Thursday, July 30, 2020

Let us do the Browsing for You!

Contact your library branch and tell us what you (or your children) like to read/watch or let us surprise you.

Mysteries & Thrillers
Classic Literature
Picture Books
Graphic Novels
Historical Fiction
Young Adult 
Chapter Books
Read-Alikes (tell us your favorite authors or book titles and we'll select similar ones for you)
And More...

This is perfect for those who are not sure what titles to request or those who usually select by browsing the shelves.

New "Browse for You" Service

Available by curbside pickup at all Whitman County Libraries, click here for contact information

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Learning a Language is Now Fun & Free with your Library Card

Got some free time? Learn a new language!

Mango is the only personalized, adaptive language-learning experience that provides the tools and guidance you need to expand your language skills wherever and however you learn best. Download the app or click here to access on a computer.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Check Out Washington!

You can borrow a Discover Pass from your library, learn more!

Discover Passes Offer FREE Access to:

🌲 100+ state parks
🌲 350+ primitive recreation sites, such as campgrounds and picnic areas
🌲 ~700 water-access points
🌲 ~2,000 miles of water and land recreation trails
🌲 80+ natural & 30+ wildlife areas

Keep Kids Learning & Playing All Summer!

Activities, Fun & Learning, all together in one convenient bag!

Whitman County Libraries offer Bonnie Belle & STEM Bags for children and families. Check out curbside by contacting your library, find contact info here.

Our activity bags are chock full of books, toys, crafts, costumes, and other goodies! Bags have themes including Robotics, Dinosaurs, All Around the World & more! *Contact your library for availability*

Forget checking out a book, checkout a whole BACKPACK!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Color Your Story!

"Imagine Your Story" Summer Reading coloring pages for kids, teens, and adults. Print, color, and share! Copies are available at the link below and by curbside pickup.

Thank you to Albion Branch Library manager, Amy Ferguson, for creating the wonderful artwork.

Fairy tale creatures invade Hayden's Corner in this children's coloring page 

Cats lounge around, reading by dragon firelight in this adult/teen coloring page

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Imagine Your Story with NewsBank

Summer Reading with NewsBank

Discover the new “2020 Summer Reading” topic on the home page of WCL's free resource, NewsBank. It features useful research content about fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, games, activities and more!

Access NewsBank here.

NewsBank is a free resource from Whitman County Library - Explore and research people, events, and issues in Washington State, across the globe, and throughout history.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Libey Gallery Online Art Show

Follow the link above to take a virtual art tour

While Libey Gallery in The Center at Colfax Library remains closed due to Coronavirus, the library has posted its first online art show!

While this first show features a sampling of artwork and photography by various artists, future segments will showcase artists talking about their work, their influences, style, and more. 

Artists showing in the gallery include Gabriella Ball, Vicki Broeckel, Dan Codd, Ken Carper, Bob Krikac, Sharon Lindsey, Tom Mohr, Marla Robbins, Russ Robbins, Nancy Rothwell, and Carrie Vielle.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Whitman County Kids Show off their STEM Projects

Take a look at these great STEM projects local students put together from WCL & SEL's activity kits.

Schweitzer teamed up with us to provide over 1.1K local students with hands-on STEM activities. A huge thank you to all the kids that participated and sent in photos of their creative projects! Two students, Abbygail and Bria (shown at the end of the video) won SEL's drawing that awarded them with an extra SEL science kit and virtual call with SEL and WCL representatives, including SEL's fault-seeking dog Radio Ranger.


Friday, July 17, 2020

Fairytale Art Contest

Welcome to the Fairy Tale Creature Art Show

Children and teens throughout Whitman County did a fantastic job! A BIG THANK YOU to all who participated. The six randomly drawn winners have a ribbon on their entry. Take a look! 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Stream Documentaries and Movies with Kanopy

Check Out this List of the Top 20 Documentaries Streaming on Kanopy

Kanopy Movie Streaming is available for FREE, thanks to the support of an anonymous donor. Enjoy thousands of thoughtful films and documentaries along with Kanopy Kids to challenge young minds, click here to start streaming.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Pacific Northwest Trivia, Compete & WIN!

Compete in a special trivia contest featuring Pacific Northwest history, nature, and interesting facts Thursday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m. on Whitman County Library’s Facebook Live.

The first place player will win Lonely Planet’s Guidebook, “The Pacific Northwest’s Best Trips.” This is also a great way to check off “attend a library program” on your adult summer reading challenge, available at and through curbside pickup.

It will be tons of fun for Whitman County residents and all Washingtonians. So please join us for some friendly competition from home….you may even learn something new about your neck of the woods!

Be sure to tune into trivia this week, and every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on WCL’s Facebook Live. If the video doesn’t appear, simply refresh your browser.

If you have questions about this or other adult summer reading events, please contact Sarah Phelan-Blamires at the Colfax Library by calling 509-397-4366 or emailing

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Congratulations to our Latest Library Supporter of the Month

Thank You Jody Opheim

Jody Opheim was honored as June's Library Supporter of the Month for her outstanding effort securing grant funds to enhance library services, generous support of Friends of WCL, and active engagement with communities in Whitman County.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Whitman County Library, Browse for Me!

WCL's NEW Browse for You Service

Do you normally pick your library books or movies by browsing the shelves? Not sure what titles to request now that the library doors are closed? Let Whitman County Library do the browsing for you! 

Simply call your library branch and let us know what you like to read/watch or let us surprise you! Librarians will gather up to 10 titles (card limits apply) for you and call when they are ready for curbside pickup. Take the items home, keep the ones you want, return the ones you don’t to our book drop. 

Need a stack of picture books, beginning readers, chapter books, or young adult novels?

The Browse for You service is available for kids and teens too! Let us know child’s age and what they like to read.

For additional information, branch library hours, or fun online program details visit or call toll free 877-733-3375.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Albion Library Renovation, Thanks to Meter Foundation

An Albion youngster enjoys STEM craft time prior to the Coronavirus shutdown

Albion Library to be renovated thanks to METER Foundation grant funding

Whitman County Library was recently awarded a $10,000 grant to renovate the Albion Branch Library. Provided by the METER Foundation of Pullman, the funds will provide for a new heating and air conditioning unit along with upgrades to the carpeting, paint and furniture.

Renovations are expected to begin immediately, taking advantage of the library's closed status due to Coronavirus. Albion residents needing curbside, mailing services or Summer Reading information are encouraged to call 509-397-4366. Wi-Fi service and bookdrop access remain available outside the building.

The METER Foundation's mission is to fight the effects of poverty, promote education, and improve the quality of life for communities. In 2020, the Foundation supported local non-profits with $120,000 in funding along with volunteer labor and technical support. In Albion, METER Foundation volunteers will be on site to help with the moving of books, painting and other tasks.

For more information about this project, contact Catalina at 509-397-4366 or  

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Free Facemasks for the Public as the Library Prepares for Reopening

Whitman County residents can pick a free mask curbside from any library branch location. Library staffer Catalina Flores recently picked up the masks from Council on Aging who assisted in the distribution.

Free face masks available

Area residents can obtain a free, reusable facemask curbside from any branch of Whitman County Library, provided by Washington State Emergency Management. Masks are adult sized and intended for lower income residents or those who’ve struggled to locate them. Contact us to pickup cloth masks for you and your adult family members.

Besides this donation of masks, the library has received a number of grants and donations to better assist the community and also, in preparation for when the library is allowed to reopen. Opening is still pending the release of Safe Start Guidelines.

Grants & donations respond to COVID-19 & prepare for reopening

The Innovia Foundation gave $10,000 for the library and its partner agencies to address the most pressing needs that arise in the community as a result of the pandemic. The Library, Council on Aging, Whitman Hospital, Palouse River Counseling, and others are working to develop programs and support.

The Innovia Foundation also funded $3400 in PPE to assist the library in fully protecting the community and staff from the virus. Additional sanitation equipment was awarded through Cares Act funding made available through the Institute of Museums and Libraries as administered by the Washington State Library.

Judy Gary Libey and his wife, Trudy, funded the purchase of 13 video monitors allowing library staff countywide to hold meetings and trainings via Zoom. Once libraries are allowed to reopen, these monitors will be available for public use.

Kanopy Movie Streaming is available for FREE, thanks to the support of an anonymous donor. Enjoy thousands of thoughtful films and documentaries along with Kanopy Kids to challenge young minds, click here to start streaming

United Way of Whitman County granted $400 toward COVID related needs while Palouse/Inland NW Open Source donated 100 masks. A number of local citizens have also provided hand sewn masks and individual donations are helping to offset the cost of mailing books directly to people’s homes

Schweitzer Engineering funded STEM packets for youth countywide and the McGregor Company donated of face shields for all staff

Whitman County Library continues to serve the public through online, curbside, phone and mailing services. Please contact your local branch or visit for more assistance.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

What's Happening Online and at Your Library


Wednesday, July 8, 2 to 5 p.m. - Summer Reading Info @ St. John Pool

Thursday, July 9, 5:30 to 7 p.m. - Summer Reading Info @ Lamont Community Bldg.

Thursday, July 9 & Friday, July 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - FREE Grab-n-Go Book Bags @ Colfax Library

Thursday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. - Trivia Night on WCL's Facebook Page with Colfax Librarian, Sarah

Monday, July 13 at 1 p.m. - Crazy 8s Online with St. John Librarian, Clancy

Tuesday, July 14 at 4:30 p.m. - Clown Around with Charles: Live Performance on Zoom

Tuesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. - Teen/Tween STAR WARS Trivia on Zoom with Endicott Librarian, Tia

Wednesday, July 15 at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. - Summer Reading FUN Online with St. John Librarian, Clancy

Wednesday, July 15, 3 to 5:30 p.m. - Blood Drive @ The Center at Colfax Library

Thursday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m. - Trivia Night: PNW Edition with Colfax Librarian, Sarah

Garfield, Oakesdale, Palouse, St. John & Tekoa - Town Scavenger Hunt

Throughout this Summer, "Imagine Your Story" with town scavenger hunts, grab-and-go activity kits, and obstacle courses. Check your library's ongoing events here!

For details about these events, including how to attend online programs, click here

Friday, July 3, 2020

Find Comfort, Perspective & Escape with Some of Our Favorite Reads

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Rosalia Branch Manager, Marcy Campbell, Encourages Readers to Find Comfort in their Old Favorites

Marcy shared, “I am rereading several old favorites. I find comfort in these familiar books because I know what is going to uncertainty here! Each of these authors have a way with words which make their worlds come alive. I am rereading the 'Anne of Green Gables' series by L.M. Montgomery, 'Chief Inspector Gamache' series by Louise Penny, and the 'Harry Potter' series by J. K. Rowling."

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Shelly Ausmus, Tekoa & Oakesdale Branch Manager, Recommends Reading for Perspective

Shelly has been reading 'Beneath the Tamarind Tree' by Isha Sesay, which was recommended to her by a library patron. Shelly explained a little about the book, “It recounts the kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists; it has broadened my perspective to look at the hardships of others who are in situations much more challenging than my own.”

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Clancy Pool, St. John Branch Manager, Suggests Picking a Title to Escape into the Past

Clancy recommends 'The Source' by James A. Michener. She said, "As someone with an interest in archaeology and bible history, I’ve read it several times and seem to get something new at every reading." The novel is based on Michener’s research so most of the characters, while well rounded and interesting, come from his storytelling mind. Clancy went on to say "I’m sure it will draw you in and give you a better sense of Middle Eastern history. I hope you will check it out and let me know what you think!"