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!!
During our ghost hunting or Ghost Walks at the Sweetwater County Library, the search for good evidence is always key. Many tools are used to help us with this, such as KII meters, EMF Detectors, digital thermometers, digital recorders, cameras and of course camcorders.
Many of you have been gracious enough to share your EVP recordings, videos and photos. It is always appreciated. Out of all the evidence, few videos are available. It seems a rare gift when we are able to capture anything on a camcorder. There is a theory that the spirits are shy and may not want to have their likeness captured. We hope not. During several of the Ghost Walks I have asked the spirits to allow us to take their photo. Each time we try there is always the hope that we will actually capture a wonderful image or video. It is usually not the case.
Although very little video footage is available, there are a few that I would like to share. P. I. Team of Utah was able to catch footage while in the Staff Lounge. Listen closely as they use the “ghost box or Frank’s Box” to try and speak to any spirits in the room. They do receive a response. (r visit their webpage http://www.piteamofutah.com/ )
Try as I might, I have not been able to gather any footage of a full bodied apparition. I was able however to catch some footage while one of the Ghost Walk tours was in the Staff Lounge. As you will see, the footage is of the KII hits as we were asking questions. Please notice, I placed a red ball in the center of the table. The lights from the KII’s reflect off the ball, thus showing when they light up.
Each Ghost Walk our goal is to try to gather as much evidence as possible to show possible proof of spirits residing in the library and surrounding area. Generally it is people like you that are the lucky ones that have caught the best evidence. With all our continuing diligence and dedication it may be possible to prove once and for all that “spirits” are real. Our hope it that anyone that has caught or in the future catches good evidence, please share with us. We are always happy to post any photos or videos that you might bring in.
Thanks again to all of you that have been willing to share. Without you we would not have the wonderful evidence on record.
Also thanks to PI Team of Utah for sharing their video evidence. Your team is always appreciated.
Is your house haunted? Do you see shadows, hear strange noises, or items seems to move from where they were last seen? Do you know someone that is being pestered by a ghost? These may seem like silly questions to some, but they are not if you said yes. More people than I ever realized may have a ghost problem in one way or another. Many people choose to remain silent about the issue until it becomes more than they are willing to live with.
Working at in a haunted building has taught me many things. One is that those with a ghost problem are looking for answers. Because of our history they just might come by to looking here. Being that we are both haunted and a library, we try very hard to help the public find the answers they might need. We try to provide books and videos that help to explain what may be happening in that person’s situation. We also try to network with several professionals to help provide the public with experts there are educated in the paranormal.
I sometimes feel like we are much like the local bartender who gives service and always tries to lend a friendly ear. People come to us because they feel we will not laugh or think them crazy. We know there is something out there and we do want to do our best to help those in trouble. We do find about half the stories we hear are simple and the people actually do not mind the ghost/spirits. Sometimes the ghost might feel like a family member and the person does not choose to try and make the spirit leave or move on. This is your or their choice generally.
The other half is very much the opposite. For those of you that are finding a spirit to be too much or they are dark in nature, we can put you in touch with experts that are qualified to help with these matters.
Wyoming Paranormal Teams-
Paranormal Hunting Observation Group—Cheyenne—
Paranormal Research Society of Casper—Casper
Paranormal Research of Wyoming League—Powell
Contact Name Holly Berryman Phone 307-254-1240 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Wyoming, and the Big horn Basin in Wyoming.
Sleep Walkers Paranormal—Riverton
Southeast Wyoming Paranormal—Laramie
Website: temporarily down
Wild West Paranormal—Riverton
Utah Paranormal Teams-
There are multiple paranormal teams in Utah. Two of that are in our network and are friends of the Sweetwater County Library are P. I. Team of Utah and U. R. O. P. A. (Utah Researchers of Paranormal Activity). Each team has been to the SWCL several times and have proven to be valuable connections.
P. I. Team of Utah have been gracious enough to host events informing the public of the “who, what, how and why” of ghost hunting. Both P. I. Team of Utah and U.R.O. P. A. have investigated the library at least twice. By having professionals investigate we feel they are unbiased and will report to us in a professional manner. My personal recommendation is to call one of these top teams if you are needing help.
P. I. Team of Utah-Ogden, Utah area-(TAPS Affiliate) Website: http://www.piteamofutah.com/
U. R. O. P. A, Northern Ogden, Utah area- Website: http://www.uropa.org/
A special thank you to all the professional teams for all their devotion and hard work. They contribute so much to the library and our paranormal events and education. Thank you.
First, let me say thank you to all of those that attended. It was a wonderful night. We started out with a few hiccups, but things were smoothed out and all was well. Two staff members fell ill and our good buddies Hannah Yeager and Kenedie Grant stepped up to fill in. THANK YOU ladies! Our amazing staff donated home baked items, along with recipe cards prepared by Bianca Jorgensen. These alone could get you to come out. They were fabulous.
The Ghost Walks themselves were exciting. We had activity with the KIIs right away. Several felt cold spots and thought they heard a voice. For some unknown reason this year the Lady’s Room and the Staff Lounge have been extremely strong for evidence. We do get occasional “hits” elsewhere but not often.
On the second tour, the Staff Lounge was wild. We gathered around the table and general area. I asked those people with the KIIs to place them all around the table. It did seem that we were getting answers to our questions and only when we asked questions. Love that. Bianca ran the Ghost Box and several heard direct answers to questions. One lady heard them say her name and was a little surprised by it but was then excited.
Several people asked to go inside the actually restroom where previous activity is known to have happened. Once inside the EMF detector with the orange top began sounding off and lighting up. We asked them to step back into the main area and ask “them” to come too. It seems they did for a minute and then disappeared. I was sitting at the end of the table towards the restroom and I suddenly got an odd feeling and asked an attendee, Jerry, to step to the left of me and move the device from side to side. Sure enough! The device began lighting up and sounding off. Jerry was able to catch a shape of a person and then it changed and moved. He had to really work to find it again but he was successful and it seemed to hang around for some time, all the while moving and changing its location. Interesting stuff!
One of our regular patrons has attended several of the “Walks”. During this one she took photos and was able to catch an odd play on light. Carol thought she might have caught a photo of a little girl. Whenever a photo is sent into me and it seems unclear, I send it off to P. I. Team of Utah or UROPA for analysis. Jenny from P. I. Team of Utah did in fact take a look, but her opinion is that this is just camera flair. I agree to the most part, but I do think the “legs” on the left are rather interesting. Take a good look at the photo. I would be very interested to see what you all think. Please take a minute to leave a comment.
Please enjoy a few of the photos from our event. Thanks again to our staff and those that made it possible. We hope to see you all again next year.
Sylvia Browne (born Sylvia Celeste Shoemaker; October 19, 1936 – November 20, 2013)
In the realm of the paranormal, there are those special people we call psychics. I was sad to learn that Sylvia Browne, beloved psychic and author, had died on November 20, 2013. She was known for her work as a medium helping others contact those they had lost.
From the several of her books comes an overall view of whom and what Sylvia Browne was and always strived to be. She will be missed.
Blessing from the Other Side
Keeping our lives in perspective is difficult for everyone. For many, holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries become overwhelming events; not to mention job changes, family crises, and personal issues. We lose perspective and become preoccupied with things we cannot change. Sylvia Browne helps readers get back into the spirit of appreciating their life with this inspirational book that reminds them of the countless blessings that we received before coming into this world.
The Other Side has a lot to teach us, and Sylvia Browne shares its most important wisdom and comfort. With chapters on forgiveness, past lives, contacting The Other Side, and finding your life’s purpose, among others, Sylvia Browne tells uplifting stories of those people she has helped find their way in this world through remembering their time in the afterlife. Sylvia Browne believes that if we can remember why we are there and what we are supposed to be doing here, then our lives will become happier, healthier, and more spiritually fulfilling. Let Blessings from the Other Side be your guide to remembering how beautiful your life can be.
Sylvia Browne has been working as a psychic for forty-eight years, and regularly appears on the Montel Williams Show. She is the author of the bestsellers Adventures of a Psychic, The Other Side and Back, and Life on The Other Side.
Insight: Case Files from the Psychic World
Insight is Sylvia Browne’s exploration of her fifty years of psychic readings, in her own words and in the words of those whose lives she’s touched and often changed forever. Her stories about life as a psychic, as candid and down-to-earth as Sylvia herself, offer whole new perspectives on the profound, varied, worldwide impact of her extraordinary gift.
Covering a wide variety of subjects including love and relationships, health and illness, family, finances, spiritual issues, legal cases, pets, and lost items, Insight is Sylvia’s generous reflection about being a psychic and how she discovered the compassion to nurture each and every one of her clients throughout her unique and distinguished career.
Past Lives, Future Healing: a Psychic Reveals the Secrets of Good health and Great Relationships
With millions of copies of her books in print, Sylvia Browne has proven herself the reigning expert on psychic phenomena. Now Sylvia gives readers an unprecedented look at the way so many of our health and relationship problems have their roots in our unresolved past lives: from unexplained illnesses to bizarre phobias, from irrational anxieties and fears to the partners and lovers we choose. Even birthmarks and recurring dreams can be traced directly back to these past existences. In the friendly, no-nonsense style that her fans have grown to love, Browne shares amazing and inspiring real-life stories of people who have transformed their lives through understanding their previous existences.
See your local library for more about the psychic realm and Sylvia Browne.
We all love a good ghost story and I usually reach for the non-fiction or true tales of haunting. The Sweetwater County Library shelves are filled with such legends. We try to fill all areas of the paranormal with books, videos, and other media.
Ghosts of Wyoming by Alyson Hagy
In Ghosts of Wyoming, Alyson Hagy explores the hardscrabble lives and terrain of America’s least-populous state. Beyond the tourist destinations of Jackson Hole and Yellowstone lies a less familiar and wilder frontier defined by the tension wrought by abundance and scarcity.
A young runaway with a big secret slips across the state border and steals a collie pup from the Meeker County fairgrounds. A chorus of trainmen detail a day spent laying rail across the Wyoming Territory, while contemporary voices describe life in the oil and gas fields near Gillette. A traveling preacher is caught up in a deadly skirmish between cattle rustlers and ranchers on his way from Rawlins to the Indian reservation on the Popo Agie River. Locals and activists clash when a tourist makes an archaeological discovery near Hoodoo Mountain.
Alyson Hagy was raised on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She is the author of three previous collections of short fiction and two novels, Keeneland and Snow, Ashes. She lives and teaches in Laramie, Wyoming.
Who can resist a good ghost story…the kind that gives you goose bumps, makes your hair stand on end, and leaves you terrified of the dark? Coast to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Hauntings Across America is filled with black-and-white photographs and real-life spine-tinglers that take you on a nationwide journey to places where the dead refuse to rest, from Seattle to San Diego and from New Orleans to Key West. By Interviewing credible witnesses, historians, and renowned parapsychologists, as well as researching forgotten library archives, author Leslie Rule has validated sighting after sighting. This is a book that you won’t soon forget. ..no mater how hard you might try.
Leslie Rule, a professional photographer, is the author of Whispers from the Grave and Kill Me Again. She is the daughter of best-selling true-crime author Ann Rule. Her lifelong fascination with the paranormal began in a haunted house built on an Indian burial ground overlooking Puget Sound where she grew up. She currently lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington.
There’s nothing like an old-fashioned bed-and-breakfast or inn for beautiful antique décor, delicious hearty meals, the luxury of times past. But the guest houses featured in this unique guide offer much more? Phantom servants watching from the upper floors, eerie footsteps echoing in hallways, and ghostly voices calling from the other side. Now Frances Kermeen, the former owner of “the most haunted house in America,” takes you on a one-of-a-kind tour of America’s most bewitched places to stay. Feel the chills as you visit:
- Rooms where women should not stay the night alone-unless they want a romantic encounter with a spectral lover
- The beautiful Key West inn that’s terrorized by a doll with a ghastly chuckle
- A certain hall in a coastal California hotel where a female apparition calls enticingly to male guests through a door at night
- The Utah hotel where poltergeists torment the maids and frighten young schoolchildren.
For these and many others please stop by the Sweetwater County Library or your local library.
Debunking: Meaning-to prove untrue.
The September and October Ghost Walks at the library were a huge success. As always, some Walks were quieter and some were amazing. One can never tell what you might find during one of the events.
For anyone that does not know about our Ghost Walks, they are in fact a paranormal investigation. By purchasing a ticket you may join one of the tours you are allowed to partake. No one under the age of 15 is allowed to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own ghost hunting equipment as well as use the libraries ghost hunting gadgets. These include KIIs, EMF detectors, digital recorders, camcorders, laser grid pens, and digital thermometers. Our hope is we or the patrons touring with us will be able to catch evidence of spirits in the building.
After each event we ask anyone that is lucky enough to catch EVPs, photographs, or video to share with us. By recording this information and combining all evidence, a better view of what we have is known. Evidence is our key to help tell the story of the spirits in our midsts.
Not long after the last Ghost Walk tours, one of friends contacted me stating she might have caught a “green man” and would I review the photo and other evidence she emailed to me. I was excited but I know to always be a bit skeptical when it comes to evidence. Once I viewed the photo I did indeed see something green and it seemed to be hovering above where a regular person would be walking. I enlarged the photo but this was of no help. I then enlarged and printed the photo. This was also inconclusive. Next I physically walked and stood where the woman had stood while taking photographs.
Debunked! I was disappointed to find what seemed to be the “green man” was actually a green plant. It seems a very tall thin plant stands just behind the Events Billboard. When the photo was taken light filtered through and made the large leaves seem to be transparent and they took on the shape of a possible human figure.
As disappointing as it is at times to find the evidence debunked, we still press on. Once the woman was told she understood and was glad to know the truth one way or the other. I appreciate her understanding. I have in the past received photos of shadows and unknown shapes. The person that took them was not understanding when told of how the evidence had been debunked. It is never our intent to upset the person submitting proof, it is quite the opposite. We will now and forever continue to search for truth and hard facts whenever possible.
Special thanks to Corrie Probst for sharing her photos and evidence.
Thank you to all of those that have taken the time to share evidence proven or debunked. Your efforts are always appreciated.
Our good friends PI Team of Utah (Paranormal Investigation Team of Utah) were good enough to be the guest speakers during the September 7th paranormal program. As always they provide our patrons with information and insight to world of spirits and the unknown.
Later that night we granted PI Team of Utah access to the library for a paranormal investigation. This has not been their first visit. I believe this is their third investigation. After each visit they are gracious enough to provide us with a nicely laid-out report which provides us with addition information for the Ghost Log.
Please view the following information from the official September 7, 2013 report.
Case #090713 Location: Sweetwater County Library, Green River, Wyoming
Members Present: Jenny, Joel, and Amy (shadow crew).
Guest investigators Hannah, Ellie, Cheyenne and Jay-library staff & guest.
History of the Location: The history of this location is well documented.
Reported Activity: Multiple reposts
Pre-Investigation: We participated in a public presentation and auction at the library. Staff members of the library made sure that once the presentation was over that the library was cleared and the library was closed. Once the building was empty, we began setting up our base in the multi-purpose room. We set up four DVR cameras; 1) Upstairs in the staff room 2) On the shelf above the main library desk looking out onto the stacks of books 3) In the side lobby facing the bathrooms 4) In the passage in the back of the library shooting from the Children’s area to the “Moose” area. Additionally, we set up several digital recorders; 1) on the stage in the multi-purpose room 2) on the back table in the “Moose” area 3) in the female restroom and one additional recorder that was held by investigators. Baseline readings for EMF were 0.0 – 0.3
Personal Experiences: For the most part, this investigation was quiet compared to prior investigations. We did not experience any unusual activity in the upstairs staff room, women’s restroom or side lobby of the library. During our investigation of the “Moose” area, we did experience some shuffling noises and what sounded like possible movement of books. Some experienced some EMF/KII hits but they were brief spikes; also used were a Ghost Box and Ovulus which yielded no remarkable results. However, in the garage area of the library, several people heard what sounded like something moving or falling in the back storage room but nothing seemed to be out of place. At the bottom of the steps leading into the garage, we were able to measure a significant KII spike that we believe to have a natural cause as it was consistent, pattern-istic and predictable in reading. However, Joel experienced some very compelling KII spikes while sitting on the steps in the garage that we were unable to debunk as having a natural cause. These spikes were higher and inconsistent, almost as if something came up and touched the device and then backed off. This happened three times when we asked for a sign that someone was there with us. Interestingly, the device did not react when either Jenny or Amy held it; it only reacted when Joel had it. In addition, Amy felt as if she were touched on the hip when we began investigating near the storage room at the back of the garage.
Unexplained Equipment Malfunction/ Battery Drain: During this investigation, we did not have any equipment malfunctions; however one digital recorder turned off before it was full and the battery was fine.
EMF Evidence: See personal experiences section above.
Video& Photographic Evidence: None
Audio Evidence: During review, we were able to capture one true EVP which was collected in the “Moose” area. Amy and Jenny were investigating and heard what sounded like movement coming from the stacks. Jenny then placed some mag light flashlights on the table and asked for whatever was there to use them to communicate. The EVP captured is of what sounds like a man saying, “NO” and “Get out”.
Conclusion: Although we had, for the most part, a quiet evening, we were not disappointed. The unexplained KII activity in the garage area was very interesting and calls for additional investigation of that particular area. The EVP that was captured is compelling. We look forward to an additional opportunity to try and see if we can get any specific names to associate with the male voice that was caught during our investigation.
**I would like to send out a special thank you to PI Team of Utah for all they do and especially for sharing their report and EVPS.
During the final Ghost Walk tour for September 21, 2013, group #4 was in the final stage of the tour. The group entered the Staff Lounge which is upstairs in the building. This group consisted of several new patrons but many return Ghost Walkers. Included in the group were Ursula Krentz, Tiffany Kennah and Kenedie Grant. Ursula and Tiffany are regulars at our Ghost Walks. We are so pleased to have them join for they have a real interest in finding the truth. Kenedie Grant has long been a volunteer for the library and has worked many a Ghost Walk in the past. For this particular evening she was a participant not a tour guide.
Many times it seems that the spirits “know” us and the regulars that attend. Ursula and Tiffany do seem to attract activity often. It seems when they are in the building the spirits are somewhat drawn to them. Ursula has a love of ghost hunting and she brings her own equipment when attending any event. Generally she reports feeling something walking with her or touching her. Tiffany too reports feelings of spirits around when on the hunts. Often before a tour is started they will turn on their equipment as we prepare and the KIIs or EMFs will begin lighting up and sounding off.
Kenedie has worked many Ghost Walks, Zombie Proms, Poetry Jams, etc. for the library. She has been a huge help. Because of her familiarity with the library and the spirits with her it is only logical that she would be welcomed by the spirits here. She is a friendly person and is always open minded. Because of this we feel the ghosts are attracted to “light”. Friendliness can also be viewed as light and therefore it is not unlikely that she might be someone that a spirit might touch.
The videos were taken with an IPhone owned by Ursula but videoed by Bianca Jorgensen. Once activity was noticed in the restroom part of the Staff Lounge the door was opened and Bianca began recording what we were witnessing. Everyone in the room saw and heard the devices show that something or someone was with us.
Please view the videos taken in the Staff Lounge while on the final tour of the night. Please notice in the second video clip Kenedie seems to have her hair stroked by some unseen hand. Her reaction was amazing. She is someone that is used to activity and this was evident enough to startle her.
*Special thank you goes out to Ursula Krentz for sharing her videos with us. Also a special thank you goes to Kenedie Grant and Tiffany Kennah for being such good sports and to Bianca Jorgensen for recording the action.
You may not be a believer in the supernatural. You may never have seen or heard anything strange. A Ghost Walk may be your chance to see for yourself if the paranormal exists.
The Sweetwater County Library hosts Ghost Walks for the public to join in on an actual paranormal investigation. By purchasing a ticket, you are then able to attend and see what can happen while in the library. Because the Ghost Walks are the “real deal” and not a spook alley, the group will use the ghost hunting tools to try to gather evidence of the paranormal kind. We provide KII’s, EMF Detectors, laser grid lights, a ghost box, thermal mat, etc. Patrons are allowed to use their cell phones (in silent mode) to record EVP’s or take photos. Cameras and recorders are allowed as well. Any larger equipment must be approved before hand.
I have been asked recently why I believe in the supernatural. For me the answer is easy, because I have seen it for myself first hand. May people are skeptics and most people have to experience things for themselves. Since I started working at the library back in 1992 I have had strange things happen. At first it was noises or shadows. The staff would tell stories of occurrences and I was curious. As time went on I noticed smells and more prevalent movement in the stacks. At one point two of us heard the piano play twice. It wasn’t a song but notes being played.
It has been 21 years for me as an employee of the Sweetwater County Library. I love the work I do and my job. One thing is for sure, I will never get bored. The regular library work keeps me busy but the Ghost Log, High Spirits: the Ghost Log Blog, and Ghost Walks keep me doubly busy. So many of you have been gracious enough to stop by and share your stories and evidence. This all takes a good share of my time to compile.
It is amazing to me that so many still question if the library has activity. One staff member not long ago had their first “AH-HA” moment. This is where they for the first time realize that something very unusual has been witnessed. You can see it in their eyes that they are thinking “AH-HA”. I will never forget the first time I was hosting a Ghost Walk and I had a moment like that. I had seen things, heard things, etc. but that night was the first night we had a KII meter with us. My son had purchased one for me for a Mother’s Day present. I know, go ahead and laugh. As we entered the Lady’s Room and started asking questions it began to light up. I too had another “AH-HA” moment. We are always learning as we go.
Ghost Walks are intended to teach, to share information. We are not here to convince you that the library is haunted. We are here to inform you of what information we have and we provide you with the opportunity to join a Ghost Walk so that you may also see for yourself.
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