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


2020 Programs


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

Wednesday, January 15 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room

In his landmark 2015 book Part of Our Lives, Wayne Wiegand, PhD, describes the importance and love of the public library through the eyes of its patrons, and argues that public libraries are much more than public places where people borrow reading materials. His book posits a philosophy about public libraries and their responsibilities to fight censorship and defend intellectual freedom, and demonstrates that since the late 19th century, American public libraries have opened their doors to newcomers, accepted diversity, and created community. Books will be available for purchase and signing. REGISTER>



The Life of Robert Noble Burgess

Wednesday, February 12 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room
With author James R. Moore, Jr. Details to come. Registration opens January 2nd.



Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens The Unsolved Murder Cases of Civil Right Movement

Monday, March 2 | 5:00 – 8:30 PM
Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room
Details to come. Registration opens Jan. 21. 



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.




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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