Monday, August 20, 2018

Wired Wednesday Challenge!

August 15 Wired Wednesday was Challenge Day!

Kids were tasked with building the tallest structure that used the least amount of parts. The 14 children in attendance did other challenges too, using Snap Circuits and more FUN STEM materials!

 Next Wired Wednesday is August

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Award Winning Author to Visit the Colfax Library in November!

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.

Everybody Reads 2018 "Idaho" by Emily Ruskovich

Everybody Reads: Meet the Author Luncheon at Colfax Branch Library Thursday, November 8, 12 p.m. Come to listen, ask questions, bring a lunch or reserve lunch by calling (509) 397-4366

The author will appear throughout the Palouse and LC Valley in November 2018. Click here for a complete list of Ruskovich's schedule in surrounding areas.

"Idaho" by Emily Ruskovich
Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in northern "Idaho,"where they are bound together by more than love. With her husband’s memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade’s first wife, Jenny, and to their daughters. In a story written in exquisite prose and told from multiple perspectives—including Ann, Wade, and Jenny, now in prison—we gradually learn of the mysterious and shocking act that fractured Wade and Jenny's lives, of the love and compassion that brought Ann and Wade together, and of the memories that reverberate through the lives of every character in "Idaho."

2017 Everybody Reads author, Sarah Hulse, signing books 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Senior Potluck at the Library!

Seniors 55+ are invited to The Center at Colfax Library for food, friends, fun, and games! YUM! Please join us Friday, August 24 from 12 to 2 p.m.

What should you bring? Last name beginning with:

A-G: Casserole
H-O: Sald
P-Z: Dessert

Ukulele Players of the Palouse will be performing and Library Business Manager, Shirley Cornelius, is sharing an Australia Travelogue! 

Senior Services Librarian, Molly Overby, will announce the upcoming Fall Senior programs at the library! See you there!

For more information about this or other upcoming library programs, please call us at (509) 397-4366 or visit our website at

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Attention Whitman County Readers! Look what you can WIN this year for reading!

THANK YOU to our ROCK STAR Summer Reading Prize Sponsors! 

THANK YOU to our wonderful sponsors! Summer Reading would not happen without the generous support of local residents, businesses, and Friends of the Library! Hats off to all our 2018 Whitman County Summer Reading Sponsors including:

  • WSECU - Amazon Fire HD8 16GB tablet with Alexa
  • Sam Dial Jewelers - Amethyst Necklace 
  • Merry Cellars - Magnum of Wine
  • Colfax Golf Club - Golfing & Carts for Four
  • PuzzleIQ - FREE Escape Room
  • JP Homemade Pies - Delicious desserts!
  • The Hyde Out - $50 Dinner & Drinks for Two
  • Webb's Slough - Tickets to the Boat Races
  • Palouse Empire Fair - Free Entry Wristbands
  • Rosauers - Kids' Drinks
  • Main Street Cafe - FREE COFFEE!
  • 165* Brew - FREE COFFEE!
  • Fonk's Coffee House - FREE COFFEE

Thank you for supporting the library & your community!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

If you live on the Palouse, we have some fantastic new STEM resources for you!

Looking for a FUN project that's entertaining & educational? Check out the NEW STEM Supply Library at Colfax Library!

EVERYONE can request supplies such as batteries, protractors, balloons, foil and more to create lessons such as water bottle lava lamps or marshmallow shooters!

Searching for supplies to make a fun hands-on kids STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activity? Look no further than the newly established STEM Supply Library housed at Colfax branch of Whitman County Library.  Any individual, not just cardholders, can request supplies such as sugar cubes, toothpicks, playing cards, marshmallows, balloons, aluminum foil, glue and more through the STEM Supply Library. 

The STEM Supply Library was created for community members in Moscow, Pullman, and rural Whitman County to have access to free STEM materials and to inspire exploration into STEM topics. All of the supplies have been donated by local individuals through the Palouse STEAM Coalition's annual STEM Supply Drive.

STEM lessons can be found on Palouse STEAM's website A complete STEM Supply inventory can be found by searching STEAM Resources at, to request materials call Nichole at 1-877-733-3375.  Requested materials will then be picked up at the Colfax Library.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Need technology help? Come see us!

Drop-in Every Tuesday 10 AM to 4 PM for Tech Help 
Need technology help? It's Drop-in Tech Tuesday! Stop by the front desk 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 10 am - 4 pm!

For more information about Tech Tuesdays, TEK Center, technology classes, or volunteer opportunities, contact Nichole, Library TEK Center Coordinator at 397-4366.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Inspired Palouse Art Competition, Sale, and Reception


Everyone loves summertime on the Palouse. We all enjoy the small town lifestyle offered in Whitman County - and the arts especially! The Colfax Arts Council is offering a great opportunity for artists in the region to participate in the second annual Plein Air art exhibition titled Inspired Palouse.

IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST: Apply to enter the Inspired Palouse Art Contest, compete to win $500 in prizes, and have your artwork displayed for the town to enjoy. September 29 is the deadline for submissions. ALL MEDIA AND ALL AGES WELCOME! Click here for an entry form or drop by the Colfax Library!

IF YOU LOVE FREE FOOD, CULTURAL EVENTS AND FUN: Put this event on your calendar and join us downtown at the Center at Colfax Library for an art reception on Saturday, Nov. 16, 5 - 7 p.m. with refreshments and a no host bar. Vote for your favorite entry before November 16 to win the People's Choice Award! SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Discover Your Rural Heritage!

Whitman County Heritage is a project of Washington Rural Heritage, a collection of historically significant materials residing in libraries, heritage institutions, and private collections throughout Washington State. The collection includes photographs, documents, and artifacts which tell the stories of Washington's small and rural communities.

Whitman County Heritage documents the early culture, industry, and community life of Whitman County, Washington and locations throughout Washington’s Palouse Region.  The collection is a project of the Whitman County Library and local partners, funded by a grant from the Washington State Library.

Click here to view the entire Whitman County Rural Heritage Collection.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Working on your tan? READ outside!

Enjoy these recommended reads, perfect a beach vacation or a summer stay-cation! Click here for our online catalog.

Please note, Whitman County Library is closed for annual maintenance August 6-12, 2018. Thank you for understanding!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Innovia Foundation grants $15,000 to Whitman County Library, expanding technology instruction countywide

Technology learning is expanding across Whitman County thanks to a recent grant award of $15,000 from The Innovia Foundation, formerly known as Inland Northwest Community Foundation. The Foundation granted the funds to Whitman County Library (WCL) for the purchase of technology equipment and the expansion of programs for all ages in branch libraries, local schools and various locations served by the library district.

 Last year, WCL averaged 50 STEM programs every week serving thousands of participants. These ranged from assisting people with downloading free ebooks to teaching software coding in school classrooms. Unfortunately, the library did not have enough equipment or staffing to meet the public’s demands. Innovia has plugged the funding gap, allowing for increased programming in the coming year.

Grant funds are being used to purchase a variety of equipment including a 3D printer, Makey Makey kits, K’NEX Engineering kits, and Little Bits circuit sets. Most exciting is that current staffing will be increased for the coming year allowing for more classes and individual assistance to be provided countywide.
Since 1974, Innovia has granted more than $42 million dollars to our 20-county region with a mission of fostering vibrant and sustainable communities. Included in these efforts was support for library renovation projects in Endicott, Colfax and Uniontown.

If you reside within Whitman County Library District and are interested in library technology classes or simply need one-on-one assistance with your technology questions, contact James or Nichole at 509-397-4366 for more information.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WCL's Little Free Library is Always Open!

Jan Hansen, called the Little Library builder in Spokane, installed Colfax's Little Free Library in November of 2016. We have one door for adult books and one for children's. At times there are even audiobooks or DVDs available! Click here to learn more about Colfax's Little Free Library!

Little Free Libraries are designed to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges. Residents are encouraged to "take a book and leave a book,"  but individuals may take as many books to read as they like or leave a few of their personal books for others to enjoy. To learn more about the Free Little Libraries nationwide visit 

Little Free Library, Colfax, North Cedar Street
between highway 195 & the school

Our Little Free Libraries are always open...rain or shine! Even on holidays & closures!

All 14 branches of Whitman County Library are closed Aug. 6-12, 2018 but our Little Free Libraries are always open!

ROSALIA Little Free Library
Location: Legacy Park
TEKOA Little Free Library
Location: Ruhl Park

 Whitman County Library
PALOUSE Little Free Library
Location: Heritage Park
Call Us - 509-397-4366
Email Us -
Visit us - 102 S. Main St. in Colfax

We have 14 library branch locations:
Albion, Colfax, Colton, Endicott, Farmington, Garfield,
LaCrosse, Malden, Oakesdale, Palouse, Rosalia St. John, Tekoa, & Uniontown

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Library may be Closed...but Books are Available Instantly!

Whitman County Library is closed this week, August 6 - 12...but not to worry, we have ebooks & audiobooks available for download 24/7!!!

Downloading books from the library has never been easier thanks to Libby! Whitman County Library cardholders can borrow best-selling and classic titles for FREE on their smartphone or tablet! Simply download the Libby or Overdrive App from your app store, find your library, enter your card number, and start browsing your favorite titles and authors! Click here to learn more!

       Start reading (or listening) today!

eBook help is available! Drop-in every Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for tech help!

Libby offers thousands of audio & ebooks at your fingertips!

What are you e-reading? Start reading (or listening) with Libby today!

No late fees! eBooks return themselves
Bestsellers delivered right to your hands
Read anytime, anywhere
Improve your daily commute

Want to try eBooks? No device? No problem!

Did you know you can checkout an eReader from the Library? All you need is your library card number to access thousands of audio and eBooks! WCL now offers our community 4 Dragon Touch tablets for three week checkouts! Request an eReader today!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Whitman County Library closed for Annual Maintenance August 6-12

All 14 branches of Whitman County Library are closed August 6 - 12, 2018 for their annual maintenance week. During the closure, a number of projects will be performed that are difficult to complete when the library is open including new carpet in the Palouse Branch and the installation of gallery lights in The Center at the Colfax Library.

During the weeklong closure, due dates for library materials have been extended and no late fines will be charged. Book drops will remain open in all locations for customer convenience. Access to the library’s catalog, downloadable audio and eBooks, Rural Heritage and other resources will still be available by visiting the library’s website 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 509-397-4366 or toll-free at 1-877-733-3375 for information or details regarding the closure.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Register for ACT 2 Classes TODAY!

Downsizing: Prisoner of Your Possessions
with DeAnne Wilfong. Cost $11. Tuesday, Aug. 21, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Possession paralysis is real. The sheer volume of possessions we acquire over decades become an obstacle to the pursuit of life-long dreams. Kick off the class with a discussion of the real issues within ourselves, the reason we have 30 rolls of paper towels and not enough extra cash. Participants will create a plan for letting go of "stuff"; dealing with 10 of the stickest possession problems and how to decide if an item is trash or a treasure. By the end of the class, participants will be set free from possession and procrastination. If you are not yet convinced to take this class, think about the mess you are leaving your family to deal with if the downsizing and disposal falls to them. Do you really want to leave this burden to your family?

Don't Just Downsize, De-Own
with DeAnne Wilfong. Cost $11. Tuesday Aug. 21, 5-7:30 p.m.

For many, the goal is to de-clutter, downsize and organize to simplify their lives. But by organizing, we create only a temporary solution for the real problem at hand. We simply have too much stuff and we will have to organize it again and again. By thinning out your possessions, you have a chance to evaluate your life and purchases and even help others when you pass on things you don't use. Instead of de-cluttering, try de-owning and start on the path toward a major lifestyle change with less future organizing to do.

Medicare: What You Need to Know at 65
with Kathy Dugan. Cost $12. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 1-4:30 p.m.

Are you confused about Medicare A, B, C, or D? Do you know what is covered or not covered by Medicare? This workshop answers these questions and helps you make sure that Medicare works well for you. Information and comparison of Medicare Advantage Plans and Medigaps are covered.

All classes are offered at the Center at Colfax Library. To register, please call Spokane Community Colleges at (509) 279-6030 or 800-845-3324, visit any of our 14 branches of Whitman County Library for a mail-in form, or click here!