It’s spooky season at the Cochrane Public Library

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There’s a frightfully fun new offering on the Cochrane Public Library’s shelves in time for Halloween.

The comprehensive ‘ghost hunting kit’ is now available for library cardholders to borrow for free.

“Originally we thought of this kit to coincide with the premiere of the latest Ghostbusters film,” said the library’s Andrea Johnston.

“However, due to COVID, the movie’s release has been postponed so we decided to launch the kit just in time for Halloween!”

Amateur ghost hunters will find some of the main pieces they need to track down all sorts of paranormal beings.

“There are so many fans of shows like Ghost Hunters who want to be able to conduct their own investigations but don’t know where to start or want to spend money on these more specialized items,” she added.

“That’s where our library comes in.”

Ghost hunters will find an audio recorder, video recorder with night vision, and an EMF detector in the kit, all of which the library says are easy to operate and ‘can assist users in determining what is and isn’t paranormal’. There’s a fun new video on the library’s YouTube page explaining how to use the gear.


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Keep in mind if there are kids involved, they’re probably going to need a bit of adult help. The library reminds ghost hunters heading out into the town to respect laws and private property.

And of course, if anyone’s feeling ill, stick to the library’s wide range of free digital offerings for now.

There’s also a writing contest to coincide with the release of the kit. They’re looking for ‘spooky stories to help celebrate the season’ in a contest open to all ages.

“Submit either a fictional story, an informational report, or a poem to enter to win big,” reads a memo from the library.

“Full details can be found online and the Library encourages everyone to get writing and submit their stories!”

There’s a 6 p.m. entry deadline on October 23, with winners announced a week later. They’ve got the chance at four signed copies of Canadian ghost story books: Ghost Stories of Saskatchewan 3 by Jo-anne Christensen, Journeys into the Unknown by Richard Palmisano, Haunted Canada 10 by Joel A. Sutherland, and Haunted Canada: The Second Terrifying Collection by Joel A. Sutherland.

Library cards are available to those living within Cochrane and residents of some parts of Rocky View County like Elbow Valley, Springbank, Bearspaw, Bragg Creek and Redwood Meadows. Adults are $20, children are free and a two-adult family pass is $25, among other rates.

To sign up for a card at the library (405 Railway St W), bring a valid proof of address like driver’s license, rental agreement or utility statement. During road construction, you’ll need to access the library via Railway Street from the Fifth Avenue side.

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