When Osawatomie children and teen librarian Heather Poage decided to put together a paranormal Halloween event for teenagers, she did not expect to get spooked out herself.
Poage recruited Mid-Continent Paranormal Investigations out of Johnson County, with the notion that its members could investigate the library for paranormal activity, then present their methodology and results at the teen event.
The initial investigation was the night of Oct. 13, when four paranormal team members came to the library, set up their recording equipment, and waited for signs of unusual activity.
Poage went along with them. It was about 9 p.m.
“I was there and it was creepy,” she said. “Even before all the cameras were rolling, weird stuff started happening.”
Mid-Continent investigator Jason Kupzyk said there was indeed unusual activity.
“The activity started out very early in the night,” he said. “We set up all our equipment, and then only about 45 minutes after we started, a ball rolled off a level table in the basement.
“Anyone who has ever been in the basement of the library will know that there is no air movement and the air conditioner for the basement that is outside does not work,” he said.
A few hours later, two other investigators and Poage were in the basement where they began an electronic voice phenomena investigation in the area where Poage does story time.
“They all heard a very quick, but quite distinct, laugh,” Kupzyk said.
“Myself and Mike (Hunter) were in the basement earlier in the northeast corner when we both heard what sounded like a chair scooting across the floor, as well as some footsteps that seemed to be within the room,” he said. “More then one moving shadow was seen throughout the building.”
The crew then headed for the Old Stone Church for more investigations.
“We didn’t experience much there,” Kupzyk said. “We investigated it in pairs throughout the night.
“In one of the sessions, Jason set up a book on the podium and asked whoever or whatever might be there to knock it off.
“When the next group got there, the book was on the floor,” he said. “As you may know, the front door locks on its own, and we made sure the door was closed the whole way every time we passed through it.
“After that happened Jason went back and tried to debunk it. He thought that maybe it was the vibration of a train or a vacuum caused by the doors, but in testing, neither made the book fall,” he added.
“He also tried to jump up and down and shake the small stage right next to the podium, which had no effect on it either.”
Mid-Continent Paranormal Research Society does not charge for its services, and writes on its website that the team is available to travel anywere in the surrounding states, uses the best equipment and are professional investigators.
Besides conducting haunting investigations, the team does cryptozoology, ufolgy, and any other type of paranormal investigation that may be needed, according to its website.
The Halloween event for teens begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in the library, with the Mid-Continent team presenting its local findings, as well as some of its other work.
Adults are welcome to attend the 7 p.m. presentation, Hoage said.
There is room for 15 teenagers to follow the paranormal investigators through the library, beginning about 8 p.m.