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The Gleason Public Library is very pleased to announce its upcoming special programs. All of the events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, these community events will be held in the Hollis Room, Gleason Public Library.

Upcoming for adults:


4th Annual Poetry Contest, Theme: Home

All ages welcome! Winners will be selected for the following age groups:
ages 8 & younger
ages 9-12
ages 13-17
ages 18+

First place winners will receive a $100 CASH PRIZE, recognition at the poetry reception on Saturday, May 3rd, 1 p.m., and their poem printed in the Carlisle Mosquito.

Contest Rules
Contestants may submit one original, unpublished poem. Poems should address the theme “home.” All entries must include a cover sheet with the contestant’s name, age, and contact information; to facilitate blind judging, names and contact information should not appear on the poem. Entries will be accepted by email to Katie at or in-person at the library. All entries must be received by 2 p.m. on Friday, April 11th.

Supported by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

Healthy community series: Oral Health, Heart Health, Rheumatology, and the Architecture of Sleep
All talks are free and open to the public and will be held in the Gleason Library’s third floor Hollis Room; please call the Library at (978) 369-4898 to register or with any questions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Council on Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. Visit for more information on all library programs.

Sleep and Health
Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m.
Neil Kruszkowski, Director of Cardiopulmonary/Neurology/Sleep Disorders for Emerson Hospital, will be discussing the elements and "architecture" of a "normal" night's sleep. He will also talk about what can go wrong with sleep and the overall health effects of disordered sleep, as well as various common therapies.

What changes in our sleep as we age and how sleep testing is done will also be covered. Neil, a Registered Respiratory Therapist since 1979, is also a credentialed Sleep Disorders Specialist.

Cardiac power, stroke free
Wednesday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m.
Would you like to understand how to prevent a stroke or heart attack and know more about atrial fibrillation? If so, please join the Carlisle Council on Aging and the Gleason Public Library by attending an informational session with Dr. Lincoln N. Pinsky on Wednesday, April 16 at 1:30 at the Gleason Public Library Hollis Room. Learn more about keeping your heart healthy, medications and other interventions used, and terms you may encounter. Dr. Pinsky is a Board Certified Physician with over 40 years of experience in Internal Medicine and Cardio Vascular Disease, most recently working in Lowell and at Lowell General Hospital. Dr. Pinsky attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and did his post-graduate studies at Boston City Hospital, New England Medical Center and University Hospital. Dr. Pinsky will provide information and answer your questions regarding cardiac issues.

What Do Your Teeth Say About You?
Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m.
Dr. Andrea Richman will discuss the important relationship between Oral Health and overall health. Learn how proper oral care changes over the years, and how best to prevent problems. She will also discuss the various options for replacing missing teeth, and answer any other questions you might have. Dr. Richman had been practicing General Dentistry in Carlisle for the past 33 years. She received her dental degree from Tufts University in 1978 and did a general practice residency at Boston City Hospital. Dr. Richman is a Past President of the Massachusetts Dental Society.

You and Your Aches and Pains
Wednesday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis, affecting about 1.3 million people in the U.S. On Wednesday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m., Dr. Alan Marks will help you understand more about this condition, including:

  • What is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?
  • What is the difference between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis?
  • What questions should you ask your Rheumatologist?
  • What treatment options are available?
  • What lifestyle changes can make RA easier to live with?

Dr. Marks is a board-certified physician with over thirty years of experience in rheumatology and internal medicine and is on the staff at Emerson Hospital. He will provide information and answer your questions.


Reading Poetry Anew

Dip or dive into the pleasures of poetry. This informal course, led by Mary Zoll, will include poetry readings and reactions, discussions of the patterns and techniques used in the poems, and perhaps some intellectual understanding of the poems. This class meets one Tuesday a month, at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room. Open to anyone interested in experiencing poetry; preregistration is not required. Mary Zoll has published a few poems and read a multitude of poems. Upcoming sessions:

  • April 22: Prose Poetry III
  • May 27: Philip Levine
  • June 24: Summer

Community Book Club

The Carlisle Community Book Club meets monthly at the Library, usually on the second Monday, at 10:15 a.m. Contact Mary Zoll or call the library for more information. Upcoming meetings:

SciFi and Fantasy Book Club

Do you like reading about what the world might become in the future? Or what it would be like to live in a world of magic? How about if something in the past had happened differently, what would today be like? If the answer to any of these questions is, "Yes," then come to the Gleason Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club. Meet others with your tastes. Discuss the ideas in the books you enjoy reading. Eat cookies. It's all here!

Our next meeting is Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m., and the discussion title is The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester. If interested, contact Charles at the library or at We look forward to seeing you!

Carlisle Community Conversations
Held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m., unless otherwise specified

April 15, 2014: Understanding State and Federal Estate and Gift taxes
Attorney Eric Prichard, Brown & Brown, PC, Bedford, MA
Did you know that if you pass away with more than $1 million in your estate (including real estate, life insurance and retirement accounts, as well as cash and other investments) you could be subject to the Massachusetts estate tax? Likewise, if your estate is worth more than $5.34 million, the federal government could also tax you upon death. In this conversation, you will learn how the state and federal estate taxes work, who is subject to taxation and some common sense steps that you can take to reduce your estate tax burden. We will also touch upon the often misunderstood gift tax.

April 29 (rescheduled from February due to snow): Mass Save Program Home Energy Assessments, with Fred Schlicher, Next Step Living Community Program Manager

Join us to learn how the no-cost Mass Save Home Energy ASsessment can help you make your home more energy efficient, more comfortable and save you money. Your 2-3 hour Home Energy Assessment will install instant savings measures such as CFLs, low-flow shower heads and provide a 7-day programmable thermostat. Also an analysis of your home and recommendations on increasing your home's efficiency will be provided. Your Energy Specialist will discuss aditional incentives covered by Mass Save such as:

  • 75% off--up to $2000--for qualifying insulation improvements
  • No-cost, targeted air sealing
  • 0% interest HEAT loan to assist with qualified energy-efficient improvements
  • Significant rebates for high-efficiency heating and hot water equipment

May 6, 2014. Visit with Rescued Arabian Horses in Carlisle.
Jeannie Lieb, Co-Chair Al Khamsa Preservation Task Force, and Member Al Khamsa Board of Directors

Jeannie Lieb invites us to visit her barn at 288 Maple St., where she uses her “mending” skills to “rescue” lost, Arabian horses. Part of Jeannie’s personal goal is to find new homes for these horses where they can heal, and their bloodline will be preserved. She is not only finding new homes, she is preserving the Arabian horses in North America that can reasonably be assumed to descend entirely from Bedouin Arabian horses . This is a wonderful opportunity to see these beautiful animals and hear Jeannie’s stories about them, and about her mission with the Al Khamsa organization.

May 27, 2014 @ 1:30pm – Long-Term Care: What Are Your Options?
Richard J. West, Financial Advisor, Waddell & Reed, Inc. (Member SIPC)

Given the rapidly changing assisted living marketplace, have you adequately protected yourself, your family and your estate from the very real risk of Long-Term Care? Join us May 27 th @ 1:30pm at the Gleason Library in Carlisle to learn who might need Long-Term Care; what costs are associated with Long-Term Care; and what options are available to you – including details on self-insurance, private-insurance and government assistance programs. Learn what actions you can take today to help protect yourself tomorrow.

* Insurance products are offered through insurance companies with which Waddell & Reed has sales arrangements.

Device Advice

Do you have questions about downloading ebooks or magazines through the library? Looking for help navigating a new phone or laptop? Book-a-Librarian sessions at the Gleason are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. A library staff member will give undivided attention to customers who want in-depth technical assistance on these and other topics such as starting an email account, joining Facebook, becoming a power user of the library's catalog, or beginning a research project.

To book a 30 to 60 minute one-on-one appointment, call 978-369-4898 and ask for Martha or Katie, or email

Seismograph Project

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our very own EQ1 Educational Seismograph! Stop by the Library any time to see the seismograph and its real-time earthquake data, and stay tuned for our full calendar of workshops coming up throughout the year! Read more about the seismograph...



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