Wednesday, October 17, 2018

What is Colfax's Favorite Book?


What's YOUR favorite book on PBS's Top 100 list? Vote & join in the community discussion! Voting closes at midnight on Oct. 18!

Librarian, Kathy Carr, voted for "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton
100 BOOKS, 1 WINNER...WHICH WILL YOU CHOOSE?

Help choose America's #1 most-loved book! 


What is the Great American Read?
A PBS television series, competition, and nationwide campaign that explores the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s top 100 novels, ending with a nationwide vote to choose America's #1 most-loved book!

VOTE HERE! Enter your favorite title at the front desk to vote on Colfax Library’s choice for the GREAT AMERICAN READ.
VOTE ONLINE!  Visit
https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/vote/ to vote on America’s choice for the GREAT AMERICAN READ.

Help choose America's #1 most-loved book! Want your vote to be featured on the library's Facebook page? Have your photo taken with your #1 book by a librarian or send us one!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

So Much FUN for KIDS at the Colfax Library this Week!

Colfax Library has lots of fun, kid-friendly activities coming up!


STEM Build It Hour: Wind Up Cars! Wed. Oct. 17, 12:30-1:30 pm
Kids grades 1 & up, come to the TEK Center for STEM Build It Hour! You will construct a wind up car using plates, a cup, and a rubberband. Then it's off to the wind up car races! Test your car to see how fast and far it will go! (JES students ride bus #8 with parent permission)

Brainy Fun & Games Thurs. Oct. 18, 3:30 pm
How does your brain work? Join WSU's Neuroscience Club for brain facts, crafts, and interactive FUN for everyone! Grades 1 - 4, join us for Third Thursday on Oct. 18, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Colfax Library. (JES Kids may take bus 8 with a permission slip). 


Storytime - F is for Firefighter (Storytime offered Every Thursday Morning 10 -11:30 am

Come to the Coflax Library to meet a real firefighter! Everyone is welcome! Storytime is a FREE listening and pre-reading experience for children birth to age 5. Kiddos and parents/ caregivers enjoy engaging stories and imaginative activities that include songs, crafts, puppets, and more!

Baby Time (0-2) 10:10-10:30 AM, Toddler Time (2-3) 10:30-11:00 AMPreschool Time (4+) 11:00-11:30 AM
Play & Learn - Friday Mornings, 10-11:30 am  
Join WCL for family, friends, and neighbors playgroup each Friday from September through June. Parents/caregivers bring your children for free play and socialization.

Call Sheri Miller or Nichole Kopp at 397-4366 for details on these or other children's programs.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Congratulations to the August & September Supporters of the Month!

August 2018 Supporters of the Month

Carter Foods and Judy Carter, LaCrosse Market, have been Friends of the Library and generous Summer Reading supporters. LaCrosse Librarian, Tami Schwartz, appreciates how they work as a team to get the word out about library programs and services.


Local supporters across the Palouse greatly impact library services and facilities! Whitman County Library could not thrive without the community donations and volunteers. Whitman County Library and our community appreciate you!

September 2018 Supporters of the Month

The Steiger family and friends were honored for their continued support of The Bettie Steiger Community Enrichment Center. Accepting the award during a recent visit to The Center were Craig Steiger, Ann Steiger and Marni Harker.


Whitman County Library trustees, Friends and administrators sponsor the library supporter award 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 recognized supporters, click here!

For more information, contact Kristie Kirkpatrick at 509.397.4366 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Happy Hour Yoga Benefiting Colfax Cheerleaders!

Unwind from the Busy Fall Season with "Happy Hour Yoga"

Happy Hour Yoga benefiting Colfax High Cheerleading comes to the Colfax Library on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.!


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 sweets to further relax and soothe the soul. 

ALL ages are welcome for an hour of refreshing Yoga at 6 p.m. followed by an optional “Happy Hour” that includes snacks and beverages. All proceeds and donations benefit the Colfax Cheerleaders! Feel free to come to just yoga or happy hour or stay for both!

For more information, contact Suzy McNeilly, certified instructor at 397-4709 or Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366. All exercise classes are free for seniors! (age 65+)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

3D Printing Demo Today at 12 or at 5 p.m.!

A *NEW* 3D printer has just arrived at the Colfax Library

3D Demo TODAY, Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 12 to 1 p.m. & 5 to 6 p.m.



This class introduces participants to 3D printing services now available at the library! During the orientation, an overview will be given of 3D printing policy/pricing, design software, and how to submit a printing project. Come and see this fantastic tech at work!


Call James Morasch or Nichole Kopp at 397-4366 for more info. Both tech librarians will be on hand at the demonstration to answer questions!

Sponsored by The Innovia Foundation.

Friday, October 5, 2018

In case you missed it...WCL presents the 2018 Summer Reading Grand Prize Winners!

Whitman County Library had almost 1,000  Summer Reading finishers! Including over 500  children, nearly 100 teens, and close to 400 adults!

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in summer reading this year by checking a book, attending a library event, or donating a prize!

Congratulations to our Summer Reading Winners!
Amethyst Necklace from Sam Dial – Ellie Bodah (Colfax)
Amazon Fire Table from WSECUMichael Higginson (Colfax)

Live Escape Room from Puzzle IQ – Carla Wright (LaCrosse)
Autographed Books – Carol Heinlen and Donna Huntwork (Colfax) & Heidi Fleugal (Palouse)
Wine Basket from Friends of WCL – Marlene Michael (St. John)
Stainless Steel Bottle from Shirley Cornelius – Kaitlyn Gingras (St. John)
Free Golfing & Carts from Colfax Golf Club – Tara Chittenden (Tekoa)
Magnum of Wine from Merry Cellars – Nanette Neebe (Colfax)

Dinner & Drinks from the Hyde Out – Sue Klinke (Colfax)
JP Pies – Bridget Morgan (Colfax) & Maria Castello (Malden)
165 Degrees Brew gift certificate – Susan Ball (Colfax)
Fonks gift certificate - Diana Keller (Colton)



Friends of the Library, Mikki Tague & Wanda Alderman, drawing the grand prize winners
Colfax Teen Grand Prize Winners Joshua Appel & Abigail Huber! Congratulations!



Thursday, October 4, 2018

Teens Pick out their Favorite Books!

The Colfax High School freshman class visited the library for a field trip this week! Each student picked out one or more books to read! 



Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Library Celebrates 1st Thursday with Voter Registration, 3D Printing, Expanded Book Sale, and Mammography Presentation

The Colfax Library is offering voter registration, 3D printing demonstrations and expanded Book Sales as part Colfax’s 1st Thursday Celebration on Thursday, October 4th. First Thursday features the music of Sammy Eubanks and a beer garden starting at 5 p.m., free root beer floats from 3-7 p.m. at the Methodist Church and a fun run to benefit the town’s swimming pool!

Everything is happening of First Thursday, Oct. 4!

Register to Vote! The League of Women Voters will register voters and provide other assistance from 3-6 p.m. while Tech Librarians demo the library’s new 3D printer and share information about upcoming classes. Finally, Friends of the Library will provide expanded books sale merchandise inside and outside the library all day long.


3D Printing Demo! A new 3D printer has just arrived at the Colfax Library! 3D demonstrations from 3 to 6 p.m.! Chat with our tech librarians and see this fantastic tech at work!



Breast Cancer Awareness & Mammography. Every Woman Can, Paint the Town Pink, and Dr. Christian Reisenauer are hosting an informative presentation, answering questions, and erasing the myths about mammograms from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Colfax Library's Tech Center. We hope to raise awareness and funds to assist residents with breast health services provided locally.

Book Sale! Kids' books, adult books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks! Everything is 50 cents each, except VHS & youth books which are only are 25 cents or five for a dollar! SPECIAL: 10 Music CDs/ $1.00! (All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library and library programs. Library book sale available 7 days a week)

For information on First Thursdays, contact the Colfax Chamber at 509-279-1220. For information on registering to vote, please call the Pullman League of Women Voters at 509-595-0333. For information on the mammography, contact Deb Pikes Barnes, President & CEO of Every Woman Can, at (509) 315-5940 or, visit Every Woman Can.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Exciting *NEW* Senior Activities for October!

If you are age 55 or older, the Colfax Library offers a free and fantastic activity every Tuesday from 1 to 3 pm FOR YOU!


Oct. 2 - Bingo & Pie Win fun prizes while enjoying yummy snacks!

Oct. 9 - Balance & Tai Chi Bonnie froWhitman Hospital & Medical Center's therapy department offers balance assessments from at 1 p.m. and a Tai Chi class at 2 p.m.


Oct. 16 - Knitting for Beginners Want to learn to knit or brush up your skills? Join Dianne Appel, all supplies are provided!

Oct. 23 - Color Me Crafty Relax by spending an afternoon coloring pages and bookmarks or working on a craft project of your own!

Oct. 30 - Learn to Loom Knit Tami Drader teaches

you to make hats, socks, scarves, and dolls on a loom! Supplies are provided.


For more information, please contact Molly Overby, Whitiman County Library Senior Services Coordinator, at (509) 397-4366

Friday, September 28, 2018

3D Printing Demo at the Colfax Library!

A *NEW* 3D printer has just arrived at the Colfax Library! 3D Demos available at the following times:

  • Thursday, Oct. 4 at 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 12 to 1 p.m. & 5 to 6 p.m.


This class introduces participants to 3D printing services now available at the library! During the orientation, an overview will be given of 3D printing policy/pricing, design software, and how to submit a printing project. Come and see this fantastic tech at work!

Questions? Call James Morasch or Nichole Kopp at 397-4366. Sponsored by The Innovia Foundation.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Meet award-winning author of "Idaho" Emily Ruskovich!

The 2018 "Everybody Reads" author visits the Colfax Library on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 12 p.m.! RSVP at 397-4366 for a catered lunch ($13), bring your own, or just come to listen!

“HAUNTING, PROPULSIVE AND GORGEOUSLY WRITTEN, THIS IS A DEBUT NOT TO BE MISSED.”
— People Magazine

Please join us in the community reading of "Idaho," a stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss—from O. Henry Prize–winning author Emily Ruskovich.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Best-selling author Kat Brooks brings 3 inspiring classes to the Colfax Library

Kat Brooks is teaching all three ACT 2 classes on Thursday, Oct. 4 as part of the Community Colleges of Spokane ACT 2 line-up. Because these classes require pre-registration, community members are encouraged to sign up quickly to avoid cancellation. 

Kat Brooks is an award-winning of over 30 titles. She administers the website indiesunlimited.com which was named of the six top sites in the United States for authors and she works to prevent authors from beings scammed by predatory publishers. 


"Introduction to Self-Publishing" 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Thinking about writing a book, but don't know the next step? Learn from one of the industry's top authorities! (Cost $11)


"Using Flash to Improve Writing Skills" 2 to 4 p.m. - Hone your fiction, non-fiction, or business writing under the direction of an award-winning author. (Cost $8)

"Gluten-Free Living 101" 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Take the guesswork out of gluten-free shopping, cooking, and going out to eat. (Cost $8)

All classes are held at Colfax Library. To register, please call Spokane Community Colleges at (509) 279-6030 or toll-free at 800-845-3324 or visit the library for a mail-in form!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

It's Library Card Sign Up Month!

Know someone who doesn't have a library card? Tell them to sign up this month and be entered to WIN a $25 gift certificate!
Signing up for her first library card!



This month, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers, students, and everyone else that signing up for a library card is the first step toward academic achievement and lifelong learning!


Friday, September 21, 2018

Stunning Oil Painting Exhibit Available for Viewing NOW!

"Oil Painting Replicas from Museums Around the World" by Local Artist Robin Stanard


Artist Robin Standard grew up in Colfax, eventually raising two daughters here and working in his family’s carpentry business. While he found satisfaction in the creativity of designing and remodeling homes he is very excited to again be focusing upon his art.


Stanard begun drawing as a child and is self-taught, spending years practicing with pencils and paints. About three years ago, his daughters gave him some watercolors and color pencils for Father’s day and the spark returned. Stanard began an intense journey into the work of 20th Century artists and was inspired to replicate their works. Stanard says, “Their paintings have the ability to generate great emotion in a different way for every person. I believe this is the true magic of art.”





Stanard’s “Replica Oil Paintings from Museums Around the World " shows at The Center at Colfax Library, from Sept. 4 - Oct. 19. Exhibit hours are Mon. - Wed. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thurs. & Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sat. -Sun. 1 to 5 p.m.  The Center is located at 102 S. Main Street. Call 509-397-4366 for more details.