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What if all of Carlisle read and discussed one book? The Carlisle Reads 2016 title was No Man's Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America. Events included a visit by the author, Elizabeth Samet, a professor of literature at West Point.

Carlisle Reads is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. Would you like to receive updates on library events? Click here to subscribe to our monthly enewsletter. If you have suggestions for future titles or programs, or if you'd be interested in helping to plan Carlisle Reads, please email Martha at or ask at the Library any time.


Each year our committee administers the choice of a book for the Carlisle community to read and discuss. We then plan a number of events, both fun and serious, around the book and its subject. These events often include discussion groups, panel presentations, lectures, movies, and social events.

We are looking for a book with wide appeal to Carlisleans of both sexes, a range of ages, and various walks of life. In the past the choices have mostly been non-fiction, but we welcome suggestions in any genre. The Committee will assess each suggested book on its quality, subject matter, ability to generate interesting programming ideas, likelihood of attracting a wide audience and preferred length of less than 400 pages. We will choose several books for the community to vote on throughout the summer. The programs will happen mid-March to mid-April next year (2017) to help avoid weather cancellations.

To send in your suggestions, use the form below or email In addition to the name of the book and author, please add a line or two explaining why you think this book would make a good community read. Any ideas you have for programs are also welcome. We are always looking for new members to join our committee, so let us know if you or someone you know is interested.

Thank you in advance. We look forward to your suggestions.

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American Nations dinner
2014's American Nations dinner


Past community reads have included:

  • 2016: No Man's Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America, by Elizabeth Samet
  • 2015: Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson
  • 2014: American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, by Colin Woodard
  • 2013: The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, by Candice Millard
  • 2012: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
  • 2011: Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers
  • 2010: The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, by Jeffrey Toobin
  • 2009: The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria

The One City, One Book concept began in Seattle in 1998, when librarian Nancy Pearl asked what would happen if the whole city read the same book. The idea caught on nationwide and has become popular in the Boston area as a way to promote reading, build community, and provoke discussion. Carlisle's program was established in 2009.