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Gleason Public Library hosts special events for teens throughout the year, including movies for 5th to 8th graders on early release Tuesdays each month, and TOGA (Teens of Gleason Advisors) on the first Friday of the month October through June. Have an idea for an event? Email Tahleen. New suggestions are always appreciated!

Teen Summer Reading (Grades 9-12)

This summer, earn prizes for reading! For each book you read, fill out a form and exchange it for a (library-made) scratch ticket. You could be an instant winner! Prizes include a free ice cream or bumper boat ride at Kimball Farm, free meals at Chipotle Mexican Grill, tote bags, and more! Not an instant winner? You can write your name and contact information on the back of the ticket and enter it into a grand prize raffle at the end of the summer! We also have an adult Book Bingo that high school-aged students can participate in as well. Fill in four squares in a row for a small prize, or fill in all 16 for the chance to win a $50 gift card to a local restaurant (choices will be provided).

Teen Summer Reading Form


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!

In November 2015, Kids Cooking Green visited the library to help high school students make their own ravioli from scratch.

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In January 2016, students from Concord-Carlisle High School came to study at the library for the second Study Night. Whole Foods Market in Bedford generously donated all the snacks and pizza, and the teens were very happy with the selections!


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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Civil War Artifacts

Civil War Artifacts

In May 2013, 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).

Turkey Time! In November 2015, 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.

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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