Live! from the Library Videos
Behind the Scenes of “The Book Club Play” with Michael Butler
January 2015: Center REP Creative Director Michael Butler discusses their production and the process of getting shows to the theater.
Poetry Live! with Ellen Bass and Tess Taylor
April 2014: In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Walnut Creek Library Foundation presented two acclaimed Northern California poets, Ellen Bass and Tess Taylor, for an evening of poetry reading and discussion, moderated by Walnut Creek poet and author Cheryl Dumesnil.
Behind the Scenes of: “The Real Housewives of Walnut Creek: The Musical”
April 2014: Playwright and actor Molly Bell and Center REPertory Artistic Director Michael Butler, offer an up-close look—with a “backstage perspective”—at their newest production
Marc Holmes, The Bay Institute ~ San Francisco Bay and the Delta: The Big Picture
January 2014: Bay Area water from the Sierras to the sea
Donato Cabrera: Music Director of the California Symphony
December 2013: Mr. Cabrera in discussion with Bay Area Arts Writer Georgia Rowe at the Walnut Creek Library.
Tamim Ansary ~ “Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan”
November 2013: Afghan American author Tamim Ansary discussed the tragi-comic history of modern Afghanistan and his book, “Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan.”
Tell It Like It Is: An Evening of Memoirs and Mayhem
April 2013: Cheryl Dumesnil and Marilyn Abildskov were at the Walnut Creek Library for an evening of boundary-bending stories – poignant and hilarious – as they share and expand upon their adventures and misadventures as told in their memoirs, Dumesnil’s “Love Song for Baby X: How I Stayed (Almost) Sane on the Rocky Road to Parenthood,” and Abildskov’s “The Men in My Country.”
Vikram Amar: A Nation Divided
January 2013: In conjunction with the traveling exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” UC Davis Constitutional Law Professor Vikram Amar presented Lincoln’s views on partisanship, states’ rights, and the institutional role of the Supreme Court and explored what lessons Lincoln’s approach might have for the modern era.
Songs and Poetry of the Civil War
January 2013: As part of the series of Civil War-based programs, this moving event at the Walnut Creek Library highlighted the personal stories of the Civil War through popular wartime anthems and the poetry of some of the most prolific and profound Civil War-era writers.
The Remarkable Return of Ambrose Bierce
June 2012: As part of the year-long commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Walnut Creek Library Foundation presented a discussion and reading by the playwright and lead actor of a new play, “The Remarkable Return of Ambrose Bierce,” at the Walnut Creek Library. Bay Area playwright Bart Schneider and veteran actor Felix Justice collaborate in a tribute to one of America’s greatest 19th century satirists and storywriters.
Poetry Live! with Camille Dungy
April 2012: Award-winning poet Camille Dungy read from and discussed her book “Suck On the Marrow” (Red Hen Press, 2010), a powerful collection of poems written in the voices of Virginia slaves in the 1840s. The program was supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.
North Korea: Fact and Fiction
March 2012: “The Orphan Master’s Son,” San Francisco author Adam Johnson’s searing fictionalized account of life in North Korea, has been called the “1984” of our era. This daring and remarkable novel, published January 2012 by Random House, is garnering critical raves and moving quickly up the best-seller list. Johnson appeared at the Walnut Creek Library.
Transformation of China
February 2012: Dr. Vincent Yip shares the history of China and the changes over the past 30 years at the Walnut Creek Library.
Digging Into Your Past – Tips and Clues on How to Pursue Your Ancestry
December 2011: Experts Bill Slocum, Martha Whittaker, Jane Lindsey and Diane DeGolia discussed the myriad of resources for tracking down family history including online databases, where to search for vital records, genealogy libraries, and how to overcome brick walls.
Eric Sanderson: The Mannahatta Project
October, 2011: Sanderson, graduate of Las Lomas High School now living in New York, is founder of The Mannahatta Project, a digital recreation of the original ecology of Manhattan Island, circa 1609, at the time of European discovery, when Henry Hudson first set eyes on the land that would become Manhattan. It’s difficult to imagine what Hudson saw, but for more than a decade, Sanderson did just that. Mannahatta is the astounding result of those efforts.
Gray Matters: Challenges of an Aging Society
June 2011: Local experts Elaine Welch, Executive Director of Senior Helpline Services, Linda Fodrini Johnson, Executive Director of Elder Care Services, and Shirley Krohn, member of the California Senior Legislature, discussed the issues facing the elderly and their families.
To Kill A Mockingbird: From Page to Stage
April 2011: Center REP, the resident, professional theater company of the Lesher Center for the Arts, will present Harper Lee’s classic story, “To Kill A Mockingbird.”
The Library Foundation gathered the director and main actors in the play for a Live! from the Library program at the Walnut Creek Library. Director Michael Butler, Dan Hiatt (Atticus), Olivia Lowe (Scout) and Joseph Ingram (Tom Robinson) discussed the issues with bringing the well-known novel to the stage. Educator Meg Honey moderated and placed the novel in the context of Alabama in the 1930s when the story takes place.
Who Is Mark Twain?
December 2010: Robert Hirst, editor of the “Mark Twain Project and Papers,” answered that question and more at the Walnut Creek Library. The first volume of Twain’s autobiography was released in the fall of 2010 and quickly rose to the top of bestseller lists.
September 2010:Krasny, host of the KQED Radio Forum program, discussed his latest book, Spiritual Envy: An Agnostics Quest, with Lisa Wrenn from the Contra Costa Times at the new Walnut Creek Library.
Poetry Live! – Becoming a Poet
April 2010: Walnut Creek prize-winning poet Cheryl Dumesnil was joined by poets G. E. Patterson and Deema K. Shehabi at a panel discussion about poems and poetry at the third annual Poetry Live! program sponsored by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation.
Candor and Pearls:
An Evening of Social Satire from the Comic Pages
November 2009: Fans of the comics pages were entertained by Stephan Pastis, “Pearls Before Swine,” and Darrin Bell, “Candorville,” nationally syndicated cartoonists who discussed their work and inspiration with Lisa Wrenn, Features Editor for the Contra Costa Times, at the Shadelands Art Center in Walnut Creek.
Poetry Live! The Voice That is Great Within Us
April 2009: Brenda Hillman, Matthew Zapruder and Graham Foust discussed the rich and thriving community of poets in 21st Century America at Poetry Live! event at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek.
February 2009: Sunne Wright McPeak, member of the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force, environmental scientist Booker Holton, and Contra Costa Times environmental reporter Mike Taugher discuss the global, regional and local water crisis.
Ying Chang Compestine: A Writer in Two Worlds
October 2008: Ying Chang Compestine, author of “Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party,” discussed growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA. The program was presented by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation as part of their “Live! From the Library,” their speaker series that is free to the public.
April 2008: Pulitzer Prize Winner Robert Hass read from his latest book, Time and Materials, at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Hass was awarded the prize days before the program for Time and Materials, which also won the 2007 National Book award.
November 2007: San Francisco Chronicle Senior Political Writer Carla Marinucci and Contra Costa Times political writer and columnist Lisa Vorderbrueggen discussed the changes in political coverage and an in-depth look at the upcoming elections.
September 2007: San Francisco Chronicle architecture reporter John King, Ron Brown of Save Mount Diablo, and Valerie Barone, Director of Community Development for the city of Walnut Creek, discussed how communities are adapting to growth while maintaining open space and addressing traffic issues.
April 2007: Panelists John Armstrong, Publisher of the Contra Costa Times, Jessica Aguirre, evening anchor at KGO News, and Al Hart, former KCBS radio anchor, discussed the quickly evolving media landscape and the effects of the internet. Presented by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation and aired on Contra Costa Television.