Recently I was asked by a patron “Where have all the ghosts gone?” “Has anything happened lately?” We get asked this often. Well it dawned on me that there have been very a few reports, but not much. Things have slowed down in that department. Maybe they are on Spring Break!
Through the years we have noticed that there are lulls in activity. We have never been able to figure why. When time allows I have gone over the Ghost Log to try to figure a pattern from the reports. We know that during the months of September and October things always get busier. Whether it is because of the atmospheric changes or just Halloween looming ahead, we just do not know. I have heard it said many times that “spooks” of all kinds are more active during October. It makes sense I guess, you know All Hallows Eve and all.
“Do ghosts take vacations? That is the other question that seems to be asked. My answer “who knows”. It seems as though they do go somewhere because of the inactivity from time to time, but we have no idea where. Many of us joke “I hope it is somewhere warm.” We have no proof one way or the other. There is just no way of knowing. Sorry, but that’s an honest answer.
I do not think our ghosts or activity are a residual haunting. A residual haunting means to see “something” that works like a video that has been looped and plays over and over. What we seem to have are more interactive spirits, although there may be both. For instance, one staff member was in the Lady’s Room and tapped her shoe for one reason or another, to her surprise she heard what sounded like someone tapping their shoe back. She was very startled to say the least. Another saw a figure for just a second move in the stacks, but there was no interaction.
We do know what seems to get them going. One indicator is when we are having repairs or major changes to the building. It seems they just do not like change. The staff at the library can change and they do not seem to care, but do some remodeling and they seem to come out to see just what we are up to. According to the experts online and on television this is very typical.
Do you have any ideas or maybe a theory or two? Let me know. I would love to hear what you think.
These are the latest reports:
A young mother was in the Multi-Purpose room with her young daughter. No one else was in there at the time. Her daughter was staring at something and had a strange look on her face. The mother asked her daughter “What are you looking at?” The daughter replied “He has no legs mommy!” The mother felt sure that she had seen a “ghost” forming.
I walked into the Multi-Purpose room one afternoon two weeks ago and in the corner by the piano there seemed to be something. I heard a very strange noise. It was sort of a low rustling sound. I walked over slowly and looked behind the piano but there was nothing.
The security gate has gone off a few times lately and we do not know why. This may or may not be “ghost” related. We are looking into it.
On May 15th a Utah based paranormal group came to the library for a ghost hunt. They are UROPA from Brigham City, Utah. As always we are happy to hear from such a professional group. Although it will take time for them to prepare a report of their findings, I wanted to share a little information about the group.
(Taken from their website)
UROPA was formed in June of ’08 but has members that have been involved with the paranormal for several years. We are a small group of people that have a professional attitude and strong sense of integrity in pursuing the study of hauntings. We are Brigham City’s first “established” group of paranormal investigators. UROPA is not looking for “fame” or “fortune” through our endeavors but have a genuine desire to help.
We are in no way trying to prove the existence of “ghosts” to anyone yet acknowledge that this phenomenon exists. Our efforts in this field of study allow us to help others understand what may be taking place in their homes. We gather and provide to homeowners any possible evidence that could indicate something paranormal is happening and educate those involved in hopes of easing the stress a haunting…
UROPA will “ghost hunt” at public locations with the intent of learning and experiencing possible phenomena in an effort to help those that live with what could be considered “uneasy” or to some, frightening. We will collect as much “evidence” as possible in regards to hauntings and welcome anyone to prove that it is, in fact, not paranormal…
We believe that fundraising for events are a great way to help support historic buildings and such that have reported activity. We do not believe that accepting money for these kinds of events (in our own pockets) is ethical. We do spend money in travel and on travel and on equipment, but this is what we have chosen to do. Paranormal investigating is not and should not be a business…
UROPA will in no way compromise our integrity by making false claims of paranormal activity. This field is difficult enough without having false claims made by novice or “expert” investigators.
We look forward to helping those in need and those that are just curious about their situations. Knowledge can contribute much to ease fear of the unknown…
Utah Researchers of Paranormal Activity
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Special thanks to John, Traci, Kelly, and Dylan for their time and efforts.
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