PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg library will sponsor a "day of history" this Saturday.

The event kicks off at 1 p.m. at the Pittsburg Historical Society Museum at 515 Railroad Ave. and will include a tour of historical downtown Pittsburg and a hands-on activity for children. The event is among many activities slated to take place this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Contra Costa County library.

But local history is not all that's being highlighted by the library this Saturday.

At 2 p.m. there will be a book discussion of "The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World" at the E.J. Phair Taproom at 300 Cumberland St.

Carlos was one of two African-American medalists who raised their fists in a controversial human rights salute during the awards ceremony for the 200-meter event at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico Center. Carlos was the keynote speaker at a Martin Luther King Jr. event last month in Pittsburg and the library made 30 copies of the book available.

The discussion will be led by Pittsburg's Olympic gold medalist Eddie Hart, who was on the track team that won the 4x100 relay race at the 1972 Olympics.

For more information about Saturday's events, call the Pittsburg library at 925-427-8390.

Contact Eve Mitchell at 925-779-7189. Follow her on Twitter.com/EastCounty_Girl.



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