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Luxe Library

The new Walnut Creek library is more than just a pretty face -- it's a new community hub for downtown.


Courtesy of Walnut Creek Library Foundation

On July 17, Walnut Creek’s new library finally opens to the public. Prepare to be dazzled: The 42,000-square-foot $41.5 million facility offers much more than stacks of books. It will be a high-tech wonder, with free wi-fi throughout, as well as 90 computers, a business and career center, a café, and eye-catching architectural details. Here’s a sneak peek:


Watch for a series of high-profile author events, including September’s One City, One Book program, featuring book club favorite Gail Tsukiyama’s The Street of a Thousand Blossoms. Tsukiyama will read at the library on September 14.


Youth services librarian Margaret Smith is delighted that the new children's area is nearly as big as the entire former Walnut Creek library. She’s also excited that storyteller Willy Claflin and his partner, Maynard Moose, are coming to the opening day events on July 17. “They tell Mother Moose tales. If you can’t laugh at Willy, you do not know how to laugh,” Smith says.


Throughout the library, art adorns the walls, ceilings, and stairwells. Portrait in 12 Volumes of Gray, a 26-foot-high piece by world-renowned artist Christian Moeller, will be installed by the entrance. “There’s an exciting dialogue between the art and the architecture of the building,” says Bedford Gallery Curator Carrie Lederer, who helped commission the pieces.


A 151-car parking lot will be above and below ground. No need to fill your pockets with quarters; the meters here take credit cards.

Walnut Creek Public Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, wclibrary.org

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