Burlington library fundraisers focus on the paranormal


Friday, August 5, 2011 .

Burlington library fundraisers focus on the paranormal

By Jeannie O’Sullivan

BURLINGTON CITY — Do ghosts and psychic powers really exist?

Two upcoming fundraisers at the Library Company of Burlington will give both skeptics and believers some insight into these paranormal topics.

The first is a psychic fair that will begin at noon Saturday at the library at 23 W. Union St. Area mediums, intuitives, angel channelers, pet communicators, Reiki healers and psychometry experts will give 15-minute readings for $20. The lineup includes psychics Maura Bertotti, John Brion, Marti Haines and Shelby Zappa; a medium known as Lyn; and Sharon Hutton, a certified massage therapist who charges $1 per minute.

Reservations can be made by calling 609-386-1273.

Library director Sharon Vincz hopes the event will be as successful as the first psychic fair, which took place in May and drew 80 visitors. It raised $800 that will be used for new carpeting, she said.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was awesome,” Vincz said.

On Aug. 13, visitors are welcome to join South Jersey Ghost Research for a haunted investigation of the library from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $50 and limited to those 18 and older.

Armed with digital cameras and voice recorders and thermometers, the paranormal researchers discovered energy orbs, or apparitions, and “an above-average amount” of ghostly sound, known as electronic voice phenomenon, during an investigation of the library in March 2008, according to case history on www.sjgr.org.

Visitors will receive an orientation about the equipment and then split into three groups that will each investigate a floor of the building, Vincz said.

Cold spots, orb sightings and old drawers that seemed to open and shut on their own are just a few of the experiences investigators have reported, she said.

“It still gives me the chills to think about it,” Vincz said.

Formerly known as the Ghost Hunters of America, the 56-year-old group has conducted investigations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York and is headquartered at the Ghost Hunter Store in Mount Holly.

For more information and to register for the investigation, call 609-261-2361.