The Carle’s Libraries and Resource Centers create rich opportunities for our guests to connect with picture books and further explore and research the creation and history of the picture book. For any questions about our resources, contact our library staff at (413) 559-6326 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to make a donation to one of our libraries, please review the Donation Guidelines.
The Carle’s Reading Library is where guests of all ages can discover and rediscover favorite picture books, attend regular storytimes, meet picture book authors and illustrators, and engage with book-related activities. Our non-circulating collection of over 6,000 contemporary picture books has been generously donated by publishing companies, artists, authors, and collectors. The collection includes Eric Carle’s titles currently in print, some of the current year’s newest picture books, a collection of Caldecott Winner and Honor books, numerous poetry titles, and picture books in various world languages.
Every year since our launch, Susan Bloom, Professor Emeritus from Simmons College, has shared her "Best of the Best" book list with us, an outstanding resource for parents, teachers, and librarians in search of quality picture books. Most of these books are available in our Reading Library collection and in the Museum Shop.
The Gabrielle Healy Carroll Storytime is a Reading Library program for children of all ages and their caregivers. An educator reads three to five picture books, encouraging children to share their reactions to the artwork and learn about all the various parts of the book. These storytimes are typically scheduled for Wednesdays at 2:30 pm, Fridays at 10:30 am, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm.
The Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL)
The non-circulating BERL collection was amassed by Barbara Elleman over the course of her thirty-year association with the children’s literature field as an editor at Booklist, a founder of Book Links magazine, and a distinguished scholar of Children’s Literature at Marquette University. Together with her husband Don, Barbara donated over 1,000 volumes to The Carle so that students and researchers could benefit from her rich collection. The BERL’s holdings include author and illustrator biographies, literary criticism, histories, contemporary bibliographies, illustration studies, catalogs of international and national picture book art exhibitions, periodicals, and related ephemera.
The BERL is accessible during museum hours by appointment. We welcome students, researchers, teachers, librarians and interested visitors. Email Librarian Betty Matthews to schedule an appointment. The BERL collections can also be searched through the MassCat Library System and the Five Colleges LIbrary Catalog.
Each spring, inspired by the BERL’s rich contents, The Carle invites a scholar, librarian, artist, or publishing professional to deliver a lecture. Check Upcoming Events for the featured BERL Lecture speaker.
Art Studio Library
The Carle’s Art Studio Library holds a non-circulating collection of over 350 volumes in subjects ranging from art and creativity in early childhood education, art education, art history, brain building, writing, creating comics, visual literacy, and working with different media, to documentation of The Carle’s Every Day Art Program projects. Search the Art Studio Collection.
Join The Reading Library Team
The Reading Library support team includes Work Study Students from the area’s Five Colleges and Volunteers. Reading Library Staff members provide valuable support to our guests and Educators while gaining experience with picture books and education in an innovative museum setting. Become a Reading Library Volunteer.