Boston Public Library
Press Room

Boston Marathon Programs

April 2014, Central Library in Copley Square


dearbostonGallery Exhibition
Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial

Monday, April 7 – Sunday, May 11, McKim Exhibition Hall
Opens to the public at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 7

Select pieces from the makeshift memorial created in Copley Square are displayed in honor of the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon. This exhibition is organized by a partnership that includes the Boston City Archives, Boston Art Commission, New England Museum Association, Boston Public Library, and Iron Mountain.


courtyardLunchtime Concerts
The library is filled with music during these free lunchtime concerts. All concerts begin at 12:30 p.m.

  • Monday, April 14 - Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble
  • Wednesday, April 16 - Daniel Acsadi.
    **This concert will take place in Rabb Lecture Hall.
  • Thursday, April 17 - American Century Music, featuring Gabriela Diaz
    **This concert will take place in the Abbey Room.
  • Friday, April 18 - New England Conservatory
    **This concert will take place in the Abbey Room.
  • Saturday, April 19 - New England Conservatory
    **This concert will take place in the Abbey Room.

These concerts are sponsored by the Boston Public Library Foundation.


ourmarathonOur Marathon: Share Your Story Event
Wednesday, April 16 – Saturday, April 19, 12 – 4 p.m., Orientation Room

Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive will be holding a series of Share Your Story events. 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 bombings. Visitors can examine some of the thousands of digital items presently in the archive, and can add their own stories and photos to the collection. Representatives from Our Marathon will be present to explain the project and to help visitors share their stories. Laptops will be provided.


perspectiveAuthor talk with Robert J. Wicks
Wednesday, April 16, 6 p.m., Commonwealth Salon

Robert J. Wicks’ latest book Perspective: The Calm Within the Storm combines research and classic wisdom to provide advice on how to discover and regain a balanced, healthy perspective. Wicks received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital and is on the faculty of Loyola University. He has published over 50 books for professionals and the general public including Bounce: Living the Resilient Life, Riding the Dragon, and Streams of Contentment.


attack2Author panel featuring Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman and Jenna Russell, authors of Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City’s Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice
Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m., 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 authors, both journalists at the Boston Globe, are backed by that paper’s deep and widely praised coverage of the event.


aftermathAftermath: A Photographic Reflection on the Boston Marathon
Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m., Rabb Lecture Hall

Days after the bombings, photographer Joshua Touster began photographing the makeshift memorial sites that sprung up around Boylston Street. The series took a personal turn as Touster documented the experience of being locked down in his Watertown home. For the next ten weeks Touster photographed all aspects of the aftermath of the bombings. Touster will show a selection of images and will also discuss his personal and professional reflections.


lionsArt & Architecture Tours: Special Schedule
Public art and architecture tours highlight the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters. The free tours last about an hour and are given by volunteer guides. No appointment is necessary. Tours meet in the lobby of the McKim Building (Dartmouth Street entrance). During the week of April 14, a special schedule is in place that includes additional tours:

  • Monday, April 14 –  11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 15 –  6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 16 –  11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 17 –  11 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 6 p.m.
  • Friday, April 18 –  11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 19 –  11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.


Several cultural organizations throughout the Greater Boston area are hosting commemorative events; the #BostonBetter blog includes listings and more information on programs, schedules, and participating institutions.