Monday, June 18, 2018

Comedy, Juggling, Stunt Show at 4 WCL Locations!

June 19 & 20 - Comedy Show at 4 WCL Locations: Colfax, Palouse, St. John & Malden Libraries or Parks

At first, it's hard to wrap the mind around what Matt Baker calls a job. Imagine a job description that involves making people laugh while escaping handcuffs and juggling with your mouth. That is what Baker of the aptly named, "Matt Baker Comedy Stunt Show" has chosen as his profession for the past 14 years. You and your family can experience this FREE extravaganza on June 19 & 20!

Far from the jugglers you might see at a children's birthday party, Matt's resume boasts a Guinness World Record, appearances on America's Got Talent and Last Comic Standing, plus performances in 14 countries and in all 50 states. It is not difficult to see why this show is one of the hottest variety acts in North America. It's as much vaudeville as it is stand-up comedy, but one thing is certain, it appeals to all ages.

Everyone is invited to see Matt Baker in action at the Colfax location at Schmuck Park on Tuesday, June 19 at 4 p.m., or enjoy the Wednesday, June 20 locations at the Palouse Library at 10 a.m., St. John Library at 1 p.m., or the Malden Library at 4 p.m.

For details about these Friends of the Library sponsored events and many more, please go to or call the Whitman County Library toll-free 1-877-733-3375.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Trivia Night is almost here! Get your team ready!

It's Trivia Night in Colfax!

Come on down to the Hyde Out Thursday, June 21 @ 6:30 p.m.

Congratulations to our May Colfax Champions!

YOU ARE INVITED for a night of laughter and friendly competition at our exciting trivia contest ...featuring TV theme songs, Happy 4th of July trivia & more!

 Bring your team, test your knowledge, and WIN *free* food & drinks! Extra points are awarded to teams who present their library cards! WCL Trivia Night is the most fun you can have while learning! 

Having FUN isn't hard when you have a LIBRARY card!

 For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or our events calendarBlog, FacebookTwitter,  or call the library toll free 877-733-3375. 

Contact Sarah Phelan at (509) 397-4366 or for more info!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

It's a party! And you're invited!

All ages are invited to our Storytime Party in the Schmuck Park in Colfax! Come hear a fun story, sing, rhyme, and play with the parachute! June 14 @ 10:30 AM


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summer Reading is for Grownups too!

Rock N' Read!

Grownups! Read 3 books or complete 3 tasks by Aug. 31 to collect your local prize. Grand prize entry for every item checked off! Earn as many as 14 chances to WIN grand prizes sponsored by...

Sam Dial Jewelers
Colfax Golf Club
Merry Cellars
The Hyde Out 
165* Brew
Fonk's Coffee House
JP's Pies
Main Street Cafe
Alex McGregor
Friends of the Library 
...and many more!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Wired Wednesday - Open Lab @ TEK Center

Discover, create, and tinker during Open Lab @ the TEK Center.  Kids 1st grade and up are invited to drop-in from 10-11 to explore robotics, engineering and more with our Ozobots, Snap Circuits, and Lego EVO Robotics kits.  

Open Labs @ 10-11 AM
June 13, 20, 27 & July 11, 18, 25

Kids 1st grade and up drop-in to explore:

  • Makey Makey - turn anything in a keyboard: bananas, playdough, & more!
  • Snap Circuits - build a working electronic circuit with 3D illumination!
  • Ozobots - code to control a mini robot!
  • LEGO Robotics - build a structure, explore robotics! 
  • Magnetic Fun - 3D shapes and structures!

For additional information on this program or other TEK Center events call Nichole at 397-4366.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Thank you to everyone who donated to the WCL Penny Drive!

Friends of Whitman County Library collected $918.16 in coins during the 2018 Penny Drive in celebration of National Library Week. Each library branch designated a special project for the money collected, with funds being used for everything from Summer Reading goodies to library projects.  Many groups including daycares and church youth, to classes in several grade schools made a strong showing in their efforts to win prizes and a celebration party for the most coins collected.
A BIG THANK YOU to all community members and their donations of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters too!!!!  Another BIG  THANK YOU to all for collecting and counting!!! 
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country. Whitman County Library began commemorating the event with a Penny Drive in 2006 with outstanding participation from all 14 library locations.
For information about events and programs at the Whitman County Library, please visit or call (509)397-4366.

Friday, June 8, 2018

TAKE A HIKE! Or a walk, road trip, or camping trip with these spectacular local + national outdoor books!

The Creaky Knees Guide to PNW National Parks & Monuments by Seabury Blair
Creaky Knees hiking guides are perfect for aging baby boomers, seniors, those traveling with small children, and anyone else interested more in a stroll than a climb!

The Pacific Northwest's Best Trips by Lonely Planet
Whether exploring your own backyard or somewhere new, discover the freedom of the open road, from 2-day escapes to 2-week adventures! Cruise the coast or explore Mt. St. Helens' volcanic landscape. Jump in the car, turn up the tunes, and hit the road!

The National Parks of the United States by Andrew Thomas
A spectacular photographic journey through all 59 U.S. National Parks, plus the de-listed and forgotten three & national parks in the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa! From the peaks of Colorado to the glaciers of Alaska, from the volcanoes of Hawaii to the everglades of Florida, this book has it all! Breathtaking photos, coordinates, nearest cities, maps, wildlife, and more! 

Click here to request a book today!

Did you can now check out hiking, fishing, and birding outdoor activity packs from the library!

  • Fishing backpack - two fishing poles, tackle box, bait, first aid kit, & angling books
  • Hiking backpack - maps and trail guides of our area, plant + bird identification manuals, compass, binoculars & first aid kit.
  • Bird watching - binoculars & birding books

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Groovin' Family Yoga - June 12!

Are you feeling overwhelmed with work, meals, laundry, birthday parties, and an endless list of other summer activities? Is it difficult to find an inexpensive program that every family member can enjoy that doesn’t break the budget? Then the Colfax Library has a suggestion for you!

Yoga is physically, mentally, and emotionally beneficial for all ages. This class is designed for family togetherness with interactive poses, movement with music, breathing and relaxation. 

Libraries ROCK with Suzy's Groovin' Family YOGA Collaborative Summer Reading Program for ALL ages on Tuesday, June 12 at 4-5 p.m. Dress in comfy clothes! 

Join us for mindful YOGA that the entire family will enjoy!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Summer Reading for Kids! Rock the Library!

Libraries rock this summer with comedy, music, and other fun entertainment for kids and families at Colfax Library & Schmuck Park!

Children ages 0-12 read (or be read to) 10 books or 10 hours to become a Summer Reading ROCK STAR! Prizes Included! Sign up today! 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Celebrate First Thursday at Colfax Library

First Thursdays return to downtown Colfax this week on June 7!

Summer Reading signups, a book sale blowout and voter registration are all part of the festivities set for Thursday, June 7 from 3-6 p.m., in front of the Colfax Library! These activities join with live music from The Hankers, food, a beer garden, local shopping, vendors and other fun planned for Colfax’s 1st Thursday celebration! Shop locally and enter to win a $100 cash prize!

Summer Reading Signups
Kids, teens, and adults signup for Summer Reading at the library booth from 3 to 6 p.m. or inside the library ANYTIME!3 to 6pm in front of the Colfax Library or ANYTIME inside the library! 

Register to Vote
The League of Women Voters will be on hand to register voters, update information, or answer questions. 3 to 6 p.m. 3 to 6pm in front of the Colfax Library

Book Sale Blowout
Visit the Colfax Library's fabulous outdoor/ indoor book sale, Thursday June 7, ALL DAY and see what hidden treasures you might find! We have cookbooks, novels, non-fiction, vintage books, DVDs, CDs and more! 50 cents each or special 3/ $1.00!!! 3 to 6pm in front of the Colfax Library or ANYTIME inside of the library!

First Thursday events are sponsored by the Colfax Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Chamber for details at 509-553-9729 or visit

Monday, June 4, 2018


Whitman County Library LEGO Contest K-12! Construct an original masterpiece with LEGOs, incorporating the Summer Reading theme, "Libraries Rock!" 

Submit one project no larger than 11" x 11" x 11" in size to the Colfax Library on Tuesday June 12, 2018. Projects will be displayed in the library until July 3, 2018. All projects must be picked up on July 3 by 5 p.m. 

Submitted projects will be judged on creativity, originality, and relation to the theme. A prize will be awarded to the creator of the winning project of each age group: K - 3rd, 4th - 6th, 7th - 12th grade. 

Awards will be announced on July 3 at the 4 p.m. Summer Reading Program.

For questions, please call teen librarian, Nichole Kopp, at (509) 397-4366 or

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Indian Battles of 1858 Photo & Film Exhibit at The Center June 2018

Nona Hengen's paintings on display at The Center at Colfax Library
Nona Hengen's prints on display at The Center at Colfax Library
Painting by local artist, Nona Hengen
Come and see! The Center 104 S. Main St. Colfax (Monday - Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm, Thursday - Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 1 - 5 pm)

Friday, June 1, 2018

Summer Reading on NOW! Sign up TODAY!

Summer Reading Starts June 1! Residents of ALL AGES are invited to participate in reading challenges & fun programs!

Libraries Rock! Summer Reading is offered at all 14 branch libraries with reading challenges for all ages & fun, free, community programs for everyone! Kids and residents will enjoy a fun lineup of performers this summer! Click here to see Colfax's Summer Reading events!

Sign up for Summer Reading at your local library or online to WIN fantastic prizes!

Kids Click Here!   Teens Click Here!   Adults Click Here! 

Thank you to our 2018 Summer Reading sponsors! Summer Reading prizes are generously donated by local businesses,  residents, and Friends of the Library! Thank you to these "rock star" community supporters!

...Still want to know more? Click here for WCL's 2018 Summer Reading Overview!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Register NOW for Entrepreneur Bootcamp!

"Be the Entrepreneur Bootcamp" is an intensive multi-day entrepreneurial training to accelerate the development of business models, funding, and marketing strategies, pitches, and networking presented at University of Idaho Campus & SEL Events Center.

You will meet with some of the best and brightest on the Palouse, enjoy wisdom from industry experts, and walk away with the tools you need to achieve entrepreneurial success. Find out how BTE Bootcamp™ can help you achieve your business goals today! Presented June 11 - 14, 2018.

This 4-day series of interactive presentations, one-on-one mentoring, and invaluable networking is here to help your business dreams become a reality.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

It's National Senior Health & Fitness Day!

Check out WCL's lineup of classes & services for senior citizens!

Seniors...if you are looking for fun activities like BINGO, gentle exercise, or computer help - just head down to the Colfax Library! 

WCL provides a wide range of free services for local senior citizens, including a generous collection of large print books, one-on-one technology assistance with eBooks, smartphones, & computers, Low Vision Readers, outreach services to local senior living facilities, direct home mailing and a unique array of classes and programs countywide!

Colfax Library Senior Activities:

Color Me Crafty
 1st, 3rd, & usually 5th Tuesday of each month, 2-4 p.m. Adults of all ages are invited to color, enjoy coffee, cookies, and conversation with relaxing music.

Caregiver Coffee and Support Group 1st & 3rd Monday of each month, 3:30-5 p.m. Led bRural Resources, family, and in-home caregivers share advice and support.

Bingo & Pie - 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, 2-4 p.m. Exciting BINGO, prizes, pie, and goodies, free courtesy of Colfax Rosauers and Friends of the Library. 

Technology Help NOW EVERY Tuesday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Get one-on-one, hands-on help with computers, tablets, smartphones, email, social media, and more!

Fit & Fun Mondays & Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Low impact, gentle aerobic exercise with old time dance moves and swinging music that will improve mobility and balance. 

Thank you Molly Overby!
ALL Fitness classes at the library are free to Whitman County seniors 65+ thanks to a local donor. For more information about any of these services contact Molly Overby, Whitman County Library Senior Services Coordinator at (509) 397-4366 or at

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Summer Reading Kickoff: Eric Herman's Bully Schmully!

Summer Reading Starts NOW! Offered at all 14 branch libraries with challenges & programs for ALL AGES! Libraries Rock!

Eric Herman's Bully Schmully
Kids and residents will enjoy a fun lineup of programs and performers this summer! Thanks to a donation from Judge Gary & Trudy Libey, Eric Herman will be performing across the county! Bully Schmully is a super fun rock show experience with laugh-out-loud lyrics and an anti-bullying message!

   Tuesday, May 29
    Colfax School - 10:10 AM
    Colton School - 2 PM

   Wed., May 30
    Tekoa School - 9 AM
    Palouse School - 1 PM
    Oakesdale Park - 3:30 PM

   Thursday, May 31
    Rosalia School - 9 AM
    Garfield School - 2:05 PM
    Endicott Lutheran - 6 PM

   Friday, June 1
    St. John School (with LaCrosse grade school attending) - 10:40 AM 

Sign up for Summer Reading at your local library or online to WIN fantastic prizes donated by local sponsors!

Kids Click Here!  Teens Click Here!  Adults Click Here!

...Still want to know more? Click here for WCL's 2018 Summer Reading Overview!