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 C 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 from 1-3:00 p.m. 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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rachelle's Weekly Book Recommendations Are In...and they are AUDIOBOOKS!!!

This audio book tells the fictional tale of a female spy recruited in France, an unconventional American socialite and how they are brought together in amid the chaos of WWI. 

The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

This fictional audio book, a #1 bestseller and an Oprah Book Club pick, is about a widower who finds out her pilot husband had a secret life all his own. 

Zoo was just the beginning!  In this fictional, audio book, sequel the planet is still under siege by ferocious animals but their favorite prey, humans, are evolving.  Who will be the hunter and who will be the hunted? 

Please visit our catalog or see our digital collection on Overdrive to reserve your copy today! You are always welcome to stop by any of our 14 library branches or call us at 509.397.4366

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The library re-opens tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 14!!!

In the meantime, Whitman County Library recommends these downloadable audiobooks  from Overdrive! All you need is your library card!

Dead Wake by Erik Larsen

Learn about the sinking of the Lusitania! This EAUDIO can be checked out on any electronic device from Washington Anytime Library. All you need is a library card!

Ice Ghost by Paul Watson

This audiobook tells the true story of the epic hunt for the Franklin Expedition who went missing in the Artic in 1845.

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

This digital book tells the truth about legendary British explorer, Percy Fawcett, who went missing in the Amazon jungle in 1925.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Teen Coding Camp Monday, Aug. 14!

Coding Camp Part 3 @ Colfax Library

Monday, Aug. 14, 1-3PM
Kids age 12 and up join us for Coding Camp Part 3: More Arduino Projects!!  During this 2 hour camp learn to code an LED to send Morse Code messages, code and play a Randomly Influenced Finger Flute, and code to play a song! Space is limited must register to attend, call Colfax Library 397-4366 and leave a message to reserve your spot!
Sponsored by Washington State Library and Institute of Museum and Library Services.For questions or information on future events please visit our events calendar, follow us on facebook, call us at (509) 397-4366, email us at, or stop by any of our 14 library branches.

Friday, August 11, 2017

We are closed, but our little free library is open!

Little Free Libraries are designed to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges. Residents are encouraged to "take a book and leave a book,"  but individuals may take as many books to read as they like or leave a few of their personal books for others to enjoy. To learn more about the Free Little Libraries nationwide visit
COLFAX Little Free Library
Location: North Cedar Street
(between highway 195 and the school)
Jan Hansen, called the Little Library builder in Spokane installed Colfax's Little Free Library in November of 2016. We have one door for adult books and one for children's. At times there are even audiobooks or DVDs available. Click here to learn more about Colfax's Little Free Library's design and construction.

All 14 branches of Whitman County Library remain closed until Monday, Aug. 14 but our Little Free Libraries are always open!

Other Little Free Library Locations:
ROSALIA Little Free Library
Location: Legacy Park
PALOUSE Little Free Library
Location: Heritage Park
TEKOA Little Free Library
Location: Ruhl Park

Whitman County Library
Call Us - 509-397-4366
Email Us -
Visit us - 102 S. Main St. in Colfax
online -

We have 14 library branch locations:
Albion, Colfax, Colton, Endicott, Farmington, Garfield,
LaCrosse, Malden, Oakesdale, Palouse, Rosalia St. John, Tekoa, & Uniontown

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Build a Better World Today!

Whitman County Library is encouraging readers to "Build a Better World" this summer by reading!
Check out Washington Anytime Library's featured collection, "Build a Better World!" ebooks & audiobooks are available with Overdrive. Overdrive has tens of thousands of downloadable books to fit any taste and is compatible with most smartphones, tablets, and computers.

All you need to access these downloadable ebooks & audiobooks is get the Overdrive App, select your library, and enter your library card number! Happy reading!

Reminder: All 14 branches of Whitman County Library will remain closed until Monday, Aug. 14. Overdrive audio & ebooks are always available for you 24/7 as well as many other online resources.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Play Day at Schmuck Park!

Tiny Tot Tuesday on Aug. 22, 10 - 11 am at 

Schmuck Park in Colfax
Families are invited to come to Schmuck Park in Colfax on August 22 for Tiny Tot Tuesday - preschool playtime at the park. Everyone's welcome from 10-11 am. Call Sheri for details at 397-4366. Sponsored by Friends of Whitman County Library.

Monday, August 7, 2017


All 14 branches of Whitman County Library are closed August 7-13 for annual maintenance week. During this closure, a number of projects will be performed that are difficult to complete when the library is open, including a major system upgrade that will interrupt library catalog access from the library's website August 8-10.

When complete, the online catalog will look and operate as it did before the upgrade since it is mainly hardware based. Normal catalog service is expected to resume sometime after mid-day on August 10th. Watch the website for status updates on this project.

While the catalog will be unavailable during the upgrade, many online services remain unaffected from the library website at These include downloadable audio and eBooks from OverdriveConsumer ReportsHeritage Quest, and a wide variety of helpful databases. Internet access through the wireless networks also remains available from outside the buildings.

During the week long closure, due dates for library materials have been extended and no late fines will be charged. Bookdrops will remain open in all locations for customer convenience. 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 at 397-4366 or toll-free at 1-877-733-3375 for information, details regarding the closure or renewal of materials

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse!

Get your solar eclipse viewing glasses at Whitman County Library! 


Safely observe the eclipse with your very own glasses. Stop at any Whitman County Library branch location and grab a pair while supply lasts. For more information about the eclipse or other upcoming events please visit or call 509-397-4366.

During this national event, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that has not occurred in decades. The last total solar eclipse for the United States was nearly 40 years ago. The rest of the U.S. and North America will see a partial eclipse, with the Moon covering up only part of the Sun. It is aptly named the Great American Eclipse. 

This will be a great opportunity for our community to celebrate science, with fun, hands-on and multimedia activities, culminating in the eclipse event on August 21, 2017. “We are proud that the Whitman County Library is participating in this national program,” said Sheri Miller, Youth Services Manager. “We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find the solar eclipse to be an experience they will remember the rest of their lives.
Whitman County Library has joined the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library initiative, which is providing resources and STEM activities to libraries across the nation related to the eclipse. Partners include NASA, the American Library Association, and many other organizations. This project was made possible through support from the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, and the National Science Foundation. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Upcoming Trivia Nights in Whitman County

WCL Trivia Nights are the most FUN you can have while LEARNING!
If you enjoy playing games, fun facts. and competing with friends, TRY OUT WCL TRIVIA NIGHT! The library hosts Trivia Nights all over Whitman County including Colfax, Rosalia, St. John, LaCrosse, Palouse and we are expanding into more locations all the time! COME PLAY!

         August 2017 WCL Trivia Nights        

Having fun isn't hard when you have a library card!

Trivia teams that remember to bring their library cards will receive an extra point! Answer questions, spend time with friends, and see what you know! Bring your team of up to 8 people or join one upon arrival. All donations go to Friends of the Library for local programs and projects. For more information, contact Sarah Phelan at 509-397-4366.

The library only schedules a select few contests each month so interested parties are encouraged to contact Sarah Phelan at Whitman County Library, 509-397-4366 or Due to limited resources scheduling priority will be given to first time participants

Friday, August 4, 2017

AudioBookSync is Ending Soon! Download your free audiobooks today!

What is AudioBookSync?
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for adults and teens 13+. SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes that teens can keep on their device forever! In partnering with AudioSync we are giving away 30 audiobooks this summer!
Why? SYNC is dedicated to introducing the listening experience to the teen audience and demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening. 
Who? SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through the OverDrive app. Download the app in advance to whichever device you anticipate listening on and be ready to go!

How? Simply sign-up to get notifications when the FREE audiobook downloads are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting Titles change every Thursday at 7am ET when the program is running.

Contact Teen Librarian & TEK Center Coordinator, Nichole Kopp at 509.397.4366 with comments or questions. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Colfax, Yesterday & Today Display at the Library TODAY!!!

First Thursday TODAY, August 3rd in Downtown Colfax! On Thursday, August 3rd visit downtown Colfax to hear the world famous blues performer Sammy Eubanks from 5-7 p.m on West Spring Street. Shop a variety of vendors from 3-7 p.m. as part of Colfax's first Thursday celebration. 

At the Colfax Library we'll celebrate this "Blast from the Past" by featuring the Rural Heritage exhibit, "Colfax Yesterday and Today." The library is also hosting a giant booksale both inside and outside the library, so stop in for reduced pricing and a chance to win prizes from the Colfax Chamber of Commerce. Call Colfax Chamber of Commerce at 553-9729 for details. Sponsored by Colfax Chamber of Commerce.

Visit the Colfax Library's outdoor/ indoor book sale, Thursday August 3rd ALL DAY and see what hidden treasures you might find! We have cookbooks, chapter books, adult fiction and non-fiction novels, vintage books, DVDs, and more! 50 cents each or special 3/$1.00!!!
For more information on this or future library events please visit our online calendar or call us at (509) 397-4366. First Thursday events are sponsored by the Colfax Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Chamber for details at 509-553-9729 or visit

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Coding Camp TODAY!!!

All Ages Coding Camp @ Colfax Library

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 6-8PM
Kids and adults ages 9-99 join us for Coding Camp Part 3: More Arduino Projects!!  During this 2 hour camp learn to code an LED to send Morse Code messages, code and play a Randomly Influenced Finger Flute, and code to play a song! Space is limited must register to attend, call Colfax Library 397-4366 to reserve your spot!

Coding Camp Part 3 @ Colfax Library

Monday, Aug. 14, 1-3PM
Kids age 12 and up join us for Coding Camp Part 3: More Arduino Projects!!  During this 2 hour camp learn to code an LED to send Morse Code messages, code and play a Randomly Influenced Finger Flute, and code to play a song! Space is limited must register to attend, call Colfax Library 397-4366 by Aug. 4 to reserve your spot!
Sponsored by Washington State Library and Institute of Museum and Library Services.For questions or information on future events please visit our events calendar, follow us on facebook, call us at (509) 397-4366, email us at, or stop by any of our 14 library branches.