22 Bedford Road
Carlisle, MA 01741

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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:

  • Museum passes
  • The Great Pumpkin Spectacle
  • The Summer Reading Program
  • The Authors’ Series
  • Book sales
  • Book Groups
  • Carlisle Reads
  • Speakers for all ages and interests
  • Seismograph

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.


Susan Mills, President
Penny Zezima, Vice President
Verna Gilbert, Secretary
Dave Ives, Treasurer
Linda Myers-Tierney, Member-at-Large
Susannah Vazehgoo, Member-at-Large
Lisa Chaffin, Member-at-Large


Don’t be a book dumper

Recently, librarians at the Gleason Library have found boxes of books left on their doorstep. The library is not accepting book donations. They have nowhere to store them.

The good news, however, is that the Friends of the Gleason Library will hold a book sale this fall and will be collecting books soon. Check the Mosquito and the library website in September for details. Until then, please hang on to your books for just a little longer.

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


Donate to the Friends of Gleason Public Library online now!

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Book sale