Library Ghosts

The Encyclopaedia Britannica, justly renowned for its serious and sustained attempts to attain definitive status, occasionally ventures into the more imaginary realms of the surreal or serendipitous. Consider, for example, their blog’s offering from the American Library Association’s George Eberhart: Ghosts in the Library!

A selection from Library Ghosts – Midwestern US:

“Hutchinson Public Library. The ghost of Ida Day Holzapfel, head librarian from 1915 to 1925 and 1947 to 1954, has been seen and heard since her death in California in 1954, according to the October 31, 1975, Hutchinson News. Library staffer Rose Hale said she saw a lady standing below the stairs one day. She did not know the woman’s name, but when she described the woman to another library employee, Hale was told she had just described Ida Day. Other employees claim to have heard footsteps in the basement, and it became a shared joke that whenever anything was misplaced or missing, Ida Day took it. The stacks area in the southwest corner of the basement is notorious for cold spots, disembodied voices, and hazy apparitions.”

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