Friday, April 20, 2018

Stunning local barn photography on display now at the Colfax Library! Don't to miss it!

"Barns of the Palouse" Exhibit April 3 - 27 at the Center in Downtown Colfax
Postcards of beautiful local barns for sale to support Whitman County Library - $4 each! 

Photographer George Bedirian shares a breathtaking collection of black and white images, while Ken Carper contrasts with beautiful color photos. As a bonus, Steve Van Vleet will exhibit barn images that have been included in the popular Barns of Whitman County calendars.

George Bedirian chose the images for this exhibit from photos he took during the 1980s. George was enthralled by the beauty of the Palouse and made it his mission to document not just the landscapes, but also the built environment, which included towns, grain elevators, and barns.

Of the 18 barns George will include in the show, at least half have disappeared.  Another is on the verge of collapsing.  Seven of the images have appeared in one or both editions of Palouse Country while eight are being shown for the first time.

Most of Ken Carper’s photographs feature the unique landscapes found in the Palouse, a place he sees as one of the world’s most beautiful environments. For this exhibit, Ken has selected images of some of his favorite agricultural structures because they have been integral to the region’s economy and history. Unfortunately, many of these historic agricultural buildings are being lost each year to deterioration and are being replaced by pre-engineered metal and concrete buildings. It is costly to preserve our heritage so Ken hopes the images that he and George present for this exhibit will contribute to the legacy of Palouse memories. Ken’s photography website is:

Steve Van Vleet is the WSU / Whitman County Extension Educator in Agriculture & Natural Resources. Steve has photographed most of the county’s barns while traveling around the county for work. Each year, he compiles and donates the Barns of Whitman County calendar that has raised thousands of dollars for Whitman County Library programs and services.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Try out a ukulele OR take one home!

Ukulele Checkout Monday, April 30, 5 to 6 p.m.

Ukuleles are now available for checkout from Whitman County Library thanks to a generous donation from The Ukulele Players of the Palouse (UPOP). As part of the new loan program, residents are invited to test drive the instruments on April 30 at the Colfax Library. During the orientation, Scott Hallett, local ukulele instructor will demonstrate basic techniques for playing the instrument, how to use the tuner and how to follow the beginning instructional booklet that is included with each ukulele.

Besides the April 30th event, Scott will be available throughout the year to entertain and assist residents interested in the ukulele. He’ll perform in a number of library locations as part of the "Libraries Rock" summer reading program and later this fall, Scott will teach a Ukulele course for Community College’s ACT 2 enrichment program at the Colfax Library.
UPOP members Scott Hallett, Janice Enos, Sandy Holtzheimer, & Janis Behymer
deliver donated Ukuleles to Whitman County Library director Kristie Kirkpatrick
To checkout a Ukulele, contact any Whitman County Library Branch. Call 288-2208 if you are interested in Scott Hallett’s classes or UPOP.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Learn About Serenity House

Serenity House: Comfort & Care at End-of-Life
Learn More at the Colfax Library Center on Sunday April 22, 2 PM

What is a Community Home for the Dying?
Community homes for the dying, sometimes called social model hospice houses, have been around for more than 25 years in our country. They are rooted in the origins of hospice – serving the dying through a community network of care. These homes are run by not-for-profit community-based collaborative organizations that partner with existing local resources.

These homes, located in our neighborhoods and part of the community we live in, focus on the unique needs of those in the last days of their life, and their families. The desire for deep connection, meaning, and purpose are honored while families are supported. Staff and volunteers are trained specifically in end-of-life care.

Why A Community Home for the Dying?
Often a person cannot stay in their home at the end of their life. Perhaps the home is not well set up, there is no family caregiver, or they are unable to assist with the care needed. Maybe it’s too hard physically or emotionally. Or the family or individual is not comfortable with the idea of dying at home. We want to honor and respect the unique needs of both the individual and the family offering a home that specifically serves those at the end of life.

A New Way to Serve the Dying and Their Families
Friends of Hospice has been augmenting and supporting end-of-life care since 1994. Our services and support have expanded as new needs are identified: Advance Care Planning, Music & Memory, Threshold Choir of the Palouse, Living Legacy, Massage Therapy, and Grief Support groups. We have in place many services that augment a community home for the dying project.

Now we have a house! Friends of Hospice has purchased a 3 bed, 2 bath home at 1125 SE Sandalwood Drive in Pullman. We are filled with gratitude for the financial contributions that have made this dream a reality.

Our goal is to make Serenity House an integral part of end-of-life care on the Palouse. This home does not replace any services currently offered. Our home will fill a gap in services and we pledge the following for the dear souls who will live with us for a short while:

  • A place of welcome and support in the last weeks of life, with a gentle, guiding hand for the individual and their family to reach out for reassurance and comfort.
  • Loving support and assistance with daily needs, meals, and 24-hour wake staff in a warm, inviting home setting by dedicated, caring staff and gifted volunteers.
  • The licensed hospice agency provides all the Medicare hospice benefits and medical treatment, just like they do for any hospice patient, including symptom and pain management.
  • Admission requires the person be enrolled and remain in hospice and be in the last month of life.

Click here to learn more

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Are you really as knowledgeable as you think you are? PUT IT TO THE TEST!

It's almost WCL Trivia Night!

Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 PM at the Colfax Hyde Out

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

YOU ARE INVITED for a rousing trivia contest...featuring science, history, pop culture, geography, and just-for-fun questions PLUS music clips!

Answer questions, identify music clips, compete with friends, and see what you know! Bring your team of up to 8 people or join one on arrival. Extra points are awarded to team members who present their library card. For more information, contact Sarah Phelan at 397-4366 or!

Monday, April 16, 2018

It's a GREAT week to be a KID!

Colfax Library has lots of fun, kid-friendly activities happening this week!

Make & Take Your Own ART BOT Wed. April 18, 3 - 4 PM
 Sign up today at 397-4366!
Construct a bot that can draw using a can, motor, battery, and markers! During this hands-on robotics activity, young engineers create a simple circuit, explore motors, and practice troubleshooting. The fun doesn't end there because you can take the bot home!

K-9 & Sergeant Cooper
Thurs. April 19, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Join us for a day in the life of a K-9 police dog! Kids in grades 1-4 (and families too) are invited for fun and learning with dog, Unix and Sergeant Keith Cooper. 

Storytime - Thursday Mornings, 10 -11:30 am
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 AM
Preschool 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.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Wales Travelogue on Monday, April 16!

Handouts and a map of Wales identifying the location of sites being discussed will be available during this lively presentation!

Last fall, Jolie Haug's daughter-in-law, a successful novelist, invited her and her husband, Peter, to Wales as she travels there frequently researching material for her books. During this visit, Jolie learned a lot about Wales’s history, culture and sites.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Its FRIDAY THE 13th! Celebrate by checking out a scary book from the library...if you dare.

Happy Friday the 13th from Whitman County Library! 

Check out a chilling children's story, a terrifying teen tale, a or bloodcurdling adult fiction book...IF YOU DARE!

Thursday, April 12, 2018


Email Basics @ the TEK Center at Colfax Library Thursday, April 12, 2-4 PM

Need help setting up an email account? Or have questions about using your existing email account? Then JOIN US in the Colfax Library TEK Center for this "Email Basics" class from 2-4 PM today!

Space is limited call Nichole Kopp, TEK Center Coordinator, today and reserve your spot (509) 397-4366.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Support Youth Programs with your Spare Change!

WANTED: Pennies, Dimes, and Dollars too!
REWARD: Children & Youth Programs in your Community! 

The Whitman County Library System holds its 11th annual Penny Drive April 8 - 25 in honor of National Library Week, which runs April 8 - 14.

Daycare children in Colfax celebrate
the Penny Drive with the Reading Bear

All 14 library branches are collecting change to fund vital programs. Last year, we raised $1922.12!

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is an observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country. Whitman County Library celebrates the contributions of its loyal customers and dedicated staff during this special annual event.

For details, contact youth services manager, Sheri Miller at 397-4366

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Make & Take Your Own Art Bot!

Make and take your own ART BOT @ the TEK Center at Colfax Library, Wednesday, April 18 from 3 to 4 PM!  Construct a bot that can draw using a can, motor, battery, switch, and markers.

All supplies are provided, all you need is your creativity! 
Tweens & teens create and decorate an ART BOT that bounces, spins, and bumps its way across the page leaving a colorful trail! During this hands-on robotics activity, young engineers will create a simple circuit to power the bot, explore movement with motors, and practice troubleshooting skills. The fun doesn't end after the program because you can take the bot home and enjoy!

Space is limited, please call Nichole to register at (509) 397-4366. This project is for students in grade 5 and up.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Check out vegetable, legume, and even flower seeds at the library!

Learn how a seed library works, how to plant and harvest your own seeds, and join in the gardening excitement at the Colfax Library​!


WCL's Seed Library is Open for Gardening!

Spring is here and it's time to plant your garden! The Colfax Library invites you to visit our Seed Library 7 DAYS A WEEK! *during regular business hours

The Concept of the Seed Library is simple. Residents borrow seeds from the library, plant their gardens, harvest their crops and then return some of the harvested seeds to The Seed Library for use the following growing season. The Seed Library welcomes and shares a variety of seeds that are organic certified, open pollinated, or heirloom seeds. This ensures that our library is doing its best to provide seed that is high quality and can produce a plant true to its variety.

Check out our extensive collection of gardening books from roses to rutabagas!

For more information about Whitman County Library’s Seed Library, call (509) 397-4366. Colfax Library Hours are Monday - Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm, Thursday & Friday 10 am - 6 pm, and Saturday & Sundays 1-5 pm.

1. Borrow
3. Harvest
4. Return

Friday, April 6, 2018

Guided Volksmarch April 21 at 1 PM!

Volkssporting by Shirley Cornelius, Whitman County Library Business Manager
Once upon a time, 30 years ago I took up Volkssporting as a way of spending time with my Mom and sister. That first experience led me to become involved with a Volkssporting club in Spokane where I eventually rose to the President’s office.

During that time, I met the man who would later become my husband. Brian was back in the states after time spent in the Air Force in Germany. And, he was also an avid Volkssporter. 

Over the next two years, Brian and I traveled the Northwest and Canada together walking as many as 30 kilometers (18 miles) in one day. We also started organizing Volkswalks and in preparing for a walk up Steptoe Butte, Brian proposed to me. Over the years we have taken our kids walking wherever we have traveled including Germany where Brian first began the sport. 

"Volkssporting" is the official name for noncompetitive walks, hikes, bike rides, swims, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing. The movement began in Europe in 1968 and has spread to 28 countries worldwide.

With all joy that Volkssporting has brought to my life, I’m especially excited to host a guided walk in Colfax on Saturday, April 21. The walk leaves Colfax library at 1 PM and all levels of walkers are encouraged to walk 5K or 10K.  
During the walk, participants will learn more about the historic sites in Colfax including the Perkins House, St. Ignatius Manor and a number of architectural treasures in the downtown core. In the spirit of volksmarching, German inspired refreshments will be served after the walk. The event is free and no registration required!

For additional information, contact Shirley Cornelius at Whitman County Library 509-397-4366. For additional information about the club and other local walks visit or the national AVA website address is

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thank you Dennis Witmer!

Grain Elevator Photography Books donated to Whitman County Library

Dennis Witmer recently donated copies of his black and while coffee table book, The Grain Elevators of Whitman County along with a book of color images from his exhibit by the same name. The exhibit was at The Center at Colfax Library last fall and featured photographs of more than 60 elevators from across Whitman County.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Happy Hour Yoga Benefits Colfax High FBLA

HAPPY HOUR YOGA benefits Colfax High Future Business Leaders of America on Thursday, April 5, 6 pm!

Yoga practice is offered from 6 to 7 pm and after class, the “Happy Hour” includes mingling, tasty treats, fun beverages, and all donations benefit FBLA! Cost is $10 or one punch from a discount Yoga card.

Taught by certified instructor, Suzy McNeilly, Tuesday’s Yoga class and is ideal for beginners and experience yogis. For more details, contact Suzy at 397-4709.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Washington Barn History & Heritage

Do you own an old barn or have a love for them? Colfax Library Wednesday, Apr. 4, 6 pm
Then join us and fellow barn enthusiasts for an evening lecture about Washington's historic barns and also, the state’s award winning Heritage Barn Register Program on Weds, April 4 at 6 p.m. at the Center at Colfax Library.

State Architectural Historian, Michael Houser, will take you on a journey across the backroads of state as we explore the history, types and styles of barns, as well as the technology needed to build them. Houser will also show examples of barns across the state that have recently be rehabilitated as part of the State’s effort to preserve our rich agricultural heritage and tell you how to apply for grant funding to preserve your barn. Currently $450,000 is available in matching grants to support rehabilitating historic barns.

As an added bonus, The Center will be filled with stunning local barn photos from George Bedirian, Kenneth Carper and Steve Van Vleet. (The attached photo is by Ken Carper.) Click here to learn more!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

The Library is CLOSED...but Libby is OPEN!

Whitman County Library is closed today, April 1...but not to worry, we have ebooks & audiobooks available 24/7!!!
Downloading books from the library has never been easier thanks to Libby & Overdrive! Whitman County Library cardholders can borrow best-selling and classic titles free of charge on almost any device! Simply download the Libby or Overdrive App from your app store, enter your card number, and then start browsing your favorite titles and authors! Books automatically expire at the end of the lending period so there are no late fees. Click here to learn more!

Start reading (or listening) with Libby today!

eBook help is available! Drop-in Tech Help is typically held the first and last Saturday of the month from 2-4 pm as well as the last Tuesday from 2-4 pm. Check our Tech Tuesday schedule!