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.  

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

See ACT 2's Fall Lineup of Fantastic Classes!

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, visit any of our 14 branches of Whitman County Library for a mail-in form, or click here!

Monday, September 3, 2018

The library is closed...but we ALWAYS have books available for you!

Whitman County Library is for Labor Day today, Sept. 3...but not to worry, we have ebooks & audiobooks available for download 24/7!!!

Downloading books from the library has never been easier thanks to Libby! Whitman County Library cardholders can borrow best-selling and classic titles for FREE on their smartphone or tablet! Simply download the Libby or Overdrive App from your app store, find your library, enter your card number, and start browsing your favorite titles and authors! Click here to learn more!

       Start reading (or listening) today!

eBook help is available! Drop-in every Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for tech help!

Libby offers thousands of audio & ebooks at your fingertips!

What are you e-reading? Start reading (or listening) with Libby today!

No late fees! eBooks return themselves

Bestsellers delivered right to your hands
Read anytime, anywhere
Improve your daily commute

Want to try eBooks? No device? No problem!

Did you know you can checkout an eReader from the Library? All you need is your library card number to access thousands of audio and eBooks! WCL now offers our community 4 Dragon Touch tablets for three week checkouts! Request an eReader today!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Library Closed for Labor Day Weekend

All 14 branch libraries of Whitman County Library are closed Saturday, Aug. 1 - Monday Aug. 3, 2018. During the closure, book drops remain open and due dates have been extended. Access to the library’s catalog, downloadable audio & e-books, Rural Heritage, and more are always available for your convenience at

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND! 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.