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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
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.

Looking for reading ideas to fill out your bingo? Click here for our pinterest boards of suggestions for bingo categories.

Carlisle Reads 2015 voting
Click here to vote for next January's read!


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:

  • July 22: Pablo Neruda
  • 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:

  • July 14: The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill
  • August 18: Defending Jacob by William Landay
  • September 8: The Things That Matter┬áby 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!

Our next meeting is Monday, July 21, at 7 p.m, discussing The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the main desk. If interested, contact Charles at the library or at We look forward to seeing you!

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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