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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:


Summer Reading for ALL ages
UPDATE: didn't make it to the library to pick up a bingo? CLICK HERE TO PRINT AT HOME, and return to the library by August 29th. Come by the Gleason Library to pick up your Book Bingo! Adults and high school students who make "bingo" by Friday, August 29th will be entered in the raffle to win three $50 gift certificates to area businesses. Try out some new genres or settings while you're on the beach, at the cabin, reading with children or grandchildren, or catching up on your "to-read" pile.

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Cold War, Hot Peace with Gary Hylander
Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., September 25th and October 2nd and 16th
Advance registration requested

With the end of World War II, the American people looked to the world beyond their borders with an air of optimism. Nearly eighty percent endorsed U.S. membership in the United Nations as an agent for the peaceful resolution of future conflicts. Yet within a period of less than a year, such optimism had vanished. General Lucius Clay, the American military governor of Berlin, warned that "war……may come with a dramatic suddenness." Meanwhile President Truman charged that the Soviet Union was engaged in a "ruthless course of action…seeking to extend its rule over Europe." The Cold War had started.

Gary Hylander earned his Ph.D. at Boston College and is now an independent scholar who specializes as a Presidential Historian. He is a visiting professor at Framingham State University, on the staff at Boston University School of Education, and a pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Hylander is a frequent lecturer at library forums, historical societies, senior living centers, and civil and professional organizations as well as a public affairs commentator on local news and radio.

This series is free and open to the public, but seating is limited; please call the Library at (978) 369-4898 to register or with any questions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Council on Aging Rose Pullara Fund and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. Gary Hylander appears in partnership with Sage Educational Services.

SESSION ONE: "An Iron Curtain"
After 1945, the Red Army occupied all of Eastern Europe. Stalin's rule was grotesque. He turned all of Eastern Europe into a vast prison. In what emerged as the most evocative metaphor of the Cold War, Winston Churchill announced that an "Iron Curtain" had descended across Europe. Soviet power also threatened the oil fields of the Middle East. Communists swept to power in China. As the first president of the Cold War, how was Harry Truman going to respond to the swiftly moving spread of totalitarian regimes?

SESSION TWO: "Better Dead Than Red"
Threats of massive retaliation and brinkmanship were the Cold War watchwords of the Eisenhower years. The sonic boom was celebrated as the "sound of freedom." During the 1960's, Presidents Kennedy and Johnson continued to deal with the threat of communism in Cuba, Indochina and the Middle East. The Nixon years brought détente with the Soviet Union, withdrawal from Vietnam and an historic visit to Red China in 1972.

SESSION THREE: "The Evil Empire"
In 1980, Ronald Reagan assured voters that the malaise of the Carter years was over and that it was "Morning in America, again." Promoting a massive increase in military spending and backed up by the Reagan Doctrine, President Reagan embarked on a concerted effort to rollback communism in the "third world." At the end of the Reagan-Bush years, the world witnessed the fall of the Iron Curtain and the break-up of the Soviet Union. The Cold War was over.

Music from the Cold War: 1947-1991, with Richard Travers
Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., November 5th, 12th, and 19th
Advance registration requested

This November, music educator Richard Travers presents the Music of the Cold War era, a three part presentation looking at the facts, films and musicians of a dark period of American/Soviet relations. This series will take place on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., November 5, 12, and 19, at the Gleason Library third floor Hollis Room.

Part One (11/5): the effects of the Korean War, McCarthyism, the Space Race, the Iron Curtain, the Voice of America broadcasts and the Bomb Shelter. The composers and artists who wrote music protesting the conditions of the early part of the Cold War will be studied and discussed.

Part Two (11/12): the 'innocence' of the social understanding of the power of the nuclear bomb will be presented using PSAs such as 'Duck and Hide' and 'What is a Communist?' The Kennedy administration and the Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, the influence of J. Edgar Hoover, the building of the Eastern Bloc, and the Truman Doctrine will all be discussed. The rock 'n' roll music of the 1950s through the 1970s will be discussed; among the selections will be such classics as "Radioactive Mama", "No, No Joe" and "Atom Bomb Baby". Music from the Vietnam era such as 'Eve of Destruction" and Bob Dylan's 'Masters of War' will be presented.

Part Three (11/19): a close look at the Reagan Administration, Perestroika and Glasnost, and at the influence of classical music and ballet (Nureyev) from the Soviet perspective and Soviet propaganda, as well as music from Billy Joel and Sting.

Music Director Richard Travers earned a master's degree in Choral Conducting from the Boston Conservatory as a student of Allen Lannom and a degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music. A music educator in the Newton Public Schools since 1976, Travers is the director of four choirs at Newton North High School, and has served as the Assistant Music Director of the Masterworks Chorale, Choral Director of Fitchburg State College, and Director of the New England Conservatory Youth Chorale. He has been the Music Director of the Newton Community Chorus from 1998 to the present. Travers recently completed his tenure as Music Director of the Rosie's Place Jazz Choir working closely with Kip Tiernan, founder of Rosie's Place.

This series is free and open to the public, but seating is limited; please call the Library at (978) 369-4898 to register or with any questions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Council on Aging Lee Milliken Fund and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. Richard Travers appears in partnership with Sage Educational Services. Visit for more information on all library 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:

  • August 26: Poems about Snakes
  • September 23: Emily Dickinson
  • October 28: Walt Whitman
  • November 18: Gratitude
  • December 9: Rumi

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:

  • September 8: The Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer
  • October 6: A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  • November 10: The Last Juror by John Grisham

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!

Check back for details on our September meeting, or contact Charles at the library or at We look forward to seeing you!

Caregiver Support Group
Usually meets second Monday of each month, 3:30-5 p.m.

Anne Marie Rowse, BS, LNHA, CMC prin. of Senior Care Advisors, LLC, is a cert. geriatric care manager with over 25 years of experience in the field of health care. Anne Marie volunteered to facilitate a free Caregiver Support Group for those caring for aging loved ones experiencing challenges, including chronic diseases, stroke, heart and pulmonary disease, Alzheimer's dementia or related conditions, as well as current information for family members or elders themselves looking for health care information. She will provide information with life's transitions: requiring more support, understanding the medical maze, living with Alzheimer's and options. This group is open to residents from any town. For more info, please write 2014-2015 meetings: September 8, October 6, November 10, December 8, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11.

Carlisle Community Conversations
Community Conversations will resume on Tuesdays in October.

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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