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#BostonBetter: Remembering the Boston Marathon Bombing   Tags: boston marathon, community service, domestic terrorism, national service, trauma, volunteering  

The deadly and horrifying Boston Marathon bombing has taught us about the savagery of diabolical individuals, the courage of the survivors, and also the heroism, kindness, and generosity of people in our midst and around the world.
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Internet Resources on #BostonBetter and Our Marathon:
The Boston Bombing Digital Archive

#BostonBetter: A project of Boston-area museums, libraries, hospitals, and archives.

#BostonBetter has multiple meanings. On one hand, better means healing—better physically and emotionally. But it also means an improvement in quality: a better choice, a better life. It is Abraham Lincoln's "better angels of our nature" and William Faulkner's "try to be better than yourself."
In April 2014 for the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing, Boston-area cultural institutions plan to open our doors wide to help our community feel better and be better. We want to start a conversation:
  • What will help you heal?
  • What will help the city heal?
  • Together, how can we show the world that our response to this tragedy is to summon our best selves, individually and collectively?
  • What will make #BostonBetter?

A community project, hosted at Northeastern University

Our Marathon is a crowd-sourced, digital archive of pictures, videos, stories, and social media related to the Boston Marathon bombing.

We believe that sharing stories from survivors, families, witnesses, visitors to the city, and everyone around the world touched by the event will speed the healing process. This is the place to share those images, emotions, and experiences to help us understand the bombing and its aftermath.



Internet Resources on How Individuals Can Cope With Traumatic Events

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Coping with Tragedy
Information from the University of California Medical Center

Coping with Traumatic Events 
From the National Institute of Mental Health

Internet Resources on Mental Health and Well-Being: Finding Recovery Within & With Support

  • Mental Health Guide
    The Newton Free Library’s Mental Health website, with many useful links to other resources.
  • Child & Family Services: Riverside Community Care
    Website for a Newton-area agency that provides professional assistance in the areas of community mental health and child and family services.
  • Mental Health America
    A community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.
  • Help for Mental Illnesses
    Website of the National Institute of Mental Health, providing information and assistance for those in need.


The Newton Free Library invites citizens of all ages to step forward and volunteer in the Greater Boston area in conjunction with #BostonBetter to mark the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon tragedy and to build a stronger community.

Internet Resources About Volunteering & Community Service

  • Newton Community Service Center
    NCSC strengthens families and the community in Newton, Waltham, and surrounding areas by encouraging volunteerism.
  • Volunteers of America: Massachusetts
    With links for volunteer opportunities in the Boston area.
  • Boston Cares
    Volunteering for a greater Boston; the region's largest volunteer mobilizer, working to transform individuals and communities through service and civic engagement.
  • Volunteer Boston
    A web resource for community service organizations and their volunteers in the Boston area.
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