The Newton Free Library is an official partner of #BostonBetter; a project of Boston's museums, libraries and archives. The project focuses on "better" in terms of healing (both physically and emotionally) as well as an improvement in quality, as in a better life. In April 2014 for the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings, Boston's cultural institutions plan to open their doors wide, all over the city, to help Boston feel better and be better. We want to start a conversation:
(Paraphrased from #BostonBetter.org.)
In conjunction with the Aftermath: Remembering the Boston Marathon Bombings program, a weekly rotating display of Joshua Touster’s stunning post-Marathon bombing photographs of sites in Watertown and Boston at the memorial will be on view in the library’s Atrium from April 2-29. Joshua Touster has exhibited his work extensively both in the U.S. and abroad.
Sunday, April 13, 2:00 pm: Join the Barbara Cassidy Band for a concert of songs with a thematic connection to “healing, hope and moving on.” Numbers will include band originals, and contemporary/pop and traditional songs. The Barbara Cassidy Band are Newton residents Barbara Cassidy, and her husband, Eric Chasalow. Barbara Cassidy is a professional singer with many years of musical theater and cabaret experience. Eric Chasalow is a composer and Professor of Music at Brandeis University where he directs BEAMS (Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio). He has been honored by the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Thursday, April 17, 3:00-5:30 pm: Share your photographs, memories, videos or story about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing with Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, a community project hosted by Northeastern University. Speak with representatives of Northeastern’s Our Marathon team at this Share Your Story event. Your contribution about how the Boston Marathon bombing affected you will be preserved in the Our Marathon digital archive. No story is too small for Our Marathon. If you have images or videos please bring them with you on a flash drive and Northeastern’s staff will guide you through the process of posting your information on their website using their computers. The program is cosponsored by Historic Newton.
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7:00 pm: Watertown-based photographer Joshua Touster will give an illustrated lecture titled Aftermath: Remembering the Boston Marathon Bombings. Mr. Touster will share his stunning post-Marathon bombing images, and his personal and professional remembrances of the days following the bombings, the capture of the bombing suspect, and Boston and Watertown's continuing response to the tragedy.
Thursday, April 24 at 2:00 pm for kids and 3:00 pm for teens: Need a respite from all of Marathon-related hubbub? The Museum of Science, an official charity of the Marathon, and will be offering free programs to libraries along the Marathon route. Join us for one of two sessions on rockets.