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A humungous thank you to the Librarian in Black for bring this to our attention…renegade alternative thinker librarian in California.  Know that we love you and all you stand for!

In honor of the upcoming Halloween season, I thought it appropriate to round up a list of haunted libraries here in the United States.  Can you name  any other good library ghost stories?

Here in Florida, several libraries have experienced  questionable paranormal ‘activity’. Truth?  Explainable coincidences?  Who is to say?

Miami, Southwest Miami Senior High School. Books in the media center are often rearranged and the lights flicker, according to the Shadowlands website.

Tampa, Howard W. Blake High School. A cold spot can be felt around the tables in the back of the library.

Tampa, University of South Florida Library. Special Collections Librarian Paul E. Camp said in the October 30, 2007, USF Oracle that the ghost of a female English major named Gottlieb used to be seen on the fourth floor shortly after she committed suicide in the fall of 1976. She had worked in the library as a student assistant. The apparition sported a green backpack and disappeared abruptly. Book trucks also moved by themselves and automatic doors opened without anyone triggering them. The phenomena have ceased in recent years.

West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Warren Library. A janitor who disappeared mysteriously haunts the library near an old janitor’s closet.

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Author: spotwin

While I am a librarian , I am a reading cheerleader. The purpose of this library blog is to better promote reading and information literacy to community. I love books, reading to my son,properly placed apostrophes,canoeing, locating the nearest Starbucks, cheering the Montreal Canadians, and Cherry Garcia ice cream.

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