For special accommodations, please contact the Walnut Creek Library Foundation with 72 hours notice.  


2020 Programs

The Life of Robert Noble Burgess

Wednesday, February 12 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room

Walnut Creek author and retired commercial real estate executive James R. Moore, Jr. will discuss his new book The Life of Robert Noble Burgess, a richly layered and insightful biography of a pioneering land developer and financier whose remarkable career in the first two decades of the 20th century mirrored the social Darwinism of his era and helped to shape Contra Costa County as we know it today.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.



Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era

Monday, March 2 | Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room

5-6:00 PM – A seminar with investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell for students and aspiring journalists

Jerry Mitchell, the acclaimed investigative journalist will meet with high school and college students and aspiring journalists to tell his incredible story, share professional insights, and offer career advice through an interactive presentation and Q&A format. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about journalism firsthand from his experience and expertise. REGISTER>

7-8:30 PM –Live! From the Library – Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era. An evening with investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell

Jerry Mitchell, the acclaimed Mississippi Clarion-Ledger investigative journalistwill discuss his new book, Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era, a compelling accounting of how he brought four leading Klansmen to justice decades after they thought they got away with murder.

Mitchell is a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist. Race Against Time has already been named one of Newsweek‘s Most-Anticipated Books of 2020 and will be available for purchase and signing after the program. REGISTER>



From Page to Stage: Pride & Prejudice

Wednesday, March 18 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room
Details to come. Registration opens Feb. 5.



2020 Past Events 

Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library

January 15, 2020

Video to come


2019 Past Events 

D. Leah Steinberg, Author of “Raised in the Shadow of the Bomb: Children of the Manhattan Project”

October 16, 2019

1969: One Giant Year

June 12, 2019


Adventures in Produce: The Rewards of Growing and Cooking Weird Fruit and Veggies with authors Emily Murphy and Laura McLively

March 13, 2019

Elise Hooper, Author of “Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, The Woman Who Revealed the Real America”

February 13, 2019

Brave Little Nell—The Eleanor Roosevelt Story

January 16, 2019

2018 Past Events

WWI Armistice Centennial: A Commemoration in Poetry & Song

November 6, 2018

Gregory Crouch, author of The Bonanza King

October 10, 2018

In Conversation with Donia Bijan, author of The Last Days of Cafe Leila

 January 10, 2018

Divided We Stand: Testing the Resilience of Our Democracy

March 14, 2018

California Symphony – Fresh Ink: New Music

 May 2, 2018

Little Women: The 150th Anniversary of an American Classic

May 23, 2018

Festival Opera – For Singing Out Loud!

June 20, 2018

Live from the Library

Live! 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. Program sponsors are the East Bay Times, Friends of the Walnut Creek Library, and Minuteman Press, Lafayette. Programming is also 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.

The views and opinions expressed in any program are those of the speaker/persons and do not reflect the views of the Walnut Creek Library Foundation.

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