Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Celebrating Libraries - and a Giveaway!

By Chloe Ellefson, Historic Site Curator

of the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries

by Kathleen Ernst

Library week may officially be over, but I'm taking a pause from my own work to celebrate libraries---and the people who work in them.

I'm curator of collections at an outdoor museum, and sometimes do consulting work at other museums and historic sites too. Most have their own library for staff use.

The photo above was taken at an historic site where I recently spent an eventful week as a consultant. (More about that another time.) The point is, historic sites staff are grateful for whatever space they can find.

On the other end of the scale, the photo below was taken in the State Historical Society of Wisconsin's library. The ambiance always reminds me that the work done at museums and historical societies is important.

Whether squeezed into a closet or arrayed on shelves in regal halls. libraries and the materials they collect are important. To all the librarians out there, and library volunteers, thank you.

Want to support your local library? Provide the library name, town, and state or province in the comment section, and it will be entered in a Giveaway. The winning library, chosen at random, will receive the first three books in the Chloe Ellefson series:  Old World Murder, The Heirloom Murders, and The Lightkeeper's Legacy. The Giveaway closes at midnight on April 19, and the winner will be announced on April 20.

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Kathleen Ernst is the author of thirty-six books, including the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries, mysteries for young readers, historical fiction, and two nonfiction books.  Before becoming a full time writer she worked as a curator at Old World Wisconsin.

To learn more about the award-winning Chloe Ellefson series---including the latest, Mining For Justice, see Kathleen's website.

Kathleen is celebrating the series with an eight-month-long retrospective, and it's Heritage of Darkness month! Stop by her blog to learn more about the book, and watch her Facebook Author Page for a Giveaway.


  1. I have found so much fun, knowledge, friendship and more in libraries. Now I rely on library-by-mail, with librarians always anxious to find books I request. So my nominee: Anne Arundel county library-by-mail in Glen Burnie MD.

  2. My shout out goes to the Howard Beach Branch of the Queens County Library here in NYC. They go above and beyond in serving their community. I donate my once read and don't collect books to this branch and instead of selling them and turning the few bucks they make, put them immediately into circulation.

  3. West Boca Branch
    Palm Beach County Libraries
    Boca Raton FL

  4. Powers Memorial Library, Palmyra, WI

  5. Jan Pratt Library in Tampa, Florida. In Hillsborough County.

  6. Bekkum Memorial Library Westby WI

  7. Highland Park Branch of the St. Paul Public Library, St. Paul, MN.

  8. Mine is the Wolcott Public Library in Wolcott CT 06716

  9. Stone County Library
    Mountain View, AR 72560

    We may be the county seat but Mountain View has a population of under 3,000. Small libraries everywhere can use all the help and donations available. There are always young impressionable minds and those of us that are young at heart that love to read and learn.

    Thank you very much for your generosity and for the chance!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  10. My library, The Gladbrook Public Library in Gladbrook, Iowa 50635 would love to win these for our cozy collection!

  11. Ashtabula County District Library, Ashtabula, OH 44004

  12. Love this series! Sumner Branch, Pierce County Library, Sumner, WA

    1. Lori, congratulations! Your name came out of the hat a winner. I will send the books directly to the library, and let them know that you made it happen.

  13. I was a librarian for 22 1/2 years at Fleming County Public Library in Flemingsburg, KY 41041.

  14. I would like to nominate the L.D. Fargo Library in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. It is a wonderful community site and it is where I wrote two of my own books, Mother's Night and Janie and the Basketball. It was there when I needed it after some bad months and I was grateful that it was available after other libraries in the area were closed.

  15. I went to my library for the first time when I was 4 years old. I still go to the same one. It is Thompson Lane Branch, Nashville, TN Public Library.

  16. Congratulations to the Pierce County Library in Sumner, WA! Thanks to Lori Bonkoski, that library will receive the first three Chloe Ellefson mysteries.

    Thanks to all who entered!

  17. OOPS! I just realized that I was a day early in announcing a winner. The giveaway is still open, and a *second* winner will be announced tomorrow, April 20.

  18. Little Falls Carnegie Library Little Falls, MN

  19. Congratulations to the Stone County Library in Mountain View, AR! Thanks to Kay Garrett, that library will also receive the first three Chloe Ellefson mysteries.