Friday, August 31, 2018

September is Library Card Sign Up Month!

Know someone who doesn't have a library card? Tell them to sign up this month and be entered to WIN a $25 gift certificate!

This month, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers, students, and everyone else that signing up for a library card is the first step toward academic achievement and lifelong learning!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Crazy 8s Math Club is back! Register TODAY!

Can kids learn to love math as much as playtime or dessert? According to educational experts, the answer is, yes!  The Whitman County Library agrees by combining literacy and math for an over-the-top after-school club designed to gets kids fired up about numbers. Library branches in Tekoa, St. John and Colfax are host locations to Crazy 8s Clubs for wacky math adventures provided by the Bedtime Math Foundation.

Bedtime Math is a nonprofit organization that seeks to put the fun and discovery back into learning math. Its core product is a zany daily online math problem that parents can do with their kids, to make nightly math as common and beloved as the bedtime story.  Bedtime Math has expanded to create lively, hands-on math experiences for youth in libraries and afterschool programs throughout the nation.

The Colfax Library branch works with Washington State University’s Center for Civic Engagement. The college students act as coaches and help guide the kids through engaging activities.  Crazy 8s is recreational, not schoolwork, but the activities align with the Common Core State Standards.  “There hasn’t been anything the kids didn’t have fun with, from glow stick shapes and tessellations to the zip-line and dice throwing,” said Sheri Miller, Youth Services Manager. “The kids come in and cannot wait to find out what we’re doing next!”

The Whitman County Library’s Crazy 8s Club is designed for small groups of 12-16 kids at two age levels. It is time for math to become the cool thing to do after school at your public library. Space is limited, so contact your local branch for availability, dates and times.  For details, please visit or contact the Whitman County Library toll free at 877-733-3375.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Read Local at Colfax Library!

Enjoy these Pacific Northwest Reads! Click here to request a book today!

"Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover - Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. She stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife, and salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard. In this unforgettable true story, Tara - who has not stepped foot in a classroom until age 17 - goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. 

"The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown - The inspiring story of nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the American triumph in Nazi Germany. Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how working-class boys from the American West showed the world what true grit really meant.

"Idaho" by Emily Ruskovich - A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss. 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 and their daughters.

READ LOCAL! All these titles are set in the Pacific Northwest! 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Forget checking out one book, checkout a whole BACKPACK!

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!

Lots of learning and FUN to be had at Whitman County Library! Stop by this summer!

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 encourage educational screen time with ABC Mouse and eReaders! 

Check out our collection!

 - STEM Bags


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

WorkSource Washington Training

WorkSource Washington Workshop - Tuesday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tim Rubio with WorkSource Washington is holding an employer workshop at the Colfax Library. The focus is on helping employers find quality employees, basic recruiting tools, and using WorkSource Washington as a resource.

Questions? Contact Sarah McKnight at 509-288-1317 or 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Colfax Librarians Recommend Their Favorite Books on PBS!

Watch Whitman County Librarians review their favorite books for PBS's Great American Read! See our reviews on channel 10 or click here!

Kristie Kirkpatrick, Library Director - Pillars of the Earth
Sheri Miller, Associate Director - Memoirs of a Geisha
Nichole Kopp, Teen Librarian - The Help
Rachelle Marshall, Librarian's Assistant - Rebecca
Sarah Phelan, Librarian's Assistant - Game of Thrones

For librarians, there isn’t anything more satisfying than recommending a great book to someone. And thanks to The Great American Read, our staff got the chance to do that in an exciting way, via public broadcast.

In cooperation with Northwest Public Broadcasting, librarians from Whitman County and other regional libraries are recommending our favorite books and encouraging people to vote for theirs in The Great American Read.

The Great American Read (GAR) is a list of 100 novels, shared in an eight-part PBS series. GAR explores and celebrates the power of reading with testimonials from celebrities, authors, and book lovers. The series debuted in May and so far, over 1 million people have voted!

If you are like me, you have to wonder how PBS could narrow the list to just 100 titles. Turns out they commissioned a survey of 7200 people from diverse locations and demographics. The results were tallied and organized based on specific selection criteria and overseen by an advisory panel of literary industry professionals. The process for choosing the top 100 list was exhaustive.

In looking over the list, I was thrilled to see many of my favorites but also, a number of classics I’ve always intended to read. For example, I’ve never read anything by Agatha Christie (gasp) so “And Then There Were None” is now on my nightstand.

For staff, the process of recording our reviews was really fun. We went to NWPB’s studio, sat in front of the green screen and read from a teleprompter. Even though they couldn’t airbrush my wrinkles or give me a broadcaster’s silky, smooth tone, the NWPB staff was really helpful and encouraging.

In celebration of The Great American Read, the Colfax Library invites residents to stop in and have their photo taken with their favorite of the featured GAR titles. We are posting these fun photos in our library and online as a way to encourage everyone to read and vote.

You can view the entire list of titles, where you can also vote at Most importantly of all, you can obtain any of the 100 books listed in The Great American Read by contacting your local library.

by Kristie Kirkpatrick, Whitman County Rural Library District Director

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 22, 10 - 11 a.m.! 

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: Salad
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.