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, March 4, 1:30 p.m. Community Conversations: Learning about the Clark Farm CSA
- Wednesdays, March 5, 12, & 19, 1:30 p.m.: ArtMatters with Jane Blair
- Saturday, March 8 & 15, 10:15 a.m.: How to Write Poetry/Poetry Writing Workshop
- Monday, March 10, 10:15 a.m.: Community Book Club: The Swerve
- 7 p.m. SFF Book Club: Through Wolf's Eyes
- Tuesday, March 18, 1:30 p.m. Community Conversations: Understanding and Alleviating Pain
- Tuesday, March 25, 7 p.m. Talking with Owls
- Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m. Native Caterpillars
- Monday, March 31, 7 p.m. Author Rick Frese: Carlisle's Role in the Civil War
- Friday, April 11, 2 p.m.: Fourth Annual Poetry Contest Entries Due
- Wednesday, April 2, 1:30pm (ArtMatters Snow Date if needed)
- 7:00pm Sleep Talk
- Monday, April 14, 10:15am Community Book Club: Home Front
- 3:00pm Caregiver support group
- Tuesday, April 15, 1:30pm Community Conversations: Estate and Gift Taxes
- Wednesday, April 16, 1:30pm Heart health with Dr. Lincoln Pinsky
- Thursday, April 17, 6:30pm French Film
- Tuesday, April 22, 10:30am Reading Poetry Anew: Prose Poetry III
- Tuesday, April 29, 1:30pm Community Conversations: Home Energy Assessments
- Wednesday, April 30, 7:00pm Dental Talk
- Tuesday, May 6, 1:30pm Community Conversations: Rescued Arabian Horses
- Monday, May 12, 10:15am Community Book Club: Half of a Yellow Sun
- 3:00pm Caregiver support group
- Wednesday, May 21, 1:30pm Rheumatology talk
- Tuesday, May 27, 10:30am Reading Poetry Anew
- 1:30pm Community Conversations: Long-Term Care
ArtMatters presentations: The Italian Renaissance, Da Vinci, and Picasso
This March, Jane Blair of ArtMatters returns to Carlisle for an informative and inspiring series on the Italian Renaissance and two influential renaissance men of different eras: Leonardo Da Vinci and Pablo Picasso. Talks will be Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m., March 5, 12, and 19, at St. Irene Church, 181 East Street in Carlisle. 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.
March 5: The Italian Renaissance
After almost 1000 years of "dark ages", the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci, and Michelangelo led the way for a "Rebirth" of learning, art and humanity. They helped to cast a bright new light on culture, and to rekindle a love of learning which encouraged science, new technology and a growing humanity. Join us for a look at their lives and their work, and a discussion of the Italian Renaissance.
March 12: Leonardo Da Vinci
He was one of the greatest painters in the world, but painting was not what he did the best. Da Vinci was a scientist, a chemist, a mathematician, an engineer, a designer of military equipment and strategist, a sculptor, a concert level musician, and an inventor. He was The Renaissance Man. Join us for a look into all the works of Leonardo Da Vinci and the vision that was his genius.
March 19: Pablo Picasso
Whether you swear by him or at him, Picasso was undeniably the most successful and influential artist of the 20th Century. He was certainly the most influential artist since Leonardo Da Vinci. He was able to change his style, so quickly, so completely, that he seemed like many different artists. You can't like it all; he made over 50,000 works of art. But there will be one era, one style, even a single painting, that will make you say, "I didn't know Picasso did that, I love that." Join us for a look at, and a discussion of, the many, many styles, expressions, loves and lives of the man at the heart of modern art. Jane Blair is an artist, art educator in many fine art disciplines, and owner of ARTMatters, an art awareness program serving schools, libraries and senior groups. She has BFA from Boston University, a MFA from the University of Illinois and is a PK-12 certified art educator.
Get ready to practice your owl calls!
All ages are invited to join us for this interesting program on interacting with natural environments through acoustics. In 2003, the Maine Audubon Society, and later Unity College, begin a ten-year survey of owls using the “playback” method. This survey, conducted by volunteers throughout the state of Maine, required on-site visits typically late at night and likely in the cold to “play” owl vocalizations using stereo equipment such as MP3, CD and even tape or car stereo players. Since then, efforts have been made to utilize cell phone technology to acoustically interact with owls (or other species) from remote (and warmer!) locations. Presented by Carlisle resident Dale Joachim. Mr. Joachim has held faculty and research positions at Lockheed Martin, Tulane University, MIT and Lincoln Laboratory. While at MIT/Media Lab, he explored new ways to interact with natural environments through acoustics.
Call 978-369-4898 to reserve your spot for this free presentation.
Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Naturalist-photographer Samuel Jaffe will present his photographs and discuss his work with native Massachusetts caterpillars. Highlights will include details on the fascinating defensive adaptations of caterpillars, and stories of how Sam finds, rears, and photographs these creatures. In addition, Sam will discuss how he has incorporated caterpillars into educational programming and curriculum across New England, in the hopes of fostering a new generation of aware and passionate naturalists. You can see and learn more about Sam's work at his website, Art of Survival.
Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. Call 978-369-4898 to reserve your spot for this free presentation.
Author Rick Frese: Carlisle's Role in the Civil War
Monday, March 31, 7 p.m.
Rick Frese, a resident of Concord and author of the just-released book Concord and the Civil War: From Walden Pond to the Gettysburg Front will speak about his research with special emphasis on the men from Carlisle who fought. This talk is especially timely during the current Sesquicentennial remembrance of the Civil War. Refreshments will be served. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and Mr. Frese will be happy to sign them.
Co-sponsored by the Carlisle Historical Society and the Gleason Public Library. Call 978-369-4898 to reserve your spot for this free presentation.
4th Annual Poetry Contest, Theme: Home
All ages welcome! Winners will be selected for the following age groups:
ages 8 & younger
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Interested in writing poetry but don't know where to start? Join us for these events in March:
How to Write Poetry
Saturday, March 8, 10:15 a.m.
Poetry Writing Workshop
Saturday, March 15, 10:15 a.m.
Workshops cancelled, but our poetry contest continues, deadline 2 p.m. Friday, April 11th.
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 www.gleasonlibrary.org 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.
Heart Healthy Prevention and Intervention
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.
Oral Health, Overall Health
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.
Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Wednesday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m.
RA is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis, affecting about 1.3 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.
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:
- February 25: Kevin Young
- March 25: Mary Ruefle (winner of the Robert Creeley Award)
- April 22: Prose Poetry III
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:
- March 10: The Swerve, by Stephen Greenblatt
- April 14: Home Front, by Kristin Hannah
- May 12: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie
- June 9: The Widow Clicquot by Tilar J. Mazzeo
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, March 10, at 7 p.m., and the discussion title is Through Wolf's Eyes by Jane Lindskold. If interested, contact Charles at the library or at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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
March 4: Learning About the Clark Farm CSA
Andrew Rodgers, Farmer
With the goal of creating a community asset, by bringing the iconic Clark Farm back to life, Andrew Rodgers has been working to improve the health of the soils, while using organic techniques to produce all vegetables, berries, herbs and flowers. He raises livestock on the farm using the same principles as for the vegetables. He has created an integrated farm ecosystem, and manages it on a financial model called a "CSA", where customers pay for their share of the harvest upfront, and receive dividends in shares, as the crops become available. Clark Farm is a place where families can come and have a connection with the land and their food. Join us to hear Andrew talk about his first year farming this historic property, and his plans for the 2014 CSA.
March 18: Understanding and Alleviating Pain
Dr. Barron, Chiropractor
Ever felt like your pain just came out of nowhere? Have you been fine one day, then miserable the next, even though you didn't do anything differently? Do pain killers and traditional western medicine only provide a temporary fix? That's because where it hurts is often not why it hurts and why the pain frequently returns. Chiropractic care can help unravel the mystery of pain. Rather than simply treating the symptoms, this holistic approach to health detects the source of the pain. By understanding the underlying cause, you and your chiropractor help heal your body without drugs or invasive surgery. Dr. Barron will perform a trigger point massage (a brief seated hands on assessment of areas of stress and inflammation) for the first five people who attend the conversation, immediately after his talk.
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.
Book a Librarian Tech Help
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 email@example.com.
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...