Thursday, April 2, 2020

For Accidental Homeschoolers...

Whitman County Library can link you to many FREE online learning, such as, which facilitates at-home-learning for PreK through 5th grade, including Word Study, Math, Reading, & Writing!

Or Starfall, a wonderful reading site that preschoolers & elementary age children will love. Lots of interactive stories and phonics building activities.

Or Science Made Simplefor wild and wacky wonders!Science Made Simple offers loads of answers and east at-home experiments with clear scientific explanations.

Or Scholastic's Learn-At-Home offering day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing!

WCL offers tons of educational and fun sites for kids to learn at home, click here

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Library is Closed, but Books are Always Available

Download Books with Washington Anytime Library!

During our closure, take advantage of FREE ebooks and audiobooks 24/7 with Libby or OverDrive! Learn how with this instructional video or read more about Whitman County Library's downloadable books. Need additional assistance?

If you can't find your library card number or need assistance, just email and we will answer your questions!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Seniors Meals, Food Pantries, & Free Transportation in Whitman County

Council on Aging & Human Services in Whitman County

Senior Meals “To Go” in Palouse, Colfax, LaCrosse, Endicott, and Pullman are open as usual with all meals “to-go.” Please take extra meals for friends or family who need them. For more info and hours, click here

Food Pantries are Open regular dates and times. Pantries offer low-interaction distribution with pre-bagged items, ready for pickup. For countywide locations and hours, click here

COAST is still running with reduced operations at this time, offering essential transportation. Call to schedule a ride and they will do their best to accommodate, read more

To schedule a ride or for details on these services, call 509-397-4305. Food delivery options available!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Big Library Read - Digital Book Club

"Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic"
A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary

Big Library Read, Digital Book Club: March 23 – April 13

Visit Whitman County Library's digital collection with Libby or OverDrive to borrow the featured title "Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic" by Michael McCreary with no waitlists or holds! Available as an ebook and eaudiobook. Join the discussion!

Use #BigLibraryRead on social media for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet from OverDrive!

Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn’t “look” autistic. But, as he’s quick to point out in this memoir, autism “looks” different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Read more about this and past Big Library Reads:

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Library no longer accepting requests for materials

Due to Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay at Home” order, Whitman County Library’s online catalog can no longer accept requests for materials. Library staff will mail the items that patrons have already requested through Wednesday, March 25.  After that time, all non-essential staff will stay at home in compliance with the Governor’s order.

Website services like downloadable eBooks and audio books will remain available, as will valuable electronic resources like, Mango Language Instruction, NewsBank Newspapers, Microsoft Coursework, and more. In addition, the library has gathered a variety of website resources to assist the community during this difficult time. See all of our electronic resources!

To access these resources or find the most current information , visit where you’ll also find link to Whitman County Library’s Facebook, blog and newsletter.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Thank You Fonk's for all You've Done for our Community

Whitman County Library is so thankful for the support Fonk's Coffeehouse has shown for library programs, events, and kid's technology...

To Amy and your crew, please know we are thinking of you

Last year, Washington State Librarian Cindy Aden visited WCL followed by lunch at Fonk's. Cindy LOVED it and so did we. Thanks to Amy and the crew, we miss you!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Book Drops Close Across Whitman County

WCL Board of Trustees Meeting practicing social distancing
Whitman County Library is closing book drops countywide and asking residents to keep any materials they have checked out in their homes until the library re-opens. The decision was announced at last night’s public board meeting where trustees practiced safe social distancing and addressed concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak and public safety.

Top priority for the Board is protecting community members by keeping all 14 branch libraries closed until it is safe for them to reopen. The library serves patrons of all ages so elderly and high-risk patrons would be especially vulnerable in such a busy, public setting.

While library doors are closed, free Wi-Fi access surrounding the libraries remain available. Residents using this service should stay in their vehicles or practice social distancing if outside.

Our website services like eBooks, database subscriptions and requests for materials from the library’s catalog are still available. Library staff will mail requested items directly to patron’s homes so long as it remains safe for them to do so. Currently, all items are sanitized at check-in and staff are following safety precautions.

The library will continue to respond to state and federal requirements which are changing quickly. For the most current library services and information, visit, Facebook, or call 877-733-3375.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Online learning resources for parents during school closure


Elementary: PK-5th

Ages 4-18:





Reading:  (app, add sound effects, music to stories as you read them outloud)

STEAM:  (free sessions, coding)

Skype a Scientist: for families

Virtual trip to the farm:

Virtual fieldtrip:

Teens:  (career info tweens/teens)


Friday, March 13, 2020

Library Closure Due to COVID-19

UPCOMING LIBRARY CLOSURE Monday, March 16 - Tuesday, March 31

All 14 branches of Whitman County Library will be closed March 16-31 due to the Covid19 outbreak. All programs have been cancelled. Due dates for library materials have been extended through April 10 in anticipation of the closure and drop boxes will remain open at all locations. Access to the library’s web resources including the catalog, audio and eBooks, NewsBank newspapers, Lynda 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, and Uniontown. Residents may call the library at 397-4366 or toll-free at 1-877-733-3375 for information, details regarding the closure or renewal of materials.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

It's Almost Trivia Night!

WCL Hosts Trivia Nights at local businesses near you! 

> St. John Rialto
Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Chosen Category: National Parks

> Colfax Hyde Out
Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. Chosen Category: U.S. Navy

Come out for an evening of historical, scientific, pop culture, and just-for-fun questions, clips from your favorite songs, and friendly competition! Remember, everyone is an expert at something.

Library column for March 7 by Sarah Phelan, Public Services Assistant, Whitman County Library

If a recipe calls for allspice and you don’t have any, what three spices can use as a substitute?

For which film did John Wayne win his one and only Academy Award?

What is the largest natural lake in Washington State?

In Boston in 1919, a storage tank burst causing a flood of over two million gallons of a certain food that killed and/or injured over 150 people. It swamped the streets, crushed buildings, and buckled railroad tracks. Name that food?

How many total syllables are in a haiku, a type of Japanese poem?

If you like answering, or guessing at random questions like these, Whitman County Library Trivia Contests are for you.

Trivia Contests are a great way to test your knowledge, learn random facts and meet new people over a little fun and friendly competition.

Generally, I host a couple of competitions each month and we really have a great time. These happen in towns, libraries and businesses throughout Whitman County.

For March, Trivia Contests are set for the Rialto Tavern in St. John on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. and at the Colfax Hyde Out on Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. Because alcohol is served in these venues, you must be 21 to participate.

WCL Trivia Contests feature questions about random subjects, including history, pop culture, science and just-for-fun questions. We’ll also play audio clips from your favorite songs and video clips from the library’s movie vault.

Another fun twist is that the losing team gets to choose one of the categories for the next contest. This means that National Parks are a category in St. John and the U.S. Navy a category in Colfax.

If all of this sounds like fun, I hope you will join us. You can bring your own team of up to eight people or we can help you find a team when you arrive. If all team members show their library cards, an extra point is gained for the team as well.

If your team has the smarts to win, you’ll earn a free dinner or other great prizes courtesy of the business or community group sponsoring the event.

Need even more encouragement to attend. See how you did answering the questions above. (Nutmeg, Cloves, Cinnamon; True Grit; Lake Chelan; Molasses; 17 syllables)

For more information or to schedule a trivia night in your community, please contact me, Sarah Phelan at (509) 397-4366 or

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Public Health & Safety at WCL

At Whitman County Library, the safety of our public and staff are of utmost concern. With the outbreak and deaths from COVID-19 (coronavirus), our libraries are taking extra precautions and staying abreast the most current recommendations for public facilities. Click here for additional information and resources for the public provided from our website.

Should you need to renew items as a result of health concerns or if you have other questions “please don't hesitate to call us 509-397-4366 or toll-free 1-877-733-3375.

Sincerely, Kristie Kirkpatrick, WCL Director

A Washington State Dept. of Health phone line is also available for questions at 1-800-525-0127.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Mt. St. Helens Presentation April 25

Mt. St. Helens – Then & Now at Colfax Library, Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m.

Volcanic hazards, eruptions, and volcanology 

Where were you 40 years ago on May 18th? Join Geologist Sheila Alfsen of Dallas, Oregon, as she takes a look at Mount St. Helens' volcanic hazards with examples from other volcanoes and a comparison of their relative sizes. In addition, the presentation will include the advances in volcanology made as a result of the eruption and how they are used around the world to gain prediction and offer disaster mitigation.

Sheila teaches geology at Portland State University, Chemeketa Community College, and Linn Benton Community College. She is a National Association of Geoscience Teachers Lecturer, serves as President of the Geologic Society of the Oregon Country, is a member of the Geologic Society of America and the Association for Women Geoscientist Distinguished Lecturer.

For more information, please visit Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Thank You to Everyone Who Donated to Food for Fines This Year!

Thank you to the 36 patrons who donated $259 in food and household items for the 2020 Food for Fines drive at the Colfax Library!

Almost $120 library fines were waived

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

New exhibit by Gabriella Ball comes to Colfax Gallery

Fire and Water, a colorful exhibit of acrylic pours by Moscow artist Gabriella Ball is showing in The Libey Gallery in The Center at Colfax Library through April 30. 

Ball’s images are professionally framed archival prints of works originally produced on canvas. In this technique, Ball mixes acrylic paints with mediums that allow the paint to move easily on canvas. Then, silicone is also added to produce a lacy, cellular effects. Some popular artists working with this same technique are Nilda Rodriguez, Rick Cheadle, Annemarie Ridderhof and Caren Goodrich.

Gabriella Ball grew up in Boise and moved to the Palouse in 1969. She worked at both Washington State University and University of Idaho before retiring in 2011. Though living in Moscow, Ball has family ties to Colfax and also volunteers at the Thrifty Grandmothers’ Shop.

Ball began painting about ten years ago, and enjoys working in watercolor, oil and acrylic. She is active in the Palouse Watercolor Socius and other regional art organizations and she exhibits her work regularly at Avenue West Gallery in Spokane. Images of some of her other paintings are posted at

Libey Gallery is open Mondays – Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays – Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. For more information about The Libey Gallery, contact the Colfax Branch of Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366 or visit 102 S. Main Street, Colfax. 

Monday, March 2, 2020


Free online training with your library card with Lynda

Choose from 12,000+ expert led courses designed for any skill level offers thousands of professional, self-paced courses covering business skills, marketing, photography, programming, design, and more: access Lynda now! You'll need your library card number and a PIN (the last four digits of your phone number).

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Virtual Reality, Book Sale all part of Colfax’s 1st Thursday Celebration on March 5

Visit the land of the Leprechauns on Thursday, March 5 without leaving Colfax. 

By using a bit of Leprechaun magic? No, using Google Earth Virtual Reality at the Colfax Library during downtown 1st Thursday celebration from 3-6 p.m. Soar to new heights and view the Earth from a new perspective with Oculus Rift VR.

“Shop Local and Win” drawing for a chance to win $500 cash! Shop the Friends’ of the Library Book Sale & other items March 2-5 and earn an entry into the drawing with your purchase. 

All VR participants must be age 13 and up with a signed waiver to experience a 3D adventure.  Virtual Reality programming made possible through Washington State Library “VR in Libraries” project.  For more information contact Whitman County Library 509-397-4366.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Learn a New Language for Free, Anywhere, Anytime with Mango

You just need a library card! Use Mango Languages on any device: laptop, tablet, smartphone, or on the library's computers.

More than 70 languages

Start the conversation in your choice of dozens of world languages 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

To access Mango for FREE with your library card, click here or download Mango Languages' app from your app store

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Food For Fines is almost over, be sure to donate soon to waive your fines


The 20th annual Food for Fines drive ends Saturday, Feb. 29, at all 14 library branches. This highly successful program allows library patrons to bring nonperishable food, paper goods, and toiletry items into any branch of Whitman County Library during regular open hours, 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.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Oscar Winning Films & Prizes for YOU!

If you are a film buff or entertainment enthusiast come take the Library's movie quiz and be entered to WIN a prize or check out some Oscar Winners during the month of February. *you don't have to get all of the answers correct to be entered into the drawing 😉






Friday, February 21, 2020

Book Club on Monday

February's Selection is "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" by Heather Morris. Join us for our discussion on Monday, February 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Our Book Club offers a fun, flexible format and is designed for everyone to enjoy! Serious bookworms are welcome, as are recreational readers. Too busy to read the book one month? Watch the film adaption, that counts too! You will find new and exciting reads, engage in interesting discussions, meet new people, spend time with friends, and most importantly share your love of books. All adults welcome.

Book Club meets the last Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Colfax Library’s TEK Center.

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

PHOTO: Ludwig ‘Lali’ Eisenberg (who changed his last name to Solokov)
and Gita Furman, born Gisela Fuhrmannova, with their son.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Local Wildlife & Habitat: Hands-on Family Program

It's 3rd Thursday, afterschool at the Colfax Library on February 20 at 3:30 p.m.

Biologist Brian Gaston shares local wildlife and habitat information with hands-on science learning for the whole family!

Kids in grades 1-4 can join us for afterschool FUN and learning every 3rd Thursday during the school year. JES students may ride the bus directly to the library. Call 509-397-4366 for details.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thank You to Stateline Processors for Supporting Your Library

Tekoa Librarian Shelly Ausmus, Virginia, Larry and John Heaton, and Sandy Hansen

Stateline Processors
Honored as Supporters of the Month

Tekoa Librarian, Shelly Ausmus, honors Virginia, Larry and John Heaton, and Sandy Hansen for generously supporting the library and community since 1962.

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

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Blind Date with a Book

Fall in Love with a Good Book at Colfax Library

Want to find the book of your dreams? The Colfax Library is making that possible through our 4th annual “Blind Date with a Book” program, available all February.

You may be wondering, how do I go on a “Blind Date with a Book?” Browse our collection of wrapped up books, read the hints, unwrap, and enjoy! Not sure which to pick, ask the librarian to set you up.

Previous blind date goers thoroughly enjoyed the surprise of unwrapping the book, trying to guess the titles from our clever hints, and the opportunity to read something that they would have never found otherwise. Here are some reviews our blind daters have shared with us:

“It has a lot of heart and causes one to consider what it was like to be in that time” 

“I LOVED this book from the start”

“It was gripping from the very beginning”

“When I unwrapped the book, imagine my surprise, I’d already read it! We must be soulmates since I read it a second time”

“I was terrified!...This book is ugly but beautiful; horrifying but uplifting”

“[I loved] how it opened my eyes to an era I didn’t understand before.”

To sweeten the deal, Fonk’s Coffeehouse of Colfax has generously donated a romantic coffee date for one lucky grand prize winner. To enter, blind daters will “Rate your Date” using a scale that ranges from “major dud” to “red hot read!” All entries are due by March 10.

If you’re ready to fall in love this February, please contact me at Whitman County Library, 509-397-4366 or

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Social Media Resolutions

Social Media Resolutions
Colfax Library, Friday, Feb. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Are you a Small Business needing Social Media Resolutions? Join SEWEDA and Pullman Marketing for a Workshop Series starting next week, Friday, Feb. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Colfax Library. Please RSVP to

Discover the best tips and tricks for maximizing your business through social media. Get a free audit of your business' online digital presence and get help developing a road map for social media success in 2020!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day from WCL

Holiday crafts, art, and events available at a library near you!

Galentine's Day at Colfax: Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Looking for a fun ladies night out? Join us during First Thursday for an evening of Valentine's Day crafting, food, beverages and fun! A $5 fee includes all supplies.

Heartburst Art at Oakesdale: Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m.
Bring a friend to create a beautiful heart shaped watercolor design! All supplies provided.

Adult Painting at LaCrosse - Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.
Back by popular demand, we are creating a LOVE painting again. Space is limited, reserve your spot at 509-549-3770, $10 supply fee.

Adult Valentine's Day Craft at Malden: Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m.
Make a beautiful Valentine's craft for your house, office, or a special someone.

Galentine's Night at Albion: Thursday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Treat yo self to a fun and pampering evening! We will be making sugar scrubs and bath bombs while enjoying a homemade chocolate dessert.

Couples Painting at LaCrosse - Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.
Grab your sweetheart and come paint a cute truck. Please RSVP to 509-549-3770, $20 per couple.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Virtual Reality All Week at Colfax!

Virtual Reality at Colfax Library Monday, February 3 - Friday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Climb Mount Everest, take a tour through the bloodstream, explore the International Space Station, or visit the world with Google Earth all without leaving the library! Drop-in or make an appointment at 509-397-4366 to experience Oculus Rift Virtual Reality. Must be 13+ with a waiver.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

It's Food For Fines Time at the Library!

Get that library fine off your chest and do a good deed at the same time

The 20th annual Food for Fines drive begins Saturday, Feb.1 and continues through Saturday, Feb. 29, at all 14 library branches. This highly successful program allows library patrons to bring nonperishable food, paper goods, and toiletry items into any branch of Whitman County Library during regular open hours, 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.

Those patrons whose accounts have been sent to collection do not qualify for this waiver. For further details, contact the Colfax Library at (509) 397-4366 or toll-free at (877) 733-3375.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Tax Information & Resources from Your Library

Looking for assistance with your taxes? Whitman County Library provides links to helpful resources, computers to access to the Internal Revenue Service website, printing capability, and a spattering of forms made available through the IRS.

For this filing season, the IRS will only provide the library with Forms 1040 and 1040-SR, along with related schedules and instructions. These should arrive to all libraries by the end of January. All other forms must be obtained through the IRS website.

Online filing is currently underway but the IRS will not process any returns before January 27. For a list of locations to receive tax assistance and other resources you can visit or call 800-829-1040.

The Pullman Senior Center is also providing assistance on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from the AARP Foundation. For more information, call 208-882-5406. For a helpful list of tax resources, click here or contact the Colfax Library at 509-397-4366.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

It's Almost Galentine's Day!

Looking for a fun ladies night out?  Join us during First Thursday, February 6 for Gal-entine’s Day at The Center in the Colfax Library. 

Ladies bring a friend or two at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy an evening of Valentine’s Day crafting, food, beverages and fun!  A $5 fee includes all supplies.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Tai Chi Health Classes in Colfax & St. John

Tai Chi for Health is being offered from January 28 - May 12 by the Therapy Services staff at Whitman Hospital and Medical Center. The class is provided on Tuesdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the Colfax Library and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Moments Spa in St. John. Classes are being offered at no cost thanks to a generous grant from the Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation.

Stay active this winter by working on balance, strength, and flexibility with Tai Chi!

What is Tai Chi? Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits. For many, it continues as a lifetime journey.

Attendees need to wear comfortable shoes and clothing and no pre-registration is required.  For more information, contact Whitman Hospital and Medical Center Therapy Services at (509) 397-5733.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Library Closed January 19 & 20

All 14 branches of Whitman County Library will close Sunday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan. 20 in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Due dates for library materials have been extended in anticipation of the closure and no late fines will be charged for these days. Drop boxes will remain open at all locations for returned items. Access to the library’s catalog, downloadable audio and eBooks, database products and Events Calendar remains available by visiting the library’s website at

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

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Libey Gallery welcomes new exhibits and new artists for 2020

The Center at Colfax Library announces stunning new art and photography exhibits, while also featuring new resident artists for 2020.

One new artist is photographer Sharon Lindsay of Spokane. Lindsay’s first exhibit is called “What is it About the Palouse?” and features colorful images of farming, landscapes and people that help viewers to answer her question.

Sharon Lindsay photo fives a nod to our past, taken near Sunset, WA

Local artist Molly Rice steps into the role of resident artist after hosting independent shows in the gallery the past two years. Skilled in a variety of media, Rice’s exhibit highlights her skills in nature photography in a series called “Lone Chair.”


An artist brand new to the gallery is Russ Robbins who designs lamps, tables, and all sorts of art forms from found materials, most coming from his shop and farm. Russ’s wife Marla Robbins also continues her Western oil painting exhibit.

For 2020, photographer Tom Mohr introduces a new exhibit called "Here and There” which displays his photography from Whitman County alongside images he’s captured from adventures in the US and around the world.

The exhibit currently highlights colorful birds from Australia photographed by Mohr and his wife Jil, a bird enthusiast. Also included are images from last summer’s Slippery Gulch.

Tom Mohr photo, Spinifix Pigeon spotted in the Northern Territory of Australia near Timber Creek

Additional artists exhibiting throughout the year are Vicki Broeckel, Nancy Rothwell and Carrie Vielle while the Rural Alliance High School Art show continues through Jan 17.

Libey Gallery is open Mondays – Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays – Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. For more information about The Libey Gallery, contact the Colfax Branch of Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366 or visit 102 S. Main Street, Colfax.