Monday, December 17, 2018

Season's Readings!

WCL's holiday bulletin board at Jennings Elementary School. Just another small, fun way that the library and the school get to work together!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Thank you Emily Ruskovich!

Thank you to Emily Ruskovich​ for her fantastic Everybody Reads presentation on her debut novel, "Idaho!" Emily shared a touching short story, answered all our questions about her book, and gave us a peek into what it takes to research and a write book.

Get a head start on the Everybody Reads 2019 Selection, "House of Broken Angels" by Luis Alberto Urrea!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

What is your favorite holiday tree?

Lighting up downtown Colfax during December is the colorful “Festival of Trees & Art” at The Center at Colfax Library. Two rooms full of holiday trees provide a scenic and fun backdrop for the stunning artwork and photography that is on display.

The festive trees run the gamut from traditional to technological, the Grinch to Mickey Mouse. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorites including one category especially for kids’ voting. Tickets are also available for just $1 to win over $200 in STEM toys donated by Pioneer Title Company of Pullman. All proceeds will fund special programs and projects funded by The Friends of the Library countywide.

Voting continues through Dec. 18. Over 700 votes cast so far. Amazing!

Artists and photographers exhibiting at the festival include Carrie Vielle, Rob Smith, Nancy Rothwell, Tom Mohr, Bob Krikac, Nona Hengen, Jacqueline Daisley and Ken Carper.

While the “Festival of Trees and Art” runs through the entire month of December, announcement of the winners of the Tree decorating contest and the STEM toys drawing along with the dedication of The Libey Gallery are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19. Called "Art among the Trees," this community reception runs from 5-8 p.m. with complimentary refreshments and music by John and Sally.

“Festival of Trees and Art” hours are Mondays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Thursdays-Fridays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturdays – Sundays, 1 – 5 p.m. For more information about the Festival of Trees and Art, contact Kristie Kirkpatrick at Whitman County Library, 509-397-4366, 102 S. Main Street, Colfax, WA.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Work Resources for Businesses & Job Seekers Tomorrow!

WorkSource Appointments available Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by appointment only.

Tim Rubio, Worksource Specialist, will meet with businesses and job seekers on Wednesday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Center at Colfax Library. For businesses, Tim can provide a wide variety of solutions including tax incentives, worker training, and improved recruitment strategies. For job seekers, Tim provides assistance in mastering the technology to improve your job search, helps you build your resume, and improves your interview skills. More information can be found at worksourcewa.comBy appointment only.

For questions or to set an appointment for Wednesday, December 12 at The Center at Colfax Library, contact Tim Rubio, Worksource Specialist at 509-254-7357 or 509-758-1716.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Keep the kids entertained and learning over the holiday break!

FUN & Educational Activity Packs for Kids! Stop by any Whitman County Library branch for coloring, toys, puzzles, ABC Mouse, educational activity packs, and books galore! 

Families can check out Bonnie Belle Backpacks & STEM Bags chock full of books, toys, crafts, costumes, and other goodies! Bags have themes including Robotics, Dinosaurs, All Around the World & more!

Forget checking out a book, checkout a whole BACKPACK!

Whitman County Library can help reduce screen time with fiction and non-fiction baby board books, beginning readers, picture books, STEM themed bags, Bonnie's Book Bags, playgroup, and library programs! We can also offer educational screen time with ABC Mouse and eReaders! 

Check out our collection!

 - STEM Bags

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Santa Claus, Parade, Hot Cocoa, Fireworks, Festive Trees and Art – all TONIGHT in Colfax!

Winterfest comes to Colfax TODAY - Thursday, December 6 from 2:30-7 p.m. with Santa Claus, The Festival of Trees, Lighted Main Street parade, fireworks, store specials and more!

Santa’s STEM Toys accompanying Pioneer Title’s Robot Tree will be raffled as part of Winterfest activities! Tickets only $1!

Santa will hear children’s gift requests from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the library. At 6 p.m., Santa rolls down Main Street as part of the lighted parade, capped off by a firework finale from the hillside above. The Festival of Trees and Art takes place in The Center where visitors can vote for their favorite tree, browse the stunning local artwork, enjoy free hot cocoa from Whitman Hospital, participate in kid’s activities, or view the 3D printer in action.

Adults can purchase a chance to win over $200 in STEM TOYS and view the Robot Tree provided by Pioneer Title Company. Drawing will be held on Wednesday, December 19 at 7 p.m. with proceeds benefiting library programs and project countywide.

For more details regarding Santa and optional photos, raffle tickets or the Festival of Trees and Art, contact Whitman County Library toll-free at (877)-733-3375 or 397-4366.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Tree of Lights & Remembrance Ceremony

The Hospice Tree of Lights and Remembrance Ceremony is held on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Colfax Library. Community members are invited to attend this reflective and touching event.

The ceremony pays tribute to those we have lost through music, readings, and special ornaments bearing their names. The Tree of Lights remains lit within the library throughout the holiday season for community viewing.

Please contact Friends of Hospice at (509) 332-4414 with any questions.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Winter Festivities in Colfax!

WIN over $200 in STEM Toys!
Raffle Tickets just $1
Last year's Tree of Lights
& Remembrance Ceremony

Winterfest last December
Art Among the Trees last holiday season
Art Among the Trees last holiday season

Festival of Trees 2017

Tree of Lights & Remembrance Ceremony

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

*NEW* 3D Printing available at the Colfax Library!

3D Printing Orientation on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6 to 7 p.m. at the Colfax Library! ALL AGES!
Curious about how 3D printing may meet your individual or business needs? Attend the 3D Printing Orientation at the Colfax Library TEK Center on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. to answer all your questions!
Thanks to a grant from the Innovia Foundation Whitman County Library now has a MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printer! This exciting new resource enables the library to teach 21st-century skills and gives patrons access to cutting-edge technology.
For more information on this class or 3D printing please visit or call James or Nichole at 397-4366.

Monday, November 26, 2018

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.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Books we are thankful for...

Just a reminder...all 14 branches of Whitman County Library will close Thursday and Friday, November 23 & 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Access to the library’s catalog, downloadable audio and eBooks, Heritage Quest, and Whitman County Rural Heritage remain available at

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. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Congratulations to our Fall 2018 Supporters!

October 2018 Supporter of the Month: U.S. Bank

US Bank in Colfax as well as the US Bank Foundation played an important role supporting renovation projects at the Colfax Library and The Center. Additionally, manager, Shanna Larson, provides finance classes on a variety of topics and skills. Most recently, the US Bank Foundation funded programs for the children of Endicott & St. John communities!

November 2018 Supporter of the Month: Andrea Harp

Andrea Harp of Malden has long supported the library. Andrea was integral in bringing library services to town and continues to help out by donating craft items, assisting with programs and spreading the word about all that is available at the Malden Library.

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