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Carlisle, MA 01741

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The Children's Room at the Gleason Public Library offers regular special programs and events throughout the year. These include Sing-Alongs, Performers, and Special Guests. The larger annual events include the Great Pumpkin Spectacle in late October and the Summer Reading Program (late June - early August). Performances and programs are funded by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library, the Cultural Council, and special grants or donations to the Library.


CLICK HERE to download the full flier and calendar (PDF). Register for all events at the Children's Room beginning June 14. All events sponsored by the Friends of the Library unless otherwise noted.

Special events for kids entering grades 1 through 8:

Kick-Off Party
Thursday, June 26, 6pm @ Library

Join us for a fun science-themed party! Participants will explore the world of science and have a chance to complete the egg walk, engineer a marshmallow ant, solve a cypher, make elephant toothpaste, mix a drinkable potion, and more!

Tuesday, July 8, 7pm @ St. Irene Church, 181 East Street

Bubbleology enchants audiences with the art and science of soap bubbles. Keith Johnson uses the magic of bubbles—large and small—to explain liquids, solids and gasses, geometry, tension and pressure.

Nile: the Life-Sized Humpback Whale
Thursday, July 17, 7pm @ Carlisle Public School Gym

PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR NILE THE WHALE IS NOW FULL. Please call to sign up for the waiting list, and please let us know if you have already registered but will not be able to make it.

Join us for a whale of a time! Come learn about whales and the marine environment. Everyone will have the opportunity to go inside the whale. Sponsored by the Susan Zielinski Natural Science Fund.

Monday, July 21, 4pm @ Library

Come learn about robots and see one up close!

How to Catch a Mouse: Simple Machines at Work
Thursday, July 24, 7pm @ St. Irene Church, 181 East Street

Jungle Jim teaches audience members how to build a BETTER mouse trap – one that will capture the mouse without injuring him. But building a new invention like that from scratch might be tricky, especially if we build it with balloons.

Click here for story times.

Click here for information on book clubs for grades 1 through 4.


Calling all Carlisle kids! Do you have a special collection that you would like to share with your friends and the other patrons of the library? Thanks to the Friends of the Gleason Public Library, we have a large display case that we want YOU to use.

Sign up at the Children's desk to fill the case with your special treasures for two weeks. After two weeks, your display comes down and the next one goes up.

Our current exhibit:

Feathers, Rocks, and Shells by Catherine, Age 6

So what do you collect? Your display can be anything you want - Pokemon cards, special toys, something you have made, artwork, coins, stamps, memories from a trip - it's entirely up to you. Call the library at 978-369-4898 if you have any questions. Start getting that collection together, and stop by the Children's desk to make your reservation.




Pumpkin Spectacle