The Contra Costa County Library is turning 100 this year. Far East Contra Costa County will host a 100th Anniversary Celebration called "Wayback Wednesday" at the Brentwood Community Center on Wednesday, March 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Things will kick off with remarks from Supervisor Mary Piepho, Assemblyman Jim Frazier, and County Librarian Barbara Flynn. Activities will include live old-time music, a craft, old-time photos, and butter-making. The East Bay Regional Park District and the East Contra Costa Historical Society will have displays set up describing life 100 years ago in Contra Costa County.

Come see what treats were like 100 years ago. Anyone for some sarsaparilla? Details about all of the 100th Anniversary news and events can be found at http://guides.ccclib.org/100thbirthday.

CHILDREN'S/FAMILY PROGRAMS IN EAST COUNTY

  • "Chill Out with a Book" Winter Reading Program at the Brentwood Library -- Through March 16. For school-age children and teens. Review your books on our Winter Reading log and earn prizes, including a free book. Sponsored by Friends of the Brentwood Library, Mountain Mike's Pizza, Rubio's and The Lions Club of Brentwood.


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  • Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday at the Pittsburg Library -- Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. Celebrate reading with activities and games based on some of Dr. Seuss's popular books.

  • Dog Safety and Care Workshop at the Antioch Library -- Wednesday, March 6 at 3 p.m. A representative from the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation will share tips on dog care and safety as well as introduce visitors to their own four-legged friends.

  • Angel Ears at the Antioch Library -- Saturdays, March 9 and 23, noon to 1:30 p.m. Try out your reading skills by reading to a loving dog. The dog won't talk back and will listen attentively. You can't ask for a better audience.

  • Nature Walk at Contra Loma with the Antioch Library and Ranger Bob -- March 16, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Ranger Bob will lead us on a 45-minute nature walk at Contra Loma Reservoir. The walk will begin at the entrance to the Swim Lagoon (which is about a 3-minute walk from the parking lot.) There is a $5 parking fee. Rain will cancel the event. For questions related to possible cancellation, call 510-544-2750.

  • Read to a Dog at the Oakley Library -- March 16, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a dog from HALO Angel Ears Therapy Dogs. Sign up for a 10- to 15-minute session. Walk-ins as space permits. For children 6-13.

  • Greyhounds Meet & Greet Storytime at the Antioch Library -- Wednesday, March 20, 3 to 3:30 p.m. Join us for a special story about a greyhound and then meet and greet two wonderful greyhounds. The story will also be followed up by a fun activity.

    ADULT PROGRAMS IN EAST COUNTY

  • eReader eBriefing at the Brentwood Library -- Mondays at 10 a.m., March 4 and 11; Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. Learn how to borrow eBooks and audiobooks on Kindles, Nooks, iPads and Android devices. Please bring your device to the workshop of your choice. Register at the desk or online at http://ccclib.org/programs/.

  • Adult Beading Program at the Oakley Library -- Wednesday, March 20, 6 to 8 p.m. Local beading experts Donna Cooper and Angela Difilippi will teach you how to create simple projects with beads in this monthly program. Great for gifts! Registration required.

    More program information is available on the Library's website at http://ccclib.org/programs/.

    Liz Fuller is a community library manager at the Brentwood library. Reach her at 925-516-5294 or at lfuller@ccclib.org.