Saturday, September 29, 2018

Exciting *NEW* Senior Activities for October!

If you are age 55 or older, the Colfax Library offers a free and fantastic activity every Tuesday from 1 to 3 pm FOR YOU!

Oct. 2 - Bingo & Pie Win fun prizes while enjoying yummy snacks!

Oct. 9 - Balance & Tai Chi Bonnie froWhitman Hospital & Medical Center's therapy department offers balance assessments from at 1 p.m. and a Tai Chi class at 2 p.m.

Oct. 16 - Knitting for Beginners Want to learn to knit or brush up your skills? Join Dianne Appel, all supplies are provided!

Oct. 23 - Color Me Crafty Relax by spending an afternoon coloring pages and bookmarks or working on a craft project of your own!

Oct. 30 - Learn to Loom Knit Tami Drader teaches

you to make hats, socks, scarves, and dolls on a loom! Supplies are provided.

For more information, please contact Molly Overby, Whitiman County Library Senior Services Coordinator, at (509) 397-4366

Friday, September 28, 2018

3D Printing Demo at the Colfax Library!

A *NEW* 3D printer has just arrived at the Colfax Library! 3D Demos available at the following times:

  • Thursday, Oct. 4 at 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 12 to 1 p.m. & 5 to 6 p.m.

This class introduces participants to 3D printing services now available at the library! During the orientation, an overview will be given of 3D printing policy/pricing, design software, and how to submit a printing project. Come and see this fantastic tech at work!

Questions? Call James Morasch or Nichole Kopp at 397-4366. Sponsored by The Innovia Foundation.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Meet award-winning author of "Idaho" Emily Ruskovich!

The 2018 "Everybody Reads" author visits the Colfax Library on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 12 p.m.! RSVP at 397-4366 for a catered lunch ($13), bring your own, or just come to listen!

— People Magazine

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.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Best-selling author Kat Brooks brings 3 inspiring classes to the Colfax Library

Kat Brooks is teaching all three ACT 2 classes on Thursday, Oct. 4 as part of the Community Colleges of Spokane ACT 2 line-up. Because these classes require pre-registration, community members are encouraged to sign up quickly to avoid cancellation. 

Kat Brooks is an award-winning of over 30 titles. She administers the website which was named of the six top sites in the United States for authors and she works to prevent authors from beings scammed by predatory publishers. 

"Introduction to Self-Publishing" 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Thinking about writing a book, but don't know the next step? Learn from one of the industry's top authorities! (Cost $11)

"Using Flash to Improve Writing Skills" 2 to 4 p.m. - Hone your fiction, non-fiction, or business writing under the direction of an award-winning author. (Cost $8)

"Gluten-Free Living 101" 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Take the guesswork out of gluten-free shopping, cooking, and going out to eat. (Cost $8)

All classes are held at Colfax Library. To register, please call Spokane Community Colleges at (509) 279-6030 or toll-free at 800-845-3324 or visit the library for a mail-in form!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

It's 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!
Signing up for her first library card!

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!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Stunning Oil Painting Exhibit Available for Viewing NOW!

"Oil Painting Replicas from Museums Around the World" by Local Artist Robin Stanard

Artist Robin Standard grew up in Colfax, eventually raising two daughters here and working in his family’s carpentry business. While he found satisfaction in the creativity of designing and remodeling homes he is very excited to again be focusing upon his art.

Stanard begun drawing as a child and is self-taught, spending years practicing with pencils and paints. About three years ago, his daughters gave him some watercolors and color pencils for Father’s day and the spark returned. Stanard began an intense journey into the work of 20th Century artists and was inspired to replicate their works. Stanard says, “Their paintings have the ability to generate great emotion in a different way for every person. I believe this is the true magic of art.”

Stanard’s “Replica Oil Paintings from Museums Around the World " shows at The Center at Colfax Library, from Sept. 4 - Oct. 19. 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.  The Center is located at 102 S. Main Street. Call 509-397-4366 for more details.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Keeping Kids Safe Online

Parents Did You Know...

  • 92% of two-year-olds in the US already have an online record
  • 80% of kids can't tell if talking to a child or an adult posing as a child
  • 92% of teens are online daily...24% are almost constantly connected

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

WorkSource for Businesses & Employers Tomorrow!

WorkSource Appointments available Wednesday, Sep. 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tim Rubio, Worksource Specialist, will meet with businesses and job seekers on Wednesday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Center at Colfax Library. For businesses, Tim can provide a wide variety of solutions including tax incentives, worker training, and improved recruitment strategies. For job seekers, Tim provides assistance in mastering the technology to improve your job search, helps you build your resume, and improves your interview skills. More information can be found at By appointment only.

For questions or to set an appointment for Wednesday, September 19 at The Center at Colfax Library, contact Tim Rubio, Worksource Specialist at 509-254-7357 or 509-758-1716.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Trivia Night in Colfax - Do you know your ABCs?

 "The Killer Cobras" one of Rosalia's top trivia teams

WCL Trivia Nights are Back for the Fall!

YOU ARE INVITED for an evening of laughter, learning, and friendly competition! Join us this September for two exciting trivia contests...featuring a special ABCs category for the “Back to School” season and, as always, clips from your favorite songs! Remember, everyone is an expert at something!
Colfax Hyde Out - Thursday, Sept. 20 @ 6:30 p.m.
Rosalia Brass Rail - Saturday, Sept. 29 @ 7 p.m.

 Bring your team (or join one), 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! 

Prizes sponsored by the Hyde Out & Rosalia Brass Rail and trivia contests are hosted by your information professional, Whitman County Library. To schedule a trivia night in your community, please email

Friday, September 14, 2018

Giving Blood = Giving Hope

The gift of blood is the gift of life. You can save the lives of three people by donating blood Friday, Sept. 14, 2:15 to 5 p.m. at the Colfax Library

Call the Inland Northwest Blood Center at 800-423-0151 or make your appointment online at Present to donate blood in September and be entered to win a $100 tattoo gift card!

Here are a few facts about donating blood...

  • Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood product 
  • Although 60% of Americans are eligible to donate, only about 5% actually do 
  • One in three people will need blood sometime during their life

Walk-ins are on a first come, first serve basis. Photo ID is required. Donors should drink plenty of fluids and eat a meal at least two hours prior to arrival. The entire list of eligibility criteria can be found at 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Learn to Play the Ukulele!

Introduction to Ukulele with Scott Hallett at the Colfax Library, Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Sept. 19 - Oct. 10. (Cost $18)

The ukulele has made a huge comeback in popularity and is the EASIEST of all stringed instruments to learn. The emphasis is on FUN rather than theory. This class is for absolute beginners, as well as those who know a few chords or have taken previous classes. 

Pre-registration is required. Call (509) 279-6030 to enroll today! Mail in registration forms are also available at the Whitman County Library.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Storytime & Playgroup starts up again this week!

Storytime and Play & Learn are back at the Colfax Library!

Storytime - Thursday Mornings, 10 -11:30 am

Storytime is a FREE listening and pre-reading experience for children birth to age 5 every Thursday morning during the school year. 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
Toddler Time (2-3) 10:30-11:00
Preschool Time (4+) 11:00-11:30

Play & Learn - Friday Mornings, 10-11:30 am 

Join us for family, friends, and neighbors playgroup every Friday morning September through June! Parents/caregivers bring your children for free play, fun, and socialization.

Call Sheri Miller or Nichole Kopp at 397-4366 for details on these or other children's programs.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

What is your favorite book? Tell us!

What's YOUR favorite book on PBS's Top 100 list? Vote and join in the community discussion! 

Want your vote featured on the library's Facebook page and front desk? Ask a librarian to take a photo of you with your #1 book!

 100 Books, One Winner, Which Will You Choose?

What is the Great American Read?
A PBS television series, competition, and nationwide campaign that explores the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s top 100 novels, ending with a nationwide vote to choose America's #1 most-loved book!

Enter your favorite title at the front desk to vote on Colfax's choice for the GREAT AMERICAN READ. Ask for a photo! 

Visit to vote on America’s choice for the GREAT AMERICAN READ.

Help choose America's #1 most-loved book! 
Want your vote to be featured on the library's Facebook page? Have your photo taken with your #1 book by a librarian or send us one!

Read your way through all 100 contenders on the Great American Read!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Check out WCL's lineup of classes & services for senior citizens

Seniors...if you are looking for fun activities like BINGO, Ukulele, 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 booksone-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!

*NEW* Colfax Senior Activities EVERY Tuesday, 1 - 3 p.m.

There is FUN to be had for Seniors at the Colfax Library!

Activities in September:

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 18 & 25 @ 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Tech Help

Tuesday, Sept. 11 @ 1-3 p.m. - Learn to Zentangle

Tuesday, Sept. 18 @ 1-3 p.m. - Game Day

Tuesday, Sept. 25 @ 1-3 p.m. - Color me Crafty

Monday, Sept. 17 @ 3:30-5 p.m. - Caregiver Support Group

"Introduction to Ukulele" ACT 2 Class with instructor, Scott Hallett - Wednesdays 6 p.m., Sept. 19 - Oct. 10. Cost $18. Call (509) 279-6030 to enroll today!

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

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Ice Age Floods Presentation Sept. 12

Ice Age Floods Institute: Palouse Falls Chapter & Whitman County Library present the "Inundation of the Palouse River Valley" 

Join Lloyd Stoess, president of the Palouse Falls Chapter, on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Colfax Library for a close look at the Channeled Scablands of the lower Cheney-Palouse Scabland tract with evidence of the megafloods that swept through this area as late as 15,000 years ago. We will also explore all the places these flood waters entered the Palouse River Valley. (This presentation is a pre-trip lecture for the Palouse Falls Chapter fall bus tour in October.)

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Lloyd Stoess at (509) 954-3927.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Join us at the Fair!

Join us September 6-9, 2018! “Let’s Get Growing” at the Palouse Empire Fair! Be sure to visit the library booth! Kids can spin the wheel for a prize, while everyone enjoys the images from all 14 local library branches! 

Come see us at the Palouse Empire Fair, Sept. 6-9
Friday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Also on exhibit are photographs from last year's fair by Tom Mohr. This display give a real flavor for our rural way of life with "Kiss the Pig," food, people, quilts, animals, and of course, the rodeo.

Give it a SPIN and see what you can WIN!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

It's Math Gone Wild!!!

Join Bedtime Math's Crazy 8s, where you'll build stuff, jump over laser beams, make a's a totally new kind of math club!

Make a Splash with Math! Planet Party, UFO Landing, Ninja Training, and more all while learning mathematics!

Grades 3-5 @ Colfax Library 
Wednesdays, Sept. 19 - Nov. 7, 3 to 4 p.m.
Space is limited! Register by Sept. 13 by calling 397-4366

St. John & Tekoa libraries are also offering Crazy 8s this fall! 

 “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!”

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! For details, please visit or contact the Whitman County Library toll free at 877-733-3375.