Please Share Those Stories

April 30, 2015 on 4:29 pm | In Article | No Comments

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Do you have a ghost story about the Sweetwater County Library? Have you shared it with us? If not, let me take the time to ask you to do so. Some people may ask “Why do we keep the Ghost Log?” My answer is simple. We keep the Ghost Log so we all might better understand the spirits.

Since 1993 I have maintained the official Ghost Log for the library. It started out as a simple one inch binder. As I would hear storied from the staff, I would write them in. The first week I worked here, staff would pull me aside and tell me stories of how the curtains in the big meeting room would move. One such story stated how the, then director, closed the curtains and turned around to leave the room. She heard an odd sound and turned back around. To her amazement, the mechanical curtains were wide open. At that time, the curtains were weighted down by heavy chain stitched in the hem of the curtain itself. On top of that, they were mechanical which worked very slowly. She know something very odd had happened. This also happened to two others.

Staff reported hearing odd sounds, whispers of someone saying their name in their own ear. Creepy or usually to say the least. I myself have had the “ghosts” whisper in my ear my name “M..i..c..k..i”. It very much got my attention. More reports of items going missing were received. Cupboard doors would open or close on occasion, books would drop, and the sounds of running feet were heard.

One of the more common reports has always been someone smelling pipe tobacco or flowers. It is usually in an odd place. We do not allow smoking the building, so the smell of tobacco makes us always go on the hunt. No one is ever found smoking the building, nor is remnants of tobacco found of any kind. As for the flowers, it has been suggested that it is just the cologne staff are wearing. This does not pan out. Most times it is the smell of lilacs or lilies, with the occasional rose. The staff reports they do not wear these scents.

You will see my name in the Ghost Log more than anyone else. This is not to say that I have had more experiences. It is just that most reports have been given to me and I have prepared them for the book. Usually I will mark the report as, date, by Micki for XXXXXXXXXXXXXX. I have also had my share of experiences, but as you read the reports you will see which are mine. Unfortunately some staff and patrons are not comfortable putting their names in the book. That is fine. I do not mind placing the report for them.

When the Ghost Log first started it was just staff reports, but it has grown immensely and now includes countless patron/visitor reports as well. The Ghost Walks started in 2006 and since the beginning we have received many reports, photos, and audio files or EVPS. We are very grateful for the public sharing their findings. Without these files we would not have the vast information about our ghosts in the stacks and around the building and grounds.

It is my opinion that by gathering more information we can then pull this information together to help us bet understand what we actually have here. I truly hope that the spirits know how interested we are in them and hope they will continue to communicate with us.

Thank you to all of those that have shared their findings.

It is greatly appreciated!!

Photo shared by Lindsay Parks, 4-5-2013.

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