Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Which is Your Favorite?

Palouse Photography Contest & Exhibit

The Colfax Chamber photography exhibit is on display now through Oct. 31st. Come vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award!

The Libey Gallery and Chamber of Commerce invite the community to browse the stunning exhibit of over 60 photo entries depicting nature, people, and small towns on the Palouse.

Winners announced November 10

Visit the Libey Gallery during Colfax Library's open hours Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thurs. & Fri. 2 to 6 p.m., & Sat. 1 to 5 p.m. 

RPG Virtual 1-Shot, Sept. 26

Join the Albion librarian, Amy, for an online Role Playing Game 1-shot adventure on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2 to 4 p.m.!

Meeting will be held via Zoom for adults and teens (ages 13+).

Space is limited to 6 per party, so please call the Colfax Library at 509-397-4366 to sign up! If there is enough interest, more than one adventure can be held. No need to create a character before-hand for this 1-shot. This adventure is for beginners just wanting to try out an RPG like Dungeons and Dragons!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Malden Library a complete loss in Monday’s Babb Road fire

The smoldering bookdrop is all that remains of the Malden Library

As part of the devastation of last week’s fire in Malden, their busy community library and computing center was a complete loss.

The branch had recently reopened, after a long shutdown due to COVID-19. Prior to that closure, Malden Library was one of the most utilized locations in the system. While it was only open eight hours per week, the library was particularly popular with the town’s children.

School bus driver Tina Coe says, “For a lot of the kids, the library was all they had. I always knew when it was library day because the kids were extra loud and excited. The minute I’d open the bus doors, they’d sprint to the library.”

Malden Library also provided 24/7 access to the Internet which was a vital link for the town’s residents. While library hours were quite modest, residents commonly milled outside the library utilizing the free service day and night. Inside the library, computer usage, materials checkout and community programs for all ages were extremely popular as well.

To meet immediate needs of Malden residents, we have extended open hours in the Rosalia Library just eight miles down the road. Computer and Wi-Fi access are also being expanded in anticipation of those who might be working on insurance claims or just need to touch base with loved ones. A private space with a webcam-enabled computer will provide privacy to those who need it.  Masks are required but available at the library, and social distancing and occupancy limits still apply so it’s recommended to call the library at 509-523-3109 to schedule an appointment.

Friends of the Malden Library are accepting donations to expand library and technology services to those temporarily sheltering in Rosalia, and for future efforts to resume services in Malden such as internet access, outreach programs, and ultimately rebuilding the library.  Donations can be sent to the Friends of the Malden Library care of the Colfax branch at 102 S. Main St.  The library is not able to accept book donations at this time.

Library Director Kylie Fullmer, who started in her new position on Sept. 8, the day after the fire says, “The outpouring of support for the communities of Malden and Pine City, for our Malden branch manager who lost her home, and for our library has just been incredible to see.  My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy, but it’s heartwarming to see how our communities come together during times of need.”

Malden Branch Manager, Vanessa Place, who is already back to work filling the new expanded hours at the Rosalia branch shared on the Malden library’s Facebook page that “Our community is amazing and I know we are personally overwhelmed but from the breaking hearts of Malden thank you to everyone helping in the smallest ways.”
For more information or additional ways to support the community of Malden, visit the library’s website at www.whitco.lib.wa.us or contact Fullmer directly at kylie@whitco.lib.wa.us. or 509-397-4366

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Book Club is Back! Sept. 28

Join us on Monday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. for Book Club here at the Colfax Library

This month, the group is reading or watching “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. This book is incredibly touching and uniquely narrated.

Copies of the book, audiobook, and film are all available at the Colfax Library during our new hours, Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m .to 2 p.m., Th. & Fri., 2 to 6 p.m, and Sat. 1 to 5 p.m. You can also download the eBook or eAudio with the Libby app as well as schedule a curbside pickup with us.

We are so excited to be able to gather again and look forward to seeing some new (masked) faces. There is a limit of ten attendees, seated six feet apart. Please remember to wear your mask.

Join the conversation and reserve your spot, contact Sarah Phelan-Blamires at 509-397-4366 or sarahp@whitco.lib.wa.us. 

Friday, September 11, 2020

Save Lives, Donate Blood Sept. 16!

The blood supply is in critical need of donations from people like you. Be a hero and save up to three lives by donating blood at The Center (next to the Colfax Library) on Wednesday, September 16 from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Strict guidelines, including wearing masks will be followed to ensure your safety and those around you. Vitalant is testing all successful donations for COVID antibodies, which means you can help transform lives through donating blood while learning your antibody status. 

Lend your arm on September 16.

People like you, your family, and neighbors need blood every day. Appointments are strongly encouraged by calling 877-25-VITAL or online at vitalant.org. Priority is given to those with appointments.

Please complete your fast track health history online to speed up the donation process. Walk-ins are seen on a first come basis with photo I.D. required. The Whitman County Rural Library System is currently open with limited hours and curbside services. Call 509-397-4366 or visit www.whitco.lib.wa.us for additional information and resources. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Power Your Job Search with Google Tools - SEPT 16

UPDATE: We are Offering this Valuable Webinar Again: Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m.

Register Here

Discover new job opportunities using Google Search and learn how to organize and enhance your job search experience using G Suite tools.

Whitman County Library is teaming with Asotin County Library to present the webinar: Power Your Job Search with Google Tools on Thursday, September 10 at 10 a.m. During this webinar, participants will learn to organize job searching using Google Sheets, locate job openings using Google Job Search, and create a resume using Google Docs.

Looking for Ways to Help those Affected by Fires?


United Way of Whitman County shares that right now there is a need for small gift cards of $25 for gas and other necessities. They are being overwhelmed with physical donations and need no more donations of that kind. They now need cleaning supplies: Rakes, N95 masks, garbage bags and cans, gloves, generators, and other items.

The greatest need is for gift cards, funding, housing, and job opportunities, donate through United Way now.

Thanks to great community support, local organizations are overwhelmed with donations right now and are asking people to please hold back on donating at this time until they have a better idea of what they have and what they need. The Colfax Eagles, Tekoa Library, and other organizations have updated lists on their Facebook pages of what items are still needed. DSHS will be available today and tomorrow to assist anyone in getting signed up for services, more info is available at facebook.com/dshsmobileoffice/

The greatest need is for gift cards, funding, housing, and job opportunities.

Sadly, the Malden Library & Community Center has been destroyed. If you would like to donate to the Malden Library, please make donations out to The Friends of Malden Library and mail them to Whitman County Library at 102 S. Main St. Colfax, WA 99111.

United Way and American Red Cross are also accepting donations for these communities. Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/ (you can designate the local chapter) & United Way: https://donorbox.org/whitman-county-fire-relief-fund

The Rosalia's Alice Porter Memorial Libraryy will now be open during Malden's regular hours where Malden Librarian, Vanessa, will be working starting this afternoon, Wednesday, Sept. 9, to serve displaced Malden residents.

New Rosalia Library Hours: Monday 2 to 6 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday 2 to 6 p.m., Thursday 3 to 7 p.m., Friday 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vanessa, Malden Library Branch Manager, lost her home. If you’d like to make a donation click here Donations can also be taken to the Rosalia Library.

Our hearts go out to Malden and Pine City. We know many of our community members have been wondering how they can help...

 Wildfires rage through Malden and Pine City, destroying homes | krem.com

In order to make computers and other resources available to our Malden community, starting today, Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Rosalia Branch Library will be open during the Malden Library's regular hours.

The library is located at 402 S. Whitman Ave in the town of Rosalia and the phone number is 509-523-3109. We are increasing the number of computers available and extending the computer time limits for those working on insurance and other business related to fire recovery. Masks are required but available at the library. Social distancing and occupancy limits still apply so scheduling computer time is helpful.

New Rosalia Library Hours to Accommodate Malden Residents:

Monday 2 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 3 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 2 to 6 p.m.
Thursday 3 to 7 p.m.
Friday 2 to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Malden Library Branch Manager, Vanessa Place, lost her home. A friend has set up a Go Fund Me page for Vanessa and her family. If you’d like to make a donation, find a list of what the family is in need of, clothing/shoe sizes, how to send items, please click here. Donations can be taken to the Rosalia Library where Vanessa will be working starting this afternoon to serve displaced Malden residents.

Malden Librarian, Vanessa Place, helping children with arts and crafts in the Malden Library