Live! from the Library

Downton Abbey: The Music and The Era with Dulais Rhys

December 10, 2015  Thursday, 7:00-8:30 pm
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library – REGISTER NOW>

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Join professional musician and scholar Dulais Rhys for a look at Edwardian era art, culture and history as it relates to the hit television series Downton Abbey. Presentation will include slideshow and audio examples of the era’s arts, social developments, historical events and retrospective perceptions. Rhys will also discuss the popular music of the period along with television period drama theme tunes. Tea and cookies will be served. The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey returns to PBS on January 3. The show is PBS’ highest rated drama in 40 years.

A Conversation with Annie Barrows, author of “The Truth According to Us”

January 13, 2016 Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 pm
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library – Registration opens December 2, 2015

Annie BarrowsTHETRUTHACCORDINGTOUS-BARROWS BOOK COVERSet in the 1930s, Barrows’ newest novel brings to life the story of an inquisitive young girl in a remote mill town in West Virginia and a visitor whose arrival brings to light long-held secrets. Former Contra Costa Times books editor, Lynn Carey, will lead the book talk. Event will include books for sale and signing.

Annie Barrows is the co-author, with her aunt Mary Ann Shaffer, of “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” a New York Times best-seller. Barrows is also author of the popular children’s series, “Ivy + Bean,” which appears with some regularity on the New York Times best-seller list. Barrows resides in the Bay Area with her family.


Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh and Other Western Artists

February 3, 2016   Wednesday, 7:00-8:00 pm
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library – Registration opens December 21, 2015

The Water Lily Pond, Monet (2)Bamboo Yards, Kyobashi Brdige, 100 Famous Views of EdoDocent Pauline Tsui will give an illustrated presentation on Looking East, an exhibit at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco that explores how Japan changed the course of Western Art.

Following centuries of self-imposed isolation, Japan opened its port to international trade in the 1850s, sparking a craze for Japanese art in Europe and North America. The prints, paintings and other works coming out of Japan also captured the eye of Western artists. Looking East explores the movements and artists influenced by Japanese art, including Vincent Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Paul Gaugin and Claude Monet.

Looking East will be at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco from October 30, 2015 to February 7, 2016. The exhibit features more than 170 objects that are drawn from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Asian Art Museum is the final stop on this exhibition’s international tour. For more information and tickets please visit

Sneak Peek of “Art”

March 23, 2016   Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library – Registration opens February 10, 2016
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How much would you pay for a solid white painting? Thousands of dollars? What if it cost you a long-time friendship? These are some of the questions raised by Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning comedy, “Art,” which finds three friends caught at a crossroads.

Center REPertory Company Artistic Director Michael Butler, along with cast members Cassidy Brown, J. Michael Flynn and Liam Vincent, will visit the Walnut Creek Library for a sneak peek performance of “Art.”

“Art” is a Center REP production and will run from April 1 – 30, 2016. Center REP is the resident professional theatre company of the Lesher Center for Arts in Walnut Creek. Tickets for “Art” and other productions are available for purchase at

Past Events 2015

Book Talk with Mary Street Alinder, author of “GROUP f.64: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the Community of Artists Who Revolutionized American Photography”

August 19, 2015 Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library


A Conversation with T.J. Stiles, author of “Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America”

November 16, 2015  Monday, 7:00-9:00 pm
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library

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Stiles’ new biography offers fresh perspective on the widely known cavalry commander. Well respected for his valor in the field, Custer helped usher in massive changes in America yet, as Stiles writes, Custer struggled to adapt to modern times. Diablo magazine senior editor Peter Crooks will sit down with Stiles for a conversation on the new book.

T.J. Stiles won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Nonfiction for “The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.” He is also the author of “Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War.” Stiles resides in the Bay Area with his family.


Live from the LibraryLive! from the Library, produced by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, features free public lectures, literary events, and cultural programs at the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries. Programming is made possible by donations to the Foundation’s Annual Fund. View past programs on our Video page.  Contra Costa TV airs past programs Sundays at 8 p.m. Visit their website for channel info.

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One Response to “Live! from the Library”

  1. MARY R POWERS April 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I visited your library about 3 years ago and was most impressed by it. It was a very pleasant experience and all employees were very friendly and helpful.
    I am an employee (for the past 8 years) at Guyandotte Branch library in Cabell County in West Virginia. I hope to again visit your fine library in the near future. Keep up the good work.
    Sincerely Mary R Powers