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2020 Programs


The Great Escape: Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure with Mark Jordan

Part One: Wednesday, October 21 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Part Two: Thursday, October 22 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM


Ernest Shackleton set out with 27 men to cross the Antarctic Continent, but before landing, his ship was locked into the ice and eventually crushed.  The men were stranded on the Weddell Sea ice pack, and only barely managed to escape.  Landing on the extremely remote Elephant Island, Shackleton left 22 of the men to survive while he and five others made an incredible small boat journey.  Learn about one of the greatest rescue stories of all time, with original photographs and photographs from Mark Jordan’s recent trip to the area.

Mark Jordan is an intrepid adventurer and lecturer with an abiding interest in exploration, especially Polar exploration.  He recently adventured to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, tracing much of the route taken by Sir Ernest Shackleton in his Endurance Expedition.  Mr. Jordan, a retired attorney, teaches and lectures on the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Shakespeare at various venues including the Walnut Creek Library, the Blackhawk Museum and Cal Sate University East Bay.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, will cover the beginning of the adventure as Shackleton and his crew set sail in 1914 and eventually reach Elephant Island. Thursday, October 22, 2020, will focus on reaching Elephant Island, the open-boat journey, and the perilous rescue attempts.


*one registration includes both programs.


2020 Past Events 


Summer Fun with Historical Fiction

July 20, 2020 



In Conversation with Mary Ladd, Author of The Wig Diaries

June 24, 2020 


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

March 2, 2020 –


The Life of Robert Noble Burgess

February 12, 2020


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

January 15, 2020

2019 Past Events 


Mount Diablo Book Launch with Stephen Joseph

November 16, 2019



D. Leah Slo teinberg, 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

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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