Saturday, September 30, 2017

10 Fun Facts about Libraries

1. The world’s oldest library is the oldest continually running library in the world is at the St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai, Egypt. It was built in the middle of the 6th century and houses the second largest collection of religious material in the world (after the Vatican). However it is not accessible to the public, only by monks and invited scholars [Source]
2. The largest library in the world is The Library of Congress, with more than 158 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 36 million books and other print materials, 3.5 million recordings, 13.7 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 6.7 million pieces of sheet music and 69 million manuscripts. [Source]
4. The highest library according to Guinness World Records is the library on the 60th floor of the JW Marriott Hotel at Tomorrow Square in Shanghai, China, is situated at almost 800 ft above street level. Membership is available to members of the public and the 103 shelves in the library contains an ever-expanding collection of Chinese and English books. The library measures 614 ft². To walk to the library from the lobby would entail climbing around 1,435 steps. [Source]

3. The smallest library in the world has appeared on the streets of New York City – and it has space for just one reader at a time. The bright yellow plastic structure houses 40 books and aims to help city-dwellers take a break from the pace of life in the metropolis by chilling out with a good story. The Little Free Library was designed by a pair of innovative architects using recycled materials to protect the books inside from the elements. [Source]
5. The first recorded librarian was Zenodotus (Ζηνόδοτος) of Ephesus, holding that post from the end of Ptolemy I’s reign. He was a Greek grammarian, literary critic, and Homeric scholar. A native of Ephesus and a pupil of Philitas of Cos, he was the first librarian of the Library of Alexandria. He lived during the reigns of the first two Ptolemies.  Demetrius of Phalerum put together the central collection for the Library of Alexandria while he was in Greece. He might be considered the originator of the library idea, although this honour should also belong to the first and second kings of the Ptolemaic period. [Source]
6. The first library classification system was set up during the Han Dynasty. In North America, it is believed that personal collections of books were brought over to the continent by French settlers in the 16th century. [Source]
7. The first Bookmobile (mobile library) – The British Workman reported in 1857. A perambulating library operating in a circle of eight villages in Cumbria. A Victorian merchant and philanthropist, George Moore, created the project to “diffuse good literature among the rural population.” The Warrington Perambulating Library, set up in 1858, was another early British mobile library. This horse-drawn van was operated by the Warrington Mechanics’ Institute, which aimed to increase the lending of its books to enthusiastic local patrons.[Source]
8. The world´s largest fine for an overdue library book is $345.14 (£203.29), the amount owed at two cents a day for the poetry book Days and Deeds checked out of Kewanee Public Library, Illinois, USA in April 1955 by Emily Canellos-Simms. Although the book was due back 19 April 1955, Emily found it in her mother´s house 47 years later and presented the library with a check for overdue fines.[Source]
9. The most stolen library book is probably the Bible, followed by the Guinness World Records book. [Source]
10. The first floating library service started in 1959 using a range of ships. The first custom-built ship was put into service in 1963. It is built at Oma Yard and is 80 ft long. The ship is owned by Vinnes Skyssbåtservice, and is used for tourist cruises in the summer. [Source]

Facts thanks to http://libraryoutsourcing.com/10-interesting-facts-libraries/

Friday, September 29, 2017

Register for Fall ACT 2 Classes TODAY!

Introduction to Ukulele: Plus (Cost: $17)
Wednesday Evenings, October 11 – November 1, from 6 to 7:30pm

The ukulele has recently made a huge comeback in popularity and is the easiest of all stringed instruments to learn to play. The emphasis is on fun rather than theory. This class is for absolute beginners, as well as those who have taken the previous introduction to ukulele or ukulele plus classes or already know simple chords. Information about purchasing a ukulele is sent after registration. Ukuleles are not provided in class. Instructor: Scott Hallett

The Palouse and World War One (Cost: $35)
Thursday Mornings, October 12 – November 9, from 9:30am to noon


***Unfortunately this course was cancelled due to low enrollment. If you are interested in an ACT 2 class, you are encouraged to register early if planning to attend. Please look for this course again in upcoming semesters.***

The Palouse, played a little known, but important role in the First World War, even before the U.S. entered the conflict in April 1917. Discover how the area prepared, as America geared up to fight The War To End All Wars. Southeast Washington changed overnight, with women entering the workforce, food rationing, Victory Gardens, a universal draft, censorship, and the search for spies and subversives. Especially important, was the need to protect from sabotage the local production of wheat, timber, and minerals - all essential components of the war effort. Using original sources, learn how the Palouse region responded to major social changes as the war raged in Europe. Instructor: Richard Sola


Mosaic Sculpture (Cost: $20)
All Day Saturday, October 21st – 10:30am to 5:30pm
Mosaic is the art of assembling small pieces of tile, broken glass or other materials into patterns and images. Ancient Romans covered their floors, walls and ceilings with this intricate and interesting art form, and it is used in everything from small artwork to large-scale public art pieces today. Explore the basics of designing and creating an outdoor mosaic for your garden, including discussion of which surfaces work best and what materials to use. Add mosaic to an existing structure or design a structure specifically for your mosaic. Instructor: Lisa Soranaka

People can register by calling (509) 279-6030 or visiting http://sccel.spokane.edu/act2 
For questions about additional ACT 2 Classes, please call (509) 279-6027


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Become a Master Gardener in October!!!

It's never too early to plan your garden! On Wed., October 11 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., master gardener, Brian Bell, shares tips and techniques for starting in the fall on your spring garden plot. 

Additionally, Brian will explore the community's needs and interests as related to future programming or Master Garden support. GET GARDENING!


For more information, contact Kristie Kirkpatrick at kirkpatr@colfax.com

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

New Collections on Overdrive!


Downloading eBooks & audiobooks from the Library has never been easier thanks  to OverDrive! Whitman County library cardholders can borrow best-selling and classic titles free of charge on almost any device! Download the Overdrive App from your app store or visit www.whitco.lib.wa.us, click on the 'downloadable books' logo and then on 'OverDrive' and start browsing your favorite titles and authors! Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period so there are never late fees.  

Start reading (or listening) today with OverDrive OverDrive is currently compatible with eBook and audio/video devices including PC, Mac, Kindle, Android, iPad and Nook. For more information please contact the Colfax Library at 509-397-4366 or stop by the library on Drop-In Tech Help Tuesdays and Saturdays. See our online calendar for details.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Introduction to Photography at the Library!

Tech Tuesday! Basic Photography with Sharon Lindsay

Tuesday, Oct. 3 @ 12 - 1 p.m. OR 6 - 7 p.m.

Basic Photography will be a one hour class in the TEK Center divided into three topics: 
  1. How the camera works and what those numerous buttons do
  2. Improving your photos so they become "keepers"
  3. Overcoming the fear of downloading/managing your photo collection
Please bring your camera to class.  Questions regarding this class or any Tech Tuesday event contact Nichole at 397-4366.

Sharon Lindsay's love of photography started in her teens with a hand-me-down Brownie box camera that had only one button.  She was frequently disappointed because the camera did not record what she had seen.   As time passed the pictures improved through practice and training.  After retiring from her professional career as a chemist she had more time to spend on photography.  Volunteering with the National Wildlife Refuge System gave her the opportunity to observe beautiful landscapes and a large variety of animal wildlife.  It also provided opportunities to teach photography through refuge programs and as a Merit Badge Councilor for the Boy Scouts.  Her goal is to help others understand how their cameras work, take pictures they want to keep and share and have fun doing it.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Banned Book Week - Sept. 24 - 30

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the 
freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of 
September, it highlights the value of free and open access to 
information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire 
book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, 
journalists, teachers, and readers! Banned Book Week 2017 
Sept. 24 - 30.  Click here to learn more from the American 
Library Association!

Check out a banned book at any of our 14 locations!


Saturday, September 23, 2017

September Library Supporter of the Month

Tom Mohr was recently honored as September’s Library Supporter of the Month by staff at the Colfax Branch. During the presentation, Tom was praised for his many contributions to the local photography scene, The Center at Colfax Library and to our rural communities. Tom spent the last year photographing the Palouse, from landscapes and people to community events and parades. Tom’s photographs were recently featured at the Palouse Empire Fair and will be exhibited regularly as part of a permanent rotating collection at The Center.

Whitman County Library trustees, Friends and administrators sponsor the library supporter award as a way to recognize individuals and groups who play a key role in forwarding the library’s activities, improving cultural offerings within our communities and supplementing a limited budget.

For a complete list of more than 50 supporters who’ve been recognized, visit the WCL website at www.whitco.lib.wa.us and choose the Get Involved link.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Blood Drive Today at the Colfax Library!


Every day the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) needs 200 donors to ensure a safe supply of blood. Help give the gift of life at the Colfax Library location on Friday, September 22 from 2 - 5 p.m. A mobile collection unit from the INBC will be on hand to screen applicants and accept donations of blood. Present to give blood and be entered to win a $200 Cabela’s gift card.  You could be the lucky winner!

Find the hero in you! Appointments are being taken by calling toll free 800-423-0151 or online at www.inbcsaves.org. Priority is given to those with pre-scheduled appointments. Walk-ins will be seen on a first come, first serve basis with photo I.D. required. The entire list of eligibility criteria can be found by contacting INBC.


Visit the Whitman County Library online calendar at www.whitco.lib.wa.us for a complete listing of programs and events or call 509-397-4366 for details.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Trivia Night at the Colfax Hyde Out is TONIGHT!!!

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


Answer questions, compete with friends, and see what you know! Bring your team of up to 8 people or join one on arrival. Extra points are awarded to team members who present their library card and all donations go to Friends of the Library for local programs and projects. For more information, contact Sarah Phelan at 509-397-4366 or email at sarap@whitco.lib.wa.us!

Special "Back to School" Edition!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rachelle's Recommended Reads

The Shack by William P. Young


Now a major motion picture, this fictional audio book tells the story of a man who returns to the place where his daughter was brutally murdered after receiving a suspicious note, apparently from God. 



My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman


This fictional audio book tells the story of seven year old Elsa who is different and her seventy-seven year old grandma who is crazy.  I HIGHLY recommend this book as it was my favorite read of the summer. 




The Hunting Trip by William Butterworth


This fictional audio book tells the story of a young man who after being expelled from boarding school winds up on a rollicking adventure filled with love, intrigue and heroics during WWII.  


Visit us at www.whitco.lib.wa.us, stop by any of our 14 library branches, or call us at (509) 397-4366 to reserve your copy of our recommended reads today! 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn about the Ice Age?

Ice Age Floods Presentation TONIGHT at 


the Colfax Library Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.


Ice Age Floods Institute and Whitman County Library present "Changing the Course of the Columbia River" on Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in the Colfax Library's meeting room. HOW DID THE ICE AGE EFFECT OUR REGION? The community is invited to take a look into how the Ice Age Floods changed the course of the Columbia River in eastern Washington. Incredible coulees, dry falls, scalands, bars and landslides along its path will be examined from the ground and above - all of which help tell the story of the mighty Columbia and the Missoula Floods.










For additional information, visit http://iafi.org or contact iafipf@gmail.com. Can't make this event? See it in Ritzville on September 11 at the Carnegie Library at 7 p.m. or in LaCrosse on September 13 at the Gathering Place at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Ice Age Floods Institute, Palouse Falls Chapter.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Congratulations to the Winners of the Inspired Palouse Art Competition!!!

Inspired Palouse Awards:
2017 photo & art exhibit in the Colfax Center

  • Robin Stanard, Rogers Brothers Seed Company, oil on canvas panel, 2 of 3 Honorable Mention
  • Carla Danielson, photo x2,  Get Along, Honorable Mention. Blue Heron, People's Choice ($100 - don't know if you want to say amounts?)
  • Francisco Aguilar, photo on metal, Milky Way and Crow Homestead,  3rd place ($100 award)
  • Gayle Havercroft, block-print with watercolor wash, Palouse Skyscrapers; Thornton, 2nd place ($200 award), Also Artist's Choice Award
  • Nancy Rothwell, acrylic collage, Ancestor's Warmth, 1st place ($300 award)
  • People’s Choice winner Blue Heron
  • Judge’s Choice winter Ancestor’s Warmth
Thank you to all our community artists who entered their artwork! Visit www.whitco.lib.wa.us to see current and future art exhibits in the Colfax Center. Call 397-4366 for details about Center exhibits.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tech Help Saturdays with Tara

*NEW TIMES* DROP-IN SATURDAYS

Need technology help? Now you can drop into the TEK Center on Saturdays to get hands on help with basic computer skills, internet, email, social media, OverDrive, downloading eBooks and audiobooks and more! Bring your phone, laptop, tablet, or other device along with your questions to our WSU volunteer, Tara, THE FIRST & LAST SATURDAY from 2 - 4 p.m.

The "TEK Center" or "Technology, Education, and Knowledge Center" is a new technology lab for individual learning as well as a digital development hub for the community and businesses. The TEK Center currently provides free WiFi, 8 laptops, projection capabilities, and access to a wide variety of library resources including experienced instructors, educational software, coding kits, LEGO learning, Microsoft Imagine Academy, and more!

For more information about this or other events in the TEK Center, technology classes or volunteer opportunities, contact Nichole Kopp, Whitman County Library Teen Services Director and TEK Coordinator at 509-397-4366.  This event is sponsored by the WSU Center for Civic Engagement. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fall Act 2 Classes are OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!


Introduction to Ukulele: Plus (Cost: $17)
Wednesday Evenings, October 11 – November 1, from 6 to 7:30pm

The ukulele has recently made a huge comeback in popularity and is the easiest of all stringed instruments to learn to play. The emphasis is on fun rather than theory. This class is for absolute beginners, as well as those who have taken the previous introduction to ukulele or ukulele plus classes or already know simple chords. Information about purchasing a ukulele is sent after registration. Ukuleles are not provided in class. Instructor: Scott Hallett


Mosaic Sculpture (Cost: $20)
All Day Saturday, October 21st – 10:30am to 5:30pm

Mosaic is the art of assembling small pieces of tile, broken glass or other materials into patterns and images. Ancient Romans covered their floors, walls and ceilings with this intricate and interesting art form, and it is used in everything from small artwork to large-scale public art pieces today. Explore the basics of designing and creating an outdoor mosaic for your garden, including discussion of which surfaces work best and what materials to use. Add mosaic to an existing structure or design a structure specifically for your mosaic. Instructor: Lisa Soranaka

The Palouse and World War One (Cost: $35)
Thursday Mornings, October 12 – November 9, from 9:30am to noon


***Unfortunately this course was cancelled due to low enrollment. If you are interested in an ACT 2 class, you are encouraged to register early if planning to attend. Please look for this course again in upcoming semesters.***

The Palouse, played a little known, but important role in the First World War, even before the U.S. entered the conflict in April 1917. Discover how the area prepared, as America geared up to fight The War To End All Wars. Southeast Washington changed overnight, with women entering the workforce, food rationing, Victory Gardens, a universal draft, censorship, and the search for spies and subversives. Especially important, was the need to protect from sabotage the local production of wheat, timber, and minerals - all essential components of the war effort. Using original sources, learn how the Palouse region responded to major social changes as the war raged in Europe. Instructor: Richard Sola



People can register by calling (509) 279-6030 or visiting http://sccel.spokane.edu/act2 
For questions about additional ACT 2 Classes, please call (509) 279-6027

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Next Trivia Night is Thursday, Sept. 21!!!

Trivia Night - Brought to you by WCL

A fun way to test your knowledge is at Whitman County Library Trivia Nights! 



Check out Whitman County Library's new Trivia Program! The library has been hosting Trivia Nights all over Whitman County! We provide the questions, materials, and trivia host while local businesses donate the prizes.

Answer questions, compete with friends, and see what you know! Bring your team of up to 8 people or join one on arrival. Extra points are awarded to team members who present their library card and all donations go to Friends of the Library for local programs and projects. For more information, contact Sarah Phelan at 509-397-4366!

Don't miss these upcoming Trivia Nights!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Early Learning Programs at Whitman County Library

Mark your calendar each Thursday for Early Learning Storytime at the Colfax Library beginning Sept. 14!!!

Storytime at the Colfax branch is divided into three age groups:

  • baby time for ages 0-2 from 10:10-10:30 a.m. 
  • toddler time for ages 2-3 from 10:30-11:00 a.m.
  • preschool time for ages 4 & Up from 11:00-11:30 a.m. 
Storytime offers a valuable listening and pre-reading experience for children of all ages. The focus this year is “Learning the Alphabet from A to Z” featuring letters and sounds.  Each week a new letter is introduced with visual and phonemic activities, all planned to promote reading readiness in your child. Through stories, sharing, rhymes and songs children acquire information as well as an appreciation for the written word and fine illustration. 
Storytime allows each child time to share stories and to express him or herself. At Storytime, children participate in a variety of imaginative activities that include finger plays, games, crafts, puppets, and creative dramatics. These activities help promote cognitive development and reading readiness along with maximizing the critical years in a child’s brain development.


Don't Forget about Play & Learn Fridays at the Library beginning 

September 15!!! Fridays, 10:00-11:30 am 

Join Whitman County Library for Play & Learn (playgroup) each Friday from September through June (excluding holidays). Parents and caregivers bring your children from 10:00-11:30 a.m. for free play and socialization. Call 397-4366 for details. 

For more information about the Whitman County Library’s 14 branch Storytime line-up, visit www.whitco.lib.wa.usor call toll free 1-877-733-3375. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Congratulations Summer Reading Winners!!!

Adult Grand Prize Winner, Becky Elfers
Thanks to generous community support, nearly 900 residents of all ages completed the 2017 summer reading program through Whitman County Library. 

Teen Grand Prize Winner, Derek Repp
Everyone who participated received a book or small prizes while teens and adults were entered into grand prize giveaways sponsored by local businesses and Friends of the Library. Adult winners were Becky Elfers - WSU Game-Day package, Janelle Harrison - Galaxy Tablet from WSECU, Ruth Cox - JP Pies picnic basket, Elaine Parker - magnum of Merry Cellars wine and Virginia Heaton - JP Pies gift certificate. 


Teen winners were Mason McIntosh - Samsung Galaxy Tablet from WSECU and Derek Repp -  $50 Amazon Gift Card from Friends of the Library.

Monday, September 11, 2017

OZOBOT INVASION!!!

Tech Tuesday! Ozobot Invasion

Colfax Library Tuesday, Sep. 12, 3:30-4:30 

The Ozobots are coming to the TEK Center! What is an Ozobot?  Ozobots are tiny line following robots programmed by color, draw code on paper or command robot digitally with Ozobot Apps.  Kids grade 2 and up are invited to explore robotics at this fun STEM program. Call 509-397-4366 for more info!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Keeping Kids Safe Online @ JES Elementary 

Library Tuesday, Sep. 19, 7-8pm


Kids today will never know a time without technology in their lives so how do we as parents keep them safe online?

Parents join Whitman County Teen Librarian, Nichole Kopp, for this informative presentation and discussion on how to protect children/teens online no matter how they access the internet. Topics to be covered: how to open a dialogue with kids regarding online safety, how to address inappropriate content, ensuring online privacy, dangers of sexting, cyberbullying, and more. 

Note: this program will be held at Jennings Elementary School Library. Call TEK Center and Technology Tuesday Coordinator, Nichole Kopp, at 397-4366 for more information.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Come see us at the fair!

Visit the library booth at the Palouse Empire Fair September 7 - 10!
View Palouse Empire Fair photos from our Rural Heritage Collection, spin the wheel for prizes, name the library pig, and say "HOWDY" to our friendly staff! Prizes sponsored by Friends of the Library.











Boots, Buckles & Spurs - Palouse Empire Fair - Celebrating 50 Years of Rodeo!