We feel the Ghost Walks are an introduction to the paranormal. For many, this will be their first glimpse into an actual investigation. There are countless varieties and techniques to do an investigation, ours is just one of many. When doing a tour, we generally have around 20-25 patrons in each Ghost Walk. Because of this factor, you will find there are varying levels of expertise on the subject. From the novice to the expert, we never know what we will get. Many patrons come prepared to share stories and occasionally they bring evidence from previous walks.
We provide our own “ghost gadgets” for a few of the patrons to use. Our hope is that as many patrons as possible can have that first hand encounter. Those that have become more interested in the subject usually bring their own ghost gadgets to work with. You might see KIIs, EMF detectors, infrared cameras, ghost boxes, etc. Depending on the dedication (and budget) of the patrons, we see lots of interesting devices. Cameras and cell phones are the most common. Many patrons download ghost hunting applications (apps) to their cell phones just for these events. The most often used is the TAPS APP. It was created and made available by the TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society). The app contains a functioning Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) detector, a Geophone to sense the slightest vibrations, and a digital recorder for capturing Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). Many apps are available online.
Different reports come to us from the attendees of their experiences during a Ghost Walk. We have yet to have a walk where nothing happens at all. There always seems to be some type of activity whether KII’s sound and light up or someone sees shadows in the stacks. It is always interesting and ever changing. In the last couple years several women have reported the feeling of a child taking their hand and walking along with them. This is usually women that are mothers. It seems that the children ghosts are able to tell which woman have children and which do not. One father also gave us the same report that he felt a child was walking with him. Two staff members reported seeing a young boy crouched down as if hiding during a walk and a young girl was spotted darting down the stacks on another. Tiny little lights have been known to move about the stacks. On rare occasions an attendee has reported they feel suddenly light headed and somewhat ill. I myself have had this happen once in the Ladies Room. It is a very disconcerting feeling. As soon as the person leaves the area it is gone.
I always like to make it clear that we do have activity here but I have never felt afraid. Yes, I have been startled or surprised, but in the 23 years I have worked here I have never felt unsafe. Some of the employees have never had any encounters and then there are those of us that seems to have the majority of activity. For me, I do not try to” block” nor do I “call them in”. If you do attend one of the walks, we ask that you keep an open mind and try to bring good and positive energy. It truly makes a difference.
For more information on the haunted library call or stop by the library.
*Photo of Senator John Hastert during a Ghost Walk.
Electronic voice phenomenon or EVPs are some of the most interesting paranormal evidence. Have you ever heard an EVP? The first time you listen to a recording and realize that there is something there that should not be you will be astounded. The first time I truly knew a voice was answering me back, I almost fell off my chair.
Several years ago, I was working one of our well known Ghost Walks. I was in the back room, known as the Work Room. I was explaining to the tour group that it was thought there were several children ghosts here in the building. I was holding my KII and a digital recorder at the time. I mother and son and a friend were standing close to me. The boys were also holding KII’s. I began saying “Is there a little girl with us? Are you nine, eight, seven?” At this point the KII’s all lit up. I continued with “Are you six?” the KII’s lit up all the way to red. We were very excited. I continued with “Are you five, four, three?” Nothing else happened. We then continued on our tour.
The next week I began doing evidence review. I was sitting at my desk with headphones on. As I played the recording from the Ghost Walk I soon found I did receive an answer to my questions. In the place where you can hear me saying “Are you seven?” you can hear a soft girls voice say “Seven”. I had chills. As you hear me say “Are you six?” you hear “I SAID I WAS SEVEN!” The other staff members came to see what was going on. I apparently let out a loud gasp. I made sure everyone that wanted to listen had a chance. Wow! That was a day I will never forget, being scolded by a ghost girl.
Amongst our files is another EVP that I believe is from a ghost boy. This too was taken during a ghost walk. You can hear people talking and suddenly you hear the boy say “William”. It sounds different than the rest of the conversation. You have to listen very carefully to hear it. Several people have reported a boy being seen in the library. Our staff member Bianca and helper Cheyenne were working a ghost walk and they looked
- I. Team of Utah is one of the professional ghost hunters that we rely on. They are a group based in Utah and are the TAPS affiliate for that state. They have been good enough to review evidence that I have questions on and give us guidance when we need it. They are our go to group when we need help. While visiting our library they have captured EVPs as well. Please visit their website link and take a listen.
If you have an EVP from one of our many Ghost Walks, please share it with us. You can email them in to: email@example.com
Are you ready for some holiday fun with a little ghost hunting in the mix? We are happy to announce this year’s Ghosts of Christmas Past.
Date: December 5th
Time: 6pm or 9pm
Tickets sales begin November 2nd at 9am
Price: $25 each
Must be 15 or older to attend.
This year’s entertainment is “Lefty the Magician”. He comes to us from Colorado and will be showing us some amazing tricks, some of which Charles Dicken’s himself practiced.
Once again the staff will provide you with decadent dessert samples. This is always great fun.
Staff will be in “Dicken’s Era” costumes and patrons are welcome to wear costumes as well.
Last but not least we will also be providing an hour long ghost walk to top off your evening.
For more information or if you have questions,
please call the library at 307-875-3615.
Please take a look at a few of the photos we keep on file of the library and some of our findings.
Remember, if you too have photos, EVPS, or other evidence, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. By you sharing we can further our research.
To order, please stop by the library to pick-up an order form.
Return to Sweetwater County Library by October 15th.
Payment methods: Cash, Check, Credit/Debit
Orders can be picked up starting October 23rd.
Unfortunately, I have been unable to post a photo of the new design. The SCL logo will be on the left front side and the above Ghost Walk logo will be on the back.
Colors, Sizes and Price:
T-Shirt——–White or Black
Size: Small Medium Large XL –$10.00 each
2XL-$12.00 3XL–$14.00 4XL–$16.00
Hoodies (Zippered)——White or Black
Size: Small Medium Large XL—$32.00
2XL–$34.00 3XL–$36.00 4XL–$38.00 5XL–$40.00
For more information, please call or stop by the library.
Sweetwater County Library
300 North 1st East
Green River, Wyoming 82935
Somehow it never fails. I was telling someone just this week “The ghosts have been quiet”. Well, that will teach me. As most of you know, we are a haunted library. One of the most asked questions is “Anything happen lately?” Many times our response is that not much has been happening.
Spirits seem to be on their own time and let us know they are around, if and when they choose. You really have no idea when you will hear a voice or see a shadow. It always seems to happen when you least expect it. Today was one of those days.
Ghost Log Entry
I was sitting at the Reference desk working around 11.35am. As I worked I heard someone say my name “M..i..c..k..i” It sounded like it was coming from behind me at the entrance of the back workroom door. I turned, totally expecting someone to be standing there. There was no one. I saw another staff member there about fifteen minutes later and asked if it had been her and she stated no, it was not her. Around 12:10 I heard it again, just a bit louder than before. I turned and no one. Bianca was working with me and she asked what was wrong so I told her what had happened. She then relayed how a few days ago she had the same thing happen in the stacks but it was very loud and clear “B..i..a..n..c..a”. *
I will have worked at the Sweetwater County Library 23 years on September 2. From day one, I have had things happen. At first, it was little things. Noises, smells, that kind of thing. Slowly as I worked more hours, more happened. I used to feel odd walking into the building knowing that I might be walking were bones could possible still be found. I would say a little mantra as I entered “Forgive me for crossing, but I need to get to work”. I may sound silly to some, but in our family you showed respect for the dead. As time passed I stopped saying this and assumed they were used to me by now. This seemed to be the case.
The spirits started letting themselves be known more often. I was not someone who had this type of thing happen often. This was unusual for sure. Before long I asked to start the Ghost Log. I almost felt they wanted me to tell people they were still here. I am glad we have done this. Many patrons and visitors alike have recounted stories of seeing spirits, hearing whispers, smelling lilies or lilacs, etc. This all is what we have here. We do our work as usual but they join us now and then.
Please know I have never felt anything menacing here. I have had very few people say they have had something negative during these years. One was a little girl that saw a means face in the Lady’s Room. It is believed that a substitute worker also saw the same “old lady” in the restroom some time ago. They are the only two to ever see her that we know of. One lady a couple years ago said “There is a man here that doesn’t like me”. I am not sure what that means. Does he not like her in general or her hair, her speech, what? We have no idea.
We try very hard to get along with the ghosts here. We believe we have men, women and children joining us from the beyond. Once a dog was heard barking. We know so little about those passed. Here at the library we continue to do Ghost Walks with the hope we will learn more with each tour.
Now we wait to hear from them again. By the way my spirit friends, we heard you this week. J
Mark your calendars!
The next Ghost Walk will be for Saturday, October 24th.
Times: 9pm -10:30pm and 11pm -12:30am
Price- $5.00 per ticket (non-refundable)
Must be 15 years or older to attend
TICKETS GO ON SALE OCTOBER 5TH at 9am.
Tickets can be purchased in person or by calling by phone to 307-875-3615.
We except credit/debit cards.
If you have questions, please give us a call.
Hope to see you there!!
For some time now the curious have visited the Library. They look for ghosts and shadows and listen for strange noises. They come in slowly with expectant looks on their faces. They walk around with anticipation. They walk through, you know, just to see if a “ghosts” will jump out at them. And almost always, there is nothing to be seen. And they leave disappointed, BUT not always.
On occasion someone does come forward with an experience. Usually, they will come right up to the front desk and say, “I heard something” or “I saw something”. We try to stop and listen and document all reports. I must stress, we have never felt in danger or had anyone hurt. There are not books flying through the air as some have reported, that did not come from us. Also we do not have ghosts walking around the library at all times (that we know of or see). Do Not Believe All The Stories That Are Told!
You must remember “spirits” do not show up on command or at least they do not here. I do not think it works that way. Some people have experiences and some people do not. Many factors may play a part in each separate event or sighting.
The ultimate question is “Is the Library really haunted?” Well in truth, we just don’t have proof one way or the other. We have things happen. One staff member and a few patrons say they have seen a person or what looks like a person. And sometime we hear voices or whispers. There are the unexplained smells, like cigars or cologne and there is what sounds like “swishy skirts”, you know, like the old crinoline skirts making noise as a woman would walk.
There are visitors that are themselves “Story Tellers of the Haunted Kind” with stories of incredible ghosts and haunting’s. I must say, some or truly unbelievable. Sometimes I feel like the bar tender in the movies, that listens to all the customers’ stories. People just want to vent and be heard. They want to know that they are not crazy or at least not alone.
Remember these are unexplained events. No one really can say what is happening. We have ideas, we think we know, but we do not have proof.
If you have stories, photos, EVPs, video, etc. to share please let us know. You may stop by the library or email them to me at email@example.com.
Thank you all for your interest in our upcoming book. We have however ran into an editing bump and the book has been delayed. We are now hoping to have it out in 2016. Once the book is completed we will have the big announcement on the blog, our webpage or Facebook.
Again, thank you so much for your interest in the book.
It is appreciated.
This question was posed to me just recently by a gentleman that seemed generally confused by it all “Why are people drawn to the paranormal?” I know several people that are total skeptics and they too wonder why? The answers may be unclear.
First let me state I am not a doctor or any kind or a professional in the field of the paranormal. I am whoever someone that has dealt with the paranormal activity in our building and have tried to assist the public with their comments and questions. I have worked for the Sweetwater County Library for 22 years now and years of experiences have given me and my co-workers a certain amount of clarity on the subject.
From all the input I have received and all the questions that have been put to me here is what I feel is the answer. We are all looking for “answers”. We lose a loved one, we lose a friend. Is that it? We all want the spirit to continue in some way. If you have experienced paranormal activity in any way, it brings the question to light. A shadow moves where a shadow should not be. So what is it? A voice is heard where no one is seen. So what is it? We are all curious beings so the search begins. Is this a spirit that has lingered?
Individual’s are in need of answer s as to what these “things” are. By doing investigations, gathering information and evidence, we allow ourselves the chance to better understand the unknown. The Ghost Log was started 22 years ago. Some people scoffed back then, but it has become a valuable tool. We can now go back and find what happened, the time of year, month and day. Compiling statistics on all the reports can allow us to project an overview. Maybe, just maybe, by doing this we can understand what propels the spirits to act out more at one time or another.
Professional’s in the field of the paranormal are now easier to contact. Here is a list of professionals that we have had the pleasure of working with.
Jubal Larimore and Robert Parton
AAPI (American Association of Paranormal Investigators)
NUPS (Northern Utah Paranormal Society)
PI Team of Utah (Paranormal Investigations Team of Utah)
RIP (Reliance Independent Paranormal)
SPIS (Sweetwater Paranormal Investigation Society)
UROPA (Utah Researchers of Paranormal Activity)
*On a personal note, I do believe there is something beyond death. I have seen, heard, and felt to many things for this to just be nothing. But what it is, this I am not certain. I as well as many of you still are searching for answers. As always we are here for you. If you have need of help, we can put you in touch with the experts. Feel free to contact me at 307-875-3615 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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