Supporting Your Bilingual Child

Library Resources You Can Use

Print Resources

Gleason Library/MVLC

To get a Gleason Library card, you need a photo ID and proof of address. The library cards are free, and there are no fines for overdue items. Children under 13 need an parent or guardian to sign them up for a library card. The Gleason Library offers picture books in English, Spanish, and French. You can also request books in other languages from 35 other libraries and have them delivered to the Gleason Library for you to pick up. This video shows you how to find and request books.

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BPL eCard

Any Massachusetts resident can sign up for a Boston Public Library (BPL) eCard, which allows you access to the BPL's collection of digital resources, including movies, magazines, audiobooks, and eBooks. The video below explains how to get an eCard number.

Minuteman Library Network

Carlisle residents can also obtain a Minuteman Library card that lets them use and borrow materials from another library system, which includes Bedford, Acton, and Concord.

To get a Minuteman card, simply bring your Gleason card (or proof of MA address and photo ID) to any of the Minuteman libraries. Once you have this card, you can borrow books from their collections as well.

Digital Resources

Sora - eBooks and audiobooks for kids

Sora is a free app that allows you to access eBooks for kids and teenagers through the Carlisle School library and the public library.

Students will sign in with their CPS Google information. To do this, they will need to know their username and password.

Username example for student named Saida Jacobson: (year of graduation + first letter of first name + first five letters of last name or full last name if five letters or less)

Password: lunch number-cps (####-cps)

If you have difficulty signing in, please contact Ms. Bery at for help.

Using Sora
Searching for foreign language books in Sora

BPL Foreign Language eBooks

The Boston Public Library has an easily accessible collection of books in Chinese, Arabic, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. Watch this video to learn how to find these books.
BPL Foreign Language


Tumblebooks is available through the Gleason Library. It has read-alouds in English, Spanish and French.
How to use TumbleBooks

Epic! Books for Kids

Epic! is available for home use at a cost of $7.99/month after a 30-day free trial. It features a wide variety of eBooks, including books in French, Spanish, and Chinese. You can sign up at