we seem to get more reports. If there is lightening, wind, etc. it appears to stir up the energy and thus the ghosts seem to work off it. This is the idea we use during Ghost Walks. By providing a battery pack and telling the spirits they can use it to come through, we seem to get better results. But like everything here, it is not always the case.
As much as we would love to say YES we have all the answers, we do not. The paranormal world is now and I think, will always be a mystery. We try our best to understand what happens, what goes on, but alas we are still asking questions.
One other question we are receiving lately is why we are not doing the May Ghost Walks this year. It is generally because of staffing. It takes several of us to do the Ghost Walks and we have a couple staff members that left the library. It has been decided that those positions will not be filled at this time. So as you see, some of the paranormal events will be scaled back just a bit. We will have our usual September, October and December events.
If you have questions please let us know.
What is a cold spot? What many refer to as “cold spots” are simply an area that suddenly feels cold when it in fact should not be. There seems to be no logical reason for it. But, in the paranormal world it is believed that a spirit pulls energy from the area so that is can manifest itself. If this is true then unexplained cold spots would mean spirits may be present.
Just yesterday, two women approached me at the Front Desk. They both seemed quite excited and I knew there was a story forthcoming. Sure enough, they took a deep breath and began. While they were in the back of the library, they felt a cold spot in an area where there had previously not been one. There was no vent or fan. There was no logical reason for it.
As the women continued with the story they told of a strong feeling of a “little girl” with them. One stated “I think she is still right here with me.” I could tell by watching their reactions that they truly believed this was happening. I went to where they had felt the cold spot, but I found nothing. They were adamant that this was what had happened.
Little did they realize, I am not one to question their story. Working where I do and having the experiences I have, I know odd things can happen. I too have felt cold spots and felt as though a small child was walking with me. It is a very strange thing to have happen. I have had my name whispered in my right ear, I have seen shadows in the stacks, I have seen two full apparitions (someone else saw them at the same time as me), and I have heard many things that I had no idea what it was. I have worked at the library since 1992. I is amazing how many of these things have become “just part of my job”. You might laugh, but it is true.
Here at the library we have heard pretty much everything. Many locals come to us and just want someone to listen. We hear of spirits, ghosts, shadows, voices, noises, things moving, and on and on. No, we do not have books flying around the room. Occasionally someone will say they did see a book fall or move. On occasion shadows are seen and on really rare occasions a full apparition has been seen. Please remember, these are not daily occurrences.
Many people want an answer. This is where we have issues. We have ideas of what is happening, we have theories, but we do not have definitive answers. As many of you know, those of us that do the Ghost Walks have tried to educate ourselves as best we can. We have contacted several experts and asked many questions. We can share with you what they have shared with us. For more information than that, we always refer you to them, the experts. We try but we do not have all the answers.
If you have had an experience please report it to the Front Desk of send it to me at email@example.com. We will do our best to help you and answer your questions.
You are walking in the dark and suddenly you see what looks like a face in the shadows. Of course you are frightened. What was that? Many of us have had this happen. Seeing a face where there should not be one is very disturbing.
What if we just thought it was a face? What if it really wasn’t? What is it then? There is a term for seeing faces in inanimate things. According to Ask.com and Wikipedia, it is called “PAREIDOLIA”.
Pareidolia (/pærɨˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant, a form of apophenia. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.
The word comes from the Greek words para (παρά, “beside, alongside, instead”) in this context meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of; and the noun eidōlon (εἴδωλον “image, form, shape”) the diminutive of eidos. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, seeing patterns in random data.
As you see, it may also include sounds and patterns. Does this mean what we have seen is not something paranormal? The answer is maybe. Like many things we deal with, there are two sides to the story. It is believed that a good portion of what we think we see is actually not paranormal, but pareidolia. We think we see a face when it is just clothes handing in the closet (in a very interesting or scary way).
I for one, have seem things both pareidolia and paranormal. There are times I really am not sure which is which. Here is where our intuition and our senses come into play. I am not a true expert, but I feel our intuition tells us much. I know that if you see something unexplained, your body will sometimes give you “goose-bumps” or you feel a chill. It is a natural reaction to the unknown and our bodies are preparing for fright. I also know that when a ghost is close by, the body will react the same way. This is where the intuition helps. Most times we have a sixth sense if the “thing” is paranormal or not. I say trust your senses and listen to that little voice inside.
I too, have heard things that I thought were voices that were not. A voice was heard and seemed to be in the room where I was sitting. It happened twice. After some time and a diligent search, it turned out to be my dog sleeping and snoring. I had a good laugh at that. Also electric appliances may cause noises that seem questionable. If you hear noises, be aware of what is in the area. Take a good look and listen closely.
This doesn’t however, prove all things are debunked. We have captured many EVP’s (electronic voice phenomenon) while in the library. Our goal is to always try to debunk what we may find, but many times it just isn’t possible. We assume it is our friends from the beyond. The recordings are saved and analyzed as best we can. It does seem the spirits do have things to say if we just listen.
Bottom line, it is many times our perception of what we are encountering. I know there are many things unexplained. I also know many objects and shadows can take on the image of something else.
What is your take on this?
It is almost time again for the Beyond Reality event at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. This year’s event is April 11, 12, 13, & 14. If you are a regular reader here you will know that this is my third year to attend. This year my family is tagging along to join in the fun. The standard presentations and guest speakers will be the daily events along with the evening ghost hunts. It is always interesting to watch the professionals and how they conduct their investigations.
My husband agreed to go this year to my amazement. He is a true sceptic. The weekend should prove very interesting to say the least. I am not sure what his take will be but I look forward to sharing it all with him. For someone that has never had a paranormal experience ever, it should prove educational. I hope he is ready for it all.
Last year for the first time I met John Tenney who is well known in paranormal circles. He was interesting to listen to during his presentation as well as great to visit with. He is knowledgeable as well as humorous. He just makes me laugh, which is always good fun.
I am very excited to announce that Grant Wilson previously of Ghost Hunters (Syfy Channel) was added to the lineup. As an avid fan of Ghost hunters, Grant has been sorely missed. My hope is to find a chance to visit with him and ask a few questions about his take on investigations. J Included in the lineup are others from Ghost Hunters, Amy Bruni, Britt Griffith, and Adam Berry. Comedian Mike Brody will also return with his unique humor and stories. Great fun.
Last but not least is the return of Chip Coffey, psychic extraordinaire. Chip has a way about him that is unexpected. He swears, he tells it just like it is and makes no bones about how the messages come through. He is great to visit with if you get the chance.
Estes Park is a beautiful town filled with friendly people and is surrounded by mountains and wildlife. The elk alone would make me want to make a return visit. They are seen many times in town, around town, by a stop light, by golf course, by the library, etc. They are everywhere. In previous visits we also saw big horn sheep along the highway just outside of town. The area is set in the mountains. If you like photography it is a great place to visit. Many photo-ops can be had by just driving through town. Estes Park is also known for its many Christmas themed shops. Christmas all year round . I personally love stopping by the Highlander Shop. Scottish, Irish, and Celtic items are available. Beautiful handicrafts.
The Stanley Hotel has a long history of ghosts and hauntings. Explosions, Native Americans being tortured and deaths are among the tales you will hear. It is on the National Register of Historical Places as well as National Register of Haunted Places. This is indeed a unique location.
If you interested in attending the Stanley Hotel Beyond Reality event, please visit the following link:
What is an orb? According to Ask.com, the term orb describes unexpected, typically circular artifacts that occur in flash photography-sometimes with trails indicating motion-especially common with modern compact and ultra-compact digital cameras. Orbs are also sometimes called backscatter, orb backscatter, or near-camera reflection. The paranormal interpretations. Consistent with paraphernalia, Orb backscatter has been broadly interpreted as a highly variable range of supernatural paranormal phenomenon without verifiability -including invisible spirits, unexpected lights, auras, angles, ghosts, energy field, psycho-energetic artifacts, energy balls, etc.
Depending on which expert you ask or generally what you believe in, will depend on what perception you will have about orbs. I see orbs as many things. Photos have been handed to me that shows many round unusual spheres that seem to not belong in the area they were captured. Is it a bug? Is it camera flare? Is it paranormal? Depending on what you have caught and where can certainly make a difference.
One example is the Sweetwater County Zombie Proms. The Youth Services librarians hold a Zombie Prom each year at the library. Patrons dress as zombies and just as it sounds, is a dance of sorts. Bands are brought in and a Zombie Walk takes place down our main street. Almost every year the Zombie Walk happening, photos are taken. In these photos are orbs, many, many orbs. The questions is asked each year, “Is this paranormal?” Depending on who you ask, you get a different answer. I personally think we have both energy orbs and paranormal. The reason I state this I generally believe most of the orbs are from the extremely high energy brought in by the young people attending the prom. But, with this said, we have also received a photo with an orange orb. This has never happened before and it definitely stands out. Usually orbs are white or light in color, why is this one orange?
During our regular Ghost Walks many photos are taken. Many interesting orbs are captured. After comparing most of them with our expert friends, P. I. Team of Utah or U.R. O. P. A, it was determined that they are generally dust. We do however have a couple that may not seem so easy to debunk.
At times some light anomalies have been shown and thought to be debunked by the experts, but our team still has questions as to the origin. Here is one example that the verdict is still out. We think we see legs at the left and maybe part of a coat or skirt.
What do you make of the photos? I would love to see what your take it on the orbs shown. If you have a great orb photo or input on orbs please share with us.
Thanks so much!
The Sweetwater County Library currently subscribes to the paranormal magazine TAPS ParaMagazine. I try to take time to read its articles as time allows. Today I opened the newest edition for January/February 2014. On page 24 I found something that gave me a good laugh. Yes, I am a sick puppy.
To understand the humor in this, you must be a frequent watcher of the SYFY Channel series Ghost Hunters. Steve Gonsalves is one of the key members of the TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) team. Steve suffers from several phobias such as fear of heights, bugs, flying, etc. Steve also is a man of many tattoos. He has “tats” on much of his body.
Included in the magazine is the cartoon TARA Normal from the website TARA Normal.com and is created by Howie Noel.
The cartoon states the following:
Top Four Tattoos Steve Will Never Get-
- Frequent Flyer
- 2. I Heart Spiders
- Tango is the Boss of Me
- The Movie Phantasm is Overrated
Those of us that deal with paranormal one way or another tend to find humor whenever we can. I know it is a serious subject, but it can also make you laugh. Example: During the filming of Ghost Hunters, Jason Hawes, the founder of TAPS, will find a way to sneak up on his team members when they are not expecting it. It always gets a laugh. Life can be too serious and I tend to think like they do, laugh when you can.
One of my favorite story of the haunted library is a humorous one. My good friend Cindy Moore had started working for the library in 2003. New employees usually have many questions about the ghosts or haunting and Cindy was no exception. She knew about the Ghost Log and had looked at it but really paid it no mind. Like all new employees she set about learning her new job and taking care of business.
This is the story she told the morning after her first evening shift.
Like all Circulation and Reference staff she had to work one evening shift. The shift was about to end and it was her duty to close up the Multi-purpose Room and back area of the library. She remembered the stories about the ghosts and the reports that were listing the Ghost Log so she was a bit apprehensive. As she entered the back door of the Multi-purpose Room she said she suddenly saw something big and scary. It startled her so much it made her scream out. Cindy then offered to show us what happened. As she walked along the path she had walked the night before, she told us how she was a bit nervous about being there at night and being alone in the room where many paranormal reports had been reported. As the staff followed her to a door, she opened it and she said “Do you see it? Isn’t it scary?” What we saw was Cindy’s reflection in a full-length mirror that is mounted on the opposite wall in the back hallway. In the dark it must have truly given her a scare. We all had a good laugh.
Just remember, we all have our work to do but…… no one says we can’t have fun doing it!!
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