OCTOBER GHOST WALK

September 1, 2015 on 3:44 pm | In Article | No Comments

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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!!

What Do You Think? (reposted)

August 30, 2015 on 11:02 am | In Article | No Comments

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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 mgilmore@sweetwaterlibraries.com.

THE BOOK UPDATE

August 15, 2015 on 1:37 pm | In Article | No Comments
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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.

                                                                Sincerely,

                                                                            Micki

 

 

Why Are People Drawn to the Paranormal?

August 15, 2015 on 12:38 pm | In Article | No Comments

s GhostThis 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)

Ghost Girls/Guys

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 mgilmore@sweetwaterlibraries.com.

Ghost Hunting Viewing Options

July 30, 2015 on 4:19 pm | In Article | No Comments

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Are you like many people out there that do not have cable or television of any kind, but you love the ghost hunting shows? While working at the library, I hear countless people telling me just that. Television is expensive, but the library can be your go-to source. The library has books and we all love to read a good ghost story, but many of us find we don’t always have the time to read and would rather watch a good television show or DVD. I am one of these people.

For many years now, I have watched Syfy Channels Ghost Hunters. I was intrigued at first because I work in a haunted library. Once I started watching, I began to learn a few tricks. I had been the keeper of the library Ghost Log since 1993 and in 2006 we started the first official Ghost Walks. More and more reports began coming in. As a host of a ghost walk, you need to at least have a basic knowledge of the equipment and how it can be used. I found that by watching the television shows I could at least gather a general idea of how the ghost gadgets are used. My oldest son took it upon himself to start buying me a few gadgets for my own. I started using them during the tours and soon these tools were a big part of what we do. Bianca, another staff member, also has her own ghost hunting kit and brings it in as well. The library also now has a ghost hunting kit, which includes a KII, EMF detector, ghost box and Ovilus. We have learned so many techniques from the shows. Where else do you learn such things?

Have you checked our shelves lately? The staff have been busy trying to add many of the favorite series. Not only are they great for entertainment value, but they are a great learning tool for those of us that actually do any type of ghost hunting. The library currently carries Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Psychic Kids, and Paranormal State, not to mention countless movies about the paranormal.

Paranormal Shows:

A Haunting, A Haunting, America’s Haunted Castles, America’s Haunted Hotels, Celebrity Ghost Hunt, Celebrity Ghost Stories, Dead Files, Destination Truth, Encounters: The Hidden Truth, Extreme Ghost Stories, Extreme Paranormal, Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, Ghost Adventures , Ghost Asylum, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters Academy, Ghost Hunters International, Ghost Lab, Ghost Mine, Ghost Stalkers, Ghost Stories, Ghostly Encounters, Haunted Collector, Haunted Highway, Haunted History, Haunted Homes, Haunted Houses: Tortured Souls &Restless Spirits, Haunted Lighthouses of America, Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories, Haunting Evidence, Investigations of the Unexplained, Jane Goldman Investigates, Killer contact, Miracles and Other Wonders, Monster Quest, Monsters and Mysteries in America, Most Haunted, Most Haunted Live!, Most Haunted U. S. A. , Most Terrifying Places in America, My Ghost Story, Mystery Hunters, Mystery Quest, Paranormal Challenge, Paranormal Cops, Paranormal State, Paranormal Witness, Psychic Kids, Sightings, The Haunted, The Haunted Collector, The Unexplained, Unsolved Mysteries, Weird or What?, Weird Travels, and Why It’s Spooky

Program listing taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Brand new, Amish haunting (not on list)

Needless to say, there are a vast number of television shows dedicated to the subject. Check your local listings for availability. Many of the shows listed are now available in DVD format or online. Although I have not watched many of those on the list, I have watched those that I could find. Some take the subject more seriously than other, so you will have to decide for yourself what works for you.

Enjoy!

Digital Video Evidence

July 15, 2015 on 3:14 pm | In Article | No Comments

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We feel the Ghost Walks are an introduction to the paranormal. There are countless varieties and techniques for the correct way 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.

We provide our own “ghost gadgets” for a few of the patrons to use and try. Those that have become very interested in the subject usually bring their own 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.

I have finally been able to review some evidence from past Ghost Walks.  I just completed the video clips and I will be posting a few videos at a time.  It would be very helpful if you would watch the clips and give me some feedback.  I realize that at many times we get excited during the tours, the tour guides as well, so I apologize for that.  Please take a few minutes and watch the clips.

I hope you find the clips interesting and informative.

Please leave a comment.  Thank you.

 

2014 Private Ghost Walk     http://youtu.be/Dj8UNu6oLBE

2014 Private Ghost Walk (2nd)   https://youtu.be/luYkEUq5sSs

 

 

P. I. Team of Utah Evidence 2015

June 30, 2015 on 10:52 am | In Article | No Comments

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Not long ago our good friends at P. I. Team of Utah (Paranormal Investigations Team of Utah) paid us a scheduled visit. For those of you that are not familiar with the team, they are a professional ghost hunting team from Utah and are the Utah affiliate for TAPS of the SyFy Channel Ghost Hunters. From time to time the group will contact us and ask for special permission to do an investigation here at the haunted library. We are happy to comply.

Many of the patrons and locals will remember that these are the folks that have graciously provided paranormal programming for our library in the past. When asked, they always come through for us, and in turn, we try to find time to allow them access to our building for investigating. Jenny Wright and the crew are professional and never disappoint.

One of the great things about working with this team and others, are we have a more knowledgeable base to work with. Many times I have received photos and evidence that I just wasn’t sure about. P.I. Team of Utah is one group that I can always shoot things to in an email and they are happy to review the evidence and give their expert opinion. This has been a great help to many patrons that have photos that they were not sure about.

  1. I. Team of Utah Mission Statement
    The Paranormal Investigations Team of Utah (The PI Team) exists to help those in need of assistance in the arena of suspected paranormal activity. We understand that unexplained phenomena of a type generally associated with “ghosts” and “hauntings” can cause stress, discomfort, and fear. We neither acknowledge nor disavow the existence of ghosts, nor any other “other-worldly” entity.The PI Team’s mission is two-fold. First, we provide assistance for those individuals, families, and businesses experiencing what they feel is paranormal activity. We do this by attempting to document and identify the causes of the activity, including any possible physical and/or self-explanatory causes, such as high electromagnetic fields, naturally occurring structural expansions and contractions, or any other possible legitimate explanation.Secondly, while our primary purpose is to help our clients, we make every effort to document these paranormal occurrences in detail for further scientific analysis. Our goal is to add to the growing international database of knowledge regarding paranormal activity. We do this through documentation presented on our Web site and shared through community functions such as speaking engagements at libraries, conventions, and other private and publicly-funded events.

    The PI Team is a 501(c) 3 non-profit/tax-exempt organization (charity). We do not and will not ever charge for our investigations. However, we do conduct fund-raising events, and accept private donations and/or partial sponsor-ships to cover a portion of our expenses.

 

I suggest you visit their website to learn a bit more about the team and the work they do.

Please visit: http://www.piteamofutah.com

They have a page dedicated to evidence captured while at the SWC Library. There are several good EVPs posted. Be sure to take time to check these out.

http://www.piteamofutah.com/sweetwater-county-library-green-river-wy.html

Take time to listen and see what you hear. I think I hear a few other noises, but I would like to see what you come up with as well.

Happy Listening!

Video Evidence from 2012

June 15, 2015 on 4:10 pm | In Article, movies | No Comments

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I would like to share with you some of my random videos from the past Ghost Walks.  Please take a few minutes to take a look and listen.  This is give you some idea of what the sessions of the Ghost Walks are like and how we do what we do.

If you find evidence that I have missed please let me know.  It is always great to have a second set of eyes and ears.

Thanks in advance!

 

 

 

2012 Ghost Walk

http://youtu.be/HmW_UBMfmMA

http://youtu.be/IMLYI-ChrPQ

 

Note: Because video files are too large to load on WordPress, I have had to upload them to Youtube.

EVP’s

May 30, 2015 on 1:31 pm | In Article | No Comments

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Many of the EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon) have been brought in by patrons and the public to share with us. There are many we have debunked or proven to be non-paranormal, but there are also those that we find creditable. Ghost Walks will soon be starting up again. I always find in the spirit of things, it is fun and interesting to look back at some of my favorite evidence.

Let’s take a listen:

  1. Little girl
  2. Boy says his name
  3. Just Keep Walking
  4. Gretchen during Nation Honor Society Private Ghost Walk

What did you hear? Please comment and let me know your favorite EVP.

I have more and if there is interest, I can post more.

Do you have an EVP captured while at the SWC Library? If you do and are willing, please send it by email to mgilmore@sweetwaterlibraries.com. Please include your name and state you will allow me to use the EVP for the library.

Thank you!

 

But Nothing Happens!

May 15, 2015 on 4:03 pm | In Article | No Comments

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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.

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