Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Everybody Reads 2017 book is "Black River" by S.M. Hulse. The author visits Colfax, Tues. November 7 at noon at the Whitman County Library. Come to listen, ask questions, bring a lunch or reserve lunch for $13 by calling 509-397-4366. Hulse will also be visiting Dahmen Barn in Uniontown on Mon. November 6 at 1 p.m.

As part of the Everybody Reads Program, citizens from across the Palouse, Lewiston and Clarkston Valley have been reading Black River in anticipation for the author's visit in November multiple presentations by the author.

Black River by S.M. Hulse 
"A tense Western and an assured debut, Black River tells the story of a man marked by a prison riot as he returns to the town, and the convict, who shaped him." 

When Wes Carver returns to Black River, he carries two things in the cab of his truck: his wife’s ashes and a letter from the prison parole board. The convict who held him hostage during a riot, twenty years ago, is being considered for release.

Wes has been away from Black River ever since the riot. He grew up in this small Montana town, encircled by mountains, and, like his father before him and most of the men there, he made his living as a Corrections Officer. A talented, natural fiddler, he found solace and joy in his music. But during that riot Bobby Williams changed everything for Wes — undermining his faith and taking away his ability to play.

How can a man who once embodied evil ever come to good? How can he pay for such crimes with anything but his life? As Wes considers his own choices and grieves for all he’s lost, he must decide what he believes and whether he can let Williams walk away.
With spare prose and stunning detail, S. M. Hulse drops us deep into the heart and darkness of an American town.

"Black River is such a vivid, compelling debut novel. S. M. Hulse is an astute guide to an implacable western landscape of grief, violence and redemption." —Jess Walter, NYT bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins, The Financial Lives of the Poets, and others

"This powerful, character-driven novel of family, suffering, mistakes, forgiveness, and atonement begs you to put on a classic bluegrass album and savor the very real world that Hulse has captured on the page. This is a new Montana story, a story of the West that eschews romantic imaginings and instead lives in the grit and complexity of the modern West." —Ariana Paliobagis, Country Bookshelf (Bozeman, MT)

"A lovely austerity infuses this story of damage and redemption, and makes it glow. Hulse is a wise and compassionate writer who understands the tricky and heartbreaking borders between principle and rigidity, justice and revenge. Her debut novel is provoking and memorable." —Deirdre McNamer, author of Red Rover and My Russian

Winner of the 2015 Reading the West Book Award
An ABA 2015 Indies Introduce Title
An Amazon Best Book of the Month for January 2015
A February 2015 Indie Next List Pick
Long-listed for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Blood Drive Thursday, July 27 1:30 - 5:30 pm

The gift of blood is the gift of life. You can save the lives of three people by donating blood Thursday, July 27, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. Appointments are being taken by contacting the library at 509-397-4366 or the Inland Northwest Blood Center at Present to donate blood at the Colfax Library, and enter to win a BMW e bike!

According to the Inland Northwest Blood Center, here are a few facts about donations: 

1. Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood product. 
2. Although 60% of Americans are eligible to donate blood, only approximately 5% actually do. 
3. It is estimated that one in three individuals will need a blood product sometime during their life.

Make your appointment online at or call 800-423-0151. Walk-ins will be seen on a first come, first serve basis with photo I.D. required. Donors should drink plenty of fluids and eat a meal at least two hours prior to arrival. The entire list of eligibility criteria can be found by  contacting the Inland Northwest Blood Center at or by calling toll-free 800-423-0151.

For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

August 2017 Coding Camps

Kid/Adult Coding Camp @ the Colfax Library

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 6-8PM
Kids and adults ages 9-99 join us for Coding Camp Part 3: More Arduino Projects!!  During this 2 hour camp learn to code an LED to send Morse Code messages, code and play a Randomly Influenced Finger Flute, and code to play a song! Space is limited must register to attend, call Colfax Library 397-4366 by July 28th to reserve your spot!

Coding Camp Part 3 @ the Colfax Library

Monday, Aug. 14, 1-3PM
Kids age 12 and up join us for Coding Camp Part 3: More Arduino Projects!!  During this 2 hour camp learn to code an LED to send Morse Code messages, code and play a Randomly Influenced Finger Flute, and code to play a song! Space is limited must register to attend, call Colfax Library 397-4366 by Aug. 4 to reserve your spot!
Sponsored by Washington State Library and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For questions or information on future events please visit our events calendar, follow us on facebook, call us at (509) 397-4366, email us at, or stop by any of our 14 library branches.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Recommended Reads for Healthy Eating!

This cookbook will show you how to stop wasting money on unhealthy takeout food and cook delicious and healthy meals that are guaranteed to be faster than delivery. 
Packed with vibrant photos and over 100 recipes this cookbook will inspire you to make wildly delicious, nourishing food using healthy wholesome ingredients. 

This book will show you the best foods for reversing the signs of aging, rejuvenating your veins and arteries, and keeping your brain sharp in your golden years.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

Get your solar eclipse viewing glasses at Whitman County Library TODAY! 


Safely observe the eclipse with your very own glasses. Stop at any Whitman County Library branch location and grab a pair while supply lasts. For more information about the eclipse or other upcoming events please visit or call 509-397-4366.

During this national event, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that has not occurred in decades. The last total solar eclipse for the United States was nearly 40 years ago. The rest of the U.S. and North America will see a partial eclipse, with the Moon covering up only part of the Sun. It is aptly named the Great American Eclipse. 

This will be a great opportunity for our community to celebrate science, with fun, hands-on and multimedia activities, culminating in the eclipse event on August 21, 2017. “We are proud that the Whitman County Library is participating in this national program,” said Sheri Miller, Youth Services Manager. “We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find the solar eclipse to be an experience they will remember the rest of their lives.
Path of Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017 
Whitman County Library has joined the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library initiative, which is providing resources and STEM activities to libraries across the nation related to the eclipse. Partners include NASA, the American Library Association, and many other organizations. This project was made possible through support from the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, and the National Science Foundation. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

T'ai Chi in the Colfax Library Center

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention presented by Whitman Medical Group. Join us to learn about the benefits of Tai Chi with Bonnie Kirkpatrick from Whitman Medical Group. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Classes will be available Thursday July 20 & 27 at 9:30 a.m. For additional information, please contact Whitman County Library at (509) 397-4366.