Musical tribute to Edward Kelly on May 25 in Charlestown

Staff Writer
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The Friend of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library are presenting Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser in a musical tribute to "Friend of the Year" Edward F. Kelly at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. The event, which will be held at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., opens with the award presentation, following by the concert and a reception.

The event is free and open to everyone. The library is wheelchair accessible and located near the MBTA’s Orange Line and bus connections.

Kelly is a native of Charlestown and lifetime resident. He has been chosen to be this year's "Friend of the Year" in recognition of his lifetime library membership as well as his commitment as a benefactor and supporter of the library.

Novick and Van Duser have been together as a duo for 40 years, as some would say, longer than most marriages. They found each other during rehearsals for a dance performance. Novick agreed to play on Van Duser's debut solo album "Fingerstyle Guitar."

Although executives at the Rounder Record label were dubious of the combination of woodwinds and acoustic guitar, the results were so impressive that Novick and Van Duser agreed to continue pooling their resources.

Since then, they have performed in concerts, clubs and festivals all over North America and Europe, have been frequent guests on many popular radio programs, such as "Prairie Home Companion" and "All Things Considered," and have been featured on numerous film and TV soundtracks.

Further info on this dynamic duo can be found at

The Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library was formed in 1953, becoming the second Friends group to organize within the Boston Public Library system. The Friends schedule four to six evening programs a year, support the Reading is FUNdamental programs for children and maintain the library’s landscaping.

The mission of the Friends remains today what it was in 1953: to serve as an advocacy and support group for the needs of the Charlestown Branch Library, its staff and users. Visit,, and

For more information about the event, visit the Friends online or email or phone 617-242-1248.