Sunday, May 31, 2015

Coming to Colfax - Climate Change: Whom Should You Trust

“Climate Change, Whom Should You Trust,” by Dr. Peter Haug will be presented Thurs., June 11 at noon at the Colfax United Methodist Church, 109 S. Mill St. This public presentation is free, sponsored by Whitman County Library in partnership with Colfax Rotary. Lunch is optional for $12 and can be reserved by calling the library at 397-4366.

Dr. Peter Haug, will share tips for distinguishing fact from opinion, and share his own perspectives, research and conclusions. Topics being covered include: The science is settled or is it? The Earth’s changing climate, our understanding. What are the implications of change throughout the societies of the world? What’s being done and how can we adapt to change, mitigate and sustain a positive approach to an evolving global civilization?
Dr. Peter Haug’s career in environmental impact analysis spans nearly 30 years including experience using computer models to analyze ecological systems, and spent more than two decades studying environmental impacts for state and federal agencies

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Quilt raffle tickets just $1 at the Colfax Branch of Whitman County Library


The Center, an annex to the Colfax Branch of Whitman County Library is undergoing dramatic changes to its front exterior. Unfortunately, unanticipated problems with the building’s front foundation have resulted in cost overruns. As a result, $10,000 is needed to complete the front fa├žade which is being funded completely through donations and grants.

To assist in raising the $10,000, The Whitman Samplers have created and donated a lovely full-sized quilt called “Around the County” to be raffled with proceeds benefiting The Center. The quilt highlights many aspects of our region including barns, wheat, homesteads and even Butch the Cougar. “Around the County” was beautifully quilted by Tami Drader. Tickets for the quilt are available at any Whitman County Library Branch or at Palouse River Quilts in Colfax.
Formerly Hamilton Drug Store, The Center was purchased with donated funds in 2009 and named in memory of Bettie Steiger. With support from Bettie’s family, Whitman County .09 funding, Avista and many others, the facility has undergone nearly $100,000 in improvements including insulation, repairs to the roof and a striking new adjoining with the library. When complete, The Center will provide the region with a variety of educational, cultural, historic and business related events, programs and services. The Colfax Chamber will also lease space and collaborate on community events in the facility.
Besides raising funds through the quilt raffle, the Library Foundation will host “Soiree For The Center,” a fundraising auction and dinner with Butch Booker as auctioneer on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. Kristie Kirkpatrick, Library Director asks that you contact her if you would like to participate in the Soiree, would like to donate to The Center or have other fundraising ideas for The Center.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Colfax classes feature Baking and Art. Sign up today!

Sign ups are now being accepted for summer enrichment classes at the Colfax Library. Classes include, Cookies and Cakes with Whole Grain Flours, Color Theory and Practice, Painting with Watercolors and Mosaic Sculpture.

These non-credit classes begin in June and require no studying or tests. They are provided at a very low cost by Community Colleges of Spokane, registration is available at the Colfax Library, at the Colfax class link at or by calling 1-800-845-3324.

WCL Penny Drive Results

Friends of Whitman County Library collected $1431 in coins during the 2015 Penny Drive in celebration of National Library Week. Each library branch designated a special project for the money collected, with funds being used for everything from Summer Reading goodies to library projects.  Many groups including daycares and church youth, to classes in several grade schools made a strong showing in their efforts to win prizes and a celebration party for the most coins collected.


First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country. Whitman County Library began commemorating the event with a Penny Drive in 2006 with outstanding participation from all 14 library locations.

For information about events and programs at the Whitman County Library, please visit or call 509-397-4366.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

INBC Drive-May 28

INBC Blood Drive Thursday, May 28, 2:00-5:30 p.m. Be entered to win a gas grill or $100 Gift Card.   

WCL Calendar Sampling May 28-June 4

Thursday, May 28

Colfax – 2 to 5:30 p.m. – INBC Blood Drive – Give the gift of life. Contact the Inland Northwest Blood Center to register the time that is most convenient for you at or call toll free 800-423-0151 for additional information.

Friday, May 29

Colfax, Endicott & Uniontown – Preschool Programs – Early learning with books, singing and crafts for ages six and younger.  Check the calendar for times.

Rosalia – 7 to 9 p.m. – Family Game Night – Fun and games as families gather to play board and card games.
Saturday, May 30

Oakesdale – 9 a.m. – Selling Online – Go through the steps of getting accounts set up and posting items.  Please feel free to bring your laptop.

Sunday, May 31

Whitman County residents of all ages are encouraged to participate in our Summer Reading program. Summer Reading signup for youths or completion forms for teens and adults can be accessed from the library’s website or by stopping in at any branch of WCL.                                                    Monday, June 1                                                                                                                         Oakesdale – 3:15 p.m. – Teen Blackout Poetry – Create poetry using book page, newspaper, ink and water color.                                                                                                                                  Tuesday, June 2                                                                                                                             Colfax and Palouse High Schools Comics Can Take Us Places – Cartoonist Megan Kelso explains how she uses memory, her own life, research, and photo references to create graphic novels that evoke the feeling of a specific, inhabited world. Funded by Humanities Washington and Whitman County 4-H. Visit the online calendar for times. Colfax – 11 a.m. – Friends of WCL business meeting- public meeting of the library advocacy group.                                                                   Wednesday, June 3                                                                                                                       Rosalia and Oakesdale Schools Comics Can Take Us Places - Cartoonist Megan Kelso explains how she creates graphic novels. Funded by Humanities Washington and Whitman County 4-H. Visit the online calendar for times. Malden – 12 to 6 p.m. – Book Sale – Bargain books for your personal library.  Proceeds support branch programs.                                                                             Thursday, June 4 Endicott and St. John Schools Comics Can Take Us Places – Graphic novelist Megan Kelso demonstrates her artistic process. Funded by Humanities Washington and Whitman County 4-H. Please check in at the school office. Colfax – 7 p.m. – Zumba with Jenna Miller – Latin inspired cardio workout. Try your first class for free.
This is only a sampling of the dozens of programs held each week in branches of the Whitman County Library.  Check our events calendar  to see what else is happening.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Community Programs June 2-4



Presentation on how “place” influences the art, characters and plot of cartoon and comic storytelling to spark community conversation June 2-4



Whitman County Library, 4-H and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging conversation with Megan Kelso, a member of the 2012-15 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. This free event takes place at the following:


June 2 Colfax High School at 10:10 a.m., Palouse School at 1:45 p.m.;

June 3 Rosalia School at 10:00 a.m., Oakesdale School at 1:00 p.m.;

June 4 Endicott Middle School 11:35 a.m., St.John/Endicott High School at 2:00 p.m.


Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. Speakers Bureau is one Humanities Washington’s oldest and most popular programs. A roster of 28 cultural experts and scholars provides low-cost, high-quality public presentations across the state, encouraging audiences to think, learn and engage in conversation. These diverse and engaging speakers cover a variety of topics, including popular culture, photography, architecture, literature, food, film and history. Best of all – these presentations are free and open to the public. For more about Speakers Bureau, visit


For more information, contact Sheri Miller at the Colfax Library, 509-397-4366 or visit online at