Niagara Gazette


October 28, 2013

The spirit of LaSalle can be found at the library


Niagara Gazette — The building in which the LaSalle Library now resides dates back to 1924. Throughout much of the location’s history the library inhabited two small rooms and shared the rest of the site with the post office and the police department. The post office was located in the area which now houses the library’s non-fiction section. The back end of the library was the police department. Remnants of the past survive to this day for the place is full of relics telling of a rich history. Soro pulled a handwritten sign off a door only to reveal a large black stencil that read: POLICE PRIVATE. 

And then there was the basement ... Entering the basement was not unlike a trip back in time. One of the rooms, which had been designated as the area’s official “fallout shelter,” still contains Red Cross crates from World War II. Apparently these crates were full of supplies back in the 1980s, however, they have since disappeared.

Glancing through old newspapers one finds that the site was used for many different purposes over the years. Elections were held here, the village court held sessions in the upstairs chambers, and meetings and other important matters were also sorted out within the building located at 8728 Buffalo Ave. During the 1930s and 1940s the building served as a child health station.

But what about the ghosts? Niagara Falls Paranormal had set out to find if there was any truth to the possibility that this location is haunted. Strangely enough, the date of our visit happened to be the anniversary of the death of a very prominent soul attached to the library — Kitsch, the library cat. Kitsch lived an incredibly full life until his death on Oct. 17, 1996. A plaque with his photograph is hanging in the library and inscribed: Kitsch, whose name is the Lithuanian word for cat, lived at the LaSalle Library for 11 years and was a favorite with the patrons, attracting many of them to the library. Of course, cats are not allowed in libraries anymore, and Kitsch’s story is something of a fairy tale to the children who come to the library today.

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