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Commissioner Rocky Smith explains abundance of paranormal activity in presentations.

COURTESY PHOTO: OCPL - Oregon City Adult Services Librarian Gina Bacon used Photoshop and a lifelong love of the Halloween season to create this haunted image of the library's historic Carnegie wing.Oregon City's public library has been officially haunted this month with creepy art and spooky book recommendations.

But that doesn't mean that the library has verified resident spirits or paranormal activity, according to Oregon City Commissioner Rocky Smith in an Oct. 13 presentation.



A historian and paranormal investigator, Smith said that most of Oregon City's old buildings have ghostly activity due to their age and location along with sources of power such as railroad tracks and rivers. An art teacher at the new Oregon City High School building constructed in 2003, Smith often hears from students that the relatively new building is haunted, and he does not refute these claims.COURTESY PHOTO: OCPL - Some genuinely spine-tingling options are available in the adult section of the Oregon City Public Library, just in time for Halloween.

As the oldest city west of the Rocky Mountains, Oregon City has lots of ghost stories that Smith shared from his years of experience with the paranormal and his historical knowledge of Oregon City, where he was born and raised. Oregon City Library Director Greg Williams said the library was fortunate to have Smith share a second paranormal presentation highlighting how his hometown is unique in so many ways, including its reputation as one of the most haunted cities in America.

"Rocky's knowledge, expertise and experience really helps viewers understand why Oregon City is considered to be a hotbed of paranormal activity and reveals fascinating connections between the events and people of the past and the paranormal phenomena, so many people have experienced throughout Oregon City," Williams said.COURTESY PHOTO: OCPL - Kids can peruse some scary (and not-so-scary) book recommendations based on the Oregon City Library's Halloween Scavenger Hunt stops. There are 13 books on each list, one for each item hidden along the route.

Librarians have created a Halloween program full of other special events, games, and reading and viewing suggestions. Library staff created Halloween displays of genuinely spooky and not-so-scary reading suggestions for readers of all ages.

Through Oct. 31, the library encourages the public to participate in an all-ages scavenger hunt in midtown Oregon City with two ways to play, an easy mode for young kids and families, and an advanced mode for older kids, teens and adults. Register online at orcity.beanstack.org. Each participant earns a small prize and a prize drawing ticket!

Meanwhile, Adult Services Librarian Gina Bacon hosts Halloween editions of the Let's Get Lit Virtual Trivia Nights at 7 p.m. every Friday. Test your knowledge against your friends by going to go.lincc.org/octrivia on your computer or smartphone.

Especially for Oregon City's disability community, B.A.M. Trivia: All Things Halloween runs Wednesdays, Oct. 20/27 at crowd.live/WBFYY. Through Oct. 31, the first B.A.M. Pumpkin Carving Contest will be giving prizes for participating at go.lincc.org/ocbamfb.

At 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, Oregon City's children's librarians will continue their series of online readings of fall-themed stories with "Creepy Carrots" by Aaron Reynolds. Kids from 2-9 can also reserve LEGOs and Brix Edu to spider-themed creation for fall by registering at go.lincc.org/ococtlego (limit one kit per child while supplies last).

For more information about special programs, visit orcity.org/library or call 503-657-8269. For more information about Oregon City ghost tours offered by Rocky Smith, visit nwghosttours.com or text 503-679-4464.


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