Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Submissions Needed for Barn Calendars

Each year, sales of “The Barns of Whitman County” calendar support valuable programs and services in all 14 locations of Whitman County Library. Steve Van Vleet from WSU’s Whitman County Extension Department graciously donates his time and resources to produce the calendars but local photographs are needed to make this valuable fundraising effort complete.

The library is seeking donations of local barn photos to be included in the 2018 calendar. Proceeds fund everything from Summer Reading programs to children’s robotics equipment. 

Last year’s calendar sold out in just one week with special thanks going to photographers Ken Carper, Rod Schwartz, Jane Finan, Cierra Morris, Debbie Rochon, Ross McClure, Geoff Williams, Debbie Jones, Virgil Hanson, Susan Roberts and Cindy Glorfield.

To participate, email your submissions to Stephen Vanvleet at svanvleet@wsu.edu or call Office 509-397-6290 for more details.
 
 This barn on Glenwood Road just outside of Colfax was featured in the 2017 calendar and submitted by Virgil Hanson.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

*Spooky* Trivia Night & Costume Contest Thursday, Oct. 19 @ 6:30 p.m.

TRIVIA NIGHT!!! Join us Thursday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Colfax Hyde Out for "terrifying trivia" and to test your knowledge while competing

with friends!
Bring your team of up to 8 people or join one upon arrival. Extra points will be awarded for teams that bring their library cards! Answer questions, enjoy friendly competition, and see what you know! All donations go to Friends of the Library for local library programs and projects. For more information, contact our WCL Trivia Coordinator, Sarah Phelan, at 509-397-4366 or sarahp@whitco.lib.wa.us


COSTUME CONTEST!!! If your whole team is wearing a costume, you will earn an extra point! There will also be a prize for "best costume" awarded, so don't be afraid to dress up! 

***WCL Trivia Nights are the most fun you can have while learning***  

Did you know that ancient Celts believed the ghosts of the dead roamed Earth on All Hallow's Eve, so people would dress in costumes to ward off these roaming spirits?💀💀💀

Monday, October 16, 2017

Board of Trustees & Friends of the Library Meetings This Week!

Board Meeting, WCL Trustees - Monday, Oct. 16, 4 pm

The Whitman County Library Board of Trustees generally meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Colfax Library. These meetings are open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend. Occasionally the date or location may be altered in order to visit branch locations throughout Whitman County. In the event of date/time/location changes, the community will be notified. It is always advised to confirm meeting times and locations by calling the library at 509-397-4366.


Friends of Library Meeting - Tuesday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m.

Friends of the Library Meeting Every first Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. in The Center. Meetings are generally not held during the months of August and December. For more information and to confirm meeting dates, contact the library or Shirley Cornelius at 509-397-4366.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

It's an Exciting Week for Kids in Colfax!!!

Movie Day!!! Wednesday, Oct. 18, 12:25-2:25 Ready, Set, Action! You're invited to the Colfax Library to see a PG animated movie! A hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family. told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator: a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. This movie is rated PG for some mild, rude humor (a PG movie rating stands for "parental guidance," as some material may not be suitable for all children). Children 7 & under need an adult present and kids 8-12 need parent permission.

Snap Circuits @ Third Thursday Club Oct 19, 3:30-4:30  It's Third Thursday FUN & LEARNING at the Colfax Library! Kids in grades 1-4 are invited to the library for STEM engagement activities with stories, games, crafts and more! But this Third Thursday, it's more than just fun and games - come design and build electronic circuit kids with friends! Snacks included! (afterschool programs every 3rd Thursday of the school calendar months)


Call Sheri or Nichole with any questions or for details about future events at (509) 397-4366.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

It's Drop-in Tech Help Saturday!

Technology Tuesdays EVERY TUESDAY at the TEK Center!!!



Oct. 24 @ 3:30 to 4:30pm - Snap Circuits! Kids ages 10 & above, join us for a hands-on exploration in electronics. The kit contains over 60 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Over 700 experiments can be conducted using this kit, from lighting LEDs to making a radio and more!



Oct. 17, 28 & 31 @ 2 to 4pm - Drop-in Tech Help Need technology help? It's Drop-in Tech Tuesday (and Saturday)! Stop by the TEK Center to get hands on help with basic computer skills, internet, email, Microsoft Imagine Academy, and more! Bring your device and questions to our tech librarian Tuesdays and Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. *Please Note Drop-in Tech Help is typically held the last Tuesday of the month as well as the first & last Saturdays of the month.

Technology driven events to follow every Tuesday at the TEK Center. For more information about Tech Tuesdays, TEK Center, technology classes, or volunteer opportunities, contact Nichole, Whitman County Library Teen Services Director and TEK Center Coordinator at 397-4366.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Pain the Town Pink!



Colfax is painting the town pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month! During the month of October you will see pink flags, lights, and businesses all decorated in pink. Residents are encouraged to wear pink in solidarity. 

Whitman County Library is providing adult & children's coloring sheets incorporating the cancer ribbon for patrons to color and dedicate to someone affected. *Artwork will be displayed on the front desk for the month of October.*

Click here for more info! There will be a trophy for the best decorated business storefront! The city put up pink the flags and lights and police will be wearing pink patches for the month of October. Help us PAINT the Town PINK!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Everybody Writes about "Black River"

Writers of all ages are encouraged to enter Everybody Writes, a local contest inspired by the annual Everybody Reads community reading program. This year, entries are being sought on the topics of redemption, forgiveness, The power of music, faith or pain. These topics were based upon Everybody Reads’ 2017 selected novel “Black River” by S.M. Hulse which addresses these same themes and emotions. Winners receive a Kindle Voyage or Amazon Gift Cards and will be announced at author events scheduled for November 6-9 across the Palouse and L.C. Valley.
One submission per person is allowed. Entries of poetry, fiction or non-fiction with a maximum of 800 words. Entries are due by midnight on October 22, 2017 to everybodywrites@aclib.org

For more information about Everybody Writes, the reading program or author presentations, visit everybody-reads.org. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Recommended Reads for October 2017

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched, first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and children who came face-to-face with the living and the undead. World War Z is the result.

It by Stephen King


Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. The story follows seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they first stumbled on as teenagers…an evil without a name: It. They made a promise twenty-eight years ago to reunite in the same place where they had once battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.

The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, & Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff


The panic began early in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's niece began to writhe and roar. Allegations of witchcraft spread quickly. Speaking loudly and emphatically, adolescent girls stood at the center of the crisis. Neighbors accused neighbors, husbands accused wives, parents and children accused one another. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.


To request these books, please visit our online catalog at https://whitm.ipac.sirsidynix.net/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile= , call the Whitman County Library at 397-4366, or email us at info@whitco.lib.wa.us

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

WCL Trivia Night & Costume Contest

*Spooky* Adult Trivia Nights & Costume Contests for the month of October


Join us for TRIVIA NIGHT Thursday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Colfax Hyde Out or Saturday, October 21 at 7 p.m. at the Rosalia Brass Rail to test your knowledge and compete with friends! 

COSTUME CONTEST!!! If your whole team is wearing a costume, you will earn an extra point! There will also be a prize for "best costume" awarded, so don't be afraid to dress up! 

WCL Trivia Nights are the most fun you can have while learning!  


Bring your team of up to 8 individuals or join one upon arrival. Extra points will be awarded for teams that bring their library cards! Answer questions, enjoy friendly competition, and see what you know! All donations go to Friends of the Library for local library programs and projects. For more information, contact our WCL Trivia Coordinator, Sarah Phelan, at 509-397-4366 or sarahp@whitco.lib.wa.us

Did you know that Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday? LEARN MORE FRIGHTENING FACTS AT WCL TRIVIA NIGHT!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Did You Know that Gardening is Good for your Health?

Master Gardener Program comes to the Colfax Library Wednesday, Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m.

10 REASONS WHY GARDENING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

1. Gardening can reduce your risk of stroke (along with other activities as jogging and swimming) as reported in “Stroke: Journal of The American Heart Association”.

2. Gardening burns calories. Gardening is considered moderate-intensity exercise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can burn up to 330 calories during just one hour of light gardening and yard work.

3. Gardening decreases the likelihood of osteoporosis. When you dig, plant, weed, and engage in repetitive tasks that require strength or stretching, all of the major muscle groups are getting a good work out.

4. Gardening is a stress buster. As a matter of fact, it may be an even more effective stress buster than other leisure activities. In a study in the Netherlands (as reported by CNN), two groups of students were told to either read indoors or garden for thirty minutes AFTER completing a stressful task. The group that gardened reported being in a better mood and exhibited lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone than the group that read.

5. Being surrounded by flowers improves one’s health. In behavioral research conducted at Rutgers University, the results showed that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods and have an immediate impact on happiness, a long term positive effects on mood, and make for more intimate connections between individuals.

6. The act of gardening enables us to enter the ‘zone’,  also known as an altered state of consciousness – similar to what a jogger or one who practices yoga or mediation can experience. This transcendent state is a magical and spiritual place where one experiences the best of who she/he is.

7. Digging in the soil promotes good health and boosts mood. Children who are exposed to dirt in the formative years develop healthier, stronger immune systems when compared to children whose parents keep them squeaky clean, and they have a lower incidence of asthma, eczema, and allergies!

At University of Colorado, Christopher Lowry, Ph.D., has been injecting mice with Mycobacterium vaccae, a harmless bacteria commonly found in soil, and has found that they increase the release and metabolism of serotonin in parts of the brain that control cognitive function and mood — much like serotonin-boosting antidepressant drugs do.

8. Gardening Improves Relationships and Compassion. Studies show that people who spend more time around plants exhibit measurable increases in feelings of compassion, are more likely to help others, and often have more advanced social relationships. People who care for nature are more likely to care for others.

9. Gardening may lower the risk of dementia. Some research suggests that the physical activity associated with gardening can help lower the risk of developing dementia. Two separate studies that followed people in their 60s and 70s for up to 16 years found, respectively, that those who gardened regularly had a 36% and 47% lower risk of dementia than non-gardeners, even when a range of other health factors were taken into account.

10. Gardening strengthens your immune system. While you’re outdoors basking in the sun, you’ll also soak up plenty of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. In turn, calcium helps keep your bones strong and your immune system healthy.

The U.S. public spends more than 90% of their time indoors, leading an extremely sedentary, disconnected, unhealthy, and unnatural lifestyle. SO DON'T BECOME A STATISTIC & GET GARDENING!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Teen READ Week October 8 - 14

Teen Read Week, "Unleash Your Story"

October 8 - 14, 2017
Celebrate Teen Read Week at your local library branch by checking out a great read, writing a short story or attending a fun teen program! "Unleash Your Story" at the Whitman County Library.

*Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. Click here to learn more!

Teen Blackout Poetry Contest @ St. John Library

October 6 - 16
As part of Teen Read week, the St. John Library is holding a Blackout Poetry contest.  Middle and high school students are invited to create poetry from text already written - simply redact text you don't want with black sharpie and keep the words that form the poem.  No poetry rules apply!  Kits with everything you need are available at the library October 6 to 13.  Drop off your creation before Monday, October 16 at 5 pm and win a prize.

For additional information call the St. John branch at 648-3319. Sponsored by Friends of St. John Library. 

All-County Teen Trivia @ the Colfax Library Center

Friday, October 13, 6-7:30pm
All county TEENS are invited to this fun after library hours trivia night in Colfax! Bring your team of 6 to the Center (adjacent to the Colfax Library) on Friday, October 13th 6-7:30 pm. Enjoy pizza and snacks while testing your random knowledge in categories from books to bizarre!  No team?? No worries, we'll assign you one upon arrival.

For additional information ,call Nichole at the Colfax Library 397-4366. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Teen Superstition Party @ Rosalia Library

Friday, October 13, 6-8 p.m.
Students in 6th-12th grade.... come spend Friday the 13th at the library in Rosalia. The spooky fun begins at 6 p.m. There will be games and lucky food and an art activity so you can take the good luck with you!

For additional information, call the Rosalia branch at 523-3109. Sponsored by Friends of the Rosalia Library.



Superstition Night @ Oakesdale Library

Friday, Oct. 13, 6:00 p.m.
Friday the 13th, black cats, 4 leaf clovers, broken mirrors, walking under a ladder...is it really bad luck? Learn about other superstitions in different cultures! Craft activity and snacks are provided!

For additional information, call the Oakesdale branch at 285-4310. Sponsored by Friends of the Oakesdale Library.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Register TODAY for this interesting, never-before-heard history course on the Palouse & WWI

The Palouse & WWI @ the Colfax TEK Center Thursdays, Oct. 12 - Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

***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. Join instructor Richard Sola on Thursdays, beginning October 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Colfax Library's TEK Center, and discover how the area prepared, as America geared up to fight the War to End All Wars. Southest 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.
Cost is $35 for five workshops. For additional information or to register, call Community Colleges of Spokane at (509) 279-6030, visit http://sccel.spokane.edu/act2 or call Whitman County Library at (509) 397-4366 for registration forms.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

October Children's Programs at the Colfax Library

Storytime Thursdays 10:10 -11:30 am

Early Learning Storytime at the Colfax Library is a FREE program that offers a valuable listening and pre-reading experience for children birth to age 5. Children, parents/caregivers will enjoy engaging stories and participate in imaginative activites that include songs, fingerplays, action activities, crafts, puppets, and more each Thursday Sept-June.
Baby Time, Ages 0-2, 10:10-10:30 am
Toddler Time, Ages 2-3, 10:30-11:00 am
Preschool Time, Ages 4 and up, 11:00-11:30 am

Play & Learn  Fridays 10:00-


11:30 am

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

Movie Day Wednesday, Oct. 18, 12:45-2:25

Ready, Set, Action! You're invited to the Colfax Library to see a PG animated movie! A hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator: a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. This movie is rated PG for some mild, rude humor (A PG movie rating stand for "parental guidance," as some material may not be suitable for all children). Children 7 & under need an adult present, kids age 8 - 12 need a parent permission.  

Third Thursday Afterschool FUN Oct. 19, 3:30-4:30 (Every 3rd Thursday of the school calendar months)

It's 3rd Thursday fun & learning at the Colfax Library! Kids in grades 1-4 are invited to the library for STEM engagement activities with stories, games, crafts & more! More than just fun & games - come design and build electronic circuit kits with friends. Snacks included! Call Sheri or Nichole at 397-4366 for details.
Snap Circuit Fun @ the TEK Center Tuesday, Oct. 24, 3:30-4:30 PM

Kids ages 10 and up come to the TEK Center Tuesday, October 24 for a hands-on exploration in electronics using Snap Circuits.  The kit contains over 60 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Space is limited call the Colfax Library to register 397-4366. 

Crazy 8s Math Club Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 pm

Make a Splash with MATH-Session 1. Kids in grades 3-5 can join us for 8 weeks starting Wednesday, Sept. 20 thru Nov. 8 from 3:00-4:00 pm of Math Gone Wild! This session is currently full, however please call Sheri at the Colfax Library 509-397-4366 for information about upcoming sessions. For more information about this wacky program, visit www.bedtimemath.org.

Rising Stars Dance Fridays 4:15-6:45 pm

Children's dance classes through Rising Stars Dance Studios are available at the Colfax Library Center on Fridays. Classes are geared towards children 2 years and older and introduces them to a variety of genres including ballet, tap, tumble and jazz. For additional information, cost and registration, please contact Keri Oldroyd at (509) 432-6961, visit http://www.risingstarsstudio.com/ or contact Whitman County Library at (509) 397-4366 for registration forms.

4:30 to 5 p.m.  - Colfax Pre Dance (Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Tumble) - Ages 2-4
5 to 5:45 p.m. - Colfax Dance Level 1 ( Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Tumble) - Ages 5-6
5:45 to 6:45 p.m. - Colfax Dance Level 2 ( Tap, Jazz & Tumble) - Placement
6:15 to 7:15 p.m. - Colfax Dance Level 3 ( Tap, Jazz & Tumble) - Placement

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Novels Based in the Northwest

"Idaho" by Emily

Ruskovich

With an act of unspeakable violence at its heart, “Idaho” is a story of redemption, horror, love, and disjointed memory. Set in the rugged Northern Idaho landscape, events are recounted from multiple perspectives in razor-sharp prose and shrouded in terrible secrecy.  

"Black River" by

S.M. Hulse

When Wes Carver returns from Spokane, Washington to Black River, Montana 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 prison riot twenty years prior, is being considered for release. With stunning detail and raw emotion, S.M. Hulse drops readers deep into the heart and darkness of a northwestern American town.

Colfax librarian, Sarah Phelan, gives
her local reading recommendations 

"When I was a Child: Growing Up in theEarly 1900s in the Words of Lottie Swartz" compiled & edited by Kelly Dow

The year was 1904, in a small cabin in the middle of one of Western Washington’s old-growth forests, Lottie May Swartz was born. Through her vivid memory and firsthand accounts, Lottie gives color and life to one of the most rapidly changing periods in American history. Local history comes to life as Lottie retraces her steps through childhood, the cusp of womanhood, and the end of WWI.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Inland Northwest Agriculture Forum

Come learn about the changing farm business from a panel of local experts at the Inland Northwest Ag Forum on Thursday, October 12 at 7 p.m. at The Center at Colfax Library. This free event is open to farmers, those in the farm industry and local residents who want to learn more about our economy and way of life.

Topics will center upon the rapidly changing business of farming with panelists exploring the evolution and future of farm equipment, impacts and changes to crop protection and fertilizer industries, grain storage, and product marketing both domestically and worldwide. There will be time for questions and panelists will remain afterward for further discussion.

Presenters and panelists include Keith Becker and Jay Rubin from Pacific Northwest Farmers’ Cooperative; Dennis Solbrack of Pape’ Machinery; Fred Morscheck from the McGregor Company and Randy Suess, former chair of the US Wheat Associates.

Besides the forum, participants can browse the photo exhibit by Dennis Witmer titled The Grain Elevators of Whitman County.  Witmer will be on hand to answer questions and images will be for sale during the event with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Center. 
 Testing an Allis-Chalmers combine on the Donald Ray Hall farm in 1961


For more information about The Inland Northwest Ag Forum, contact Kristie Kirkpatrick, Whitman County Library Director at 509-397-4366. The Center at Colfax Library is located at 102 S. Main, Colfax.

Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2017 Tech Tuesday Schedule

Technology Tuesdays are tech-driven events available EVERY TUESDAY at the Colfax Library's NEW TEK Center!!!


Oct. 3 @ 12 to 1pm OR 6 to 7pm - Basic Photography Photographer, Sharon Lindsay, shares her love of photography and her experience during this one hour class. The class will cover how to use your camera, how to make photos you take "keepers," and how to manage your digital photo collection. *Please Note: both classes have the same content; simply choose the best time for you. 

Oct. 24 @ 3:30 to 4:30pm - Snap Circuits! Kids ages 10 & above, join us for a hands-on exploration in electronics. The kit contains over 60 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Over 700 experiments can be conducted using this kit, from lighting LEDs to making a radio and more!



Oct. 7, 17, 28, & 31 @ 2 to 4pm - Drop-in Tech Help Need technology help? It's Drop-in Tech Tuesday (and Saturday)! Stop by the TEK Center to get hands on help with basic computer skills, internet, email, Microsoft Imagine Academy, and more! Bring your device and questions to our tech librarian Tuesdays and Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. *Please Note Drop-in Tech Help is typically held the last Tuesday of the month as well as the first & last Saturdays of the month.

Technology driven events to follow every Tuesday at the TEK Center. For more information about Tech Tuesdays, TEK Center, technology classes, or volunteer opportunities, contact Nichole, Whitman County Library Teen Services Director and TEK Center Coordinator at 397-4366.
TEK Center currently provides free WiFi, 8 laptops, projection capabilities, tables, chairs, and access to a wide variety of library resources including experienced instructors, educational software, coding kits, Lego learning,  and more.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Grandmothers' Tea at the Colfax Library Center

Call (509) 553-9344 to sponsor a grandma at the

Grandmother's Tea 4 p.m. Saturday, October. 7th at The 

Center adjua Colfax Library  honoring the 

Thrifty  Grandmother's Club of Colfax. 

A special THANK YOU to the Grandmothers for all 

their gracious support of the library. Click here to 

Thrifty Grandmothers at the Perkins House