The Library Book by Susan Orlean is
Walnut Creek’s 2019 One City, One Book selection!

Free copies of the book are now available at Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley Libraries to “Read and Share” while supplies last. Copies of books, audio books, and e-books are also available for checkout at the libraries. Read the book and join us for exciting programs and activities starting in September! Programs are presented by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation.


Fire Investigations, Fire Behavior, and Arson
Wednesday, Sept. 18 @ 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room
The process of establishing the origin and cause of fires utilizing current methods and techniques has become a science-based and technical discipline used by public and private fire investigators world-wide.  The presentation from Captain George Laing will present an overview of the process used to investigate fires, especially criminal fires, by the Fire Investigation Unit of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, and examine the challenges from the 1986 LA Library Fire.

Guardians of the Printed Word: Why Save the Book?
Wednesday, Sept. 25 @ 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room
Senior Librarian Jason Gibbs shares about his personal experience saving books at the San Francisco Public Library in the aftermath of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Having served as a librarian for over 30 years, Gibbs will discuss the continued importance of the printed book, and why libraries and librarians remain an essential part of the community. REGISTER>

The Library Book: Book Discussion
Wednesday, Oct. 2 @ 6:30 – 7:45 PM
Ygnacio Valley Library
Walnut Creek’s 2019 One City, One Book culminates with a group discussion of The Library Book. All are welcome to attend and share thoughts on themes in the book and how libraries have touched their lives and communities. REGISTER>

Children’s Library Scavenger Hunt
September 3-30  
Walnut Creek Library and Ygnacio Valley Library
Kids can participate in a library scavenger hunt! Grab a scavenger hunt form from an information desk and find a few of our favorite characters hiding around the library. When you’re all done, drop the form off with library staff and pick up a prize (while supplies last!).

This is the fourteenth year of our One City, One Book program. It is a “citywide book club” that encourages the community to read the selection and participate in a series of events that celebrate the book. The annual choice is announced in the summer and community events are planned for the fall giving the community time to read and enjoy the book. One City, One Book is presented by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation and Contra Costa County Library. View previous book selections HERE.

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