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October 28, 2013

The spirit of LaSalle can be found at the library

Niagara Gazette — It seems that there is much more than meets the eye at the LaSalle Library. Although a charming red brick building situated within the heart of the old village, it is impossible to ignore the sinister iron bars that lock the lower level windows. By day, the library staff serves books, movies and music to patrons. But with the approach of nightfall ... is it possible that the library has some other occupation?

Perhaps the most unusual library in the NIOGA Library System, the LaSalle Library contains four iron cells that had been used as holding chambers up until the early 1960s. Now, just ghosts of their former selves, the jail cells linger on as storage rooms, complete with peeling paint and creaking gates. However, they do leave quite a bit for the imagination ... especially on one particular cold, dark and rainy evening in October when a team of investigators from a local ghost-hunting group, Niagara Falls Paranormal, came for a visit.

Intent on a mission to conduct a paranormal sweep through area libraries and book shops, lead investigators Jimmy Silvaroli, his wife, Lisa, as well as a number of other investigators including Amy Wall, Joseph Morock, Mike Prokop, Carly Cerra and Frank Keitz burrowed in for the evening hoping to capture any hint of spirit activity that may linger within the historic building.

They came well-prepared and armed with the usual ghost-hunting equipment: Flashlights, recorders, cameras, EMF detectors, and a spirit box. There were rumors that there may be some restless souls lurking about the library.

In fact Sam Soro, a LaSalle library staff member, and Michelle Petrazzoulo, the Niagara Falls and LaSalle Library director, said there were rooms that gave them “awful vibes” and other locations that they could not stand to stay in for too long. In fact, one spot in the basement was especially frightening to both of them. And there was this incident in which a computer technician had noticed something strange on a security camera. He described what he saw as a “misty, strange and dark animal” type entity walking up and down the ramp.

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