Survey: Do you Believe?

February 28, 2009 on 8:40 pm | In Article | No Comments

I am taking a quick survey to see what you the reader thinks.

Do you believe in ghosts?                                         Yes  or No

Do you believe there is an afterlife?                       Yes or No

Are you a regular library patron at SWCL?          Yes or No

Have you ever had a paranormail experience?   Yes or No

Do you have any comments?

Thanks for taking the time to finish the survey.

Ghost Log 2004

February 28, 2009 on 4:11 pm | In Article | No Comments


2/7/2004 Patrons

Me and Katie were sitting back in the Children’s corner and felt our coat being tugged the we heard music playing like the kind you play at a funeral, but when we went to check no music was playing.

2/10/2004 C.H. (Staff)

I went into the lady’s restroom and wrapped my hand around the edge of the door on the second stall. My sweater felt funny so I stopped to look at it in the mirror. As I turned to look, the door was yanked inward and I had to jump to keep from falling. There was no one there. I left!

9/11/2004 R.S. (Patron/Staff Members Husband)

Ray went into the Men’s room, first stall, The lock has to be set by hand to lock. He did so and stated to do his business. The door swung open to the stall. He re-hooked it and it did it again. He said he know he locked it. He said he does not like our bathrooms.

10/28/2004 E.E. (Staff)

Ellie reported she has been seeing a woman slouched down on the Young Adults couch fairly often, but she can see through her.

10/28/2004 Micki (Staff)

We held the “Haunted Library Night” program tonight. I was helping and was videoing the speakers. I had checked my batteries just before we started. When I turned on the camcorder it acted like the batteries were dead. I plugged it in the wall outlet and it worked. Later when Ellie spoke the camcorder started to re-focus itself. I had not touched it.

11/01/2004 C.H. (Staff)

I wasn’t sure if I was going to put this in as a Ghost Log entry or not, but decided it couldn’t be anything else BUT a visit by our ghostly friends here at the library.

On October 29, around 4pm I had just finished typing a reply to an e-mail and had opened up my date book to check on one of the entries. All of a sudden my barcode scanner beeped. The beeping has happened before, but that is all it has ever been.

This occasion was different. I was getting ready to send my reply when I realized that a barcode number had been entered into the message. There were not library materials within four feet of the scanner so it could not have accidentally read any barcodes. I immediately dragged my Head of Reference librarian into my office to look at it. We wrote the number down and took it out to the Circ desk to enter it and see what title it is. The computer database had no record of it. Jo suggested counting the number of digits to see if all fourteen were there. There were only 13 digits. I went back to my computer to verify that I had copied it correctly and discovered that I had except that there was a colon at the end instead of a number. I tried entering the number with the colon and the computer brought up a list of some sort. The very first thing on the list was 3001: a Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke.

I printed the e-mail so I wouldn’t lose the barcode. On Monday morning I tried adding number 1-9 to see if anything would be pulled up. Nothing. I tried repeating my search with the colon at the end. Nothing. I pulled 3001: a Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke from the shelf. The barcode does not march. I have not been able to duplicate any of the computer responses that happened on Friday.

The barcode number is 3909205719805:

I have always wanted to tell my story…

February 15, 2009 on 12:16 pm | In Article | 3 Comments

Ms. Gilmore,

The following is a detailed account of a visit I had to the Sweet Water County Library in September 2001. I have always wanted to tell my story, but until now, I didn’t know the proper outlet. For most, my experieces will seem trivial, but I am left eight years later still wondering what (if anything) I saw.

In the days just previous to September 11th, 2001, my brother, Scott, and I were traveling from our homes in Minnesota to visit family in Seattle, WA.  Being extremely interested in the paranormal, Scott did some digging on the internet to find a “haunted” side trip for us, ultimately ending up with the Sweet Water County Library.

Scott sent an email to the library in general and much to our surprise, got a response about some of the activity that goes on in the library. As I’m sure you understand, most places don’t wish to discuss any possiblities of paranormal activity.

On our long drive home from Seattle we took a small detour to Green River and stopped by the library. At first we just walked in unannouced and looked around on our own. After a few hours in the car, naturally my first stop was to the men’s room. That’s where my experience began.

Without giving too many gruesome details about my visit to the men’s room, I will sate that while standing at the urinal I had a overwhelming sense of someone standing behind me. As though an invisible bathroom attendand was waiting for me to ask for a towel. Very uncomfortable to say the least.

As I left the men’s room, looking over my shoulder every step or two, I walked past the open door to, what I believe you call the “Mulitpurpose” room. Without paying much attention to it, I walked past. Upon doing so, I saw something else walk past the door, but from the other side. Like I was walking past a large mirror. I was so certain that I saw someone there that I stepped into the room and looked around. As you can imagine, I found nobody there.

I shook off both “events” and chalked them up to an overactive imagination with the apparent history of the property being on my mind. It would make sense to a logical thinker and skeptic/believer as myself. I also made no mention of these events to Scott.

After leaving to have lunch, Scott and I returned and spoke to a librarian working at the front desk. Upon asking her if she’s had any experiences she smiled and said that she doesn’t like to talk about the ghosts since she had to work by herself on may occassions. Very understood, in my eyes. She did, however, point us in the direction of a former employee who happened to be sitting at a table reading a paper at the time. (I’m sorry, the names were not at my disposal when writing this story.) The former employee told us the basic history of the library and gave us directions to the cemetary on the hill. And one other thign she told us was most of the experieces seemed to be occuring in the “Mulitpurpose” room.

Naturally, this left me scratching my head in wonder of what I did see. After taking a bunch of pictures, some video and writing our notes, Scott and I left the library and returned on our lengthy rive back to Minnesota. (No other evidence was recorded.)

I only wish that I had an explanation of what, if anything, I did see that day. Someday, I’d love to return to the library and do a full scale investigation. But until money is no object, I’ll have to just plan how to do a better investigation.

Thank you for taking the time to read my longwinded email. I just can’t stop talking when it comes to the Sweet Water County Library.

Sean S.

Special thanks to Sean S. for sending in this information.  We always welcome comments and creditable reports from patrons.

How do I learn to Ghost Hunt?

February 12, 2009 on 12:00 pm | In Article | No Comments

After doing an actual “Ghost Hunt” for the first time with the members of AAPI and SPIS in October, I must say my curiosity is peeked. I do not think I will take-up Ghost Hunting, but I am still willing to learn about what they do.

Just a couple of tips I picked up while doing the investigation were:

  1. Say a protective prayer before you start. Envision yourself from you feet, up to your head bathed in a protective white light.
  2. Try no to go alone. This is not a good idea.
  3. Keep an open mind, but try to keep your mind from playing games on you. You will need your true senses to about you.
  4. Keep a log of your investigation as it progresses. Sometimes you will forget when and how events actually happened.
  5. Always take pictures and try to use digital records. Other equipment is useful too, but these are the best to start with.
  6. When you are done investigating, do a closing prayer, to protect you and your party from spirits attaching themselves to you.
  7. Write a report to compile the completed information from each “hunt”. Keep all team members information together so an overview of the “hunt” can be evaluated.

You may also contact any of the paranormal groups on-line and ask if they take new members or if they have advice.

After checking on-line, there are several books that you might look into for this subject.

How to Photograph the Paranormal by Leonore Sweet (2004)

Have inexplicable spheres and fogs ever ruined any of your photographs? If you discarded them, thinking dirt on the lens or camera glitches were to blame, you may want to retrieve them and reconsider. These spheres and fogs may be paranormal light forms.

Light forms are mentioned in literature on angels, aliens, UFOs, ghosts, crop circles, near-death experiences, inter-dimensional beings, magic, and thought forms. Hypnotized subjects describe the lights as the forms we become between lives on Earth.

This entertaining book examines the many theories about what these energies may be and presents evidence throughout history that confirms their existence.

Starting out as a novice photographer, the author captured the apparent spirit of her sister’s dog. That began her great adventure into researching orbs, vortexes, and ectoplasms that are appearing in pictures worldwide. In this book, you will learn as she did how, when, and where to photograph and interact with these intelligent life forms.

How to Photograph the Paranormal has something for everyone—from the simply curious to ghost hunters and paranormal researchers. The book features dozens of original paranormal photographs—many in full color.

Mysterious lights evidently have been with us all along but they are now making extra efforts to reveal themselves to humanity. This book is an eye-opening glimpse into their world.

Investigating the Paranormal by Tony Cornell (2002)

Tony Cornell has opened his case files and shared the fruits of his more than 50 years of labor and expertise in ghost, hauntings and mediumship research, in investigating the Paranormal. Cornell’s magnum opus not only provides a glimpse into a life’s work in psychical research and parapsychology but also serves as a guide to field methodology for today’s paranormal investigators. From reports of a ghost inhabiting a college dormitory, to a poltergeist with an affinity for fine antiques, the author shares detailed episodes of an extraordinary career.

PSIince: How New Discoveries in Quantum Physics and New Science May Explain the Existence of Paranormal Phenomena by Marie D. Jones (2006)

Are poltergeists energy fluctuations in the Zero Point Field? Could even the simple experience of déjà vu be explained by the quantum theory of parallel universes? Do thoughts have the energy to manifest and move physical objects?

PSIence introduces readers to the latest discoveries in quantum physics and New Science that may explain the existence of paranormal phenomena—UFOs, ghosts, poltergeists, mysterious apparitions, time anomalies, the Bermuda Triangle, energy vortices—and psychic abilities such as ESP, telekinesis, remote viewing, and recalling past lives.

You’ll explore the cutting-edge ideas that are fascinating both scientists and paranormal investigators, including:

• The latest theories of multiple universes and eleven dimensions. • The Zero Point Field—is it the potential source of all creative energy? • The potential of every human being to experience the paranormal.

Many of the world’s leading scientists, researchers, philosophers and spiritual leaders—from noted physicists like Michio Kaku to the revered Dalai Lama—are beginning to accept the possibility of alternate realities and dimensions that warp time and space. PSIence takes the reader on a journey to where the “normal” and the paranormal intersect, where the known and unknown converge, where science greets the supernatural.

Just remember, be careful. Try to use professional ghost hunters whenever possible.

We know not what we are “hunting”.

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