Monday, November 30, 2015

Fireman's Toy Drive drop off at Library!



The Friends of the Whitman County Library have a collection box 
located in the Colfax Library for new children and teen books.
The books collected will be given to the Fireman's Toy Drive.
Please leave your donation at the Colfax Library by December 10th.
Please contact Nicole at 397-4366 for additional information.



Join Colfax Winterfest Fun!


Colfax Winterfest is just around the corner with Santa’s Claus, a Festival of Trees, extended retail hours, regional vendors, a lighted parade and fireworks set for Thursday, December 3 in Colfax.
  Santa will be at The Center from 3-6 p.m. to hear gift requests from local youngsters before joining the lighted Christmas Parade at 6:00 p.m. on Mill, Canyon and Main Street. 
A tradition since the 1950s, Santa visits children each year at the library. 
This year, photos will be available from Leifer Photography. 

The Festival of Trees takes place at The Center and in participating businesses with visitors encouraged to vote for their favorite tree while shopping expanded selections and hours. The Center and many businesses will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

At 6:00 p.m. Santa takes center stage in the lighted parade on Mill Street. He’ll ride on a brightly lit fire engine accompanied by glowing farm implements and other brightly lit entries. A fireworks show from the town’s water tower culminates this fun event. 

For more details regarding the Library Winter Celebration and photos with Santa contact Whitman County Library toll-free at 877-733-3375 or 397-4366. For more information on Winterfest, the parade or to sign up as a vendor, contact Valoree at the Colfax Chamber of Commerce 397-3712.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

St. Ignatius Hospital voting station at library!


Your thoughts and opinion matter, come in and warm up 
to fill out a survey for the future of St. Ignatius Hospital. 
For a list of library hours please www.whitco.lib.wa.us

Guy Pace book signing comes during Winterfest!









Author Guy Pace will be at the Colfax Library selling and signing his book Sudden Mission as part of Colfax Winterfest on Thursday, December 3,  from 3-6 p.m.

Sudden Mission is Pace’s first novel and tells the story of a young teen’s journey through a messed up world. The story blends religious and science fiction themes.

Tree of Lights & Remembrance Ceremony



The Hospice Tree of Lights and Remembrance Ceremony will be on Wednesday, December 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Norma McGregor Community Room at the Colfax Library. Community members are invited to attend this solemn and touching event.

The ceremony pays tribute to loved ones who have passed through music, readings and special ornaments bearing the names of loved ones. The Tree of Lights remains lit within the library throughout the holiday season for community viewing.

If you are interested in paying tribute to a special person in your life who has died, or if you would like more information about this or a similar event at Bishop’s Place in Pullman please contact Friends of Hospice at 509-332-4414. 

Ukulele Players to play at The Center!



As part of the Winterfest Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 3 in Colfax, the Ukulele Players of the Palouse (UPOP) will perform holiday and festive tunes at The Center, 110 S. Main starting immediately after the Parade and Fireworks. Besides music, The Center is hosting Santa
 from 3-6 pm, a Festival of Trees for community voting and vendor booths.

UPOP is the brainchild of Colfax resident Scott Hallett who started the group in conjunction with his Ukulele classes at the Colfax Library. UPOP meets and performs across the Palouse including Moscow, Pullman and Colfax. For more information about this performance or to get involved with UPOP, contact Scott Hallett at 397-4074.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Create homemade gifts with these great new books from WCL!

By Rachelle Ledbetter

Polymer Clay Jewelry Workshop by Sian Hamilton

While everyone else is out battling the hordes of holiday shoppers you can be home relaxing while you create beautiful pieces of jewelry to give as gifts.  This comprehensive guide gives you step-by-step instructions, clear photographs and handy tips to get you started. 

Paper Craft by DK Publishing
This book will show you how to transform you favorite paper into beautiful home d├ęcor, greeting cards, holiday scrapbooks and gifts. 

Food Gift Love by Maggie Battista

This book features 100 memorable, edible gifts for any occasion with simple, delicious recipes, detailed wrapping instructions and stunning photography. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Pajama Storytime Dec. 15-Colfax Library

Library Holiday Pajama Storytime


Winter Pajama Storytime at the Colfax Library December 15 7 pm

For more information, contact:

Nichole Kopp at 509-397-4366

Friday, November 20, 2015

WCL Calendar Sampling Nov. 26-Dec. 3

Thursday, November 26

All Branches – WCL is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. The website, digital collections and drop boxes remain available.

Palouse – 7:45  a.m.- 11th Annual Turkey Leg Fun Run – Walk, jog or run to raise money for children’s books.  Call 878-1513 for more information.

Friday, November 27

All Branches – WCL remains closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Saturday, November 28

Tekoa – 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. – Small Business Saturday – Kid’s crafts at the library while you shop around town.  For more information visit http://www.tekoachamber.com

Rosalia – 10 a.m. to 1p.m. – Decorate the Library – Join us for open house party to transform the library into a Winter Wonderland.

Monday, November 30

Colfax – Fitness Programs –Yoga, Bootcamp, Fit and Fun programs for all ages and abilities - Check the calendar or call the library for more information.

Colton- 10:30 a.m. – Storytime – Stories, music and learning activities for age 0-5

Tuesday, December 1

Albion & Palouse – Medicare Supplement Help – Drop in for impartial help from trained volunteers from the Washington Insurance Commissioner.  Call the library for specific times and additional programs.

Endicott, Farmington & Rosalia – Preschool Learning – Reading readiness and STEAM activities for age 0 to 6 and their caregivers.  Check the calendar or call your library for times and program specifics.

Wednesday, December 2

Colfax– 5:30 p.m. – Tree of Lights – Join Community members for the annual Tree of Lights and Remembrance Ceremony at the Colfax Library.  Contact director@friendsofhospice.net to pay tribute to friends and family.

Albion, Garfield & Oakesdale – Preschool Learning – Reading readiness and social activities for age 0 to 6 and their caregivers.  Check the calendar or call your library for times and program specifics.

Thursday, December 3

Colfax – 3 to 6 p.m. – Santa and Vendors at the Center- In conjunction with Colfax Winterfest, the Center will host photos with Santa from 3-6 along with the Festival of Trees and local vendor booths all day long. Contact the library at 397-4366 or kirkpatr@colfax.com for more or for more information.

Albion – Tea Time – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Drop in ready to relax and enjoy the company of your friends and neighbors. We’ll provide assorted teas and sometimes a treat.

 

For a complete list of events, stop by any Whitman County Library branch, visit the Events Calendar at www.whitco.lib.wa.us, like the library on Facebook or call (509) 397-4366.

Animal lovers....check out our newest books!

 By Rachelle Ledbetter


The Horse by Wendy Williams

Based on her own experiences and the opinions of experts around the world, famous equestrian Wendy Williams gives an epic history of our noble companions and looks in to the bonds between horses and humans. 

The Total Dog Manual by David Meyer

The editors of Adopt-a-pet.com bring you the definitive resource for meeting, training and caring for your new best friend. 

The Cat Encyclopedia by Miezan Van Zyl

This book is a lavish celebration of all things feline, including history, breeds, health care, and behavior all in one purrrfect book. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Library News - Nov. 26 & 27


SUBJECT:      UPCOMING LIBRARY CLOSURE

All 14 branches of Whitman County Library are closed Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27 for Thanksgiving.  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, and other online resources including Consumer Reports are available by visiting the library’s website at www.whitco.lib.wa.us. For more information about library closures or upcoming community programs, the Library Events calendar is also accessible from the library website at www.whitco.lib.wa.us.

            Libraries affected by the closure are: Albion, Colfax, Colton, Endicott, Farmington, Garfield, LaCrosse, Malden, Oakesdale, Palouse, Rosalia, St. John, Tekoa, and Uniontown. Call the Colfax Library toll-free at 1-877-733-3375 for information, details regarding the closure or renewal of materials.

Purchase your Whitman County 2016 Barn Calendars, on sale now!


The Barns of Whitman County 2016 calendars are now on sale and feature historic black and white barn photos from Whitman County’s past. Calendars are available for $6 at any branch of Whitman County Library, Rosauers in Colfax, Pullman Chamber of Commerce, or by calling the library at 509-397-4366. Proceeds from calendar sales benefit Friends of the Library programs and projects in all 14 branches of Whitman County Library.

The calendars were designed and donated by Steve Van Vleet from WSU’s Whitman County Extension department with photos coming from Whitman County Library’s Rural Heritage Collection and WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections. To view historic barn photos, visit the Rural Heritage link at www.whitco.lib.wa.us. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Get organized, creative, and live simpler! Great new reads at Whitman County Library!




By Rachelle Ledbetter


Lovable, Livable Home by Sherry Petersik

This handy little guide book, packed with thoughtful advice and inspiring photos, will show you how to add beauty, get organized, and make your house work for you. 

Little House Living by Merrisa Alink

This motivational homemaking book, inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder, will show you fun and creative ways to live simply and frugally. 

Simpler Living Handbook by Jeffery Davidson

This is a must read for anyone who wants to de-clutter, organize and streamline their home
 and de-stress their personal and professional lives.  

WCL Calendar Sampling Nov. 19-26

Thursday, November 19

Colfax – 7 a.m. – Coffee with Val – The public is invited to bring business ideas to the Colfax Downtown Association during this informal session.

Albion, Colfax, Colton, Farmington & Palouse – Afterschool Children’s Creativity – Check the calendar for times and themes.

Colfax – 6 to 9 p.m. – Essentials of Advance Care Planning –Pre-registration is required, please visit sccel.spokane.edu/ACT-2.aspx or by phone at (509) 279-6030. Cost for a one day session is $10

Friday, November 20

Colfax, Endicott, Malden, Palouse, St. John & Uniontown – Preschool Excitement – Fun and reading readiness for age 0 to 6 and their caregivers.  Check the calendar or call your library for times and program specifics.

Uniontown – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Medicare Supplement Help – Drop in for impartial help from trained volunteers from the Washington Insurance Commissioner.

Saturday, November 21

St. John – 9 a.m. – Join the book discussion of History of Love by Nicole Krauss.  Bring a suggestion for the January book.

Rosalia – 10 a.m. to 1p.m. – Lego Day – Explore your engineering creativity through Lego building.

Monday, November 23

Colfax – Fitness Programs –Yoga, Bootcamp, Fit and Fun programs for all ages and abilities - Check the calendar or call the library for more information.

Tekoa- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Guiding Good Choices - Parents of kids 0-18 can attend five classes, free of charge, to enhance parenting skills.  Pre-registration is required.

Oakesdale – 12:30 p.m. – Early Release Day -Fun activities for elementary students.

Tuesday, November 24

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

Colfax – 2 to 4 p.m. – Bingo & Pie – Seniors are invited for Bingo & Pie. This event is free thanks to funding from Empire Health Foundation.

Wednesday, November 25

Endicott– 1 p.m. - Afterschool Art and Learning – Check the calendar for more information.

Thursday, November 26

All Branches – All branches of the Whitman County Library are closed for Thanksgiving Day. Our website and digital collections remain available.

Palouse – 7:45  a.m.- 11th Annual Turkey Leg Fun Run – Come to Palouse after you put the turkey in the oven and help raise money for children’s books.  Call 878-1513 for more information.

For a complete list of events, stop by any Whitman County Library branch, visit the Events Calendar at www.whitco.lib.wa.us, like the library on Facebook or call (509) 397-4366.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Blood Drive-Colfax Library-Nov. 24 from 2-5:30 pm

INBC Blood Drive Friday, November 24, 2:00-5:30 p.m.

Present to donate and be entered for 2 FREE movie tickets :)
The gift of blood is the gift of life. You can save the lives of three people by donating blood Friday, November 24, 2:00-5:30 p.m. Appointments are being taken by contacting the library at 509-397-4366 or the Inland Northwest Blood Center at www.inbcsaves.org.                                                     
According to the Inland Northwest Blood Center, here are a few facts about donations:
1. Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood product.
2. Although 60% of Americans are eligible to donate blood, only approximately 5% actually do.
3. It is estimated that one in three individuals will need a blood product sometime during their life.
 
Walk-ins will be seen on a first come, first serve basis with photo I.D. required. Donors should drink plenty of fluids and eat a meal at least two hours prior to arrival. The entire list of eligibility criteria can be found by  contacting the Inland Northwest Blood Center at www.inbc2.org or by calling toll-free 800-423-0151.
Blood Drive November 24 2:30 - 5:30 pm at the Colfax Library. Find the hero in you.  Give blood three times a year.

 

Monday, November 9, 2015

County Library Calendar – November 12 - 19

Thursday, November 12

Colfax, Lacrosse, Malden, & Tekoa – Preschool classes teach valuable socialization and reading skills for age 0 to 6 and their caregivers.  Check the calendar or call your library for times and program specifics.

Colfax – 1 to 4 p.m. – Heritage Capital Projects - HCP grants can cover up to 1/3 the cost of eligible capital projects that preserve and interpret Washington’s history and heritage. Local organizations can learn more about this grant opportunity and the skills needed to create a compelling project and a competitive application.

Friday, November 13

Colfax, Endicott, Malden, Palouse, St. John & Uniontown – Preschool learning continues at fun and educational events for children age 0 to 6 and their caregivers.  Check the calendar or call your library for times and program specifics.

Malden –6:30 to 8 p.m. – Teen Night – Activities for grade 6 and up.

Saturday – Sunday, November 14-15

Colfax – 1 - 5 Visit the library’s newest Rural Heritage exhibit, Colfax Yesterday and Today in the lower foyer. The main floor features the lovely artwork of Shellie Ochs and photography of Francisco Aguilar.

Monday, November 16

Colfax – Fitness Programs –Yoga, Bootcamp, Fit and Fun programs for all abilities - Check the calendar or call the library for more information.

The Center in Colfax – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Caregiver’s Coffee Group with Melissa Johnson – Relaxed conversation about caregiving topics. No registration required.

Tekoa- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Guiding Good Choices - Parents with children and teens of all ages can attend five classes, free of charge, to enhance parenting skills.  Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, November 17

Colfax – Four different Yoga programs – Licensed instructors lead a variety of programs for different levels and results. Call the library for more information.

Endicott – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Play and Learn – Free play and Socialization – Funded by Child Care Aware through The Department of Early Learning.

Wednesday, November 18

Colfax Public Service Building – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Medicare Supplement Help – Drop in for impartial help from trained volunteers from the Washington Insurance Commissioner. Contact the library for additional dates and locations.

Malden, Rosalia & Uniontown – Afterschool Art and Learning – Check the calendar for times.

Thursday, November 19

Colfax – 7 a.m. – Coffee with Val – The public is invited to bring business ideas to the Colfax Downtown Association.

Albion, Colfax, Colton, Farmington & Palouse – Afterschool Creativity – Check the calendar for times and themes.

Endicott & Lacrosse – 7 pm- Book Club – Check with the library for more information.

For a complete list of events, stop by any Whitman County Library branch, visit the Events Calendar at www.whitco.lib.wa.us, like the library on Facebook or call (509) 397-4366.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

New books on climate change, disasters and nuclear reactors!


By Rachelle Ledbetter




Imagine a blackout lasting for months, affecting tens of millions of people.  No water, no refrigeration, no heat.  It isn’t just a scenario.  One well designed attack on just one of the nation’s power grids could cripple the infrastructure.  This book evaluates the threat and helps you learn how to survive the worst.

Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Aleksievich

On April 26, 1986 the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred, contaminating three quarters of Europe and affecting millions.  This book tells the oral history of many of the people affected by the melt-down. 


This second edition book will walk you through understanding climate change with graphs, illustrations and charts and help you separate fact from fiction.   

Friday, November 6, 2015

Thank You to Claudia Rollins!



A special thank you to Claudia Rollins, Friend of WCL for taking the “today” images for our Colfax Rural Heritage Exhibit currently displayed in the lower foyer 
(and for so many contributions throughout the years)!

Washington State Representatives visit Colfax Library!






Earlier this week, Senator Mark Schoesler and Representative Joe Schmick learned the basics of coding technology from Colfax Library staff using Makey Makey kits that were used for children’s programs in a number of Whitman County locations.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Do you want to preserve Washington's heritage & history? Join Janet in a great workshop!


Do you have business ideas for Colfax? Come to Coffee with Val!


Coffee with Val



Do you have business ideas for Colfax? 
Do you want to help our economy grow?
Please join Val Gregory, Colfax's new Unified Director, 
for coffee and conversation
Free & open to the public 
Coffee and donuts provided
Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 7-8 a.m.
Whitman County Library in Colfax

Questions? Email sarah@whitco.lib.wa.us


Presented by SEWEDA Startup Pullman, Colfax Downtown Association, Colfax Chamber, and Whitman County Library District



Monday, November 2, 2015

WCL Calendar Sampling Nov. 5-12




Thursday, November 5

Colfax, Lacrosse, Malden, & Tekoa – Early Learning Fun – Socialization and reading readiness for age 0 to 6 and their caregivers.  Check the calendar or call your library for times and program specifics.

Palouse – 3:30 p.m. – Crazy 8s – Kids grades K-2 grades do you like to build stuff, make music, make a mess? Crazy 8s is an over-the-top club designed to get kids fired up about math!

Albion – 4 p.m. – Thursday Art – Open to all ages but geared to 5-12 year olds.  Programs are led by WSU students.

Friday, November 6

Colfax, Endicott, Malden, Palouse, St. John & Uniontown – Preschool Excitement – Fun and reading readiness for age 0 to 6 and their caregivers.  Check the calendar or call your library for times and program specifics.

Colfax – 4 to 6:30 p.m. – Rising Stars Dance – Three classes for different ages. For more information and pricing, please call Keri at (509) 432-6961.
Saturday, November 7

Endicott – 1 to 4 p.m. – Crafternoon – A time for adults to finish or start a project. Bring along projects, a snack to share, and a friend.

Sunday, November 8

Colfax – 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Engineering Your Divinity, a lecture series - Engineer a happy, vibrant and abundant life using actionable tools and accessing grace.  For more information, please contact Aubrey Aguilar at (509) 288-1031.

Monday, November 9

St. John – 11a.m. to 1 p.m. – Tech Monday – Drop in basic computer help every second Monday. 

Albion – 7 p.m. – Book Club – Call the library, 338-9641, for more information.

Tuesday, November 10

Colfax – Four different Yoga programs – Licensed instructors lead different programs for different levels and goals. Call the library for more information.

Endicott – 1 to 4 p.m. - Medicare Supplement Help – Drop in for impartial help from trained volunteers from the Washington Insurance Commissioner.

Colfax – 2 to 4 p.m. – Bingo & Pie – Seniors are invited for Bingo & Pie on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday. This event is free thanks to funding from Empire Health Foundation.

Wednesday, November 11

All Branches – All branches of the Whitman County Library are closed for Veterans Day.  Our website and digital collections remain available.

Thursday, November 12

Colfax – 1 to 4 p.m. – Heritage Capital Projects - HCP grants can cover up to 1/3 the cost of eligible capital projects that preserve and interpret Washington’s history and heritage. Local organizations to learn about this grant opportunity and skills to create a compelling project and a competitive application.

 
For a complete list of events, stop by any Whitman County Library branch, visit the Events Calendar at www.whitco.lib.wa.us, like the library on Facebook or call (509) 397-4366