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.