Hidden Figures is Walnut Creek’s 2017 One City One Book! Join the community-wide read of author Margot Lee Shetterly’s inspiring true account of an extraordinary group of African-American women mathematicians who played a key role in the early days of the U.S. space program. We hope you’ll join us this fall for a series of free events to celebrate the book!



Fall Events 

Family Rocket Build & Launch 
Wed., Sept. 20 @ 4:00 PM ~  Walnut Creek Library  
Kids will be building and decorating model rockets, and then watching them pneumatically launched into the sky! We use card-stock and foam to construct these simple and safe models, and “blast off” will be performed by library staff. All supplies will be provided. Meet in the patio off the Children’s Storybook Room.  REGISTER>  

African-American Tech Pioneers in Silicon Valley
Wed., Sept. 27 @ 7:00 PM ~  Walnut Creek Library  
Learn about the little known contributions of African-American men and women in the Bay Area’s high tech industry, in a presentation by digital storyteller Kathy Cotton. For her forthcoming documentary, A Place at the Table, Cotton interviewed African-Americans who were introduced to technology, found their niche, and flourished in Silicon Valley, increasing the profitability of many companies through their innovative ideas and inventions. REGISTER>

Kathy Cotton is a filmmaker with 20 years of experience working as a camera operator and video editor as well as music creation and editing. She studied with the Digital Media Academy at their Stanford University facilities. Prior to film-making, she worked in Human Resources at Hewlett Packard, TRW, and several start-ups, before starting her own consulting firm. 


Book Discussion 
Wed., Oct. 4 @ 6:30 PM ~  Ygnacio Valley Library   

Walnut Creek’s 2017 One City One Book culminates with a community-wide discussion of Hidden Figures led by Adult Services Librarian Carol Yuke. All are welcome to attend and share thoughts on the extraordinary women who broke the barriers of space, race, and gender to help launch America into the stars. REGISTER>


Women on the Home Front 
Wed., Sept. 13 

Explore the important legacy of women who answered the call during World War II in this National Park Service presentation, which includes a screening of Hometown Heroes and discussion by NPS Deputy Superintendent Sue Fritzke. You’ll learn about the women who worked vital construction and manufacturing jobs while men were fighting overseas and the changes that occurred in boom towns across America, including Richmond, CA, the site of Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.  If you, your mother, or grandmother was a Rosie, bring your story to share!  

Sue Fritzke grew up in Walnut Creek with a strong interest in science and nature. In her junior year at Las Lomas High School, a career counselor told her “you can’t be a park ranger – only men can do that”. Despite (or perhaps because of) that “encouragement”, she has worked for the National Park Service for thirty-two years. During that time she has seen the National Park Service go from 18% to 48% women, with representation throughout the agency in all fields and professions. 

One City One Book 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. Now in its twelfth year, One City One Book is presented by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation and Contra Costa County Library. View previous book selections HERE.

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors:    

East Bay Times logo (1)   Minuteman Press     

      Thank you to our 2017 partners:   

Contra Costa County Library Friends of the Walnut Creek Library 

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