Just in time for Halloween – a charming piece about ghosts in libraries in the Northeast. I like the sound of this ghost who is said to haunt the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers:
The ghost of an old man sits in a reading room of this 1892 building. Some say he has shushed people talking loudly.
Good for you, ghost.
Then, this awesome tidbit from a library in New Jersey:
Phyllis the library ghost was so active at one time that the staff issued her a library card. Jean Hill, a volunteer in the Local History Room, remarked that Phyllis âwas not put on our computer with the rest of us mortals, but her card is always available should she choose to use it.â Beginning in 1974, employees started seeing an apparition moving through the front rooms of the building, which was the Vealtown Tavern during the Revolutionary War. The ghost is said to be that of Phyllis Parker, the innkeeperâs daughter, who suffered a nervous breakdown when her boyfriend, a British spy, was hung in 1777 and delivered to the tavern in a coffin. The fireplace in the former reading room was a focal point for phenomena. Another Local History Room volunteer, Eileen Luz Johnston, wrote a 46-page booklet about the spook titled PhyllisâThe Library Ghost? in 1991. One of the last known Phyllis sightings took place in November 1989, when a 3-year-old boy saw a lady in a long, white dress in the reading room and said hello to her.