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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002
  • Tues. – Fri. 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 5pm

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Past Events

In The Auditorium

Reading Without Walls, with Gene Luen Yang

April 8, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

(1 PDP) Graphic Novelist. Educator. Cartoonist. MacArthur Fellow. As the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang is traveling across the country to discuss Reading Without Walls, challenging readers to read diverse books outside of their comfort zones. In this divided world, Yang asks people to come together and learn to understand each other better through books. A bestselling, award-winning comics creator, Gene Luen Yang is pushing his own boundaries in storytelling -- and asking you to do the same in your reading.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at

In The Auditorium

Special Puppet Performance with Italian Puppeteer Mariano Dolci

April 8, 2017
11:30am - 12:15pm
Free with Museum Admission

For over thirty years, Mariano Dolci has worked as a master puppeteer in the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, celebrating puppetry as a creative form of communication and expression. During this special puppet performance of a familiar fairytale, Dolci will delight guests by taking unlikely objects and creating characters and stories from them. Recommended for ages 4 and up. English translation provided by Lella Gandini. 

In The Art Studio

Puppets as Tools for Education and Diversity

April 8, 2017
9:00am - 3:00pm
$60 (Members $51)

(5 PDPs) A master puppeteer in the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, Mariano Dolci illustrates the multiple ways children and educators can use puppets to communicate creatively. Participants will hear from Mariano Dolci and Vito Minoia as they share stories of how puppets celebrate inclusion and diversity, and then attend a public puppet performance by Dolci. Following a break for lunch, participants will return to the Art Studio to construct their own paper puppets, with support from Dolci and Minoia. English translation by Lella Gandini.

Instructors include Mariano Dolci, expert puppeteer from the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy; Vito Minoia, Professor from the University of Urbino, Italy and Director of Theatre of Diversity Journal; and Lella Gandini, US Liaison for the schools of Reggio Emilia

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

April 7, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Share picture books at storytime in the Reading Library and then engage in imaginative explorations inspired by them. Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly.


In The Art Studio

Girl Scout Workshop: Bookmaking Basics

April 2, 2017
12:00pm - 2:30pm
$15 per girl / $9 per adult

The Carle's approach to bookmaking centers on the idea that books can be a vehicle for imagining creative and innovative ways to communicate ideas. Participants will learn fundamental bookmaking vocabulary and techniques, and use an array of interesting materials in creating their unique books.

Open to troops and Girl Scouts with an adult. Register at


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