Thursday, January 23, 2020

It's Almost Galentine's Day!

Looking for a fun ladies night out?  Join us during First Thursday, February 6 for Gal-entine’s Day at The Center in the Colfax Library. 

Ladies bring a friend or two at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy an evening of Valentine’s Day crafting, food, beverages and fun!  A $5 fee includes all supplies.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Tai Chi Health Classes in Colfax & St. John

Tai Chi for Health is being offered from January 28 - May 12 by the Therapy Services staff at Whitman Hospital and Medical Center. The class is provided on Tuesdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the Colfax Library and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Moments Spa in St. John. Classes are being offered at no cost thanks to a generous grant from the Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation.

Stay active this winter by working on balance, strength, and flexibility with Tai Chi!

What is Tai Chi? Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits. For many, it continues as a lifetime journey.

Attendees need to wear comfortable shoes and clothing and no pre-registration is required.  For more information, contact Whitman Hospital and Medical Center Therapy Services at (509) 397-5733.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Library Closed January 19 & 20

All 14 branches of Whitman County Library will close Sunday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan. 20 in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Due dates for library materials have been extended in anticipation of the closure 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 catalog, downloadable audio and eBooks, database products and Events Calendar remains available by visiting the library’s website 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 toll-free at 1-877-733-3375 for information, details regarding the closure or renewal of materials.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Libey Gallery welcomes new exhibits and new artists for 2020

The Center at Colfax Library announces stunning new art and photography exhibits, while also featuring new resident artists for 2020.

One new artist is photographer Sharon Lindsay of Spokane. Lindsay’s first exhibit is called “What is it About the Palouse?” and features colorful images of farming, landscapes and people that help viewers to answer her question.

Sharon Lindsay photo fives a nod to our past, taken near Sunset, WA

Local artist Molly Rice steps into the role of resident artist after hosting independent shows in the gallery the past two years. Skilled in a variety of media, Rice’s exhibit highlights her skills in nature photography in a series called “Lone Chair.”


An artist brand new to the gallery is Russ Robbins who designs lamps, tables, and all sorts of art forms from found materials, most coming from his shop and farm. Russ’s wife Marla Robbins also continues her Western oil painting exhibit.

For 2020, photographer Tom Mohr introduces a new exhibit called "Here and There” which displays his photography from Whitman County alongside images he’s captured from adventures in the US and around the world.

The exhibit currently highlights colorful birds from Australia photographed by Mohr and his wife Jil, a bird enthusiast. Also included are images from last summer’s Slippery Gulch.

Tom Mohr photo, Spinifix Pigeon spotted in the Northern Territory of Australia near Timber Creek

Additional artists exhibiting throughout the year are Vicki Broeckel, Nancy Rothwell and Carrie Vielle while the Rural Alliance High School Art show continues through Jan 17.

Libey Gallery is open Mondays – Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays – Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. For more information about The Libey Gallery, contact the Colfax Branch of Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366 or visit 102 S. Main Street, Colfax.  

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Thank You Sharon Lindsay

January Library Supporter of the Month

Sharon Lindsay was honored during a recent Friends of the Library meeting for generously supporting the arts in the library and Center. Sharon gives of her time and talents to teach photography classes, shares her beautiful images through exhibits, photographs and books, supports equipment needs and helps wherever she is needed.

Whitman County Library friends, staff, and board present this award each month as a way of honoring those within our community who make a huge impact on the services we are able to provide. See all of our generous supporters!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Put Book Club on Your List of Resolutions for 2020

MOSCOW-PULLMAN DAILY NEWS: Sarah Phelan, Public Services Librarian at Whitman County Library Jan 11, 2020 

If your New Year’s resolution is to read more, learn something new or to meet new people, the Colfax Library Book Club can provide the perfect opportunity. You will find exciting reads, engage in stimulating conversations with interesting people and most importantly share your love of books with others.

This month’s meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Colfax Library. Participants will each be reading a different book based on their birth year. To join us, simply choose any title published during the decade you were born and get reading.

If you aren’t sure what to read, drop by or call us at the Colfax Library for a list of the top 15 books published during the decade you were born. If none of these strikes your fancy, we can suggest other titles you might like to read.

Most months, our club members read the same book, but a few times a year, like now, members are encouraged to read different titles. Everyone enjoys this break from routine where we get to explore a wider variety of titles, genres, authors, and interests.

Club members range from serious bookworms and recreational readers to social butterflies who enjoy the camaraderie and yummy snacks. Some people attend every month, while others can only participate a few times per year. Even if you don’t like or finish the book, we encourage you to attend and discuss the experience with our group.

I find the book club to be an excellent source for filling my “to read” list. Member reviews have inspired me to read outside of my favored genres and to try different authors that have become new favorites. I also like that our club is flexible enough to encourage watching film adaptations of books when schedules are busy and reading time is limited.

If you can’t make it in January, look ahead to next month when our selected title will be “The Tattooist of Auschwitz,” by Heather Morris. According to, this No. 1 New York Times bestseller is a “beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Lale Sokolov — an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.”

The Colfax Library Book Club offers a fun, flexible format and is designed for everyone to enjoy. We meet the last Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Colfax Library’s TEK Center. For more information, I hope you’ll contact me at (509) 397-4366 or