Tuesday, March 28, 2017

April Tech Tuesdays

The second month of WCL's Tech Tuesdays are underway at the Colfax Library's NEW Tek Center. The Tek Center provides free WiFi, 8 laptops, and access to a wide variety of library resources including experienced staff, educational software, downloadable books and more! Come into the digital age with    

Technology driven events to follow every Tuesday at the Tek Center. For more information about Technology Tuesdays, TEK Center, school technology classes or volunteer opportunities, contact Nichole Kopp, Whitman County Library Teen Services and TEK Center Coordinator at 397-4366.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

New line-up of classes & services for Whitman County Senior Citizens!

Seniors...if you are looking for fun activities like learning to play the Ukulele, BINGO, Yoga, gentle aerobics, or computer help - just head down to the Whitman County Library! 
WCL provides a wide range of free services for local senior citizens, including a generous collection of large print books, one-on-one assistance with eBook readers and technology, Low Vision Readers, outreach services to local senior living facilities, direct home mailing and a unique array of classes and programs countywide.

Colfax Senior Activities:

Color Me Crafty - 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, 2-4 p.m. Adults of all ages are invited to color and enjoy coffee, cookies, and conversation with relaxing music.

Caregiver Coffee and Support Group - 1st & 3rd Monday of each month, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Led by Rural Resources, family and in-home caregivers share advice, resources and support.

Bingo & Pie - 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, 2-4 p.m. Prizes, pie and other goodies for free courtesy of Colfax Rosauers and Friends of the Library.

Fit & Fun- Mondays & Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Low impact, gentle aerobic exercise with old time dance moves that improve mobility and balance. 

Yoga for Balance & Aging Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Gentler, tailored approach to meet the participant’s fitness, balance or rehabilitation needs. 
Thank you Molly Overby!

ACT 2 Spring Programs - Family History 1, eBay Basics and Ukulele classes at the Colfax Library. Call 800-845-3324 to sign up.

Fitness classes at the library are free to Whitman County seniors 65+ thanks to a local donor. For more information about any of these services contact Molly Overby, Whitman County Library Senior Services Coordinator at (877)773-3573, at overbym@whitco.lib.wa.us or by visiting our Events Calendar at www.whitco.lib.wa.us.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

STEM Programs for Kids & Teens at WCL

Whitman County Library is a helping students all over the county attain technological and computing skills. Digital literacy is important for college and careers in this new electronic age. WCL is providing kids and teens with employable, high demand technological skills! We provide LEGO Robotics, Coding Camps, traveling STEM kits, and STEM bags for checkout! Toddlers to teens can learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at WCL!  


LEGO Mindstorms EV3 - Robotics, basic programming, and robot challenges!(6th grade and up). Colfax Library Tek Center - March 29, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. & Malden Library - April 3rd, 1 - 3 p.m.

Technology Tuesdays - Colfax Library Tek Center. April 4, 1 - 3 p.m - Kids that Code - Students can drop in to do online coding or work with one of our STEM Kits. (4th grade and up). April 11, 10 - 11 a.m. - Toddler Tech Time - Bring your little ones to this new interactive reading experience. Enjoy OverDrive Read-Along eBooks with pictures, narration, and text highlighting, music, and STEM stations!

Coding Camp - New laptops, new apps! Morse Code project,  LED Lights, and making music! St. John Library, April 5th 1 to 3 p.m. 
For more information visit www.whitco.lib.wa.us. Space is limited so sign up with Nichole at 509-397-4366. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Family History Research, eBay Basics and Ukulele classes are coming to the Colfax Library thanks to a partnership with ACT 2 Program, Spokane Community College. Residents are encouraged to register early for these non-credit community enrichment classes which are provided at a low cost through the ACT2 program.

FAMILY HISTORY with experienced family researcher, Carolyn Arnett. Expand your family tree using a variety of new resources and learn easy techniques for organizing the results. This class runs on Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m., April 4 - May 23.

INTRODUCTION TO UKULELE with Scott Hallett. Ideal for those who want to learn or who already know a few simple cords. This class runs on Wednesdays from 6-7:30, April 5- April 26.

with eBay entrepreneurs Chris Hoch and Karen Gilles-Hoch on Wednesday, May 10 from 5:30-9 p.m.

For cost and registration call Community Colleges of Spokane at (509) 279-6030 or visit www.iel.spokane.edu/ACT2. If you have any other questions, contact the Whitman County Library at (509) 397-4366 or visit www.whitco.lib.wa.us.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Herblock on Democracy

Now on display at the Whitman County Library!

This exhibit features 24 panels displaying reproductions of the work of legendary Washington Post editorial cartoonist, Herbert L. Block, famously known as "Herblock" as well as illustrated brochures to take home! Produced by the Herb Block Foundation and crafted by Curator Harry Katz, the exhibit presents Herblock's effort to defend the rights and freedoms of Americans through his political cartoons.

The traveling exhibit is only here through the end of the week, March 26th. So hurry in and view the piece of animated history!

For more information view our events calendar or call the Whitman County Library at 397-4366

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?

Join us for this unique Humanities Washington tomorrow, Thursday March 23 at noon at the Colfax Methodist Church. You do not want to miss this one-of-a-kind presentation!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Help preserve local library services by supporting IMLS!

President Trump’s proposed budget calls for the elimination of The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). While many have never heard of IMLS, we experience its benefits through our local libraries every day.

Per capita, Whitman County Library District is one of the top recipients of IMLS grants in Washington State.  IMLS funding supports early literacy efforts, downloadable eBooks and audio books, technology classes for kids and adults (from Lego Mindstorms and Kids Coding Camps to software and hardware instruction for adults and seniors), technology equipment and telecommunication upgrades, The Rural Heritage online collection, services to the blind and physically handicapped, staff and board training and others. 

Pick your favorite library service and IMLS likely played a hand in it. And, even if you don’t use the library, your family, friends, and neighbors probably do. Last year attendance at Whitman County Library classes and programs reached an all-time high of 39,000, traditional checkouts were steady at 121,000 and use of eBooks and other online resources topped 43,000; strong usage for a library district of just 15,000 people.

You won’t see a better return on your investment than tax support for libraries. Whitman County Library spends a relatively small amount to effectively educate and support people in every age group and from every walk of life. IMLS funds stretch our local dollars, insuring us access to reliable information and innovative services, resources that are taken for granted and easily afforded by our urban counterparts.

If local library service is important to you, I encourage you to call Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers at 509-353-2374 or in Washington DC at 202-225-2006. To contact information for President Trump, our state senators or other legislators who represent us all visit https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials or call the library at 877-733-3375 for assistance.


Kristie Kirkpatrick, Director
Whitman County Rural Library District
102 S. Main Street
Colfax, WA  99111

14 branch locations or online at www.whitco.lib.wa.us