Scottsdale libraries investigated by ghost hunters
by Diana Balazs - Oct. 18, 2010 07:32 PM
The Arizona Republic
If there's something strange in your neighborhood library, who ya gonna call?
The Scottsdale Public Library called ghost hunters Sonoran Paranormal
Investigations Inc. to check out its Arabian and Civic Center branches to see
whether they are haunted.
"I've had books fly at me, so I've seen it. I mean, you're just standing there.
You just say, 'OK, it's because I walked by.' You always justify what it is,"
librarian Colleen Gorman said.
At last weekend's public talk, SPI reported that at Arabian, 10215 E. McDowell
Mountain Ranch Road, one of its secured infrared cameras fell over. SPI played
audio of voices saying "hello," "it's a boy," "get out" and other things.
SPI will report its Civic Center findings Saturday at the branch, 3839 N.
The science-based group looks for evidence. More often than not, nothing shows
up, said SPI case manager Amy Millington of Surprise.
"I might have an experience where I feel cold or something like that, but I've
never actually seen something move in front of me. That's like the holy grail,"
No public money was spent investigating the libraries. SPI does not charge. It
ghost-hunts for the love of it.
"It really helps people, too, to know that maybe there's something going on and
it's not their imagination," said SPI lead investigator Steve Gallion of Peoria.
Arabian librarian Sara Goulet was originally a skeptic, but now is more open to
"Until you have an unexplainable situation, it's so easy to write it off and
say, 'Oh, you're just making it up' or 'You're just imagining that,' " Goulet
said. The library now is keeping a log of unusual experiences.
At the Sept. 25 Arabian investigation, Millington asked if she could read a
story while in the children's room.
Goulet, who was present, said the light on Millington's K2 electromagnetic-field
meter started flashing.
When a nursery rhyme - "Mary Had a Little Lamb" - was read, the detector again
lit up. Later, when Millington asked if the group should leave, the device did
not light up.
"When she asked, 'Do you want us to stay?' the lights went from green to red,"
At the Civic Center investigation Oct. 2, a group toured reported hot spots: the
children's room, staff offices and the Scottsdale room, where a kachina was
found on its back. Kachina dolls, displayed in a locked glass case, keep falling
SPI's director, Lloyd Lewis of Phoenix, led one of three investigative teams.
Librarian Michael Schor and The Republic went with him. Schor's past encounters
include finding books he had just stacked rearranged and hearing footsteps.
Lewis' team asked a series of questions in the Scottsdale room. At one point, he
asked, "Do you want people to know you're still around?"'
Several seconds passed.
"Did you hear that?" Schor asked.
"What? What do you hear?" Lewis replied.
"It sounds like someone's talking back there," Schor said.
Lewis investigated the book stacks, returned and asked another team member to
go. Schor volunteered.
Seconds before Schor left, a Republic reporter asked for the temperature to drop
to 66 degrees. It immediately fell from 66.6 to 66.1.
Schor returned and reported he felt a tingling sensation.
"Me, too," Lewis responded. "It's not evidence, but it's interesting."