Welcome to a new season of opportunities for entertainment, enrichment and reflection. The following programs are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

America by the Book
With Dr. Gary Hylander
Presidential Historian and pedagogical specialist for
the National Endowment for the Humanities

  • Wed. 9/26, 1:30 p.m. - Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • Wed. 10/3, 1:30 p.m. - The Grapes of Wrath

Dr. Hylander will use these books to examine the cultural, political, and historical issues that link imaginative literature to the texture of their times. Reading the book is NOT REQUIRED. Synopses are available at

Registration required beginning August 1 at or at 978-369-4898.

Eastern Religions
With Prof. Jason Giannetti
Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University,
JD from Boston College

  • Wed. 10/24, 1:30 p.m. - Hinduism and the beginnings of Buddhism

  • Wed. 10/31, 1:30 p.m. - The Spread of Buddhism to China where it met Confucianism and Taoism

Registration required beginning Sept 4 at or at 978-369-4898

American Music
With Richard Travers
Music educator, choral conductor,
graduate degrees from Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music

  • Wed. 11/10, 1:30 p.m. - The Great American Songbook

  • Wed. 11/17, 1:30 p.m. - Leonard Bernstein

Registration required beginning Sept 4 at or at 978-369-4898