Commemorating Shakespeare

June 29, 2016   Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library – REGISTER NOW
Mark Jordanshakespeare portraitWilliam Shakespeare’s most celebrated works will be brought to life at a commemorative performance and presentation by local actor and Shakespearean expert Mark Jordan. 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the occasion has prompted a series of public performances, exhibitions and other tributary activities around the world. At the Walnut Creek Library Foundation commemoration, Jordan will perform speeches from several of Shakespeare’s most celebrated plays including HamletMacbeth, Henry IV, Henry V, King Lear and The Tempest, as well as three sonnets. He will also highlight details of Shakespeare’s life in London and Stratford-Upon-Avon with a presentation of photos and documents.

A long-time Walnut Creek resident, Jordan is an experienced actor, teacher and playwright. He trained at several leading arts institutions based in London, including the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has portrayed more than two dozen different Shakespeare characters on stage. He teaches Shakespeare at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at Cal State East Bay and is working on the book for Shakespeare, the Musical.

National Park Service Centennial with NPS Superintendent Tom Leatherman

July 18, 2016   Monday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library

Tom Leatherman crop nps centennialThe National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday! Join us for this presentation on the NPS and the centennial given by Tom Leatherman, who is the Superintendent at four National Park Service historic sites in the East Bay – Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, John Muir National Historic Site, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial and Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

Leatherman started his NPS career in 1989 as an intern at Pinnacles National Monument and went on to work in several parks, monuments and historic sites before ending up back in the bay area. He was selected as the Superintendent of these sites in January of 2011. Tom lives in San Ramon and while not at work he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and cooking.

Poetry Live!

October 19, 2016   Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library

Details to follow!

Bruce Farrell Rosen, Author of “Bombed in His Bed: The Confessions of Jewish Gangster Myer Rush”

November 9, 2016   Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library

Bruce-Rosen-150x150bombed in his bed book coverIn his new book, Bombed in his Bed, Bruce Farrell Rosen recounts the fascinating story of his uncle, international Jewish gangster Myer Rush, who died twice but survived to exclusively tell his tale to his nephew.

Bruce Farrell Rosen, a financial investment officer as well as an award-winning writer, is also the author of If You Ever Need Me, I Won’t Be Far Away, a spellbinding memoir of growing up, coming of age, learning to understand the decisions we make in life, and finding joy amidst the hardships and challenges. The father of two sons, he lives and works in San Francisco.

Past Events 2015-16


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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