Elevator and Accessibility Project

Last year 14,000 people attended children’s program, educational classes and community events at the Colfax Library (24,000 attended system wide.) Yet, many of our older and disabled residents could not participate because of our steep stairway and the lack of an elevator.

Whitman County Library is progressing well on a plan to upgrade the building. The proposed renovations, including a three floor elevator, safer stairway and numerous ADA modifications, are quite expensive due to extensive use of cement in the library’s infrastructure.

Sophie and Hayden
Above: Sophie and Hayden

Changes to the children’s area are also part of the project. Using funds collected in memory of young Hayden Klaveano, we are working with his family to move the children’s area to a safer location, with designs reflecting Hayden’s love of the outdoors and learning.

Because of your generosity, the library has raised nearly $450,000 for this project. Please encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to give today.

Warmly,

Kristie Kirkpatrick
Library Director
Virginia Pittman
President, Friends of WCL

Alex’s challenge … we are pleased to announce that The McGregor Company generously added 20% to all contributions.

Please send donations to: The Friends of WCL
102 S. Main, Colfax, WA 99111

Debbie Wells of Sterling Savings

Left:
Debbie Wells of Sterling Savings presents a $1000 check for the project. Alex McGregor is on hand to pledge an additional 20% to every donation.

Parent Jeanette Solimine takes daughter Chrissie down the library stairsRight:
Parent Jeanette Solimine takes daughter Chrissie down the library stairs. This steep stairway is the only route to children's programs and the public meeting area.

Hayden Klaveano, the eager redhead up front, enjoys the library with his Steptoe classmatesLeft:
Hayden Klaveano, the eager redhead up front, enjoys the library with his Steptoe classmates. A newly located and safer children's area will be named in Hayden's memory.

As many as 200 children use the public meeting area for programs and eventsRight:
As many as 200 children use the public meeting area for programs and events. A new stairway will provide them safer access while accommodating those currently unable to attend because there is no elevator.