Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Get that library fine off your chest and do a good deed at the same time! The 19th annual library food drive drive runs the entire month of February at all 14 branch locations. This highly successful program allows library patrons to bring nonperishable food and toiletry items into any library branch and waive up to $10 in outstanding library fines. Those who visit the library and do not have fines are also encouraged to make a contribution. All items will be given to the food bank used in the community where they were collected.

Last year, Whitman County Library collected nearly $600 worth of food and toiletry items. Many food bank clients receive large heating bills in February and it is wonderful that the library’s food drive allows local agencies to put something extra in their grocery box. For more information please call Branch Coordinator, Catalina Flores, at (509) 397-4366 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Creating Edible, Pollinator Friendly Landscapes

“Multi-functional Landscapes: Creating Beneficial, Edible, Pollinator-Friendly Habitats” is the focus of February’s Science on the Palouse presentation at Colfax Library Center on Monday, February 11 from 5-6 p.m. Presenter Emily Pickron, with the National Resources Conservation Service, will discuss ways to create edible landscapes that also attract pollinators.

On the 2nd Monday of each month from 5-6 p.m., Science on the Palouse explores a topic that matters to our region. Sponsored by The Whitman Conservation District, these engaging conversations will enlighten you about local issues and efforts.

For more information, please contact Brian Bell, Whitman Conservation District at 288-4644 or brianwhitmancd@gmail.com.

Map of my Kingdom Performance on Feb. 28

Map of My Kingdom comes to The Center at Colfax Library on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 to 8 p.m. 

“It’s easier to talk to your children about sex than farmland transition.” – An Iowa farmer 

Map of My Kingdom was commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Mary Swander, Iowa’s poet laureate. In the play, character Angela Martin, a lawyer and mediator in land transition disputes, shares stories of how farmers and landowners have approached their farmland transfers. Map of My Kingdom will be performed by Maria Vorhis, an actor from Central Iowa who graduated from Iowa State University. For more information about Maria, click here.

The performance will be from 7-8 p.m. and will follow with a 30-minute facilitated discussion. Tickets are "Pay What You Can" to make the play accessible to all. Suggested rates are $10 per person or $20 per family. Ticketholders will have first priority by reserving at http//monk-colfax.eventbrite.com.

Sponsored by the Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition, Gem Valley Appraisal, University of Idaho Extension, Hayden Ross, Potlatch Deltic, Avista, and the McGregor Company.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Find the book of your dreams at Colfax Library!

Checkout a Blind Date Book or join us at Book Speed Dating and be entered to win a coffee & donut date, generously donated by Purpose Roasters. To enter, complete the "Rate your Date" form by March 8, using a rating scale from "a major dud" to "red hot read!"

Find the book of your dreams at Colfax Library this February with two romantic programs!

Speed Dating with Books on Valentine's Day Only

How do you go on a "Blind Date with a Book"? Browse our collection of wrapped up books, read the hints, unwrap and enjoy! Previous blind date goers enjoyed the surprise of unwrapping a book, trying to guess the titles based our hints, and reading books that they would have never found otherwise.

Try "Speed Dating with Books" to find your perfect literary match! Pick out a book with an attractive cover, read for 90 seconds, then find a new selection. Speed daters will sample up to 10 books - and are encouraged to take as many as they like. Stick around to enjoy sparkling cider, sweets, and chat about your "dates" after each round.

Contact Sarah Phelan at 509-397-4366 or sarahp@whitco.lib.wa.us with any questions.