The Hobart Ghost
One staff member was packing video cassettes before opening and saw a white-haired woman wearing a black dress and clunky old-fashioned shoes walking up one of the ramps in the library. Since the branch wasn't open yet, no one should be inside. The staff member went after her to find out how she'd got in, but when she searched for her the woman was gone.
And one night the Hobart branch head at the time was closing up the library. He went downstairs to make sure the meeting room and exterior doors were locked. When he came back upstairs, he headed to the Main Street door to leave when a strange feeling made him look back. As he turned his head, he spotted a woman in a floor-length white dress.
He turned back around and walked, very quickly, to the door and went home, reporting that he'd much rather earn his gray hair the traditional way than by investigating ghosts at the library.
(Note: LCPL now has a policy against staff working alone in our buildings, simply for safety's sake – but since the implementation of this policy many years ago, there have been no further sightings.)
So, who is the Hobart ghost? That much remains a mystery. Here's what we know:
The current Hobart branch is built on the site of a former blacksmith shop and town dump (which may have been a part of the blacksmith shop). At another point, it was a stagecoach stop, and then a hotel. The hotel burned down and was replaced with a beach house, but one that businesses operated out of rather than a residence.
The rumor is that a woman was murdered in the house, which was then sold directly to the library, but there are no official reports of a murder in the newspapers of the time.
If there is a ghostly woman haunting Hobart's stacks, she only shows herself when people are alone in the library it would seem.
Is she a former resident with unfinished business? Could there have been a murder at some point in the site's history that no one knows about? We don't know, but we invite you to share your theories and stories – in daylight, if you please!