Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Join the Albion librarian, Amy, for an online Role Playing Game 1-shot adventure on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2 to 4 p.m.!
Meeting will be held via Zoom for adults and teens (ages 13+).
Space is limited to 6 per party, so please call the Colfax Library at 509-397-4366 to sign up! If there is enough interest, more than one adventure can be held. No need to create a character before-hand for this 1-shot. This adventure is for beginners just wanting to try out an RPG like Dungeons and Dragons!
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Join us on Monday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. for Book Club here at the Colfax Library
This month, the group is reading or watching “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. This book is incredibly touching and uniquely narrated.
Copies of the book, audiobook, and film are all available at the Colfax Library during our new hours, Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m .to 2 p.m., Th. & Fri., 2 to 6 p.m, and Sat. 1 to 5 p.m. You can also download the eBook or eAudio with the Libby app as well as schedule a curbside pickup with us.
We are so excited to be able to gather again and look forward to seeing some new (masked) faces. There is a limit of ten attendees, seated six feet apart. Please remember to wear your mask.
Join the conversation and reserve your spot, contact Sarah Phelan-Blamires at 509-397-4366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, September 11, 2020
The blood supply is in critical need of donations from people like you. Be a hero and save up to three lives by donating blood at The Center (next to the Colfax Library) on Wednesday, September 16 from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Strict guidelines, including wearing masks will be followed to ensure your safety and those around you. Vitalant is testing all successful donations for COVID antibodies, which means you can help transform lives through donating blood while learning your antibody status.
Lend your arm on September 16.
People like you, your family, and neighbors need blood every day. Appointments are strongly encouraged by calling 877-25-VITAL or online at vitalant.org. Priority is given to those with appointments.
Please complete your fast track health history online to speed up the donation process. Walk-ins are seen on a first come basis with photo I.D. required. The Whitman County Rural Library System is currently open with limited hours and curbside services. Call 509-397-4366 or visit www.whitco.lib.wa.us for additional information and resources.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
UPDATE: We are Offering this Valuable Webinar Again: Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m.
Discover new job opportunities using Google Search and learn how to organize and enhance your job search experience using G Suite tools.
Whitman County Library is teaming with Asotin County Library to present the webinar: Power Your Job Search with Google Tools on Thursday, September 10 at 10 a.m. During this webinar, participants will learn to organize job searching using Google Sheets, locate job openings using Google Job Search, and create a resume using Google Docs.
The greatest need is for gift cards, funding, housing, and job opportunities, donate through United Way now.
In order to make computers and other resources available to our Malden community, starting today, Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Rosalia Branch Library will be open during the Malden Library's regular hours.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Anna Clayton Honored as Library Supporter of the Month
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Whitman County Library is pleased to announce that Kylie Fullmer has been hired as Director, beginning work on September 8.
Fullmer was selected by the library board of trustees during their August meeting and assumes duties from long-time director Kristie Kirkpatrick, who retires October 1 after 33 years with the library district.
Fullmer was born and raised in the Tri-Cities, graduating from The University of Washington with a Master's degree in library science in 2010. After a short stint working at Amazon, Fullmer served as library director of the East Adams Library District based out of Ritzville for the past 10 years.
About her new position, Kylie says, “I have long viewed Whitman County Library as a leader for rural libraries and often looked to WCL for inspiration during my time in Ritzville. I look forward to working with the amazing staff and continuing the successful programs and services community members know and love, while also innovating to meet arising needs as we navigate these uncertain times.”
During her time in Ritzville, Fullmer became passionate about the role of libraries in bridging the digital divide, working actively to support local and statewide broadband initiatives helping ensure everyone in rural areas has access to high speed internet.
Fullmer adds, “My other great love as a librarian is working with parents and educators to support young readers in becoming lifelong learners and library lovers.”
Even though she is a UW graduate, Fullmer says she is eager to move to “Cougar Country.” Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, camping, and spending time with her boyfriend Eric and their puppy Penelope.
In her first few weeks at the library, Fullmer will tour all 14 branch locations and communities, meet library staff and familiarize herself with the intricacies of the system. An online community reception to welcome Fullmer and introduce her to the public is expected later this fall.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Whitman County Heritage has six new historic slideshows on YouTube of the Communities of Albion, Colton, LaCrosse, Oakesdale, Palouse & Uniontown are available to view now.
Each spring, the library normally provides presentations and slide shows in a number of towns across the county, meeting patrons at their local branch libraries. Because of Coronavirus, this year's presentations are being delivered online instead.
Within each presentation, you'll find descriptions of the photos, donor names, and identifying numbers to assist in locating the image again while browsing the online collection. The entire collection of more than 5,000 historical can be accessed here.
*The images are part of a new project of Whitman County Heritage, as part of The Washington Rural Heritage online collection. Whitman County Heritage is supported by a grant from the Washington State Library with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, follow our Whitman County Heritage Facebook page, contact Kathy Buchholtz at email@example.com or call toll-free at 877-733-3375.
Monday, August 31, 2020
All Ages, Turn in Your Summer Reading for Great Prizes by Aug. 31!
Read books, win prizes! Stop by your library branch today to turn in your Summer Reading Challenges and "Imagine Your Story." Remember, you can always place your challenges in our book drops if we aren't open when you stop by.
Find children, teen, and adult summer reading forms at your library or by clicking here.
KIDS & TEEN PRIZES
ADULT GRAND PRIZES
Thursday, August 27, 2020
OWL KITS FOR KIDS AVAILABLE SEPT. 1
Each owl STEM kit includes an activity guide, owl pellet, and toothpicks. You will also need glue and a magnifying glass (optional). Available starting Sept. 1, first come first serve, supplies are limited. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for making this possible!
Kits are also available in Albion, Endicott, Garfield, Malden, Oakesdale, Palouse, Rosalia, St. John, and Tekoa, please limit one per family.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Covered Bridge, a photograph by artist, Dan Codd
Art enthusiasts can once again enjoy the photography, painting and sculptural exhibits at Libey Gallery in downtown Colfax.
Located in the Bettie Steiger Community Center, adjacent the Colfax Library, the gallery is now open to the public Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday and Friday 2-6 p.m. and Saturdays 1-5 p.m. Just enter through the library's front door and staff can direct you to the art gallery.
Artists currently showing and selling their works in the gallery are Gabriella Ball, Vicki Broeckel, Ken Carper, Dan Codd, Bob Krikac, Sharon Lindsay, Tom Mohr, Molly Rice, Marla Robbins, Russ Robbins, Nancy Rothwell and Carrie Vielle.
Due to Coronavirus and related mandates, a number of safety measures are in place in the gallery. Guests are required to wear face masks, browsing time is limited to 15 minutes when busy and social distancing is being enforced. A maximum of 10 people are allowed in the Gallery at any one time while classes, community programs and facility rental are not permitted at this time.
We missed you!
It has been so wonderful seeing our patrons again. Stop by today, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to browse (please limit your stay to 15 minutes), use our computers (30 minutes), turn in your Summer Reading for a prize, or just say hi.
Remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing
Whitman County Library has opened all 14 branches with adjusted services and hours in continuing efforts to reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19.
Occupancy: Library 20 patrons | The Center 10 patrons
Computers available - 6 public stations
Mon-Wed | 10am-2pm | curbside service 10am-5pm Thurs & Fri | 2-6pm | curbside service 10am-6pm
Sat| 1-5pm | curbside service 1-5pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Checkout a "bag to borrow" at Colfax Library with our new limited hours or request one curbside, now through Aug. 31.
Each bag includes a Summer Reading form, a book and a movie geared towards the challenges, a coloring page, and a historical bookmark.
Remember, one book can count for multiple challenges! (The form in your bag will indicate which tasks can be checked off by the items inside).
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Colton Library kids show off their fairy tale Summer Reading projects
Readers of all ages, turn in your reading logs to win great prizes! Contact your library branch to see what scavenger hunts, grab-n-go bags, browsing services, and other summer activities they are offering right now. Click here to access your summer reading!
Children & Teen Summer Reading Prizes
Monday, August 17, 2020
Services include socially distanced browsing and computer availability with revised patron usage for safety measures. As for hours, the Colfax Branch will operate on new hours Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday-Friday 2 to 6 p.m., and Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. Library branches will operate on normal hours (except for Albion Library, which is temporary closed for renovations).
To keep staff and patrons as safe as possible, we are following guidelines outlined by the Washington State Health Department and the Governor’s Safe Start Washington.
Library patrons and staff required to wear face masks, maintain a six-foot social distance from staff and others, and allowed a 15 minute browsing period. Additionally, patrons are asked to place touched, unwanted items in designated bins for further handling and sanitation by library staff. All returned items are quarantined for 72 hours before being recirculated.
· Each location has occupancy rules, contact us for specifics
· Properly worn face masks and social distancing required with alternative services available for those not able adhere. Free face masks provided at every library location!
· Revised computer stations and availability; patrons are allowed 15 minute session per day at branches and 30 minutes session at Colfax
· Patrons may browse up to 15 minutes per location
· Sanitized and strict cleaning procedures throughout the day
· Curbside service remains available; call your local library in advance to discuss pickup options
· Children ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult
Other library services are on hold or altered until further notice such as public meeting rooms, person-to person assistance, and programming. For more information, contact Whitman County Library at (509) 397-4366; visit the library’s website at www.whitco.lib.wa.us or like us Facebook.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Get ready to move!
Did you know...exercises classes that used to be held at the library are now online?
MOVE IT OR LOSE IT
Whitman Hospital & Medical Clinic, physical therapist, Erin, and physical therapist assistant, Kasey, are bringing you another online fitness class. Grab your sneakers and water and get ready to work out.
Whitman Hospital & Medical Clinics share a senior yoga class. Enjoy this exercise video to stretch, improve flexibility, and relax.
SAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life)
Pullman Regional Hospital offers this class to improve strength, balance, and fitness, which is the single most important activity older adults can do to stay active and reduce their chances of falling.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Dave and Candy Lisenbee were recognized by Whitman County Library for their dedication to the Farmington Library and literacy through sponsorship of library summer reading program.
THANK YOU TO OUR JULY 2020 SUPPORTERS OF THE MONTH
The Board of Trustees sponsors this award as a way of thanking community members for their time and generosity, see all of our past Library Supporters of the Month.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
We are Giving Away 400 FREE Books and STEM Activities with a Fairy Tale Twist
Each color-your-own bag contains hands-on learning fun with a fairy tale book to read and supplies to complete engineering challenges for kids’ preschool to sixth grade.
WCL is also giving away 125 Teen Art bags. Each art bag contains three colorful, fun recycled art projects and the supplies to complete them. Pick up bags using WCL curbside service at all 14 branch locations August 17-21 during branch hours. All bags first come first serve, practice social distancing, and take the one you touch please!
Kids and Teens once you complete your projects, email a photo of them to firstname.lastname@example.org, include your name, age, and town by September 4 to be entered into a random prize drawing and have photo posted to WCL social media.
Fairy tale STEM bags and books provided by the federal CARES Act from Washington State Library through the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Pioneer Title Co. provided the funding for the Teen Art bags. Visit www.whitco.lib.wa.us or call 877-733-3375 for more information.
Monday, August 10, 2020
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
- Provide 400 Youth Activity Bags & New Books
- Purchase Washer/Dryer & Cleaning Materials for Sanitizing
- Offer Wireless Hotspots for WCL Locations
|One of the hundreds of youth activity bags that library staff has been busy assembling|
|Brock Badger recently finished his Summer Reading & won a prize|
by having his parents read 10 books to him
|Joshua Appel, past winner, shows off his teen prize|
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
|Javad Reneau, the library's technology specialist is leading the project|
Whitman County Library is asking for the community's input on the redesign of our website
Javad's hope is that community members will reach out to him with ideas and suggestions.
Monday, August 3, 2020
Thursday, July 30, 2020