2/12/2007 DW by MG (Staff)
She was sitting at the front Desk and she heard a voice at her ear.
2/15/2007 C.H., G.P., Micki (Staff)
We were standing by the computer by Micki’s desk. All three heard the computer turn off and then turn on three times. Strange.
6/14/2007 Micki (Staff)
I went out to non-fiction to pull a book. As I reached up to get it, I felt a light touch. Like a hand lightly reach and hold my arm. I have never had that happen before. It got my attention.
6/28/2007 C.M. (Staff) for Patron
A patron came to the desk. She asked if it was normal to see a little girl. I asked if the girl was lost and she shook her head. I asked if she meant a ghost and she shuddered and said yes. She saw a little girl next to her while she was washing her hands. She said she had noticed her in a stall previously. We asked but she did not want to talk about it.
Additional info: The story goes… the same lady had seen the young girls with pigtails. They said hello to each other and she stated washing her hands. She turned around and the girl was gone. She asked if anyone had seen the same girl, no on had. Staff member CM, said she was sure of what she saw “a ghost girl”. Years ago an oriental girl was seen, could she be back?????
5/5/2007 L. H. Amateur Ghost Hunter, from Torrance, Ca. (Tourist/Patron)
I arrived in Green River at approximately 7:10pm. My very first stop was the supposedly haunted library in town. I’d read a story about it in one of the several ghost books in my collection at home in Torrance, California.
I wanted to check the library closing time before checking into a motel. The posted hours showed a closing time of 9 pm, so I figured I had time to see if there was a vacancy at the Coachman Motel nearby, grab a quick bite to eat, and come back.
Up re-entering the car, I dialed up directions on my GPS for the Coachman, on Flaming Gorge Way. I headed out in the direction of the arrow, fairly confident that if I made a wrong turn, I would hear the female voice saying, “Re-calculating”, and pointing me in the right direction. I headed uphill, not realizing Flaming Gorge Way was behind me. As the road curved right, I got a “Re-calculating” telling me to continue .4 miles on my route and to make a right on Riverview Cemetery Road.
As I went up the narrow curved road I immediately saw the entrance to the cemetery straight ahead. This was the cemetery where the bodies from the old cemetery where the library now sits had been relocated! The GPS told me to urn on Riverview Cemetery Road, but all I could see was an unmarked gravel road before the cemetery entrance, so I thought the motel might be on the other side of the cemetery grounds. As I drove through, I got several, “re-calculating” messages, telling me now to make a u-turn when possible. I was starting to get creeped-out.
I was happy to see a couple cleaning a grave marker and I hopped out of the car and approached them with, “I’m sorry to disturb you, but I’m lost.” They gave me directions to go back the way I had come. I got back in my car after thanking them, turned off the GPS and found my way out and away from there!
L. H., Amateur Ghost Hunter
(Upon attempting to get the same directions a second time from her GPS, it directed her, correctly, to the Coachman Motel.)
8/2/2007 M. T. (Patron)
It was around closing time, I was around the Children’s videos and I heard my name a couple times in a very low voice. I turned and looked and no one was around. Then it happened again. Then I walked away and I thought I saw a figure out the corner of my eye. I was so freaked out.
8/24/2007 M. P. (Patron)
I was on the computer playing a game and a lot of books fell off the shelf. It freaked me out.
8/29/2007 Micki (Staff)
I was walking to the ladies room and felt a chill or a cold spot. As I walked into the restroom door, it was gone, so I stepped back out and it was there. It was still between the table and the door. I could find no vents or such that would cause this.
9/14/2007 8:30 am Micki (Staff)
I came in a little early. Only a couple people were in the building. I walked to the hallway towards the Multi-purpose Room for coffee and a movement caught my eye. I saw a shadow move across the hall. It was directly in front of the Outreach door. I thought maybe it was the maintenance man outside the door casting a shadow in. He was not anywhere near there when I found him and said he had not been. This is directly under a light and it would be very unusual to have that much movement outside show. I only saw it for about 15 seconds. I did not see it again.
9/19/2007 V.R. (Staff)
I felt someone watching me as I worked in my office (located in the back of the building across from the Outreach room). I turned around and no one was there. I kept feeling like someone was there so I hurried and finished and left.
(She reported later that in the many years she has worked here she never felt being watching this strongly).
2/10/2005 E.E. (Staff) Ellie attended the TAG group that Maxine conducts for the teenagers. They were in the Multi-Purpose room making trees. The kids were trying to get the CD player to work and switched CDs to see if that may be the problem. Maxine came and adjusted it and it began to play. The music was very fast and loud; the stereo shut off by itself after on 25 seconds. They put in the original CD (Green Day) and it would no play. Ellie jokingly said, “The ghosts didn’t like that last song. Hey ghosts its okay, this one is not as loud, please just give it a chance.” The CD played all the way through.
2/15/2005 E.E. (Staff) This evening at about 6:20 Ellie was shelving books in the Young Adult section, alone (or was she?). As she was putting away a book (Where the Heart Is, a book she does not particularly like), she heard an odd voice say in a drawn out way, that rather echoed as if coming through a tunnel, (Hiiiiiiiiii”). It was slightly squeaky and started out at a lower tone and then gradually grew in volume until it was rather loud. A sound accompanied it almost as if the voice were speaking over this sound. It is hard to describe, but the background sound was similar to the voice. This sound tapered off after the greeting, fading off. There was no one else, physically, in the area. She felt excited and rather grateful for some reason. She had the feeling that it was not easy for this word to be spoken. She was shaky for a few minutes afterwards.
4/22/2005 Micki (Staff) 8:35 am I was looking for a children’s video at the back of the library. I heard a very loud (woman’s voice) sigh like someone had had a very loud day. I thought it was Shelley from Children’s Services. It sounded just like her tone of voice. I turned thing I would see her and no one was there. I checked with Joyce & Carla, they had been in the other areas. No one else was close to that area at the time.
3/15/2005 Patron A young adult patron reports that while on the computer in the Children’s section she heard “someone” whisper her name three times. She thought it was me (Ellie Staff), but I was shelving books and far away from her-plus I did not say it. She reports that another time she was washing her hands in the bathroom at about 8:30pm and the lights turned on and off several times, quickly. She was one of only a few patrons in the library at the time and states that upon exiting the bathroom there was nobody in the vicinity.
6/14/2005 Micki (Staff) Big “Ghost Story” News. This last week a regular patron stopped by the library asked to talk to me. T and I have known each other for many years. He is a serious sort and not the type to exaggerate. He said “I saw a ghost”. I laughed and said yeah right (we get that a lot). He turned to me very seriously and said “I am not kidding, I saw a ghost:. He had my attention then.
The story goes like this, he said he stopped by the library around 10 pm and we were closed. He was just walking passed the windows at the front of the library and something caught his eye. He looked up and there in the library was a darkly dressed figure, possibly a male, by the front desk at Circ Computer #2. Suddenly it took off and zipped towards the Gallery and disappeared. He was left very shaken and he said his heart was racing. His next thought was to get the books in the book drop and get out of there. He hurried over to the book drop and opened the door. When he did a huge gust of air came up and out of the shoot and hit him in the face. This really threw him and he took off. He asked if this air was normal, I had to say it was not. He walked over and checked it a couple of times to make sure. He said he will never come to the library at night again. VERY INTERESTING!!
6/16/2005 Micki (Staff) I came in early to make up time. Joyce was upstairs, I don’t know where Gary was, but there was no one downstairs but me. I stepped out of the back room to the front desk area and I heard the Newton’s Cradle balls clack a couple of times and stop. I walked over to check them and they were still barely moving, but they had been moving. (Newton’s Cradle, was made and donated by a patron. There is a rack with 6 billiards balls hanging and once the end ball is swung and let loose, the next ball hits into the next, and it into the next, and so on. The balls are heavy and do not moving easily).
6/20/2005 M & T K (Patrons) While showing T the Ghost log, we kept hearing a creaking noise coming from the upper center portion of the building, like somebody walking up there real slow, we were both sitting by the restrooms.
11/01/2005 CA (Patron) What happened was one night my mom came to get me a book. She reached to grab a book and bam! The Shelf fell on her and then she heard whispering and laughing like ha,ha,ha,he,he,he.
11/03/2005 CS (Patron) Me and my friend T, were in the girl’s bathroom and T was putting make-up on and I looked up in the mirror and the bathroom stall doors were all swinging. We saw it at the same time and swung around and everything was normal.
11/14/2005 BW (Patton) When B took out the trash to the back of the library he heard what sounded like someone playing the same note on a xylophone with exactly one second between sounds. It seemed to echo. On the same evening Ellie (Staff) and B (patron) were in the multi-purpose room by themselves, cleaning up after a program, when they heard an odd sound. B describes as the sound a speaker makes when it blows, and Ellie describes it as something falling over. There was on one behind the curtains and nothing seemed to be amiss.
11/17/2005 MN (Patron) Well today we came to do a report and then I went to the bathroom. (Me and my friend)….I just barely taped the door and all of a sudden the door just flew open!!! Me and my friend screamed and ran out of the bathroom!
1/03/2001 to 1/06/1001 Several times the “smell” that the ghosts leave, was smelt in the back by the Moose Room, the Circ Desk and the Multi-Purpose room. No reason for the smell was found. 1/27/2001 H.H. (Staff) Cash register stated making noises as if someone was ringing up a sale. 2/20/2001 MM (Staff) Cash register started clicking. No one touch it. Several times the security gate has gone off by itself, when no one was even close. The Children’s Department Librarians computer will drop programs and not work correctly with no explanation. A new computer was installed and the problems persisted. Occasionally a very bad smell will be found and we can not find the source.
7/2002 A husband and wife came in to use the computers. The wife went to the restroom (lady’s room). While in there she heard a “mournful cry” by a woman. She felt sorry for the woman, but did not want to intrude. After a time the crying stopped. No one came out. She checked under the stall doors and saw no one was there. The crying stated again so she left the restroom. She told no one for a time and later when she did, said she would ask a woman staff member to accompany her on her next trip into the ladies restroom.
9/2002 Micki (Staff) Stated into the ladies room and I heard a sound like the toilet lid dropping. I figured someone else was in the room. I went about my business and it happened again while I was in the first stall. It sounded like it came from the second or third stall from me. I went to leave I noticed no one came out. I looked under stalls, there was no one there. I heard it one more time so I left. Heard crying from a stall in the ladies room, but no one was there. 10/22/2002 A. F. (Patron) Two weeks ago as I was checking out and ready to leave, the gate swung open ahead of me and the alarm went off. The librarians and I checked everything and it wasn’t me or my books. I went on my way. As I have been driving around town after dark, every street light I’d go under shuts off! Is the ghost in the car with me? I hope that it has enjoyed it’s time away and is happy to be home! We will see! 11/07/2002 C.H.(Staff) I was alone downstairs reading the paper when I heard someone coming from the moose room toward the Circ desk. It sounded like swishing skirts and got louder the closer it came. Then the swishing stopped and the gate went off. 11/2002 Staff A staff member was in the building alone and heard the sound of the cutting boards being used. They know there was no one else was in the building, but the sounds continued for a half and hour. The unnerved the staff member so they left the building. ( They later said they actually saw the cutting arm on the cutting board moving). 11/20/2002 Micki (Staff) 11 am. Heard whispering voices in the ladies room. 11/27/2002 S.G. (Staff) She was in the ladies room, second stall. She had checked to see if anyone was in the other stall and there was not. As she was sitting, the lid to another toilet fell. She checked to see if anyone else had come in and they had not. She left auickly.
The “Ghost Log” was started in 1993, just after I started working for the library. I had heard the staff telling stories of the unexplained events happening in the library. It occured to me that I should ask, “Are you writing any of this down?” It turns out nothing had been officially documented. So with permission from the Head Librarian and Library Director, we started the “Ghost Log”.
The following are a portion of the official “Ghost Log” entries:
During the summer the answering machine turned on and off several times.
Also in August, not sure which day, I heard Morse code back by isle 1 & 2.
I heard my name being whispered in the production room.
Typewriter at the Circulation desk kept flipping to different functions. When I was typing it would turn off and on. They don’t want me typing!
No Date: J. K. (Staff)
I have heard my name whispered before on occasion-I also heard the bathroom door open and shut in the staff lounge and no one was there except me.
No Date: D. L. (Staff)
Vicki and I were talking in the workroom one morning and something flipped the switch out at the circ desk and made the speakers in the workroom make a noise. I went out to circ and the switch was turned on. I knew it was turned off prior because I was cleaning around it.
Gate at the doors swung open. No one was there.
Old stereo equipment turned on. No volume, just the power and lights on panel came on.
The gate alarm went off while J was vacuuming. She turned it off and it went back on again.
Whistling in multipurpose room before opening.
Heard a dog barking while upstairs when all enclosed, even with the door shut.
Don Heard noises like some one was wrestling around about .
I heard my name whispered several times, but no one was asking for me. When I told MD (Staff) about it, she said she had heard her name whispered many times in the last two days and no one was there.
I heard paper being crumpled in stall of the Ladies Room. When it was opened no one was there.
Answering machine was turned off. We went upstairs to have cake for KM and phone rang it was back on.
Turned off back hall light-shut door-turned off workroom lights-hall lights were back on.
Judy heard her name whispered while sitting at circ desk.
Cover to Bookmobile printer was found on the floor broken. Joyce & Don investigated lids being broken, they heard loud noise in front and came running to see what it was. There was nothing.
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