2021 Programs


Why We Swim with author Bonnie Tsui

June 9, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:30PM

Join us as we host journalist and author Bonnie Tsui as she shares stories from her recent book, Why We Swim. Her book details the evolution of human swimming from learning for survival to testing our limits, highlights swimmers from around the world. Tsui offers an immersive and unforgettable perspective on swimming—and of human behavior itself.

Bonnie Tsui is a journalist and the author of WHY WE SWIM, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a TIME Magazine Must-Read Book of 2020, an NPR Best Book of 2020, and a Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe bestseller. It is currently being translated into six languages. Her first children’s book, SARAH AND THE BIG WAVE, about the first woman to surf Mavericks, will be published in May 2021. She lives, swims, and surfs in the Bay Area.

This program is made possible through the generosity of its sponsors. Presenting Sponsor: Simpson Family. Masterpiece Sponsors: Mary Ann Hruska; Rudney Associates; Mechanics Bank; and Whittier Trust. Classic Sponsors: Lynn and Gregory Nerland; Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery; Rutan & Tucker, LLP; and Safeway Foundation. Bestseller Sponsors: Ronald Cassano; Kristin Hicks and Blair Steintjes; Tineke Jacobsen; Jill and Kevin Wilk; and Carole Wynstra. Contributing Sponsors: Samantha and Matthew Francois. Media and Print Sponsors: Diablo magazine, East Bay Times, and Minuteman Press Lafayette.


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2021 Past Events 

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
NYT Bestselling author Dr. Daniel Levitin in conversation with musician and 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.

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