Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

All 14 branches of Whitman County Library will close Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Due dates for library materials have been extended in anticipation of the closure and no late fines will be charged for that day. Drop boxes will remain open at all locations for returned items. Access to the library’s catalog, downloadable audio and eBooks, Consumer Reports, A to Z Business Database, Heritage Quest, Rural Heritage, and Events Calendar remains available by visiting the library’s 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. 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. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Color Me Crafty

Creativity Meets Relaxation



Adults of ALL AGES are invited to the Whitman County Library's meeting room to enjoy coffee, cookies and coloring from 2 - 4 pm on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Tuesdays of the each month. A variety of coloring sheets and bookmarks are provided, but feel free to bring your own and share too! 

For more information please contact Molly Overby at 397-4366.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tech Tuesday: Computer Basics

Basic Computer Skills Class at the Colfax Library
Tuesday, Nov. 21, Noon-1pm


Are you new to using a computer or looking to refresh your skills?  Theresa Kusznir with Colfax Computer will guide students through basic computer skills on Tuesday, November 21 from 12-1 p.m. at the Colfax Library TEK Center.  During this free hands-on class students will familiarize themselves with the computer, review common MS Windows features, setup email, and explore the internet.

For additional information on this event or other Tech Tuesday events click here or call the Colfax Library 397-4366

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thank You S. M. Hulse!!!

Thank you to Sarah Hulse​ from Spokane for her fantastic Everybody Reads presentation on her novel, "Black River," and giving us a peek into what it takes to write and publish a book. 




Friday, November 17, 2017

"Fall" into a good read!!!

Click here to visit our online calendar or call (509) 397-4366 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Trivia in Colfax Tomorrow Night!!!

Whitman County Trivia Night Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Hyde Out

*Special Music Category*


Bring your team, compete with friends, test your knowledge, & WIN!!! 

Remember your library card for a bonus point!!!

For more information, contact: Sarah Phelan at 509-397-4366 or sarahp@whitco.lib.wa.us
For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or our Blog, the library's events calendar, FacebookTwitter,  or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Who's Who in Colfax?

Small Business Showcase - Colfax Library

Where: The Center, adjacent to Colfax Library
When: Wednesday, November 15, 5-7 pm
Special Guest: Pavlo Rudenko, Ph.D, Founder & (CTO), TriboTEX- Colfax based company
For: Entrepreneurs, Business Owners & Public, refreshments served!


Sponsored by: SEWEDA In Honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 13-17, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Movember: Whitman County Library is Changing the Face of Men's Health

What is Movember?


The Movember Foundation is a global charity that advocates for men, raising funds and awareness for men's health issues, such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer. The annual event involves the growing of mustaches during the month of November to "change the face of men's health."


How is Whitman County Library Participating?


There are "mustached" books on display by the front desk and hidden around the library for individuals to check out. Patrons are also invited to encouraged to take a selfie or group photo with the hashtag #WCLMovember and post it on social media.


Check Out A "Mustached" Book from our display or library shelves and be entered to WIN!!!

What Can You Do to Help?

You can help raise awareness by getting people interested and talking about Movember. The Colfax Library has set up a mustache photo booth where patrons can take pictures and are encouraged to post them with hashtag #WCLMovember. If you are camera shy, you can also check out a "mustached" book  from our display or find one hidden throughout the library. The goal is for the community to see the photos or the books you have checked out and ask, "What are all the mustaches about?" and you can share the Movemeber message!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Water, Wind, & Fire

Water, Wind and Fire: Saving our farms, forests and fish while strengthening the economy

This unique presentation comes to our area in two local libraries Tuesday, November 14!


The first presentation is at 12-1:30 p.m. at the Palouse Community Center with a complimentary lunch and the next is 6-7:30 p.m. at the Colfax Library with refreshments being served

The presentation and community conversation explore how we can strengthen the economy in Eastern Washington and sustain our farms, forests and fish amid a changing climate. Additional presentation locations and info can be found at tinyurl.com/waterwindfiretour.
Sponsored by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Audubon Washington.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Whitman County Libraries are Closed in Honor of Veterans Day

All 14 branches of Whitman County Library​ will close Saturday & Sunday, November 11 - 12, in honor of Veterans Day. 


Thank you to all in our community who have served.


Due dates for library materials have been extended in anticipation of the closure and no late fines will be charged for that day. Drop boxes will remain open. Access to the library’s catalog, downloadable audio and eBooks, Consumer Reports, A to Z Business Database, Rural Heritage and the library’s website are available.

Whitman County Library recommends these patriotic reads to inspire in honor of the holiday! Click here to visit our online catalog.


"Tough as They Come" by Travis Mills

Thousands have been wounded in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Five have survived quadruple amputee injuries ...this is one soldier’s story.


"Fields of Battle" by Brian Curtis

In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Duke University  played Oregon State in the 1942 Rose Bowl. This is the story of the war, the game, and the boys who played the game then went to war. 


"Vietnam: A History of the War" by Russell Freedman

In honor of our veterans, we invite you to go online to Washington Anytime library and check out this enthralling eBook which chronicles the unfolding events in Vietnam as our young men were sent into the jungles to fight.

Friday, November 10, 2017

FREE Medicare Help

Want to save money on your Medicare supplement or related costs? Open enrollment for health insurance and Medicare supplement is October 15 through December 7 and volunteers, Daniel and Joyce Leonard, are coming to all Whitman County communities to help meet the individual needs of current and future Medicare recipients. To receive the best assistance, participants should bring a list of current medications. Drop-in anytime during the scheduled hours for assistance.

FREE Drop-in Medicare Help
Wednesday, Nov. 15 @ Colfax Library 10 am - 2 pm

Pearl Bouchard, Navigator for WA State's HealthPlanFinder will also be available to assist in Colfax

Monday, Nov. 13 @ Garfield Library 1 - 3 pm

Whitman County Library is partnering again this year with SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) to offer free, unbiased, confidential help in making this important decision. Supplement policies need an annual review as they change in cost and coverage every year. SHIBA is a free, unbiased service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner and sponsored locally by Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington. Dan and Joyce Leonard were awarded the Washington AARP Andrus Award, the highest award for volunteer service in the state earlier this year.

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS OCTOBER 15 – START REVIEWING YOUR PLAN NOW

For further details including additional dates, contact the Colfax Library toll free at (877) 733-3375 or visit library's events calendar.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Whitman County Library Upcoming Trivia




*Special Music Category*

Contests over the past few months have been extremely popular! Participants often come in groups or are placed in groups upon arrival. They answer a wide variety of questions as a fun way to improve their knowledge, support local business, and interact with other members of the community.

Whitman County Library provides the information expert while the hosting group provides the prizes. The library schedules multiple contests each month so interested parties are encouraged to contact Sarah Phelan at Whitman County Library


For more information, contact: Sarah Phelan at 509-397-4366 or sarahp@whitco.lib.wa.us
For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or our Blog, the library's events calendar, Facebook, Twitter,  or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.  

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November Children's Programs at the Colfax Library

'G' Movie - Wednesday, Nov. 8, 12:45-2:30 pm

You're invited to the Colfax Library to see, "CARS 3."  Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win. Rated G for General Audience. Children 7 and under need an adult present, kids ages 8-12 need parent permission.


Storytime - Thursdays 10:10 -11:30 am

Early Learning Storytime at the Colfax Library is a FREE program that offers a valuable listening and early literacy experience for children birth to age 5. Children, parents, and caregivers will enjoy engaging stories and participate in imaginative activities that include songs, fingerplays, action activities, crafts, puppets, and more each Thursday September through 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. Parents and caregivers bring your children from 10:00-11:30 a.m. for free play and socialization!


Afterschool FUN - Thursday, Nov. 16, 3:30-4:30 pm

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! This 3rd Thursday its Thanksgiving themed crafts, BINGO, games, and more!!! *Every 3rd Thursday of the school calendar months

Game Day - Wednesday, Nov. 29, 3:00-4:00 pm

Third through fifth graders are invited for FUN-tivities and math games! It will be more than just fun and games...come learn with WSU students! Snacks will be provided. JES kids may take bus 8 with a parent note.

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 or visit http://www.risingstarsstudio.com/. *please note this week, dance is on Wed. Nov. 8th*

4:30 to 5   - Pre Dance - Ages 2-4
5 to 5:45 - Dance Level - Ages 5-6
5:45 to 6:45 - Dance Level 2 - Placement
6:15 to 7:15 - Dance Level 3 - Placement

Call Sheri Miller or Nichole Kopp at the Colfax Library 397-4366 for details or view our online calendar.




Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Everybody Reads author, S.M. Hulse, visits Colfax Library Today at Noon!!!

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. 



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


Awards
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

Monday, November 6, 2017

Upcoming Levy

Whitman County Libraries Prepare for Levy Increase

Library needs more funding to meet community demands
Yasmeen Wafai, Evergreen reporter November  1, 2017
Whitman County Library is anticipating a vote that would restore its maintenance and operations levy rate to 50 cents, an approximate $6-per-year increase for taxpayers.
Director Kristie Kirkpatrick said the libraries need this levy restoration because their expenses have outweighed their costs. She said usage of library services as well as program attendance has gone up, and the amount of costs is rising. “We are suffering a budget shortfall,” Kirkpatrick said.
The levy restoration would add about $90,000 to the annual budget, according to a fact sheet made by Kirkpatrick. Most library systems put $1 million toward one location, while the Whitman County Library has 14 locations that would be using this money, according to the fact sheet.
The vote would increase the levy to 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.
A local example of one location with a bigger budget than multiple locations would be the Neill Public Library in Pullman, which has a city-funded budget of $1.6 million, while the tax-funded budget for Whitman County’s 14 locations is $1.1 million, Kirkpatrick said via email. “I think these numbers clearly demonstrate the struggle we face,” she said.
She said the levy will go to a vote in Whitman County and will affect all of the Whitman County libraries outside of the Neill Public Library. She explained that if the libraries were to get this money, it would go toward operations, materials, programs and technology. “We wouldn’t ask for money if we didn’t need it,” Kirkpatrick said.
She said the levy is vital. The fact sheet listed cuts to staff, open hours, materials, online resources and public programs if the levy rate is not restored. “People have no idea the reach of the library,” Kirkpatrick said. “Cutting back would be difficult and terrible.”
However, the library receives both financial and general support from the Friends of Whitman County Library, a private non-profit group that helps libraries in the county.
Friends of the Whitman County Library President Sue Hallett said the group plans to educate the community, send out mailings and talk to media outlets to promote the levy and get people to vote.
Hallett fully supports the passing of the levy and knows the impact libraries can have, both on individuals and the community. She said the increase is worth it, considering everything the library provides. “The library does a lot for the community,” Hallett said, “and they’re asking for a tiny increase.”
Kirkpatrick said she hopes the community will continue to support the libraries and that the levy will be restored so the libraries can continue to provide services. “We’ll do everything we can to get the word out for people and make ourselves available for questions and concerns,” she said.
The levy will be voted on in the Feb. 13 election.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Ice Age Floods Institute Presents "Flaked Stone Tool Production in Ice Age America"


Ice Ages Floods Institute's Palouse Falls Chapter presents Flaked Stone Tool Production in Ice Age America on Wednesday, November 8 at 7 p.m. at the Colfax Library. 

After learning how to make and use flaked stone tools to better understand observed artifacts, James Payne, Executive Director of the Fort Walla Walla Museum, undertook an investigation into tool production techniques refitting some of the 11,000 pieces of stone debris from a workshop in northern Maine, which revealed both a technology with parallels to the Upper Paleolithic of Europe and a caution on interpretations derived from experimental archaeology.

For more information, visit http://iafi.org, email iafipf@gmail.com, or call the Whitman County Library at (509) 397-4366.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Yoga, Wine, & Chocolate Will Have You Feelin' Fine!

“Class and a Glass” wine and yoga at the Colfax Library


Community members are invited to “Class and a Glass,” wine, yoga, and chocolate at the Colfax Library on Tuesday, November 7 at 6 p.m. Cost is just $15 with refreshments served, including spirits for those over 21 years of age or $5 with a punch card.


Instructor Suzy McNeilly, RYT200 certified will guide participants through Yin Yoga poses that release tight fascia, hamstrings, hips and backs while providing a much needed tonic of wine and chocolates to further relax and soothe the soul. 


To register, please contact Suzy McNeilly at (509) 397-4709 or the Colfax Branch of Whitman County Library at (509) 397-4366.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Meet Local Author, Beverly Mader Wilson, TODAY!!!

Author Beverly Mader Wilson provides a presentation centered around her latest book, MARA, to the Colfax Branch of Whitman County library on Friday, Nov. 3 at noon.
Beverly Mader Wilson is the granddaughter of two pioneer families of the Palouse area.  By means of this book, she hopes to increase appreciation for our area history, not only among those who love the Palouse, but also in those who are new to our region.

The Center - Friday, Nov. 3, noon

For more information, contact Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366 or visit us online at www.whitco.lib.wa.us
Coffee and cookies will be served following the author's commentary on some little known historical landmarks around the town of Colfax and of early farm life in the neighboring countryside. A book signing  will be made available for those wanting to purchase the book.  People have asked the author if Mara's fictional family is the history of her own family, that of Fred and Lucille Mader.  She responds with a decided, "No"!  She says that in her youth, she spent most of her free hours either on the piano bench or in riding the school bus for two hours each day, each way.  During those hours, reading library books was a passion.  However, parts of the book, MARA, are actually true.  It will be up to the reader to decide which parts he or she wants to believe!


Thursday, November 2, 2017

S.M. Hulse

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.



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



Awards
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

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Movember 2017


Check Out A "Mustached" Book & Be Entered to WIN!!!

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of mustaches to "change the face of men's health" during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer. 
"Mustached" books are on display and hidden throughout the library! To help raise awareness of men's health issues, patrons are encouraged to check out a book and take a selfie or group photo with the mustaches provided and post it to Facebook with the hashtag  #WCLMovember or #WCLMoSelfie.