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:
- Tuesday, May 7, 11 a.m. Community Conversations: New Massachusetts Trust Code
- Monday, May 13, 10:15 a.m. Book Club: The Piano Tuner
- 7 p.m. Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
- Tuesday, May 21, 11 a.m. Community Conversations: New Massachusetts Probate Code
- Wednesday, May 22, 7 p.m. Carlisle and the Civil War
- Tuesday, May 28, 10:30 a.m. Reading Poetry Anew: Li-Young Lee
- Friday, May 31, 7 p.m. Movie: Lincoln
- Tuesday, June 4, 11 a.m. English Smocking with Terry Quinn
- Monday, June 10, 10:15 a.m. Book Club: The Time Traveler's Wife
- 7 p.m. Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
- Tuesday, June 11, 7 p.m. The Battle of Gettysburg with Gary Hylander
Left Behind: Evidence of Devotion & Destruction on the Gettysburg Battlefield
One hundred fifty years ago, the battlefield at Gettysburg was left scarred with personal effects, weapons, and the remains of 8,000 dead. Townspeople, scavengers, and tourists scoured the fields, collecting what they knew would be pieces of history. In the 1890s, W. Irving Heald, a Carlisle resident, purchased a large collection of Gettysburg relics from The Danner Museum of Gettysburg. Heald gave this collection to the Town of Carlisle in 1916. In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Gleason Public Library invites you to view this collection of important artifacts. The artifacts will be on display until July 20th, 2013.
Please call the Library at 978-369-4898 to reserve your spot for these free programs or with any questions.
Carlisle and the Civil War: Wednesday, May 22, 7 p.m.
Come learn about Carlisle's involvement in the Civil War and the history of Carlisle's Gettysburg Collection. Presented by local historian Paul Carpenter.
Lincoln: Friday, May 31, 7 p.m.
Join us after hours for a showing of Lincoln, the 2012 award-winning film starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Refreshments provided.
The Battle of Gettysburg: Tuesday, June 11, 7 p.m.
Professor Gary Hylander will present a lecture on the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address. Dr. Hylander is a Presidential Historian, on the staff at BU School of Education, and a pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For Tweens and Teens: The Civil War in Your Hands: Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what it would like to be on the battlefield during the Civil War? Join Brad Peters and Jan Ross as they tell the story of the 20th Maine and General Joshua Chamberlain. Participants will have to chance to handle real Civil War artifacts after the presentation. Limited to ages 9+.
BOOK CLUBS AND ONGOING PROGRAMS
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:
- May 28: Li-Young Lee
Community Book Club
The Carlisle Community Book Club meets monthly at the Library, usually on the second Monday. Contact Mary Zoll or call the library for more information. Upcoming meetings:
- Monday, June 10, 10:15 a.m.: The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
- Monday, July 8, 10:15 a.m.: A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
- Monday, August 12, 10:15 a.m.: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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 the 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, June 10, at 7 p.m., and the discussion title is Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm. If interested, contact Charles at the library or at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you!
Carlisle Poetry Contest: Dreams
Congratulations to the 2013 Winners:
Age 8 & under:
1st place: Icecicle Dream, a haiku by Chase Rule
Honorable mention: On the Table by Nora Molten
Ages 9 to 13:
1st place: Dreams by Maggie Barry
Honorable mention: Free by Fiona Gormley
Honorable mention: Just a Dream by Rholee Xu
Ages 14 to 18:
1st place: Falling by Rebecca Bishop
Honorable mention: The Flight by Cassidy Smith
Ages 19 and up:
1st place: Night Goggles by Bruce Goldberg
Honorable mention: The $48 by Paul Bergeron
Carlisle Community Conversations
Conversations are held at 11 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted.
May 21, 2013 - New Massachusetts Probate Code. Eric Prichard, attorney
The new Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code and Trust Code went into effect April 2, 2012, dramatically changing the probate process for distributing property when someone passes away. These changes could significantly affect your estate plan. Attorney Eric Prichard from Brown & Brown, PC will discuss how the new Probate Code works, the major differences between the old system of probate and the newer, "easier" system, and he will also talk about changes that you may have to make to ensure that your estate planning documents comply with the new probate rules.
June 4, 2013 - English smocking. Terry Quinn, Seamstress, presenter.
Terry will show us the basics of English Smocking, which is putting a piece of fabric through a pleater and then embroidering on the pleats. Once that's done, you can use the fabric to do many things: you can make a bonnet with it, or the smocked front of a little girl's dress. We will make an ornament as a quick project. Don't worry if you don't own a pleater, or have never used one. Terry will provide one, and if anyone is interested, she will show you how to use it. All materials provided. Just come to watch and learn.
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...