A Haunted Libraryby Cherlyn Gardner Strong on Sep. 24, 2009, under Ghosts and Hauntings, Life, Paranormal
It’s hard to believe that September will conclude in less than a week and that October is lurking just around the corner. October is my favorite month of the year. Each passing day leads me closer to my favorite day of the year: Halloween!
Until October 31st, I will pass the time online. I will search Google News for any stories related to ghosts and hauntings. You Tube is also a favorite of mine, so I can view any newly uploaded videos that scream out with the title “REAL GHOST CAUGHT ON TAPE!” This is just what I do, and what I have done, for the last few years.
I really don’t know how I survived without the internet while growing up in the 70’s and 80’s. Well, that’s not true. I did survive quite nicely, thanks to public (and school) libraries. Before the internet came along, I would spend my lunch breaks in my school library, reading about ghosts. After school, I would sometimes stop at the public library to read there. Every once in a while, I would check some books out of one of the libraries and bring them home. I still go to the library, or to a bookstore, on occasion. Mostly, though, I rely on the internet. With Information Resources and Library Sciences as my minor area of study in college, it does say much about me. I love libraries, I love searching for information, and I love the internet.
One guilty pleasure in which you can find me immersed during my free time, would very likely be viewing any number of “Ghost Cams” on the internet. These online cameras allow anyone to become a ghost hunter from the comfort of their own home. My absolute favorite cam is the Willard Library Ghost Cam.
The Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana is said to be haunted. The paranormal activity in the library has ranged from hearing noises to actual physical contact. The ghost, dubbed “The Grey Lady”, was first seen by a custodian in the 1930’s. She is thought to be the ghost of a former librarian. Since the initial sighting, library staff, library patrons, and even policemen, have all claimed to see the ghost. Actually, the policemen claimed to have seen two ghosts. This leads to the question of the identity of the second ghost. I wish I had the answer to that question. The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) investigated the library on a past episode of Ghost Hunters, but did not come up with any evidence to support the claim that the building is haunted.
The library offers three cameras:
The Willard Library website cites that the most sightings have occurred in the Children’s Room. The library’s website allows for screen shots to be captured by cam viewers. If a screen shot captured by a viewer appears to show proof of the ghost, the viewer is welcome to submit their proof for the world to see. Of course, librarians have a sense of humor, so there is an opportunity to submit faked photos as a “spoof”, as well. The faked photos are highly entertaining, too. So, whether your submit “proof or spoof” of a spook, it is worth the time to visit the website and just perform your own ghost investigation from the comfort of your own home.
In all the years I have watched the cam, I can’t say that I’ve ever spotted anything out of the ordinary. That’s okay, I do enjoy the Willard Library Cam. If I can’t visit a real haunted library (not that there is a shortage of them), I can always visit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in cyberspace. It is there that I enjoy my two greatest loves: libraries and ghosts.