2021 Programs


Charged Particles with Tod Dickow:

The Music of Michael Brecker

Tuesday, December 7 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM | Oak View Room

Celebrate the return to the Walnut Creek Library for the final Live! From the Library program of 2021! Come enjoy an evening performance by jazz trio Charged Particles featuring guest tenor saxophonist Tod Dickow as they perform the music of Michael Brecker, one of the most prolific jazz saxophonists, and a few songs of the holiday season. Wine and refreshments will be available.

San Francisco Bay Area based jazz trio Charged Particles has been performing for nearly 30 years and features Murray Low, a keyboard wizard with dazzling Latin-jazz technique and imaginative improvisational skills; Aaron Germain, an inventive and sophisticated acoustic and electric bassist; and fiery drummer Jon Krosnick.  These players make some of the most electrifying jazz in the country today. The group has performed at venues, festivals, and libraries across the county. Charged Particles has been working with Bay Area tenor saxophonist Tod Dickow to bring alive Brecker’s music and spirit. They recently released their 3rd CD – Live at the Baked Potato! which will be available for sale after the program.

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required for all guests aged 12 and over. Attendees must show a valid COVID-19 vaccination card or digital vaccine information along with a photo ID. County health orders also require face masks for all individuals over the age of two while inside the library.

The Walnut Creek Library Foundation would like to thank our sponsors for making this program possible. Presenting sponsor: Simpson Family. Masterpiece sponsors: Kristin and Ray Abraham; Mary Ann Hruska; Mechanics Bank; and Rudney Associates. Classic Sponsors: Donahue Fitzgerald Attorneys; Sequoia; and Lisa Wrenn & Peter Magnani. Bestseller sponsors: Beverly and David Loder; Gwen Regalia; and Marsha and Richard Servetnick. Contributing sponsor: Bill King. Media and Print Sponsors: Diablo magazine; East Bay Times; and Minuteman Press Lafayette.


2022 Programs

Arrested Development

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM | Zoom

The Walnut Creek Library Foundation presents a panel of local school principals and experts that will explore how we navigate the social challenges of returning to school after COVID-19 turned classrooms upside down. Students have now settled into the new school year and our panel will discuss the pandemic’s ramifications on young people in our community and offer tools to support our schools and students as they adjust to a new normal.

Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Public Health at California State University, East Bay, Michael V. Stanton, PhD, will moderate a conversation that explores how the pandemic has affected our students, focusing on specific challenges and behavioral issues by age group. The panel will also explore best practices, how to advocate for your child in these new circumstances, and tools to use at home.

Our distinguished panel includes Milissa Banister, Principal, Indian Valley Elementary; Sara Harris, Principal, Las Lomas High School; and Kim Vaiana, Principal, Foothill Middle School.

This program is made possible through the generosity of its sponsors. Contributing Sponsors: Kimberly and Alexander Moore. Media and Print Sponsors: East Bay Times; and Minuteman Press Lafayette.


2021 Past Events 

The Bounty

Wednesday, November 10 

Broadway’s Golden Age: The Making of an American Art Form, 1927-1964

October 6, 2021

Why We Swim with author Bonnie Tsui

June 9, 2021 



Showing Up Boldly: The Political and Organizing History of Black Women

May 12, 2021


Art & Algae: Journey Into The Curious World of Seaweed

April 14, 2021

California: Of Peril and Stewardship

March 17, 2021

SUCCESSFUL AGING: The Power and Potential of Our Lives
Dr. Daniel Levitin in conversation with founding Grateful Dead member Bob Weir

January 13, 2021

2020 Past Events 

Classical Guitar Performance, 16th-20th Centuries

December 9, 2020

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

PART ONE: October 21, 2020 

PART TWO: October 22, 2020 

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

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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