Old buildings that creak and crack,
Moving shadows to stop you in your track,
Chairs pulled out and computers clack.
Libraries have their share of ghosts,
“Living” near our computer hosts,
Why not? It’s where everyone loves the most.
Ghosts in Libraries
There are plenty of stories about ghosts in libraries, after all libraries are often in older buildings, from bookshelves to children’s room decorations there are plenty of things that make strange shadows, and sometimes they have programmed or motion detector lights that are supposed to go on and off by themselves. They’re not as creepy as Silence in the Library, but it’s enough to make you nervous if you’re by yourself and who knows? That bump in the night you’re imagining may not be all in your mind at all….
A favorite local ghost story happened when the Cedar Rapids Public Library was still in its old Carnegie building. A little old woman came in like clock work to check out books. One morning a staff member saw her come in and commented on her new dress. She just smiled and went on. Later the staff member heard she died and that her son had bought her a new dress to be buried in. Believe it or not.
The Champion Library Ghost
Of course the library that makes the most of its ghost is the haunted Willard Public Library in Evansdale, Indiana. Their lady in grey has been caught in several photos since first being seen in 1937. They give special Lady in Grey tours and she is given her own section on their website. They put up a webcam in 1999 to look for her that proved so popular it crashed the entire town’s e-mail. They since added more cameras. See for yourself their best of captures and the live feeds for you to check yourself.
A runner up would be the Sweetwater County Library in Green River, Wyoming that have had ghostly occurrences there since the library opened up in 1980. Since 2006 they’ve hosted ghost walks where patrons and those interested can use real ghost hunting equipment like ghost boxes, dowsing rods, and KII meters to hunt the library ghosts for themselves. However, there is nothing about it on their website. I guess the ghost doesn’t like publicity.
And Look Here
Check out a write up of more haunted libraries from the American Library Association.
And ooooOOOOOOooooooo from the U.S. Census Bureau
NOTE: The photos are just some library photos I happened to have. Their inclusion is NOT ghost related. 🙂
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.