By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item
NORTHUMBERLAND — A group of teens, dedicated to exploring paranormal activity in the Valley, will be conducting a ghost hunt this Friday at the Priestley-Forsyth Library, 100 King Street, in Northumberland — and the public is invited to join in.
“Oh, absolutely there are spirits wandering here in the Library,” said C. Lynn L. Williams, library director, who will be there along with members of the local Teen Paranormal Club. “But they are not dark spirits, they’re benevolent, and people shouldn’t be afraid to come here at any time of day.”
Williams said the Friday event, 7:30-9:30 p.m., is actually a “Kids Caring for Kids” charity ghost hunt conducted by the Teen Paranormal Club.
The club was co-founded by Williams and Victoria Rosancrans, owner of Spirit Reachers, in Sunbury.
Williams was looking for a vehicle to motivate teenagers to read, to come to the library. “So I did a little investigating,” Williams said. “Found out that teens are interested in the paranormal. And when it came to books, TV and movies, they liked vampire, zombie and ghost stories.”
So Rosancrans and Williams teamed up to start a teen ghost club.
The club was created for teens to have a safe environment where they can be themselves and together have the freedom to explore the paranormal field. The members of the club are held to academic and positive behavior standards. These youth will have the opportunity to be a positive force in the community through education, building leadership skills and participating in community service projects.
“But first, we had to convince their parents that our investigations into ghosts wouldn’t take the kids to the dark side,” Williams said.
Nineteen kids, ages 12-17 now comprise the club, one year after formation.
“We have a great group of kids and we’ve involved their parents as well,” Rosancrans said. “We want everyone to know that what we do is not threatening in any way. But it is true that many homes in this area, including the library, have ghosts inside. There are things in this world that cannot be explained, that’s our message.”
The club spends time at its monthly meetings researching various paranormal events, as well as ghost hunting.
But Friday, the focus will be on the spirits residing in the library.
The foundation of the building harkens back to 1810, Williams said.
Twenty-five “guest” ghost hunters will speak to the spirits, guided by the teens in the club.
Cost of a ticket is $25; 14 tickets remain unsold as of Tuesday night. Proceeds for the event will go to the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center.
For more information, call 975-5951, or check out www.spiritreachers.com, where you can buy tickets online.