By Asta Ceesay
We all know that we can stop by the Gainesville library to get a good book, but what about a good spook?
More than two decades ago, the so-called “Lady of the Library” was first spotted lingering whisp-like between the aisles — there one second, gone the next.
Rumor has it the ghost still haunts the library today. When she visits, she makes her herself known by brushing past guests, leaving doors opened, peering through windows and probably not returning her books.
The Lady of the Library did not fall onto this location by chance; there is a reason why she is said to remain at the library. With the help of a team of paranormal investigators, library staff have uncovered much more about her. They know her name, her story and what is keeping her there. The Lady isn’t alone either. The presence of a little girl, an old man and an elusive whistler have been reported in various parts of the library.
Not convinced? Or just want to know the story of why these souls still creep among the stacks of literature? Come see for yourself at the Friends of the Library’s Dark and Stormy Night fundraiser.
The event will be held at the Gainesville branch of the Hall County Library System on Friday, Oct. 5, but leave the kids at home, this one’s for the adults (no joke, the event is only for those 18 and older).
Throughout the night, you’ll discover more about the Lady of the Library and her fellow ghosts, spirits, phantasms and ectoplasmic apparitions. Professional storytellers will delve into local lore, classic legends and all spooks in between.
Storytellers include the library’s very own Gail Hogan, who has spoken at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Kathy Amos, Bill Wilson and John Hickey. Seasoned paranormal investigator Denise Roffe of the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research also will speak about her past investigations and experiences. She has investigated paranormal phenomenon all over the country for the past 16 years.
In addition, a team of ghost hunters will be present, recording and investigating the paranormal activity in the building. Their results will be available after the event, and they will also be available to share about their experiences and give information on how ghost hunting works.
The foodie in you may get a bit of fright from the scary delicious hors d'oeuvres. Most importantly, you can feel good about feeling spooked: The fundraiser’s proceeds will help the library pay for staff training, new equipment, activities and the summer reading program.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.