Okay, you have spent your money, you come to the library and attend one of our Ghost Walks. You watch as others seem to interact with the spirits. Sure that is cool and all, but why is it not happening to you? For some, getting the resident spirits to reach out to them is a little tougher than for others. It may be frustrating but let me help shed a little light on this subject.
First of all let me say the ghosts or spirits here are not at our beck and call. They show up or interact only if they choose. We actually have no control on this at all. As we continue to do the Ghost Walks, we try to communicate with the unknown in our midst. At best, we try to draw them out, to entice them to communicate. This is not easy. We generally use ghost hunting gadgets such as KII’s, EMF detectors, and ghost boxes. Many patrons that attend also use the downloadable apps on their smartphones. The hope is by using these devices, we give the spirits the opportunity to answer our questions with simple responses by using the lights, such as yes or no, man or woman, adult or child. This seems to work pretty well.
By far the most important thing we can advise people is to be open to the unknown when attending. Our standard procedure is to do a prayer of white light as a protection for each and every ghost walk. Everyone is asked to do this. We first began doing this after visiting with nationally known psychics and ghost hunters. By doing this, there is much less chance of anything “dark” coming forward. We choose to only communicate with those of the “light”.
Next you must open your mind, literally, to the spirits. By opening up and sending out good energy, you have a much better chance of communicating. It was told to us some time ago by the renowned psychic Chip Coffee “If you were a ghost and walked into a room of friendly people in one corner and un-friendly people in the other, which group would you approach?” For me, that made it very clear. With this said, always bring your positive energy and be open. It is a simple thing to do and it makes a HUGE difference.
We have on rare occasion had a group of patrons that were nothing but quiet, this can be a problem as well. For some reason, if you are not showing interest and giving out good energy, “they” do not seem to want to come out and play. A few things we have done to help open this up are reading children’s books, singing a song, and ask about “their” lives. I actually like to clap or applaud when I think we are talking to the “kids”. Yes, we have at least two girls around three and seven years, and at least one boy named William. By showing my enthusiasm for their efforts we seem to get a much better response. I love that. We treat them like real people for they very well may have been someone’s family here in Green River.
Ghost Walks are starting again in May. If you plan on attending, be sure to bring your newly learned “tools” with you. We have great hopes for an exciting time. There is nothing more amazing than watching the devices and hearing the voices on the ghost box. We are always grateful the spirits have stopped by for a visit.
Hope to see you at the next Ghost Walk on May 16th. Tickets on sale April 27th, 9 am. They sell out fast.
Come in or call 307-875-3615.
Do you have a ghost story about the Sweetwater County Library? Have you shared it with us? If not, let me take the time to ask you to do so. Some people may ask “Why do we keep the Ghost Log?” My answer is simple. We keep the Ghost Log so we all might better understand the spirits.
Since 1993 I have maintained the official Ghost Log for the library. It started out as a simple one inch binder. As I would hear storied from the staff, I would write them in. The first week I worked here, staff would pull me aside and tell me stories of how the curtains in the big meeting room would move. One such story stated how the, then director, closed the curtains and turned around to leave the room. She heard an odd sound and turned back around. To her amazement, the mechanical curtains were wide open. At that time, the curtains were weighted down by heavy chain stitched in the hem of the curtain itself. On top of that, they were mechanical which worked very slowly. She know something very odd had happened. This also happened to two others.
Staff reported hearing odd sounds, whispers of someone saying their name in their own ear. Creepy or usually to say the least. I myself have had the “ghosts” whisper in my ear my name “M..i..c..k..i”. It very much got my attention. More reports of items going missing were received. Cupboard doors would open or close on occasion, books would drop, and the sounds of running feet were heard.
One of the more common reports has always been someone smelling pipe tobacco or flowers. It is usually in an odd place. We do not allow smoking the building, so the smell of tobacco makes us always go on the hunt. No one is ever found smoking the building, nor is remnants of tobacco found of any kind. As for the flowers, it has been suggested that it is just the cologne staff are wearing. This does not pan out. Most times it is the smell of lilacs or lilies, with the occasional rose. The staff reports they do not wear these scents.
You will see my name in the Ghost Log more than anyone else. This is not to say that I have had more experiences. It is just that most reports have been given to me and I have prepared them for the book. Usually I will mark the report as, date, by Micki for XXXXXXXXXXXXXX. I have also had my share of experiences, but as you read the reports you will see which are mine. Unfortunately some staff and patrons are not comfortable putting their names in the book. That is fine. I do not mind placing the report for them.
When the Ghost Log first started it was just staff reports, but it has grown immensely and now includes countless patron/visitor reports as well. The Ghost Walks started in 2006 and since the beginning we have received many reports, photos, and audio files or EVPS. We are very grateful for the public sharing their findings. Without these files we would not have the vast information about our ghosts in the stacks and around the building and grounds.
It is my opinion that by gathering more information we can then pull this information together to help us bet understand what we actually have here. I truly hope that the spirits know how interested we are in them and hope they will continue to communicate with us.
Thank you to all of those that have shared their findings.
It is greatly appreciated!!
Photo shared by Lindsay Parks, 4-5-2013.
2015 Ghost Walk Information and Schedule
Regular Ghost Walks
Tickets–$5 each. Must be 15 or older to attend.
May 16th—–2 Tours Only—-
Tickets on sale starting April 27th, 9 am
Oct 24th—–2 Tours Only—-
Tickets on sale starting Oct. 5th, 9 am
Ghosts of Christmas Past—Dec. 5th.
More information to follow.
If you have questions or need more information, please call 307-875-3615
or stop by the library.
Happy Ghost Hunting!
If you are among those that attended the 2014 Ghost Walks, you might have heard some conversation regarding the name “Cowboy”. Who is Cowboy? Well, we wish we knew. Our good friend Ursula Krentz seems to attract a few of our local spirits and one seems to be “Cowboy”.
Here are a couple reports from Ursula Krentz and her friend’s tiffany Kennah and Mary Conley:
Ghost Walk Reports from Ursula Krentz & Mary Conley
Private Ghost Walk Halloween 2014
Green light sine down in the Multi-purpose Room.
Garage-I saw a green, what appeared to me to be a person go by me. Then when I turned to tell everyone what I saw I felt something touch my hair. Then Mary took a picture and all she got was a green blob. My KII meters lit up when I asked if there were cowboys there. I told them I loved cowboys and my KII and EMF meter went crazy and got an EMF reading of 1.9.
Garage-I was taking pictures with no flash. Enhanced with Adobe Photoshop and 1 picture showed green blob, another picture shows bright light coming off the end of Ursula’s meter. Another picture taken at large table in library shows a figure sitting at the table. Another picture shot toward the children’s section shows a glowing head and shoulders.
Private Ghost Walk November 15, 2014
We heard voices. I told everyone about my experience with the cowboy and Micki, Tiffany Kennah and I heard a man laugh. I was hearing beeping and I opened my pouch to my EMF detector was flashing red and beeping while it was powered off. And never once have I gone to a Ghost Walk and got readings at the doorway of the Staff Lounge. This night it was going off like crazy.
Isn’t it amazing how one person will not have experiences while at the library and others of us have many. I am asked often if we really have activity here. Many people say they have been in the library for years and have had nothing. They are so disappointed it seems. And on the other hand there are also many that have reports and they seem to attract the spirits. What is it about some of us?
I for one did not have only a couple small things happen to me before I started working here. But….the first week here I had them say my name in my right ear, like a whisper, M..i..c..k..i. Yes, they know our names. At first it did make me uneasy, but I did not feel afraid. I thought that odd. At first I did wonder if I should be afraid. In all the years since, I have had them say my name many times, I have been touched on the arm, I have felt countless cold spots, and the list goes on and on.
For our friend Ursula, “Cowboy” is one ghost friend. When she is here (without her husband) she gets the KII’s to light up and there does seem to be interaction. When her husband is here, not so much. Does someone has a crush? I laugh, but we keep an eye on things anyway.
Take a look at the photo that is thought to be “Cowboy”. It is very hard to make out. There is a greenish shape. You should see a head and shoulders. Let me know if you see anything else.
Change is good right? Well, we will see. Shelves have been moved, books and other library items have been rearranged, lots and lots of changes are going on at the library. Unfortunately our building has once again shifted slightly and we are about to begin the process of re-stabilizing the areas that are in need. For various reasons the Sweetwater County Library has twice before had to have re-stabilizing done on the building. Due to soil conditions, an underground spring and the fact we are built on a hill, we are occasionally left with a few problems. Along with the building shift, we are also rearranging much of the library collection and changing the layout of staff desks and offices. If you have not been in for a while you might find much of the collection has a slightly new location.
Our spirits here do not always like our changes however. Simple things seem to upset them at times. In the past they have let us know they do not like it when “their” home is disturbed and activity usually increases. After many years of working in the building and watching the reaction to shifting and repairs I am on the watch for anything unusual. Later this month I have a professional ghost hunting team joining me for a private ghost hunt. I am not notifying them of the changes in the building or announcing to them my suspicions. I want them to come in and do their investigation just as they normally would. We have always found that less information in this case is better.
Activity in general has slowed somewhat. One of our employees left us for another job and she was a ghost magnet. I know as staff has come and gone, the spirits here do also react to us. This does not mean activity stops, it just changes for a time and usually will pick back up. I guess just like us they need time to adjust to shifts and changes in the environment around us. Last week I did have one incident. I was working the Reference Desk when I heard the sound of the metal cupboards in the second floor Staff Lounge closing. It is a distinctive sound. When I told my co-worker she seemed confused because there was no one upstairs and the doors were all locked. No one was in the area at all….well no one physical.
When I think of the ghosts, I always wish I knew more. Questions like “What are they really?”, “How they exist?”, and “What their time is like?” There are so many questions I would love answers to, as I am sure you would agree. This is why we ask questions while using the digital recorders and ghost box. We would like answers to the burning questions.
I will post any activity we may find after the repairs and relocating is done. It should be an interesting few months. Remember, we will be hosting a Ghost Walk on May 22. For more information please call the library at 307-875-3615.
Do you have any information you would like to share on the subject?
I would love to hear what my readers think.
The staff at the Sweetwater County Library are happy to announce the
2015 information for upcoming Ghost Walks.
Regular Ghost Walks
May 22nd Tour #1: 9-10:30 pm Tour #2: 11-12:30 pm
Tickets on sale starting May 4th 9am
October 24th Tour #1: 9-10:30 pm Tour #2: 11-12:30 pm
Tickets on sale starting Oct. 5th 9am
Ticket Price: $5.00 each Must be 15 yrs. old or older to attend.
Ghosts of Christmas Past
December 5th Tour #1: 6 pm Tour #2: 9 pm
Ticket Price: Not yet set Must be 15 yrs. old or older to attend.
As you might have noticed there a few changes this year. The ticket price for the regular Ghost Walks will now be $5.00 each. There will only be two tours per night this year, but each tour will be one and a half hours long, instead of the hour long tour from before. If you have ever attended one of the Ghost Walks, you know how frustrating it is to have activity really begin to spike just as it is time to go home. By adding the additional time, we hope to give you the public a little longer to investigate.
Closer to winter we will announce more about the Ghosts of Christmas Past, but be sure to save the date. Tickets usually go on sale one month ahead of time.
Why attend a ghost walk you say? Are you a believer in the paranormal? Have you ever wondered if there is something else out there beyond death? Or are one of those people that just like a little scare? I have heard of these reasons stated during an investigation at one time or another. So many people have totally different ideas of the paranormal and what it is.
For me, I work here. I walk in the doors every work day. I have never felt threatened. I have felt unnerved or unsure, but the spirits here seem to be benign. Through time we have begun to refer to the spirits in our building as “Casper like” as in Casper the Friendly ghost. This is not to say something may decide to be playful and pull a prank or pull at your shirt. We have many reports of tour attendees having “someone” tug on their clothes or even feel a small hand slip into theirs. We believe we have several small children spirits here and they tend to like the mother figures in the crowd.
Last winter we had an almost all male tour. It was pretty interesting to watch their reaction to things. I don’t believe many of them had ever been on a tour before. They reported having the women spirits coming through on digital devices and at least two smelled perfume. One man came to me after and mentioned that he felt a “female” had been following us all night. Each tour is unique, each tour is special. We never know what will or will not happen. It is all up to the ghosts.
If any of this sounds interesting to you, come join us this year for one of the Ghost Walks.
Sometimes seeing or hearing or feeling is believing.
Have you even run across a photo and something seemed odd? You know, where everyone looked fine except for one person in the shot, that person looked as though they were dead. Well, oddly enough, taking photos of the diseased was fairly common in the Victorian age.
I ran across several photos, purely by accident online and it reminded me of the tales I had heard long ago about this practice. It seems that when a loved one died, the thought was that it would be the last time the family could be photographed together. In our time, this seems a bit odd. At least to me it does. My family does not take photographs of anyone dead. I do know of others that do on occasion.
In the past many parents would ask for a photograph of their beloved child, but as it goes with children, it was not always easy. Photographers tried to be clever and shroud the mother’s in fabric to hide their appearing in the images. At times it actually worked, but during others it just looks odd. If you didn’t know that was what they were trying to accomplish, you would just think the photographer was not great with backdrops.
You may also find in that box of old family photos, some that show “ghosts”. Remember in the 1800’s Spiritualism was the rage. Spiritualism is a belief that spirits of the dead have both the ability and the inclination to communicate with the living. Many charlatans would take a photo of someone that had lost a loved one. They would then add the image of the person’s loved one or a random spirit, while developing the images. The poor grieving person would of course buy the print and usually give money to them as well. Many of these tintype photos are still around. Families have passed them down through the generations. Such a sad practice!
I have seen photos that also show a person wearing every valuable item they own. Jewelry, clothing, whatever, it doesn’t seem to matter. I was informed that it was to show the person’s net worth. Wow. Could you image any of us dressed in all our valuables today? I have more “things” than I should actually say. Today our value on material items would certainly make this interesting to say the least.
Do you have photos that would be fun to share? It is always entertaining to look in the old photo albums or shoe boxes to see what treasures.
For some time now I have been mentioning the fact, I am writing a book about the Sweetwater County Library ghostly reports. Since 1993, I have been the keeper of the official Ghost Log. It all began in 1992, when I first started working at the library. The staff would tell amazing stories of “things that go bump in the night, and day”.
One of the first stories I remember hearing was from, the then, Library Director. She walked me into the Multi-Purpose Room. Once there, she proceeded to explain how she had just close the mechanically run stage curtain. Next she turned to leave and hear something, which made her turn around. To her amazement, the curtains on the stage were once again wide open. One other staff member also told of this happening to her. I was in no doubt they thought this to be paranormal.
Because of continuing stories being told, I approached the Head Librarian and asked if I might read more about what goes on here. She stated that nothing has been written down. They just share stories as they happen. I then asked permission to start a “ghost log”. Logging the reports slowly caught on. At first the staff were nervous about reports. They did not want others to think them crazy.
The Ghost Log has gone from a slim three ringed binder, to two four inch think binders. We now add newspaper articles and photos. Many patrons have been sending in information and reports as well. Once the Ghost Walks were started in 2006, the amount of reports has risen dramatically. The Ghost Walks allowed us and the patron to do actual paranormal investigations. Along with this came many photos and digital recordings. The digital recordings are also known as EVPs or electronic voice phenomenon.
Because of interest that public has shown for the reports, photos, EVPs and general paranormal finding about the library, in 2011 I asked permission to start a book about our findings and the history of the library and the property it sits on.
I had not planned on telling anyone outside the library about the book at first. Somehow the information was leaked and soon, it seemed, everyone knew about it. Because I am first and foremost a librarian, my work has to be done before I am allowed to work in the book. It is for this reason we are now in 2015 and I am still working on the book. If the planets are all in alignment and all goes well, the book will be out this year.
I have been working very hard to have time to finish all that needs to be done. I’m sure you will guess, this is a huge amount of checking and double checking. My wonderful editor, our Public Relations person, Lindsey Travis now is working on the edits. Reports and photos, along with personal stories, have been added. My hope it you will find this book educational as well as informative. For those that love the paranormal, I hope you find it inspiring and transforming.
Words can’t say how excited I am to be this far. By my calculations we are now about 85% complete. I would like to thank those of you that have supported this project, as well as those that have contributed information, reports, photos, EVPs, etc. Without you this book would not be happening.
Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the books completion.
It never fails to amaze me how many times we are asked if the Sweetwater County Library is haunted. My answer is simply yes it is. I don’t mean haunted like a Stephen King novel or where terrible things happen. Luckily our resident spirits are generally friendlier than or at least as curious about us as we are about them. I jokingly call them “Casper-like” in reference to Casper the Friendly Ghost.
Before I became employed at the library, I had only a couple unusual things happen. Since the first day I started I have had everything from hearing my name whispered in my ear, to seeing movement out of the corner of my eye, to seeing full-bodied apparitions. I just reached my 22 anniversary at the library and for just shy of that mark, I have been the keeper of the Ghost Log. I am not someone that is super brave as for as the paranormal goes so don’t be too impressed. I am one of the tour guides for the paranormal events along with my buddy Bianca Jorgensen and our wonderful volunteers who all help make it happen. We lead the tours throughout the library to try to show the public the true side of a paranormal investigation with hopes that our “spirits in the stacks” will join us as well.
A ghost hunt is a basic paranormal investigation. There has been some rumors around town that we “add” to the events. This is not a spook alley or haunted house like you will see elsewhere for Halloween. That is not at all what we are about. Our goal is to educate and share with the public what we know or have found out about our ghosts. . We always have rules we follow such as no provoking and no disrespect toward the spirits or each other. It may seem odd to some but we also ask the spirits here to respect us as well and for the most part they do.
As far as helping you with your own ghost problems, we have several contacts in which we can put you in touch with that will have more knowledge and expertise. P I Team of Utah is one of these groups that we are in partnership with. They are an affiliate of TAPS/Ghost Hunters. If they do not have the information you need they will help you find it. We are very pleased they are our good friends and welcome them and their assistance.
Thank you to everyone that came out for this year’s Ghost Walks and Ghosts of Christmas Past event. We had a good year. New photos and good EVPs have been received. As soon as I can review all the evidence I will post it here on the blog. We hope you find the Ghost Walks help you understand somewhat, the story of the library and the property it sits on. Also we try our best to help you to communicate with the spirits here and they with you.
For more information on the Ghost Walks or Ghosts of Christmas Past, please call 307-875-3615 or stop by the library.
Once again our Ghosts of Christmas Past event was a huge success. The amazing staff and volunteers at the SWC Library provided decadent desserts for the patrons to enjoy while the group Stage-Brush (a sub-group of the Actor’s Mission) performed and impromptu to comedy session. The annual holiday event always included a Ghost Walk at the end of each session.
Two lucky winners won tickets to the GOCP by logging onto the SWCLS Facebook page. Congratulation Tyler and Mary!
Thank you everyone that join us this year. It is our pleasure to bring this event to you.
Please enjoy a few photos from the event.
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