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.
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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.
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