Thursday, August 29, 2019

Library Closure August 31 - September 2

Whitman County Libraries Closed for Labor Day
All 14 branches of Whitman County Library will close Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 in honor of Labor Day. Due dates for library materials have been extended and drop boxes remain open at all locations. Access to the library’s online resources including the catalog, audio and ebooks, NewsBank, courses, and Mango Language Learning remain available at

          Libraries affected by the closure are: Albion, Colfax, Colton, Endicott, Farmington, Garfield, LaCrosse, Malden, Oakesdale, Palouse, Rosalia, St. John, Tekoa & Uniontown. Residents may call the library toll-free at 1-877-733-3375 for information, details regarding the closure, or renewals.

We will see you Tuesday,  Sept. 3! 

...but look at all the digital services the library has to offer, even when we're closed!

Libby & OverDrive  Did you know we offer thousands of downloadable books? Yes! You can borrow ebooks & audiobooks, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand. Borrow with Libby, the one tap reading app! Don't have a smartphone or tablet? Use OverDrive on your computer or check out one of the library's eReaders .

Mango Languages  Through fun and interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy, and incredibly effective. Choose from over 70 world languages!

Lynda  More than 12,000 professional, self-paced courses covering business skills, marketing, design, photography, programming, and more.

Heritage Quest  A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, maps, and more.

NewsBank  Research people, events, and issues across Washington State, with access to the Columbian, Spokesman-Review, Seattle Times, and more. Or use NewsBank to access world news, exploring a wealth of information on global topics.

All of these and more are available 24/7 through the library’s website at

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Congratulations to Ian McMichael & Louise Owen!

August's Library Supporter of the Month is Endicott’s Trinity Lutheran Church

Pastor Ian McMichael and Louise Owen (center) of Trinity Lutheran Church were recently honored by appreciative library staffers and youth

Trinity Lutheran Church of Endicott has long supported the library and community, lending their facility for large classes and programs, partnering with summer programming and helping out wherever they can. Thank you for all you do!

The Staff, Friends, and Board of Whitman County Library present this monthly award to recognizing the generous donors and volunteers who make an important impact in their libraries and communities. To see the complete list of those recognized click here

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Meet Everybody Reads Author, Luis Alberto Urrea, at the Colfax Library!

Everybody Reads 2019 Selection: The House of Broken Angels

Luis Alberto Urrea's newest book, "The House of Broken Angels," is a novel of an American family, which happens to be from Mexico. Angel de la Cruz knows this is his last birthday and he wants to gather his progeny for a final fiesta.

Praise for "The House of Broken Angels"
"Through the magical power of Urrea's writing, we become healed and whole. And we laugh and tear up and shake our heads in wonder all the way to the ending of a book we don't want to end. Urrea delivers on every page." — Julia Alverez, Author of "How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents"

“literary badass” and a “master storyteller with a rock and roll heart” — NPR

“The House of Broken Angels has everything we demand of a great novel—sweep, ambition, generosity, myth, intimacy, and, above all, humanity. Luis Alberto Urrea just gets better and better.” —Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times bestselling author of Everybody's Fool

Meet the Author Luncheon at Colfax Library Nov. 14

On Thursday, Nov. 14 at 12 p.m. Whitman County Library welcomes Everybody Reads author, Luis Alberto Urrea to share with us. Come to listen, ask questions, and enjoy this talented speaker. Bring a lunch or order a meal at 509-397-4366.

Urrea will also appear at Dahmen Barn in Uniontown on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m. and throughout the Palouse and LC Valley in November 2019. See all dates and locations here:

Author Luis Alberto Urrea

What is Everybody Reads?

Everybody Reads is a regional program that builds a shared reading experience around a single book to foster curiosity, spark discussion, and celebrate a love of story and community engagement. Everybody Reads is currently celebrating its 19th year, see past author and discover more at

Monday, August 26, 2019

Book Club Today at Schmuck Park

Join us today Monday, Aug. 26 at 5:45 p.m. for an outdoor book club! This month, instead of discussing one book together, we will all be sharing about each other's favorite books, feel free to bring something "pinic-y" to share (only if you want to).

P.S. If you are new to the group, just talk about whatever book you're currently reading!

Colfax Library Book Club meets the last Monday of every month at the library, 5:30 p.m.

Talk with friends and meet new ones while engaging in a great literary discussion. Plus watch fun literary clips and enjoy refreshments. Walk-ins welcome and if you haven't finished (or even started) the book, you are welcome to attend too.


  • Find an exciting, new read (or watch, movies count too!)
  • Have interesting discussions, spend time with friends & meet new people
  • Share about a book you LOVED or even HATED (yes, books you've read before also count)
  • Just check it out to see if you want to join (no need to have read the book)

Questions? Call Sarah Phelan at (509) 397-4366 or email

Friday, August 23, 2019

Garage sale in the Center continues...ALL ITEMS 50% OFF NEXT WEEK!

Come shop for great deals and a good cause! Help support the Colfax Library & Center while enjoying special prices Aug. 26-30

ALL you need for a Colfax
Bulldog party. $10 takes all!
Dozens of paper lanterns in
various colors! $30 OBO

The garage sale in The Center continues in downtown Colfax through Friday, August 30th during regular library hours. Lots of fabulous items remain including high quality baby equipment, home décor, Christmas collectibles and more...

A 50% blow out sale on garage sale and book sale items is set to begin on Monday, August 26th as well and sales benefit the maintenance and operation of The Center. For more information, call Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366. The Center is located at 102 S. Main Street.

Like new baby items, furniture, home décor, Christmas and more!

Hurry in quick to grab this deal!
Tin Roof price $149, Center Price $20

Storytime & Playgroup start September 12 & 13

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Stellar Summer Reading Prizes are Waiting for You!

Congratulations to our Summer Reading LEGO Contest Winner, Isaiah Vantrease!

Colfax Summer Reader, Isaiah, is the proud new owner of a generously donated Subaru Lego set and a jar of Lego candy! Isaiah guessed 252 Legos in the jar, and there were 257, great job!

If you're a reader, you can WIN great prizes too!

READ BOOKS, WIN PRIZES! It's that here
to see our 2019 Summer Reading challenges

Kids Summer Reading Grand Prizes, STEM baskets donated
from Schweitzer Engineering Labs

Adult & Teen Summer Reading Grand Prizes, Kindle Fire Tablets
donated from Washington State Employees Credit Union

Summer Reading is made possible by support from generous local donors and Friends of the Library. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Thank you Colfax Class of 1969!

Class members dropping off the donation are (L to R) Carol Myers, Naomi Daubert, Library staffers
Kristie Kirkpatrick and James Morasch, Wayne & Jan Varnes, and Darlene Lee

Colfax Class of 1969 Donates Projector to the Library for Community Use

Needing a projector for their 50 year high school reunion, the graduating class of 1969 collected donations from classmates to purchase one. Afterward, the class generously donated it to Whitman County Library so others in the community would be able to use it.

Adult library cardholders can now contact Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366 to reserve the projector for personal use.

Monday, August 19, 2019

"Awaiting Coverage: Healthcare in the USA" now showing at Libey Gallery

Rothwell's watercolor painting titled, "March of 40 Million Uninsured"

An exhibit called "Awaiting Coverage: Healthcare in the USA" by Nancy Rothwell is now showing at the Libey Gallery at Colfax Library. The works of acrylic and watercolor are featured in the gallery through the end of October.

Rothwell, who has a background in healthcare, has been well known for her social and political artistic statements related to healthcare policies in the US. While this is an unusual topic to include in fine art, she hopes to encourage curiosity about US healthcare policy and improving affordability and access. For example, some of her paintings show her deep interest in access to medications and the fact that so many US citizens go to Canada to obtain their medications at a major cost savings.

Rothwell, a Colfax artist explains, "I paint what I think about and I've been thinking about national healthcare policy a lot." For more information, you can visit Nancy Rothwell at her website"

Libey Gallery at Colfax Library is located at 102 S. Main Street. Hours are Mondays - Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays - Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays - Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. or by phone at 509-397-4366.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Find Fantastic Deals at the Colfax Library!

Part of Colfax Citywide Yard Sales Aug. 16 & 17

From August 12-30 the Colfax Library & Friends are holding a huge sale and you are invited for fantastic finds. Open bright and early Aug. 16 & 17 at 8 a.m. 

Otherwise the library sale is open regular hours:
Mon-Weds 10-8, Thurs & Fri 10-6, Sat & Sun 1-5

Sponsored by Whitman County Library staff and Friends of the Library, a portion of the proceeds benefit the maintenance and operation of the Center at Colfax Library.

 For more information about the citywide sale, contact Colfax Chamber at 509-553-9173. For info on the Library Center Sale, Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366. 

August 1st Thursday at Colfax Library

Girls showing off their origami cranes, made with Tough as Nails Charity
Over 200 patrons had a wonderful time at Colfax's August 1st Thursday Celebration! 

Family & friends enjoying a summer treat from the Methodist Church ladies

Colfax Methodist Church and Rosauers provided delicious Root Beer Floats, free of charge. Nonprofit group, "Tough as Nails" was here to teach origami crane folding for a good cause, and the Colfax Arts Council hosted fishing painting to decorate the flood control fence.

Sue and Scott painting fish to decorate the flood control fence

Join us for more fish painting and other fun on 1st Thursday, October 3 here at the Colfax Library! 509-397-4366. 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Stay up-to-date with NewsBank, access anytime!

NewsBank offers free access to thousands of newspapers and publications with your Whitman County Library Card!
Discover the newly added “2019 Summer Reading” topic on the home page of your NewsBank resource. It features a wealth of useful research content from the Apollo 11 Moon Landing to Science Fiction, with just two clicks!
Residents across Whitman County can now read and research an unprecedented amount of information from more than 11,000 news sources, including the Spokesman Review thanks to a new partnership between the Washington State Library, NewsBank, and local public libraries.

Available to library cardholders from Whitman County Library’s website, NewsBank provides access to news publications from around the world as well as sources right here in Washington State. Users will also gain access to a vast database of information about everything from people, politics and government to sports, technology and international issues.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Learn a New Language with Your Library Card! Learn for free, anywhere, anytime.

Take the Quiz Now to find out what language fits your personality best!

Use Mango anywhere on any device: laptop, tablet, smartphone, or on the library's computers

More than 70 languages

Start the conversation in your choice of over 70 world languages and dialects through courses crafted using conversational methodology. Every self-paced language course introduces the learner to cultural insights and grammatical nuances specific to their language of choice, delivered through native speaker dialogue, and created with each individual learner in mind. 
Courses cover pronunciation, fun facts, vocabulary, and use native speaker audio
How it works
We believe technology shouldn’t replace the connection you make with others — it should enhance it. Mango is centered around you and adapts to your learning behavior. Uniquely engineered to evolve with your learning habits, Mango prepares you for confident conversation and lasting connections.
Learn more about Mango:
Access Mango for FREE with your library card: 
With just your library card, you now have free 24/7 access to Mango Languages, offering over 70 world language courses & 20 ESL courses! 

For more info, contact Sarah at Whitman County Library (509) 397-4366 or

Friday, August 2, 2019

The Library is Closed Aug. 5-11...but our Little Free Libraries are Open!

All 14 branches of Whitman County Library are
closed for Annual Maintenance, August 5th - 11th

...but our Little Free Libraries are Always Open!

During the week long closure, special projects will be performed that are difficult to complete when the library is open, including carpet cleaning and upgrading our phone system. Due dates have been extended and access to the library's downloadable audio and e-books, newspapers via NewsBank, and other resources are always available for your convenience at

Our Little Free Libraries are always open...rain or shine! Even on holidays and closures!

Visit our little free libraries all over Whitman County to "take a book and leave a book." You can also take as many as you like or leave a few personal favorites for others to enjoy. We offer adult, teen, and children's books! At times, there are even audiobooks, CDs, or DVDs available!

COLFAX Little Free Library

Location: North Cedar St.
(between Highway 195 &
Jennings Elementary)

Location: S. Meadow St.
at Hamilton Park

ROSALIA Little Free Library
Location: Legacy Park

TEKOA Little Free Library
Location: Ruhl Park

PALOUSE Little Free Library
Location: Heritage Park

Thursday, August 1, 2019

1st Thursdays Return to Downtown Colfax TODAY, August 1!

Numerous family fun activities begin at 3 p.m. with street vendors, restaurant and local merchant sales, origami crane folding with Tough as Nails, FREE root beer floats sponsored by Rosauers and the Methodist Church, and fish painting party from 3-5:00 p.m. in The Center at the Colfax Library. The Colfax Arts Council invites everyone to help install the fish projects on the chain link fence surrounding Colfax’s flood control at 5:30 p.m. just north of the library.

Stop by the Colfax Library Center for a FREE FLOAT!

If a high energy, southern rock, blues and bluegrass band is what you’re looking for, sashay over to Spring Street at 6:30 p.m. for the Hankers. Bring a lawn chair to find a comfy spot near the stage or settle yourself in the beer/wine garden starting at 5:30 p.m.  Either spot offers you a great seat to enjoy this toe-tapping, free music opportunity, located on Spring Street at the 2nd stoplight in town.

Along with these special events and more, come peruse the Colfax Library’s book sale and stunning art and photography exhibit in The Center. For more information contact Colfax Chamber at 509-279-1220 or Whitman County Library 509-397-4366.