22 Bedford Road
Carlisle, MA 01741

phone: 978-369-4898
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Interested in joining the Friends? Click here for a printable membership form (PDF), or ask at the library.

The Friends is a 501 ( c ) (3) charitable corporation made up of volunteers interested in supporting and enhancing the programs, services, and materials available to the community of Carlisle through Gleason Public Library. Our intent is to bring the people of Carlisle together to enjoy this great community resource. View the Friends' bylaws online here (PDF, 2mb). In order to serve as many of the interests of the community as possible, we organize and/or fund ongoing and special programs and services:

In addition, we fund enhancements to the collection or equipment, usually in response to a wish list we request from the staff, or work in concert with the Trustees to assist with their programs or special projects. We publicize library events and programs generated by the staff, the Trustees, or our own group, and work to maintain communication and cooperation with everyone who works for the benefit of Gleason Public Library.

Monies given to The Friends of Gleason Public Library support present and planned programs and projects. We encourage the Carlisle community to suggest new ways to enhance our library’s goals and to join us in our activities. We guarantee that you’ll make friends by being a Friend.


Ann Quenin, President
Kathleen Hauser, Vice President
Verna Gilbert, Secretary
Dave Ives, Treasurer
Amy Livens, Member-at-Large
Susan Mills, Member-at-Large
John Putnam, Member-at-Large
Susannah Vazehgoo, Member-at-Large
Lisa Chaffin, Member-at-Large
Penny Zezima, Member-at-Large



Support the Friends of the Gleason Public Library by purchasing a t-shirt or tote bag!

Inspired by the whimsical cat and crow sculpture at the Gleason and designed by local artist, Emily Stewart, these unique items are ideal for holiday gifts. T-shirts are available in a variety of colors and sizes for all ages. T-shirts may be purchased at the library or by mail. Click here for a mail-in order form (PDF).


Latest news (spring 2014):

Donations accepted:

  • Saturdays 10am to 1pm through May 31
  • Monday, June 2 through Saturday, June 7, all library hours
  • Saturday, June 7 will be the last collection day for this summer's book sale

Next Book Sale on Old Home Day, June 28, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Did you know that the Friends has a storefront on Each year a few of the books that are donated are selected and offered to buyers at a more competitive price with the hopes of gaining a greater yield to benefit the GPL. If you are interested in seeing what we are currently offering, please visit our storefront at

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library generally holds two sales per year: a small indoor sale in the late fall and a large outdoor sale on Old Home Day (last Saturday of June). This year's large outdoor sale will be Saturday, June 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The profits from these sales are a significant source of funding for library programming, museum passes, and many other enhancements for Carlisle patrons. The support, through donations, volunteer hours, and purchases, is greatly appreciated.

Information for large-volume customers may be found here (click to download PDF).


Please consider making your donation in small boxes or shopping bags. Large boxes are heavy and extremely difficult for our volunteers to lift and move. We are looking for all sorts of books in good condition, including fiction, non-fiction, paperbacks, children's books, games and complete puzzles, CDs and DVDs. All electronic media must be in their original box.

Things that we do not accept:

  • Encyclopedia sets
  • Magazines, including National Geographic
  • Readers Digest Condensed Books
  • Textbooks
  • Computer/Software Manuals
  • Books in poor condition
  • Bibles
  • VHS Tapes
  • Copied CDs and videos
  • Photo Albums
  • Coloring books and Mad Lib books that have already been used

We cannot accept these items. They can be recycled if you remove hard covers first.

If you have a large collection to donate, we can arrange for someone to pick them up at your house. Please contact John Putnam at jmputnam1 at or 978-369-9195 to coordinate schedules.


Donate to the Friends of Gleason Public Library online now!


Book sale