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Some have seen orbs. Some have heard bloodcurdling screams. Some have seen full-fledged apparitions.

Nearly 20 teens took a ghost tour of Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library on Friday to hear about the paranormal activity that library staff and patrons have experienced at 229 Washington St.

The Library Mysteries tour was part of the Beneath the Surface teen reading program.

“We’re not scared to be here,” Reference Librarian Suzanne C. Renzi-Falge said several times during the tour. “You shouldn’t be scared to be here, either.”

All of the teens were given a packet with ghost-hunting definitions and photos of activity in the north reading room, where a woman in white clothing has been seen by patrons, and in the genealogy department.

As Ms. Renzi-Falge guided participants from room to room, she recounted the activity she has experienced during past ghost hunts. When the last investigators focused on the Daughters of the American Revolution room, she said, there was a multitude of orbs there the entire night.

“This room has an awful lot of them,” she said. “Orange ones, yellow ones, brights ones, dull ones. It’s like a Dr. Seuss book.”

In several of the rooms, the investigators performed flashlight tests, asking the entities to answer questions by switching the light on or off. Some of the tests were done in the basement and in the genealogy room, where two Woodruff portraits are located. The Woodruffs were the family of Mr. Flower’s wife, Sarah M. Woodruff.

“The basement was the hotbed of all activity,” Ms. Renzi-Falge told the group.

In the area where materials for the annual book sale are kept, she said, the maintenance staff heard screaming. She said a key was bent in half for one of the side rooms as well, possibly so an entity could enter.

“I remember once I went in there and I felt like somebody was standing on my chest,” Ms. Renzi-Falge said. “I couldn’t breathe.”

The teens were led to the room where the screams were heard, and the lights were turned off to see if they could get one of the ghosts to respond to a question by knocking on the door. Nothing happened, much to their disappointment.

“I was expecting it to be pitch black in the basement,” said 14-year-old Laurie A. Franklin, Watertown. “I was also expecting ghosts to be there as well.”

Laurie said she sometimes believes in ghosts and was nervous when the lights were turned off.

“I was holding onto my friend’s hands, and we were holding on really tightly,” she said.

Ms. Renzi-Falge said there will be other investigations in the future, and the next focus will be in the basement.

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