Greenwich Library celebrates Black History Month

Bernard “Pretty” Purdie

Bernard “Pretty” Purdie

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, honors the achievements of black Americans and recognizes the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. To celebrate, Greenwich Library will present a series of film and music events in the Cole Auditorium.

Greenwich Library’s Peterson Concert Series will host musician Bernard “Pretty” Purdie on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 3:30 p.m. Purdie, arguably the most recorded drummer in history, will be performing with his quintet.

Purdie has played on countless recording sessions with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Steely Dan, Miles Davis, Michael Bolton, B.B. King, Hall & Oates, Louis Armstrong, Paul Simon, Marvin Gaye and James Brown. For more information, visit

The Peterson Concert Series is open to all at no charge through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and generous donors. Doors open at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Peterson Music Librarian David War­ing at [email protected] or call 203-622-7917.

The Friends Friday Film Series will present two films in recognition of Black History Month. On Friday, Feb. 3, the Friends will screen the documentary The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story (2010) a portrait of the legendary music producer at Atlantic Records who worked with Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, George Martin, the Bee Gees and more. Joe Mardin, Arif’s son and producer of the documentary, will share his insights on the creation of the film and various musicians who recorded for Atlantic Records, including Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (see above).

On Friday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. the Library will show Race (2016), a drama based on black athlete Jesse Owens’s struggles to overcome racism at home and abroad in his inspiring journey to the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

The Friday Film Series is made possible by contributions to the Friends of Greenwich Library and admission is open to all at no charge. Showtime is 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:40 p.m. Call 203-622-7910 for more information.

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About Greenwich Library

The Greenwich Library system consists of the Main Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches. The mission of Greenwich Library is to provide exceptional resources, programs and services that promote the joy of lifelong learning and discovery, and to offer a welcoming place for people to gather and share experiences. With 1,400 programs and events per year, the Library seeks to serve as the cultural and intellectual crossroads of the community. Greenwich Library has a total circulation of about 1.5 million, the highest reported in Connecticut. Greenwich Library was recently named a five-star library by Library Journal for the eighth time. Greenwich Library is located at 101 West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich. Cos Cob Library is located at 5 Sinawoy Road in Cos Cob. Byram Shubert Library is located at 21 Mead Avenue in Greenwich. More information is available online at or by calling 203-622-7900.


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