Friday, January 19, 2018

Community Art Reception Tomorrow Evening!

Molly Rice Art Exhibit Opening Reception at The Center at Whitman County Library Saturday, Jan. 20, 5-7 pm

The community is invited to an Opening reception on Saturday, January 20 in conjunction with a stunning exhibit of mixed media artwork by local artist Molly Rice. Light refreshments will be served and the artist will be on hand to discuss her work. The exhibit is on display from January 20 through March 31 at The Center at Colfax Library. For more information, contact Kristie Kirkpatrick at 509-397-4366.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Voter Forum - Jan. 23

Voter Forum at the Center at Colfax Library

Please join the League of Women Voters for this informational forum on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 pm. Learn more about important issues on the February ballot including the Whitman County Library levy restoration measure, Colfax School levy, and Colfax School bond.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Celebrate Galentine's Day at the Library

💕 Galentine's Day Thursday, Feb. 1 💕

Ladies bring a friend (or two) to enjoy an evening of Valentine's Day crafting, food, drink and fun Thursday, February 1 at 7 pm! Create festive decorations for your home and bling to add to your arm party. A $25 fee covers supply cost and a donation to The Center's new roof.

Space is limited, call Nichole at 397-4366 by Jan. 26 to register for ladies night out!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Colfax Library has tons of fun events for kids this week

Crazy 8s Math Club Wednesdays, January 17 - March 7, 3 to 4 pm

Kids, sign-up for MATH GONE WILD! Crazy 8s is a fun, frenzied, and FREE afterschool program which is guaranteed to knock your socks off! Call (509) 397-4366 to register! 

Third Thursday: Money Smart Kids Thursday, Jan. 18, 3:30-4:30 pm

It's 3rd Thursday FUN at the Colfax Library! Kids in grades 1-4 are invited to the library for STEM engagement activities with stories, games, crafts & more! Call Sheri or Nichole at 397-4366 for details. Special guest, Shanna Larson from US Bank talks money with the kids! 

Storytime Thursday Mornings, 10 -11:30 am

Early Learning Storytime is a FREE program that offers a valuable listening and pre-reading experience for children birth to age 5. Children, parents/caregivers will enjoy engaging stories and participate in imaginative activities that include songs, fingerplays, action activities, crafts, puppets, and more!

Baby Time, Ages 0-2, 10:10-10:30 am

Toddler Time, Ages 2-3, 10:30-11:00 am

Preschool Time, Ages 4 and up, 11:00-11:30 am

Play & Learn Friday Mornings, 10-11:30 am

Join WCL for family, friends, and neighbors playgroup each Friday from September through June. Parents/caregivers bring your children for free play and socialization.

Call Sheri Miller or Nichole Kopp at 397-4366 for details on children's programs.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Diverse Recommended Reads

All 14 branches of Whitman County Library are closed January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Access to the library’s catalog, downloadable audio and eBooks, and other online resources including Rural Heritage are available by visiting our website at

Celebrate our differences!
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Whitman County Library shares with you this collection of powerful novels by African American authors!

The Color Purple is a classic. It is hailed as one of the all-time 'greats' of literature, inspiring generations of readers. Set in the deep American South between the wars, it is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Abused by the man she calls 'father', she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister, Nettie, and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker - a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually, Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves. 

A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel. Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast's booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread follows Effia's descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana; the other follows Esi and her children into the American South and Civil War.

As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for pre-Civil War Blacks, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor - engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven - but masks an insidious scheme. Even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is on the hunt.

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film. Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Library closed...but Libby is OPEN!

WCL is closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 14 & 15...but not to worry, we have ebooks & audiobooks available for download 24/7!!!

Downloading books from the Library has never been easier thanks  to Libby & OverdriveWhitman County library cardholders can borrow best-selling and classic titles free of charge on almost any device! Simply download the Libby or Overdrive App from your app store, enter your card number, and then start browsing your favorite titles and authors! Books automatically expire at the end of the lending period so there are no late fees

Start reading (or listening) with Libby today!

OverDrive is currently compatible with eBook and audio/video devices including PC, Mac, Kindle, Android, iPad and Nook. Libby is compatible with mobile devices, such as smartphones and most tablets. For more information please contact the Colfax Library at 397-4366 on Drop-In Tech Help.

eBook help is available! Drop-in Tech Help is typically held the first and last Saturday of the month from 2-4 pm as well as the last Tuesday from 2-4 pm. Check our Tech Tuesday schedule!