Thursday, December 5, 2019

Winterfest, Santa Claus, FREE hot cocoa at the Library December 5

'Tis the Season to be Reading
Lots of wonderful holiday events coming up at Whitman County Library

Winterfest comes to Colfax on Thursday, December 5 with Santa Claus, Festival of Trees, a lighted Main Street parade, fireworks, store specials, and more!

Santa will hear children’s gift requests at the library from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Complimentary photos will be available from photographer Ally Sterman or parents can snap their own.

At 6 p.m., Santa rolls down Main Street as part of the lighted parade, culminating in an explosion of fireworks from atop the town’s hillside.

The Festival of Trees takes place in The Center inviting visitors to vote for their favorite tree, browse the stunning artwork, enjoy free hot cocoa from Whitman Hospital, and participate in kid’s activities. Adults can purchase a chance to win a variety of prizes from the “12 Ways of Giving” Tree sponsored by Pioneer Title Company. All proceeds benefit children’s library programs countywide.

For more info on the Parade, contact the Colfax Chamber of Commerce at 509-279-1220. For details regarding Santa, The Festival of Trees, and related events, contact Whitman County Library toll-free at 877-733-3375 or 509-397-4366.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

New Exhibit Comes to The Center at Colfax Library

Daisley's painting "Poppy" is shown with a tree decorated by Bryan Johnson of Palouse
Colorfully painted flowers and Palouse landscapes contrast our current winter weather in a stunning new exhibit in Libey Gallery, downtown Colfax. The collection of oils by Jacqueline Daisley of Pullman shows through the month of December.

Daisley's work along with that of eight more artists and photographers are mingled amongst the Colfax Festival of Trees.

While enjoying the artwork, visitors can vote for their favorite trees with winners being announced on December 18 at 7 p.m.

Libey Gallery is located at Colfax Library, 102 S. Main Street, Colfax. Exhibit hours are Mon. - Wed. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thurs. - Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. - Sun. 1 to 5 p.m.. Call 509-397-4366 for more info.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Festival of Trees Raffle Benefits Whitman County Children

12 Ways of Giving Holiday Raffle

Tickets are on sale now for “12 Ways of Giving” a holiday tree comprised of 12 separate gifts being raffled to benefit Whitman County Library youth programs. Pioneer Title Company of Pullman generously donated the tree to fund the children’s programs that will kick-off the 2020 Summer Reading season.

Raffle prizes include a deluxe framed Martin Stadium print and other adult prizes like a Moscow Mule Kit and Christmas D├ęcor basket. Many prize baskets contain great gifts for kids like Hot Wheels, Star Wars Legos, Unicorns and Ninja Warriors.

Ticket buyers choose which of the 12 prizes they desire and deposit their tickets in corresponding jars. Winners will be selected on Wednesday, December 18 at 7 p.m. in The Center as part of the Jingle and Mingle community holiday party. During this ceremony, Winners of the Colfax Chamber window decorating contest and the Festival of Trees will also be announced. Must be 18+, for more information, contact Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366.

Tickets can be purchased at the Colfax Library or Pioneer Title in Pullman, only $1 each!

The tree of "gifts" is flanked by library staff holding
one of the prizes, a framed print of Martin Stadium

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Congratulations to the Howards & the St. John Rialto, Honored as Library Supporters of the Month for October

Thank you to the St. John Rialto and Owners, Kayla & Marc Howard for Supporting Your Library & Community!

The Board of Trustees sponsors this award as a way of thanking community members for their time and generosity

Trivia combines knowledge, community, and fun!

Whitman County Library trustees, Friends, and administrators sponsor the library supporter award to recognize individuals and groups who play a key role in forwarding the library’s activities, improving cultural offerings within our communities and supplementing a limited budget. Click here for a full list of Whitman County Library supporters

Friday, November 29, 2019

Our Town's Living Room...

The Library, Our Town's Living Room

by Sue Hallett

When I was a kid, the first thing that drew me into the public library was the air conditioning. In my home on hot summer days, we kept cool, or cool-ish, by shutting the window shades, running electric fans, and whining. The library was a lusciously cool haven, where I could wander around as long as I liked. I spent a lot of time standing in front of bookshelves, pulling down a particular book, scanning the dust jacket. Soon I was lost in the world that the book created in my head.

I’m in my sixties now, and retired. I can track down any book in the world on the internet and my house is air-conditioned. But my local library holds me captive in different ways. It’s the place where I can stop in downtown to browse the new book section or use the bathroom or write out a greeting card that I just bought, so that I can mail it before I go home. I usually see people I know while I’m there. I sometimes think of the library as our town living room.

This past summer I attended a community college class at the library taught by an archaeologist who told us about excavating underground chambers on the island of Sardinia, which no one had entered since the Bronze Age. The thought of that gave me shivers. He described the Anasazi ruins at Chaco Canyon in the American Southwest, where Great Houses and roads as well-built as those of the ancient Romans still run through the high desert, for what purpose, no one is quite sure. For three hours I sat with my classmates, entranced. I lost all track of the passage of time. I could hardly wait to get home, and make my husband sit and listen to the pages of notes I’d taken.

My childhood experience of the library was a private one, just me and a book. Our library still offers the magic of books, but it has grown into a public space, too. There are things we can only understand when we take a look at them together. At this point in my life, the library is doing it all again in a new, more collaborative way, taking me to faraway places along with my neighbors, opening up larger worlds, making time stand still. I can’t wait for the next Chaco Canyon.

Sue Hallett is the President of the
Whitman County Friends of Library and
a dedicated volunteer. We appreciate
her submission of this great story to
the Moscow Pullman Daily News,
September 14-15 edition

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Library Closure November 28 & 29

All 14 branches of Whitman County Library will close November 28-29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Due dates for library materials have been extended in anticipation of these closures and no late fines will be charged for these days. Drop boxes will remain open at all locations for returned items. Access to the library’s web resources including the catalog, Washington Anytime Library, NewsBank, and our the Events Calendar remain available at

Libraries affected by the closure are: Albion, Colfax, Colton, Endicott, Farmington, Garfield, LaCrosse, Malden, Oakesdale, Palouse, Rosalia, St. John, Tekoa, and Uniontown. Residents may call the library at 397-4366 or toll-free at 1-877-733-3375 for information, details regarding the closure or renewal of materials.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Turkey Leg Fun Run

Palouse Library's 15th Annual Turkey Leg Fun Run, Thanksgiving Morning

Be a part of the Thanksgiving Day Tradition in Palouse by participating in the Turkey Leg Fun Run! While your turkey roasts, you can run, jog or walk, and help raise money for a great cause. All proceeds fund new children’s books and fun activities for the Palouse Library.

The race begins at the Roy M. Chatters Newspaper & Printing Museum, 117 E Main St., Palouse, WA on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 7:45 a.m. with homemade donuts, hot cider and cocoa

Donations are collected the morning of the race or they can be made at the Palouse Library. Over the past 15 years, the Turkey Leg Fun Run has raised well over $15,000, purchasing hundreds of children’s books, funding Summer Reading, and more.

For more information on the event, contact Beverly Pearce at the Palouse Library at (509) 878-1513, like the library’s Facebook page, or visit the our Events Calendar. The Palouse Library is open Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays 2 to 6 p.m. & Fridays 12 to 6 p.m.