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 overbym@whitco.lib.wa.us

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!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Whitman County Library is closed today...but our Little Free Library is always open!

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 littlefreelibrary.org 



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's design and construction.
All 14 branches of Whitman County Library will close May 26-28, 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 - info@whitco.lib.wa.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

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Whitman County Library Closed in honor of Memorial Day

All 14 branch libraries of Whitman County Library are closed Saturday, May 26 - Monday, May 28, 2018. During the closure, book drops remain open and due dates have been extended. Access to the library’s catalog, downloadable audio & e-books, and subscription databases are always available for your convenience at www.whitco.lib.wa.us

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING & ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND For more information about library closures or upcoming programs, visit us at www.whitco.lib.wa.us

Libraries affected by the closure are: Albion, Colfax, Colton, Endicott, Farmington, Garfield, LaCrosse, Malden, Oakesdale, Palouse, Rosalia, St. John, Tekoa & Uniontown.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Did you know you can download and keep FREE audiobooks this summer?

FREE audiobooks all summer from Audiobook SYNC & Whitman County Library!

Sign up for alerts and be first to know when new titles are available at www.audiobooksync.com!

What is Audiobook SYNC? SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens (and grownups too!). SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes that teens can keep on their device forever! In partnering with Audiobook SYNC, Whitman County Library is giving away almost 30 audiobooks this summer!

Why? SYNC is dedicated to introducing the listening experience to the teen audience and demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening. 
Who? SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through the OverDrive app. Download the app in advance to whichever device you anticipate listening on and be ready to go!
How? Simply sign-up to get notifications when the FREE audiobook downloads are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Titles change every Thursday!

Contact Teen Librarian & TEK Center Coordinator, Nichole Kopp at 397-4366 for more info!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Remembering through Walls & Names

WSU professor, Dr. Ray Sun comes to the Methodist Church on Thursday, May 31st at 12:15 p.m. for a unique presentation on memorials. This free program is sponsored by Whitman County Library in partnership with Colfax Rotary. Anyone wishing to order a $12 lunch for the event can contact the library at 397-4366 by May 29th.
 
This presentation focuses on the Vietnam Memorial and its impact on shaping subsequent memorials. Many now adopt the “wall of names” concept, including the 9/11 memorial and a major planned Holocaust memorial in Amsterdam. Dr. Sun explores the commonalities and differences between the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the later memorial sites.

Dr. Ray Sun is a Professor of History at Washington State University with a passion for the history of religion, modern German history, Holocaust and genocide studies, and military history.

The Colfax Methodist Church is located at 109 S. Mill Street. For more information visit Whitman County Library’s website at www.whitco.lib.wa.us

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

See what Whitman County Library is doing to preserve our region's history!

Preserving Eastern Washington's Rural Heritage
May 21, 2018  Secretary Of State's Office

"Several public libraries in eastern Washington have been hard at work this year preserving local history with assistance from the State Library’s Washington Rural Heritage program.

Whitman County Library, based in Colfax, continues its countywide campaign to digitize the unique historical materials held by small museums and historical societies, local families, clubs, and other community organizations. In its tenth year, the Library’s program now features material from more than a dozen organizations and over 130 family photo collections. The Whitman County Heritage Collection has grown to be a true community digital archive. Be sure to visit the Library’s Facebook page for regular highlights from the collection.

Whitman County Library staffer Kathy Bucholtz is shown with
Whitman County Superior Court Judge Gary Libey

At right, Whitman County Library staffer Kathy Bucholtz is shown with Whitman County Superior Court Judge Gary Libey. The Library recently printed 18 wrapped canvas reproductions of historic photos for display in Judge Libey’s courtroom.


Just north of Colfax, the Moran Prairie branch of Spokane County Library District recently embarked upon a project to document the history of Moran Prairie Grange #161, established in 1929.

Its collection of documents, photos, and cultural objects had been at risk in less-than-ideal storage conditions when local librarian Ree West suggested preserving this unique and relatively hidden collection through a digitization grant from the State Library.

As a result, a variety of documents illustrating recreation and social life at the grange, as well as the organization’s role in infrastructure development in south Spokane, will soon be available online through the Washington Rural Heritage website.

Learn more about this project by reading this Spokesman-Review article or visiting the project website at www.scld.org/community-shared-history-moran-prairie-grange-exhibit/"

Article quoted: https://blogs.sos.wa.gov/fromourcorner/index.php/2018/05/preserving-eastern-washingtons-rural-heritage/ 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Checkout a ukulele from your library today!

Ukuleles are now available for checkout from Whitman County Library thanks to a generous donation from The Ukulele Players of the Palouse (UPOP). 


A tuner & beginner instruction booklet is included with each ukulele! Scott Hallett offers classes to entertain and assist residents interested in ukuleles! He will perform at many library locations for the "Libraries Rock" summer reading program and this fall, Scott will teach a Ukulele course for Community College’s ACT 2 at the Colfax Library.

To checkout a Ukulele, contact any Whitman County Library Branch. Call 288-2208 if you are interested in Scott Hallett’s classes or UPOP.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Thank you to Friends of Hospice for all you do for our community!

Executive Director of Friends of Hospice, Annie Pillars, accepts the group’s award certificate, while Board Member, Rosalie Harms, donates a basket of books to the Friends of Whitman County Library. These books about grief and end of life issues are available for checkout from any of the library’s 14 branch locations. Whitman County Library and our community appreciate your support!

Friends of Hospice provides important end of life services for residents throughout the Palouse. WCL is honored to partner by sharing the valuable books, resources and important community programs provided by Friends of Hospice.

May 2018 Whitman County Library Supporter of the Month: Friends of Hospice

 For a complete list of recognized supporters, click here!

For more information, contact Kristie Kirkpatrick at 509.397.4366 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

If you thought you were dying, what would matter most?

Being Mortal Documentary & Discussion
Tuesday May 29, 2 - 4 pm

If you thought you were dying, what would matter most? Join us for a community showing of the documentary, Being Mortal, by Dr. Atul Gawande on Tuesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. in the Colfax Library's meeting room. The film features the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and illustrates the importance of Advanced Care Planning. Following the film will be an opportunity to come together as a community and have an interactive group discussion with trained Advance Care Planning facilitators.


This event is free and open to the public with refreshments served. Advanced Care Planning is for all adults. It is about having the meaningful conversations about the care you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. 

For additional information, please call Friends of Hospice at 332-4414 or Whitman Medical Group at 397-4717.

Sponsored by Friends of Hospice, Whitman Hospital and Whitman Medical Center.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Only 3 Spots left...REGISTER NOW!

Marketing, Advertising, & Sales: How they're different and how they work together comes to The Center at Colfax Library on Thursday, May 17, 12 - 1 PM

When it comes to marketing, advertising, and sales, not everyone is riding the same definition bus. To each person, each tool might mean something different. This workshop will give an up to date explanation of each tool, as well as describe the way the three interact and play off each other. A no cost lunch will be provided by SEWEDA

To register, visit: https://bit.ly/2ETi9bi For questions, contact Sarah McKnight at whitman@seweda.org or (509) 288-1317. Sponsored by Southeastern WA Economic Development Association.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WCL Trivia Night in Colfax is Almost Here!

Come to the Hyde Out Thurs. May 17 @ 6:30 p.m. for fun facts, quizzical questions, and swinging tunes!

WIN *FREE* STUFF! 


*SPECIAL CATEGORIES*

GOLDEN OLDIES: Tunes from the 40s, 50s, 60s, early 70s!


VOLCANOES: Volcanic fun facts in honor of the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens



 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 more information, contact Sarah at 397-4366 or sarahp@whitco.lib.wa.us
 For a complete list of events and programs at all 14 Whitman County Library branches, visit our websiteevents calendarBlog, FacebookTwitter,  or call the library toll-free at 877-733-3375. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

OZOBOT INVASION!

Afterschool Ozobots for grades 1 to 4 at the Colfax Library Thursday, May 17 @ 3:30-4:30 PM


For the next generation of creators...OZOBOT is an award-winning smart miniature robot that bridges digital and physical gaming. Designed to learn, play, and entertain in a variety of social and interactive settings. Don't miss it!


It's free, fun afterschool learning! JES Kids: take bus #8 with parental note. with Call Sheri or Nichole at 397-4366 for details.

Click here to view other upcoming children's and youth programs

*photos Whitman County Library program in Colton School District April 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018

CANCELED: Workshop in Colfax Helps to Safeguard your Future!



THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED
we apologize for the inconvenience


FREE presentation at The Center at Colfax Library to discover "Ten Delay Mistakes with Big Consequences" on Saturday, May 19 from 1-3 PM. Halette King-Meyer, Ph.D. gives invaluable tips to prepare for the unexpected!

Ten things that you likely won't hear about from your friends, attorney, financial planner, or funeral director. You will learn practical and easy actions to implement in order to safeguard your future. It will cost you NOTHING to attend and zero dollars to employ.

You will learn how to...
* Ensure that you receive quick and accurate medical intervention while traveling by car, abroad or even when something unforeseen happens in your own home.
* Leave a -- FREE -- meaningful and lasting legacy.
* Get things done quickly, accurately and the way YOU want them in times of uncertainty and/or emergency.
* Secure the well-being of those who depend on you, when you are unable to do so personally.
* Ensure the safety of your pets and ease the minds of your pet sitters and even your vet.

Dr. Meyer will be sharing life changing tips from "and then there was one" a real-life planning guide for those caring for aging parents, people with pets, Boomers with partners, and mid-life singles.

Dr. Meyer adds, “I aspire to inspire before I expire.” For more information, contact Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366

Saturday, May 12, 2018

You won't believe what WCL got from the STEM Supply Drive...

Courtney Berge: AmeriCorps Vista, Nichole Kopp: WCL TEK Center Coordinator,
 & Samantha Croney: AmeriCorps Vista (pictured left to right)


A HUGE THANK YOU for the donations from generous community members to the STEM Supply Drive.  Donations were collected to fill Palouse area schools, libraries, and after school programs wish lists of STEM supplies. Whitman County Library received a collection of smart and stimulating items to be used in programming throughout 14 library branches. The STEM Supply drive was sponsored by WSU - Ask Dr. Universe and Palouse STEAM Coalition.

The Whitman County Library received:
  • Snap Circuit Kits
  • Raspberry Pi Kits
  • LEGOS
  • Magnetics

Friday, May 11, 2018

All 14 Branches of Whitman County Library are Closed Today - May 11, 2018


Whitman County Rural Library System is closed for annual staff training in order to better serve you! Our website, catalog, online resources, and downloadable audio & ebooks are always available for your convenience!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING!
For more information about library closures or upcoming programs, visit us at www.whitco.lib.wa.us

Libraries affected by the closure are: Albion, Colfax, Colton, Endicott, Farmington, Garfield, LaCrosse, Malden, Oakesdale, Palouse, Rosalia, St. John, Tekoa & Uniontown.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Celebrate National "Eat What You Want Day" with these Scrumptious Recipes!


Observed annually on May 11, National "Eat What You Want Day" is about having one day a year of eating whatever you want - guilt free! Whether you love donuts, cupcakes, or fast food, tomorrow is your day to indulge! Get ready for this delicious occasion by checking out our extensive (and yummy) collection of cookbooks!

  



Free Audiobooks ALL SUMMER! Starting NOW!

Audiobook SYNC

FREE audiobooks all summer!
What is Audiobook SYNC?
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens (and grownups too!). SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes that teens can keep on their device forever! In partnering with Audiobook SYNC, Whitman County Library is giving away almost 30 audiobooks this summer!


Sign up for alerts and be first to know when new titles are available at www.audiobooksync.com!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Calling all know-it-alls...

It's Trivia Night in Colfax!

Come on down to the Hyde Out Thursday, May 17 @ 6:30 p.m.

Congratulations to our April Colfax Champions, "Francis' Tater Tots"


YOU ARE INVITED for a night of laughter and friendly competition! Join us for a rousing trivia contest...featuring science, entertainment, history, pop culture, geography, and just-for-fun questions PLUS music clips!

 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 more information, contact: Sarah Phelan at 509-397-4366 or sarahp@whitco.lib.wa.us.

 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 at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

*FREE* Marketing, Advertising & Sales Workshop

Marketing, Advertising, & Sales: How they're different and how they work together comes to The Center at Colfax Library on Thursday, May 17, 12 - 1 PM

When it comes to marketing, advertising, and sales, not everyone is riding the same definition bus. To each person, each tool might mean something different. This workshop will give an up to date explanation of each tool, as well as describe the way the three interact and play off each other. A no cost lunch will be provided by SEWEDA

To register, visit: https://bit.ly/2ETi9bi For questions, contact Sarah McKnight at whitman@seweda.org or (509) 288-1317. Sponsored by Southeastern WA Economic Development Association.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Take a walk through Whitman County's history at The Center's *NEW* Quilt Exhibit


Dusty BB Club is celebrating its 90th anniversary with a display of quilts made by generations of members.
The display will be at the Center at the Colfax library May 1 - 28.  


Dusty BB Club was formed May 20, 1927. Quilts were made from about 1930 to 1945. Many quilts were made and donated to various causes and needs. Quilt making started again in 1975 at the request of the younger members who wanted to learn how to quilt. Quilt making continued until 1993.



Quilts are made with love and are meant to be used.  The older ones have been well loved, wrapping families in warmth.  Dusty BB Club members invite you to come see the historic quilts and the newer ones. 

For more information, contact Sandy Passmore at 509-549-3446.

Friday, May 4, 2018

May the 4th Be With You

       Happy Star Wars Day from WCL


Whitman County Library invites all Star Wars fans - from tykes to grownups - to check out our extensive collection of children's, juvenile, YA, and action-packed adult Star Wars books (plus ebooks & audiobooks)! WCL encourages fans to celebrate this momentous occasion by having movie marathons, reading a galactic thriller, or downloading an audiobook, complete with lightsaber sound effects!


IN A LIBRARY FAR, FAR AWAY... 



"May the 4th be with you" started as a pun warmly shared by fans but has become a full-fledged Star Wars holiday - a special, once-a-year celebration of a galaxy far, far away created by and for the fans.

WCL hopes to make your interstellar festivities extraordinary!

...AND MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU

Whitman County Library l 102 S. Main St. Colfax l (509) 397-4366 l www.whitco.lib.wa.us

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The sun is shining & the days are getting longer! You know what that means...MORE TIME TO READ!

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue 

A compulsively readable novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in NYC just as the Great Recession hits.

Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton

A powerful, authentic voice for a generation of women whose struggles were erased from history. Pregnant, left behind by her lover, and banished from her Quaker home and teaching position, Lilli gives birth at an institution for unwed mothers in 1883 Philadelphia. She is told she must give up her daughter but refuses.

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

This is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes facing up to our former selves helps us begin truly living. A brilliant novel from author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor, forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future.

Circe by Madeline Miller 

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--possessing the power of witchcraft that can menace even the gods. Banished by Zeus, she crosses paths with famous mythological figures, including the Minotaur, Icarus,  Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.