Advanced registration is encouraged and guarantees your free seat at Live! from the Library programs. For special accommodations, please contact the Walnut Creek Library Foundation with 72 hours notice

The WWI Armistice Centennial – A Commemoration in Poetry and Song 

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018  | 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oak View Room | Walnut Creek Library – Registration opens Sept. 27th

World War One saw an unprecedented outpouring of literature responding to the war, particularly in poetry, each side creating its own unique style and voice.  This presentation will include, within an overview of the conflict, performance of poetry written by soldiers from the British Empire, Ireland, France, Germany, Eastern Europe and America.  The words of those at home, particularly the women, will also be represented, as will songs relating to the impact of the war.  This is a fitting tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, of the “war to end all wars.”

A long-time Walnut Creek resident, Jordan is an experienced actor, teacher, and avid history and literature buff. He has lectured on the Lewis and Clark Expedition at the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation’s annual meeting, at the Library and for the San Ramon Historical Society.  He recently taught on this subject at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at Cal State East Bay, and will be teaching the Expedition at the University of South Carolina Beaufort campus for their OLLI Program.  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, as well playing other key roles in many American and British plays.  He has performed in one man shows he has created on both the Expedition and Shakespeare.  He teaches Shakespeare at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at Cal State East Bay.   

An Evening of Music with Charged Particles

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018  | 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Oak View Room | Walnut Creek Library –  Registration opens Nov. 8th

Fresh from touring the world accompanying Grammy-winning jazz reed player Paul McCandless, the 26-year-old jazz trio Charged Particles plays a fresh blend of original funky, swinging Latin jazz, with splashes of delicate romance.  Downbeat magazine recently called their performance at Birdland in New York City “something special” and described the music as “inventive, invigorating, mesmerizing, hard-hitting, beautiful, virtuosic, and lyrical.”  The Washington City Paper called it “serious jazz”, and Jazz Times magazine described the band as “a tight and enormously talented trio”.  Don’t miss this performance at the Walnut Creek Library, which will feature some fun Christmas music.

2017-18 Past  Events 

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | 7:00-8:30 p.m.


Divided We Stand: Testing the Resilience of Our Democracy

Wednesday, March 14, 2018  | 7:00-8:30 p.m.


California Symphony – Fresh Ink: New Music

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Little Women: The 150th Anniversary of an American Classic

Wednesday, May 23, 2018  | 7:00-8:30 p.m.


LiveLive from the Library! 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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