Friday, June 5, 2020

Libby in New Languages and Help for Those with Learning Disorders

We’re delighted to announce that Libby is now available in the following languages:
  • Spanish
  • Simplified & Traditional Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Swedish
Libby also offers a dyslexic friendly font, learn how!

Additional languages available in Libby.If a user’s device is set to one of the languages above, Libby will automatically display in that language. Users can toggle Libby’s display by updating the language setting on their device.

Need help when the tech librarian isn't available? Visit to answer all your ebook questions!

With this release, Libby also made improvements to Libby's reader and audio player in all languages, including more intuitive controls for playback speed and the sleep timer. Watch a brief tutorial here.

Happy reading,
Whitman County Library

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Summer Reading 2020: Imagine Your Story!

We have been busy planning and getting creative to provide YOU with fun reading challenges, online programs, and grab-and-go activities in this time
You can print your Summer Reading forms at home or access them online. If you finish before we are open, you can mail in your finished form to the Colfax Library at 102 S. Main St., drop it in the book drop, or email a digital copy to

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Gloria Lauhoff Honored as Supporter of the Month for May 2020

Whitman County Library Staff with Friend of the Library & Supporter of the Month, Gloria Lauhoff.
Gloria Lauhoff was honored as Library Supporter of the Month for May. Gloria has been a dedicated and active member of the Friends of the Library and recently donated 50 masks to protect library staff and patrons during the Coronavirus crisis.

The Staff, Friends and Board of Whitman County Library present this monthly award as a way of recognizing the generous donors and volunteers who make an important impact in their libraries and communities. To see the complete list of those recognized to date, click here or contact Kristie Kirkpatrick at 509-397-4366.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Come on down to the Colfax Library's Reading Obstacle Course!

Spin, jump, skip, and more! If you happen to stop by after it rains, be sure to try again as we will keep our reading obstacle course going for the community!

Feel free to post photos or videos on our Facebook page of you completing the course. Be sure to social distance and be safe.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

STEM Kits - Email to WIN by June 1st

Whitman County Students Liam & Jovie Dawson show off their STEM kit creation

Monday, May 25, 2020

Thank You to Our Community for Providing Masks

WCL is accepting donations of handmade masks to be used by staff and patrons. Thank you to Dana Hogan and Gloria Lauhoff for sending dozens our way!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Give Audiobooks A Shot to Help Pass the Time

Library Column by Rachelle Marshall, Whitman County Library Assistant, Weekly Booklist columnist for Moscow Pullman Daily News, read the full article here

A while back my husband and I were traveling to California and as we started our trip, I started a new book, “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.

In my own little world, earbuds in place I couldn’t control my giggles and gasps. My husband repeatedly ask, “What?”

Fed up, I finally said, “Either we are going to listen together or you’re going to let me do so in peace.”

He chose the former and that began one of the best road trips of our marriage with a lot a laughing, a little crying and what turned out to be a great book.  

Which brings me to my point, my love of audiobooks.  Most of us started our childhoods being read to and loving every second of it.

Now that we are grown, should that pleasure no longer be enjoyed?

If you don’t enjoy reading books or you like to read but have never tried an audiobook here are my reasons why you should give them a try: multitasking, happy commute, quick reading, narrator accents, tune out, chillax, and more!

Your library offers you many ways to score a great audiobook. You can download the “Libby app,” to access thousands of titles, visit the website for links to free eBook collections or request books on CD that can be mailed to you if you live in the Whitman County Library District.

If you don’t know your library card number you can email us at and we can email your library card number to you.  Stay healthy and happy listening.