Saturday, July 21, 2018

Summer ACT 2 Classes - Sign up Early!

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 or visit any of our 14 branches of Whitman County Library for a mail-in form.

Friday, July 20, 2018


Come to the TEK Center every Saturday in July from 1:30 to 2:30 PM for a BLOCK PARTY!

Build with LEGOs, magnets, straws/connectors, and more during TEK Center Block Party! ALL AGES are welcome to bring your creativity and enjoy free play building fun! 

Kids under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Questions?? Call Nichole 397-4366. Whitman County Library 102 S Main St, Colfax, Washington 99111

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Give the gift of life on Friday, July 20

Every day the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) needs 200 donors to ensure a safe supply of blood. Help give the gift of life at Colfax Library on Friday, July 20 anytime from 1:45-5 p.m. FIND THE HERO IN YOU!

Present to donate blood in July and be entered to WIN a pair of kayaks to explore the great outdoors or a 55” Ultra Definition Flat screen TV! YOU COULD BE THE LUCKY WINNER!

This is your opportunity to save lives! Registration is directly on the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) mobile bus at the Whitman County Library. Go to to make your preferred appointment time to avoid the wait or call 800-423-0151.

Visit the Whitman County Library online calendar at for a complete listing of programs and events or call 509-397-4366 for details.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Congratulations to Sonja Hall of Garfield WCL's July Supporter of the Month!

The Garfield "Inconvenience Store" and owner Sonja Hall gives back to the community in many ways, from delivering groceries to shut-ins to volunteering for the food pantry, community events or her local library. Sonja keeps a book sale shelf in the store that benefits the library and she sees that her children are super-library users. Librarian Heather McArthur says, "Sonja bends over backwards for her community each and every day!"

Local supporters across the Palouse greatly impact library services and facilities! Whitman County Library could not thrive without the community donations and volunteers. Whitman County Library and our community appreciate you!

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

July 2018 Whitman County Library Supporter of the Month

 For a complete list of recognized supporters, click here!

For more information, contact Kristie Kirkpatrick at 509.397.4366 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

And the 2018 LEGO Contest Winners are...

Congrats to ALL the participants in the Colfax LEGO Contest & especially to the winners below. You Are #1 In Our Book! LIBRARIES ROCK! Great job to everyone who created a LEGO masterpiece!

K-3 Grade Winner: Isaiah Vantrease

4-6 Grade Winner: Caleb Lustig 

7-12 Grade Winner: Bradyn Heilsberg

Monday, July 16, 2018

Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth are here for a boot-stompin' family concert TODAY!

Get on your country hats and spurs for a boot-scootin', rip-roarin' good time or come as you are to the Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth concert at the Colfax Library  on Monday, July 16 at 4 p.m. Their foot stomping music and down-home personalities are sure to charm audiences of all ages. LAST COLFAX SUMMER READING EVENT of 2018! 

Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth have been family favorites at schools, libraries, county fairs and festivals for many years. Everyone is welcome to this one-of-a-kind show!

This country duo puts on a high energy show including interactive musical comedy, dance, sing-alongs, sign language, ventriloquism & more! Buck and Elizabeth’s passion of education through entertainment, dynamic vocals, and amazing puppetry are just a few of their many talents. Call Sheri at 397-4366 with questions.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Makey Makey Kits Arrive at Whitman County Library!

Have you ever played the piano on a banana or made a video game controller out of Playdoh?
Discover everyday objects that conduct electricity and trick the computer into thinking they are a keyboard using Makey Makey invention kits at the library! Then use interactive apps to play bongos, piano, Tetris, Pac Man and more.

Family using carrots & bananas as piano keys with Makey Makey in Colfax

All ages welcome to create, invent, and explore STEM learning at the following library branches:

Tuesday, July 17 – Rosalia at 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, July 21 – Endicott at 11 a.m.

Monday, July 23 – St. John at 11 a.m.

Wednesday, July 25 – Uniontown at 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 26 – Colton at 3:30 p.m.

Makey Makey kits are made available to Whitman County Library through the Washington State Library and Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, visit or call toll free at (877) 733-3375.

Friday, July 13, 2018

FREE PBS Documentary Screening at Colfax Library

Join us for a free 2 hour screening of NOVA & PBS documentary, "Decoding the Weather Machine" on Tuesday, July 17.

10:00 am
1:00 pm
5:30 pm

It's hard not to conclude that something's up with the weather.  And the vast majority of scientists agree that this trend toward unusual and extreme weather is not just a coincidence.  It's the result of the weather machine itself-our climate-changing, becoming hotter, more erratic.  Climate change is arguably the defining challenge of our time, yet widespread misunderstanding and misinformation have hampered the public's ability to understand the science and address the issue. During this documentary NOVA will cut through the confusion and help define the way forward.  Join scientists around the globe on a quest to better understand the workings of the weather and climate machine we call Earth, and discover how they are finding that we can be resilient-even thrive-in the face of enormous change.  To learn more about the film, visit

For additional information call 397-4366. Sponsored by NOVA/PBS.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thank you to our ROCK STAR Summer Reading 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:

  • Sam Dial Jewelers
  • Merry Cellars
  • Gary & Trudy Libey
  • Colfax Golf Club
  • JP Homemade Pies
  • The Hyde Out
  • Webb's Slough
  • Alex McGregor
  • Fonk's Coffee House
  • Palouse Empire Fair
  • Rosauers
  • Main Street Cafe
  • 165* Brew

Thank you for supporting the library & your community!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Get WIRED at Open Tech Lab for KIDS!

Discover, create, and tinker during Open Lab @ TEK Center. Kids 1st grade & up are invited to drop-in from 10-11 AM to explore robotics, engineering and more!

Wired Wednesdays @ 10-11 AM
July 11, 18, 25

Kids 1st grade and up drop-in to explore: 
  • Makey Makey - turn anything in a keyboard: bananas, play-doh & 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.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Musical Mayhem TODAY!

Musical Mayhem at the Colfax Library Tuesday, July 10 @ 4-5 PM. Libraries ROCK with "Musical Mayhem" a 2018 Collaborative Summer Library Program for ALL ages!  Come enjoy songs, games, activities & more with Nichole & Sheri.

Kids ages 0-12 need only read (or be read to) 10 books or 10 hours to become a Summer Reading ROCK STAR! Prizes included! Teens and adults may read for prizes too!
Please call the Colfax Library at 397-4366 for details.

Click here for more for more summer reading events!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Artist Meet & Greet "Inner Landscapes"

Community members are invited to an open house reception for local photographer Jim Trivelpiece on Wednesday, July 11 from 5-8 p.m. at The Center. Attendees will meet the artist, view the exhibit, "Inner Landscapes," and enjoy yummy refreshments.

For this show, Trivelpiece snapped photos in unlikely places all around the Palouse and then explored, “what occurs when the lens is pointed back at the photographer.” Following the tenets of abstract painting, the images take on the task of photographing the inner life of the one holding the camera.  Following this theme, the photos also touch on Asian philosophy, physics, rock and roll, graffiti, trains and science fiction.

Trivelpiece Artist Reception at the Colfax Center Wednesday, July 11, 5-8 p.m.

Trivelpiece explains that with abstract art, we are not seeing an image that the artist created.  We are experiencing a combination of the art and our reaction to it.  He says, “My favorite art is not a picture of something, but a picture of the act of seeing.  As our eyes “read” the image, the object in the frame causes our eyes and our minds to construct a new experience.  And with each fresh viewing, the experience is different.”

Inner Landscapes runs July 2- August 31 in The Center at Colfax Library. Exhibit hours are Mon. - Wed. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thurs. & Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sat. & Sun. 1 to 5 p.m., except holidays. Contact Whitman County Library for more information at 509-397-4366 or at

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Playful Learning Toys on July 12!

Child Development Hour at the Colfax Library Thursday, July 12, 10:15 to 11 AM

Kids love playing with toys! Come to the Colfax Library on Thursday, July 12 to experience creative, educational toys that allow children to learn and explore through play. Join Whitman Hospital Medical Center’s occupational therapist, Bonnie Kirkpatrick, speech language therapist, Cassidy Kobialka, and toy connoisseur, Robyn Johnson, for a brief program and preschool play time from 10:15 to 11 a.m. A healthy snack is provided!

Sponsored by Friends of Whitman County Library & Whitman Hospital & Medical Center.

Friday, July 6, 2018

It's a Block Party! (and you're invited)

Come to the TEK Center every Saturday in July from 1:30 to 2:30 PM for a BLOCK PARTY!

Build with LEGOs, magnets, straws/connectors, and more during TEK Center Block Party! ALL AGES are welcome to bring your creativity and enjoy free play building fun! 

**July 7, July 14, July 21 & July 28 1:30 to 2:30 PM**

Kids under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Questions?? Call Nichole 397-4366. Whitman County Library 102 S Main St, Colfax, Washington 99111

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Leap into Science: STEM Storytime

Join Sheri & Nichole for a STEM Storytime for kids and families! Come play with Code-a-pillars, blocks, and more for a grand balancing act next Friday!

Leap into Science: STEM Storytime at the Colfax Library on Friday, July 13, 10-11 AM

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July!

All 14 branch libraries of Whitman County Library are closed Wednesday, July 4 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

HAVE A VERY HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY FROM WCL! For more information about library closures or upcoming programs click here.

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

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Chat with Dr. Hiller: Olympic Triathlon Chief Medical Officer

A Chat with Former Olympic Triathlon Chief Medical Officer Doug Hiller, MD is presented Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 7pm @ Whitman County Library. Dr. Hiller, Whitman Hospital's orthopedic surgeon, is here to share his fascinating career. As an expert in sports medicine and former Chief Physician for the Kona IRONMAN World Championships and Chief Medical Officer for the Olympic Triathlon, he has treated some of the world's top competitors. He brings 27+ years of experience as an accomplished orthopedic surgeon to the Palouse to treat our community.

Tuesday, July 10 at 7 PM at the Whitman County Library. This FREE event is open to the public!
Sponsored by Whitman Hospital & Medical Center; refreshments will be served. For more info, call 509-397-4366.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Libraries ROCK with Family Folk Music Entertainment!

Families are invited to come enjoy toe-tapping, hand clapping folk music with luthier, folk musician, teacher & songwriter, John Elwood performing at the Colfax Library as part of this year’s summer reading theme "Libraries Rock" on Tuesday, July 3 at 4 p.m. ALL AGES are invited to enjoy toe-tapping, hand clapping musical FUN for the entire family!

John Elwood sings traditional folk songs and plays the banjo and dulcimer!

For details please visit the library’s Events Calendar at, like us on Facebook, or call the library toll free at (877) 733-3375.