The belief in the paranormal or ghosts is a very personal thing. Each of us bring with us a set of predetermined ideas on the subject. Our past and present are determining factors in our thought process.
For many people I speak with on the subject, they have had personal experiences that they feel prove the existence of ghosts. For others, their religious beliefs tell them there is no such thing. We are not here to tell anyone what to think. Our stand is “let the facts speak for themselves”. Each person must decide for themselves where they stand.
As for me, I am sure you are not surprised I believe there are spirits, angels, ghosts, etc. I have seen them, heard them, felt them, and smelled things that should not be there. Believe it or not, I have actually had a psychological evaluation (for personal reasons) a while back and surprisingly to some, I passed with flying colors. I have joked about this with my friends, but there is a point to this statement. I do not show any signs of being delusional. Apparently what I have witnessed is truly happening or I believe it to be true.
Here at the library, we receive many reports yearly of patron and staff experiences. Many are very compelling and others are to be honest are less than compelling. I have no doubt that some of the stories are exaggerated. We try very hard to week out any stories we feel are fabricated, but there are those that boarder on questionable. We choose to keep them in the Ghost Log for the sheer reason we are not sure either way. We try to give the person providing the report the benefit of the doubt.
With all this said, there is something here. I have no doubt about it. Some mornings you walk and feel it, a tingle or energy in the air. You know there will be something happening soon. There are a few staff members that seem to have more happen an others. We are the “lucky ones”. Last week, a staff member mentioned she smelled cigarette or cigar smoke in the library. No one else smelled it. She thought someone was smoking and walked all around the library to check. There was no one smoking. As she walked past my desk I suddenly smelled smoke. Just as she walked down the hallway and out-of-sight, I heard a girl say “Uh-um Hello!” I jerked my head around and looked all over. There was no one there. I had chills from head to toe. I heard this with my ears, not with any device. Unfortunately, no one else was within earshot. Darn!
One interesting fact is, reports have been down for the last couple of months. Patrons will ask if we have had any activity lately over and over again and I have had to say there hasn’t been any. Just when we jokingly say “they are on vacation”, they seem to be here after all.
It is up to you to decide what you believe. I would love to hear from you and what helps you to believe or not believe.
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