More Settling at the Library

July 30, 2014 on 4:36 pm | In Article | No Comments

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The Sweetwater County Library, as most of you know, was built on the site of the old city cemetery.  The soil at the site is of a clay-base and therefore is not a truly stable ground.  To add to this, there is a small underground natural spring that runs from up the hill through the property.  Last but not least, the area is on a hill which means there will always be gravity working against us.

The building was opened in 1980.  By 1986 the need for the first retro-fitting was arranged.  The library closed for three months while crews came in and opened the concrete flooring down to the soil.  The staff told stories of noises and lights going on and off by themselves.  Workers stated their tools would to missing.  As a joke, several staff members placed cut-out skeletons in the holes so the workers would find them.  Real bones were inevitably found to the dismay of the crews. Large holes were dug and caissons were placed in hopes the building would stabilize.  Unfortunately, this was not to be.

For the second time in 2007, retro-fitting was again performed.  A crew was brought in and holes were dug.  In the Multi-purpose Room four holes were dug.  The dirt from the holes was piled in the center of the room.  The mound reached almost to the ceiling. Later when the room was put back together, it was used as storage for most non-permanent items from the main library.  The library was closed for six weeks, but staff continued to work on many projects.  The duct was unbelievable.  Most staff members ended up working in the Staff Lounge on the second floor because of this reason.

After the library was re-opened ghostly activity definitely picked up.  Many reports stated unexplained noises were heard and shadows were seen by staff and patrons alike.  It was thought that through time the spirits that inhabit the library do not like change.  They seem to dislike it when we move things or rearrange large amounts of books.

Once again, currently, we are experiencing a shift in the building.  As you look down the long stacks you can see a few slight raises in the floor.  One set of stacks was leaning and had to be supported.  If you are in the Multi-purpose Room sitting on one of our blue chairs, you may feel you are in a rocking chair.  A few areas of the room seem to have an uneven bit of floor.  When the chair is placed across it, it sits uneven.

Although retro-fitting has not been scheduled yet, it seems the paranormal activity is picking up.  We have had several interesting events in the last month.  This was posted on my last posting:

 I was working at the Reference Desk on the computer.  As I did I saw to the left of me a white orb, about the size of a table tennis ball.  It moved from just above the computer down and disappeared into the floor.  I have never had this happen before in all the time I have worked here (21 years).  WOW.  This was unbelievable.  I just sat here looking at the spot thinking it would re-appear, but it did not.  Wow.

Now we wait to see how the shifting might affect the building and possibly the paranormal activity.  This fall we start the Ghost Walks once again.  This may be a very interesting year!

Stay tuned………………………….

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