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It's all summer reading through the month of July! Check out our summer reading events here.

Keep an eye out for fun special events for teens at the library!

Gleason Public Library hosts special events for teens throughout the year. Have an idea for an event? Email Tahleen. New suggestions are always appreciated!

TOGA (Teens of Gleason Advisors)
First Friday of the month, October through June

The Teens of Gleason Advisors (TOGA) are on break until the fall. The Gleason Public Library's Teens of Gleason Advisors (TOGA) is over for the 2013-2014 school year. If you have ideas for teen activities while TOGA is on recess, please contact Tahleen via email at, or via phone at 978-369-4898.

TOGA meets on the first Friday of each month, October through June. We talk about and plan upcoming events and projects for Gleason Teens. In the second half hour of meetings, we do an activity or craft. For grades 5-8. If you've always wanted a say in what happens at the library, TOGA is for you! New members are welcome. For more information, contact Tahleen

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Early Release Movie
Tuesdays, Regularly Scheduled Early Release Days at the Carlisle School

The Early Release Day movie series is done until next year! On each early release day during the school year, Gleason Teens will show a movie for grades 5 through 8 at 1:30 pm. Popcorn, juice, and soda will be served.

Middle School Book Club

Right now there are no book club meetings scheduled. Want to get the middle school book club started up again? Get some friends together, e-mail Tahleen at, and spread the word!

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Summer Reading

The 2014 Summer Reading Program has begun! Come on down to the library to register for programs and get your Bingo sheet and reading raffle tickets. We'll also have a grand prize raffle at the end of the summer, and you can earn tickets for that just for visiting us at the library! See our full brochure here.

Here are the teen-only events we have this summer:

Chromotography Tie-Dye Backpacks!
Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m., and Tuesday, July 15 at 7 p.m.

Did you know you can make a tie-dye design using permanent markers and rubbing alcohol? Come create your own designs on a drawstring backpack for you to take home! Registration is required and space is limited.

End of Summer Party
Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m.

Come end the summer reading program with a bang. We'll have some games and contests, plus snacks and maybe even some prizes!

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Past Special Events

Past events have included a duct tape program, a mug cooking program, a yoga workshop, henna tattoos, a costume party, a gaming night, an open mic night, a Valentine's Day party, the grand opening of the newly redesigned teen space, and a whodunit night. Be sure to bookmark this webpage to read the details on upcoming events as soon as they are posted!

Marshmallow snowmen

In our December 2013 TOGA meeting, we made delicious marshmallow snowmen.

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Civil War Artifacts

Civil War Artifacts

In May, the Gleason Library had special visitors Brad Peters and Jan Ross bring in their Civil War artifact collection. We were able to hold the rifles, swords, and other smaller artifacts ourselves! Matt shows us a genuine sword used in the Civil War (top), and Jan shows the audience one of their rifles, complete with bayonet (bottom).


Photo by Jane Hamilton, published with permission from the Carlisle Mosquito, where it was first printed

In May 2014, Gleason Teens had its first ever Open Mic Night in partnership with the Carlisle School Library.

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Gleason Teens Tumblr is Gleason’s blog for teens. The blog is moderated by our teen librarian and is a place where teens can share thoughts and ideas about books, activities and the teen advisory board (TOGA). Guest bloggers and book review submissions are always welcome. Please email Tahleen for a book review form if you would like to contribute. For older blog posts, please visit

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Henna Tattoos

In May 2013, we had yoga instructor and henna tattoo artist Amanda come to the library! After a yoga class, we all got beautiful henna tattoos like this one.

Oreo Turkey

Turkey Time! On November 1, we decorated Oreos to look like our favorite Thanksgiving bird.

Evening of Awesome

On January 15, 2013, Nerdfighters from Carlisle and Concord got together to watch John & Hank Green: An Evening of Awesome in Carnegie Hall as it streamed live on YouTube.

Cal Armistead

Cal Armistead, author of the young adult novel Being Henry David, signs copies of her book after her talk on April 30, 2013.