Boston Public Library is offering dedicated programs April 14-19 in honor of the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon, all to be held at the Central Library in Copley Square. The library welcomes visitors not only to reflect and gather as one community but to experience and enjoy programs that serve as a respite during this week of remembrance.
On Tuesday, April 15, there will be a delayed public opening of the Central Library; public service hours will take place from 4-9 p.m. On Sunday, April 20, the Central Library will be open exclusively for viewing of the Dear Boston exhibition from 1-5 p.m. via the Dartmouth Street entrance only. All Boston Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, April 21, in observance of Patriot’s Day.
All dedicated programs are free and open to all:
- Concerts in the Courtyard: Free lunchtime concerts will be held Monday, April 14, and Wednesday through Saturday, April 16-19, at 12:30 p.m. in the McKim Courtyard, featuring music from Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble, Daniel Acsadi, American Century Music with Gabriela Diaz, and New England Conservatory. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held in Rabb Lecture Hall.
- Art & Architecture Tours: The tours highlighting the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and many works of famed sculptors and painters take place at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14, and Wednesday through Saturday, April 16-19. On Tuesday and Thursday of that week, a 6 p.m. tour will be offered. The free tours last about an hour and meet in the lobby of the McKim Building.
- Robert Wicks Author Talk: Robert Wicks discusses his book Perspective: The Calm Within the Storm, a combination of research and classic wisdom that provides advice on how to discover and regain a balanced and healthy perspective, on Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Salon.
- Boston Globe Author Panel: Reporters Scott Helman and Jenna Russell speak about their book Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City’s Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice on Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall. Long Mile Home tells the gripping story of the tragic, surreal, and ultimately inspiring week of April 15, 2013, and highlights the bravery, resourcefulness, and resiliency of the Boston community before, during, and after the tragic Marathon Bombings. The talk is moderated by WBUR reporter and host Deborah Becker.
- “Aftermath” Photo Lecture: Photographer Joshua Touster speaks about “Aftermath: A Photographic Reflection on the Boston Marathon,” a compilation of photos taken in the days and weeks after last year’s Boston Marathon, on Saturday, April 19, at 2 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall.
- Our Marathon: Share Your Story: A community project hosted at Northeastern University, Our Marathon is a crowdsourced digital archive of stories, photos, videos, and social media related to the 2013 Boston Marathon and its aftermath. From Wednesday, April 16 to Saturday, April 19, at 12- 4 p.m. in the Orientation Room, visitors will be able to examine some of the thousands of digital items presently in the archive and will also have the opportunity to add their own stories and photos to the collection.
- Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial: The exhibition marks the one-year anniversary of last year’s Marathon and includes a selection of items from the memorial collection displayed in Copley Square. The exhibition runs through Sunday, May 11, in the McKim Exhibition Hall. The organizing partners include the Boston City Archives, Boston Art Commission, New England Museum Association, Boston Public Library, and Iron Mountain.
The complete schedule of Boston Marathon programs is available at www.bpl.org/press/boston-marathon.
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