Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Yoga Girls Tomorrow!!!

"Yoga Girls" is coming to the Colfax Library 

Thursday, August 2, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.!

Girls grade 3-8 are invited to the Colfax Library for Yoga with Suzy McNeilly. Yoga is a great way for girls to develop more mental focus, self esteem, body awareness, and lifelong healthy habits. In this class we will explore the mind-body connection through breath work, take the time to notice the effects of postures on our mood and how awareness can help connect us to who we truly are. We will work on reducing stress in the mind and building

balance, flexibility, and strength in the body.  

After Yoga enjoy a healthy snack and create a self-confidence collage and learn the benefits of journaling! 

Bring a friend, have fun, and go Om!  
Please wear comfortable clothing, shirts should not fall over face when bending over, and bring a water bottle. Class fee $5.00 will be collected at the start of class which includes use of supplies during yoga and creation of self-confidence collage. Register by calling 397-4366.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

This Week the Library Recommends...Cookbooks, Cookbooks, & More Cookbooks!

This fabulous cookbook is filled with great recipes for dips and spread, soup and stews, salads, salsa and more!

Kick start your summer weight loss with this cookbook packed with meal planners, recipes, exercise plans and lots of encouragement. 

The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Not just for science geeks, this cookbook will show you how understanding heat, energy and molecules can help you turn your ordinary meals into culinary feasts. 

For more information or to learn about future events, stop by any of our fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit our Events Calendar at, like us on facebook, or call 509.397.4366
Photo from "The Food Lab" by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse TODAY!

On Monday, August 21, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will march across the entire United States. The total solar eclipse will occur today, between 9 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. with the peak of totality at 10:27 a.m. 

Friends of Whitman County Library are celebrating by hosting a special eclipse book sale extravaganza all day! $3/ bag of books, DVDs, & more!

Besides the sale, Whitman County Library distributed 700 pairs of eclipse viewing glasses while LaCrosse Library, St. John Library, and Tekoa Library are holding Eclipse parties today! Check our Events Calendar at or call 509-397-4366 for more information!

What Is an Eclipse?

An eclipse (ee-CLIPS) takes place when a planet or moon passes between another planet, moon or the sun. There are two kinds of eclipses. One is an eclipse of the moon, or a lunar eclipse. The other is an eclipse of the sun, or a solar eclipse.
solar-eclipse-diagram.jpgWhat Is a Solar Eclipse?
Sometimes when the moon orbits Earth, it lines up directly between the sun and Earth. When this happens, the moon blocks the light of the sun. This causes an eclipse of the sun, or a solar eclipse. During a solar eclipse, the moon casts shadows onto Earth.
A solar eclipse happens during the daytime. The daylight grows dim. Sometimes the moon blocks almost all of the sunlight. Then the daytime can look as dark as night during a solar eclipse!
Solar eclipses happen once every 18 months. Solar eclipses only last for a few minutes.
Did You Know? You should NEVER look directly at the sun --not even during an eclipse when the moon blocks the sunlight! A solar eclipse is exciting. But looking at the sun is dangerous. It can damage your eyes.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Author Set to Visit Whitman County Library in Nov.!

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.

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.

Reviews "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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Celebrate National Dog Day on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Whitman County Library!


Saturday, Aug. 26, 1-3:00 pm
Librarian, Sarah, invites you to celebrate National Dog Day at the library. Bring the kids anytime from 1-3 pm to read and play with Sarah's favorite canine, Indy! 
A child reading a book or sharing a story with a loveable pooch, what could be cuter? It’s more than just cuteness and dog kisses happening at the Colfax Library on Saturday, August 26. The excitement and anticipation in doing something different is sure to put a smile on any child’s face. Youngsters get a chance to practice their reading skills, build confidence and learn to love the joy of reading.
For details about this or additional programs scheduled throughout the Whitman County Library system, view the Events Calendar at or call 509-397-4366.
Doggy Dayz at the Colfax Library on Saturday, August 26.