Friday, October 16, 2020

Additional Adult & Senior Flu Vaccine Clinics at Local Libraries

Due to high demand, Whitman County Library and the Whitman County Health Department (WCHD) are adding additional adult and senior flu vaccine clinics to local libraries via curbside service. Deanna Claybaugh, LPN/BA with the WCHD, will be on hand to administer adult and senior flu shots at the following locations:

Friday, October 23, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Endicott Library

Saturday, October 24, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rosalia Library

Friday, October 30, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., LaCrosse Library

Due to COVID-19, we are asking residents to schedule a time slot with Deanna. Physical distancing, masking requirements, and disinfecting will be in place at each site to prioritize the safety of our patrons and staff. For a faster experience, please fill out the intake form and screening questionnaire on the library’s website at and bring along to the appointment.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call Deanna at (509) 397-6280 or via email at For upcoming events at Whitman County Library, visit the library’s Events Calendar at or call toll free at (877) 733-3375.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Weather is Bad, You Should Stay Home & Read

Cozy up a with great book without leaving the house!

Meet Libby, a fun and easy way to borrow and read from your library. Did you know Whitman County Library has thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks?

Borrow Books Instantly


A Ground-breaking eBook Reader

A Delightful eAudiobook Player

All your Loans and Holds in One Place

No Late Fees

No Contact Checkout, Social Distancing Included

Great for Bad Weather Days

Get the App for your Phone or Tablet at your Play store, under "Libby"

Learn more about Libby and...

Fall into A Good Read!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Book Club, Where'd You Go Bernadette?


Our next book club meeting is Monday, Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Read or watch "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" by Maria Semple.

We are back at Colfax Library in person! Limit of 5 attendees, sitting 6 feet apart, remember to wear your mask. Reserve your spot or cancel by contacting Sarah at 509-397-4366 or by Oct. 25. (If there are enough sign-ups, we will hold a second meeting)

Books are available for check out at Colfax Library, by curbside pickup, or download with the Libby App.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Trivia Night, October 15th

Test your knowledge by visiting WCL’s Facebook page on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Tune in for our usual history, science, and just-for-fun questions as well as some frightening fun facts.

Online trivia nights continue over Facebook Live at 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month for the time being. These monthly contests feature a live 20 question game, hosted by librarian, Sarah Phelan-Blamires.

Sarah says, "It had been so much fun for players to connect online, compete with friends, and learn something new."

If you have questions about trivia or wish to suggest a category, please contact Sarah Phelan-Blamires at the Colfax Library by calling 509-397-4366 or emailing

Monday, October 5, 2020

A Farewell Conversation with My Sister, Kristie Kirkpatrick by Jess Walter

Last week, Kristie Kirkpatrick, Director of Whitman County Library,
retired passing the reins to Kylie Fullmer

We can't celebrate in person, but we wish Kristie well and a community celebration is planned for a later date. Read the article below, A Farewell Conversation with My Sister by Jess Walter, Kristie's little brother, to get a glimpse of her 30+ year career with Whitman County Library.

By Jess Walter, author of nine books, most recently
"The Cold Millions" out October 26

For years, every time I published a novel I knew I was guaranteed at least one great review. My sister, Kristie Kirkpatrick, the outgoing Whitman County Library Director, would interview me and write a column in this space about her little brother’s newest book.

She was my first editor, too, at our family magazine, Reader’s Indigestion (circulation 3). Whether it’s securing a Gates grant or building a much-needed community center in Colfax, Kristie has always been matter-of-fact about her accomplishments, and quick to give others credit. So, with her retirement this month (at 38, if my math is correct) it gives me great pride to turn the tables and interview my brilliant sister:

Kristie Kirkpatrick, recently retired WCL Director

Q: Do you remember your first day? 

Kristie: The Rosalia branch manager in 1987. I was young and the librarian training me was a sweet grandma who had held the position for ten years. Then, the two previous Rosalia Librarians, also grandma-aged, joined us for a newspaper photo. Now, suddenly, thirty-three years have passed and I’m the sweet grandma training a smart, young replacement!

Q: What are your proudest achievements?

Kristie: I am truly amazed at all our little library system has accomplished. I’m probably proudest of the support our community has consistently shown. Over the years, they’ve approved every election measure, supported every library building project and The Center in Colfax, gave generously at our auctions and fundraisers, volunteered thousands of hours and sent notes of thanks and encouragement to our staff and to me. People in Whitman County value education and libraries and I am so proud to have been a part of that.

Read the full article, published in the Moscow-Pullman Daily news, here

Friday, October 2, 2020

Congratulations to Our Countywide Summer Reading Winners

Teen Winner: Dane Sykes

THANK YOU Dane for donating your teen summer reading prize to our Malden Branch Manager's family, whose home was destroyed by the fire. Your donation has touched our hearts.

Adult Winners Hal Whitman of Tekoa & Elizabeth Harwood of Colfax

Adult Winners Kaitlyn van Vleet of Colfax & Joan Halsey of Colton

Adult Winner Kay Riehle of St. John

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Storytime To Go

 Pick up your Storytime To Go packet today, for families with children ages 2 to 5