Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Expanded Hours, Come See Us!

After reopening to the public a month ago with limited services, Whitman County Library is now expanding those services to meet demand.

New Colfax Library Hours Starting Oct. 1

Monday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Curbside service will continue to be available during these hours by request. The Albion Branch is temporarily closed for renovations, but curbside service and direct mailing are available. All other branches are operating on normal hours.


Browsing and computer time limits have been extended to thirty minutes at all locations to better serve patrons. Safety measures remain in place to comply with state guidelines, and patrons are reminded to wear a mask and maintain social distancing standards.

Limited in-person programming is also now available at some branches, including storytimes and book clubs. Click here to see our upcoming events or give us a call at 509-397-4366.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Kylie Fullmer, new Whitman County Library District Director

As I sat in my apartment in Colfax on Monday afternoon, Sept. 7, and watched flames destroy a house on the hill in front of me, I figured my first day, Tuesday, Sept. 8, as the new director of Whitman County Library would be interesting...

When I heard the news later that night that the Babb Road Fire had destroyed the towns of Malden and Pine City, including our much-loved library branch in Malden, I was certain my first day was going to be heartbreakingly memorable.


That week was a whirlwind of road trips, learning who our community leaders are, determining how best to support relief efforts, and relocating library services to our Rosalia branch. 


I also learned that Malden branch manager, Vanessa Place, who tragically lost her home in the fire, is truly a superstar. She began posting updates for the community on the Malden library’s Facebook page Monday night, and has already started providing library service through expanded hours at our Rosalia branch to serve displaced Malden residents. 


The library is also providing additional computers at our Rosalia branch and expanding computer time limits for anyone who needs to file insurance claims, contact family or friends, and more. Computers and our 24/7 public wi-fi are free for anyone to use. Masks are required but available at the library, and social distancing and occupancy limits still apply so it’s recommended to call the library at 509-523-3109 to schedule an appointment.


Expanded hours at our Rosalia branch are available here

We know that many people want to help however they can. Thanks to great local response and the support of our communities, many organizations are currently overwhelmed with physical donations. The greatest need right now is for gift cards, funding, housing, and job opportunities. Various local organizations are collecting donations including the Rosalia Lions Club, Rosalia Community Baptist Church, Colfax Eagles, and many others. You can also donate directly to the United Way, Innovia, and the Red Cross (you can designate the local chapter). 


As you can imagine, finding the best way to assist Malden residents is the library’s top priority. If you would like to donate to help us expand library or technology services to those temporarily sheltering in Rosalia or in our efforts to resume services in Malden such as internet access, outreach programs, or ultimately rebuilding the library, you can send donations to the Friends of the Malden Library at our Colfax branch, 102 S. Main St.  We’re not able to accept book donations at this time.


It’s been a wild first few days, but after seeing how well our communities work together and support friends and neighbors through tragedy, I don’t think I could have found a better community to join.


For more information, you can visit www.whitco.lib.wa.us or contact me directly at kylie@whitco.lib.wa.us.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Which is Your Favorite?

Palouse Photography Contest & Exhibit

The Colfax Chamber photography exhibit is on display now through Oct. 31st. Come vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award!

The Libey Gallery and Chamber of Commerce invite the community to browse the stunning exhibit of over 60 photo entries depicting nature, people, and small towns on the Palouse.

Winners announced November 10

Visit the Libey Gallery during Colfax Library's open hours Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thurs. & Fri. 2 to 6 p.m., & Sat. 1 to 5 p.m. 

RPG Virtual 1-Shot, Sept. 26

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

Malden Library a complete loss in Monday’s Babb Road fire

The smoldering bookdrop is all that remains of the Malden Library

As part of the devastation of last week’s fire in Malden, their busy community library and computing center was a complete loss.

The branch had recently reopened, after a long shutdown due to COVID-19. Prior to that closure, Malden Library was one of the most utilized locations in the system. While it was only open eight hours per week, the library was particularly popular with the town’s children.

School bus driver Tina Coe says, “For a lot of the kids, the library was all they had. I always knew when it was library day because the kids were extra loud and excited. The minute I’d open the bus doors, they’d sprint to the library.”

Malden Library also provided 24/7 access to the Internet which was a vital link for the town’s residents. While library hours were quite modest, residents commonly milled outside the library utilizing the free service day and night. Inside the library, computer usage, materials checkout and community programs for all ages were extremely popular as well.

To meet immediate needs of Malden residents, we have extended open hours in the Rosalia Library just eight miles down the road. Computer and Wi-Fi access are also being expanded in anticipation of those who might be working on insurance claims or just need to touch base with loved ones. A private space with a webcam-enabled computer will provide privacy to those who need it.  Masks are required but available at the library, and social distancing and occupancy limits still apply so it’s recommended to call the library at 509-523-3109 to schedule an appointment.

Friends of the Malden Library are accepting donations to expand library and technology services to those temporarily sheltering in Rosalia, and for future efforts to resume services in Malden such as internet access, outreach programs, and ultimately rebuilding the library.  Donations can be sent to the Friends of the Malden Library care of the Colfax branch at 102 S. Main St.  The library is not able to accept book donations at this time.

Library Director Kylie Fullmer, who started in her new position on Sept. 8, the day after the fire says, “The outpouring of support for the communities of Malden and Pine City, for our Malden branch manager who lost her home, and for our library has just been incredible to see.  My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy, but it’s heartwarming to see how our communities come together during times of need.”

Malden Branch Manager, Vanessa Place, who is already back to work filling the new expanded hours at the Rosalia branch shared on the Malden library’s Facebook page that “Our community is amazing and I know we are personally overwhelmed but from the breaking hearts of Malden thank you to everyone helping in the smallest ways.”
For more information or additional ways to support the community of Malden, visit the library’s website at www.whitco.lib.wa.us or contact Fullmer directly at kylie@whitco.lib.wa.us. or 509-397-4366

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Book Club is Back! Sept. 28

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 sarahp@whitco.lib.wa.us. 

Friday, September 11, 2020

Save Lives, Donate Blood Sept. 16!

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

Power Your Job Search with Google Tools - SEPT 16

UPDATE: We are Offering this Valuable Webinar Again: Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m.

Register Here

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.

Looking for Ways to Help those Affected by Fires?


United Way of Whitman County shares that right now there is a need for small gift cards of $25 for gas and other necessities. They are being overwhelmed with physical donations and need no more donations of that kind. They now need cleaning supplies: Rakes, N95 masks, garbage bags and cans, gloves, generators, and other items.

The greatest need is for gift cards, funding, housing, and job opportunities, donate through United Way now.

Thanks to great community support, local organizations are overwhelmed with donations right now and are asking people to please hold back on donating at this time until they have a better idea of what they have and what they need. The Colfax Eagles, Tekoa Library, and other organizations have updated lists on their Facebook pages of what items are still needed. DSHS will be available today and tomorrow to assist anyone in getting signed up for services, more info is available at facebook.com/dshsmobileoffice/

The greatest need is for gift cards, funding, housing, and job opportunities.

Sadly, the Malden Library & Community Center has been destroyed. If you would like to donate to the Malden Library, please make donations out to The Friends of Malden Library and mail them to Whitman County Library at 102 S. Main St. Colfax, WA 99111.

United Way and American Red Cross are also accepting donations for these communities. Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/ (you can designate the local chapter) & United Way: https://donorbox.org/whitman-county-fire-relief-fund

The Rosalia's Alice Porter Memorial Libraryy will now be open during Malden's regular hours where Malden Librarian, Vanessa, will be working starting this afternoon, Wednesday, Sept. 9, to serve displaced Malden residents.

New Rosalia Library Hours: Monday 2 to 6 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday 2 to 6 p.m., Thursday 3 to 7 p.m., Friday 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vanessa, Malden Library Branch Manager, lost her home. If you’d like to make a donation click here Donations can also be taken to the Rosalia Library.

Our hearts go out to Malden and Pine City. We know many of our community members have been wondering how they can help...

 Wildfires rage through Malden and Pine City, destroying homes | krem.com

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.

The library is located at 402 S. Whitman Ave in the town of Rosalia and the phone number is 509-523-3109. We are increasing the number of computers available and extending the computer time limits for those working on insurance and other business related to fire recovery. Masks are required but available at the library. Social distancing and occupancy limits still apply so scheduling computer time is helpful.

New Rosalia Library Hours to Accommodate Malden Residents:

Monday 2 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 3 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 2 to 6 p.m.
Thursday 3 to 7 p.m.
Friday 2 to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Malden Library Branch Manager, Vanessa Place, lost her home. A friend has set up a Go Fund Me page for Vanessa and her family. If you’d like to make a donation, find a list of what the family is in need of, clothing/shoe sizes, how to send items, please click here. Donations can be taken to the Rosalia Library where Vanessa will be working starting this afternoon to serve displaced Malden residents.

Malden Librarian, Vanessa Place, helping children with arts and crafts in the Malden Library

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Thank you to Anna Clayton!

Anna Clayton Honored as Library Supporter of the Month

Anna Clayton recognized as Whitman County Library Supporter of the Month for outstanding dedication and support of the Rosalia Library. Anna is a lover of the library who is always willing to lend a hand, bake cupcakes, or donate fun items to make youth programming special.

Librarian Marcy Campbell says, "Thank you for making the library fun and welcoming!" 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Kylie Fullmer hired as New Director of Whitman County Library

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

Find Out Your Whitman County History

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 kathyb@whitco.lib.wa.us or call toll-free at 877-733-3375.