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

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In The Reading Library

June 29, 1999…in 2017!

June 29, 2017
1:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Artichokes in Anchorage! Parsnips in Providence! In David Wiesner’s book, June 29, 1999, a young girl’s science project begins with seedlings sent up in the atmosphere, and ends with an invasion of giant vegetables! Come to The Carle for a special storytime followed by a collaborative window installation project where young artists imagine what vegetables they see flying through the sky. 

Signed copies of June 29, 1999 will be available in the Museum Shop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Courtney Pippin-Mathur

July 1, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Dragon has just met the two most dangerous creatures to have ever entered his kingdom-princesses!-in this charming picture book about an unexpected friendship. Join author/illustrator Courtney Pippin-Mathur for a reading of her new book, Dragons Rule, Princesses Drool!, followed by a drawing activity creating darling dragons and/or ferocious princesses!

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

In The Museum

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

July 3, 2017
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 10, 2017
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 17, 2017
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 24, 2017
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 31, 2017
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 7, 2017
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 14, 2017
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 21, 2017
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 28, 2017
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Free with admission. Advance sign-up required.

Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading.

Advance sign-up is required. Call 413-559-6307 or email courtneyw@carlemuseum.org to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block. Space is limited.

In The Museum

Information Sessions: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children's Literature at the Carle

July 6, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
August 1, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
September 30, 2017
11:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Attend an information session at The Carle to learn more about degree programs offered through The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL) with Simmons College. To learn more about the information sessions, email childrensliterature@simmons.edu.

Click here for more information.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Rowboat Watkins

July 8, 2017
2:00pm

What's gray, big, round and not wearing pants? It’s Pete! Listen to Rowboat Watkins (author/illustrator of Rude Cakes) read his brand new picture book, Pete With No Pants, about a little elephant who is trying to figure out the answer to life's oldest question: Why do I have to wear pants? Wait…that's the second oldest question. After the reading guests will enjoy drawing elephants, crazy pants, or the craziest thing that shouldn't be wearing pants (like a marshmallow?) but maybe sometimes does.

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

In The Auditorium

Nutshell Playhouse Presents: Mambo and Nemonee's Worldwide Adventure

July 15, 2017
11:00am and 1:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

Can Mambo and Nemonee save the beautiful but endangered Floratius Serendipitus? Follow them on their hilarious adventures around the globe as they look for the special ingredients that will do the trick. Featuring masks, movement, live music and puppetry, this original performance provides a wonderful chance to awaken young children to earth’s mysteries and the delicate balance of nature. Berkshire County actors Stefanie Lynx Weber and Alexia Trainor are the performers, with Don Jordan providing live music.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 559-6336.
 

In The Museum

Create at The Carle! Art Reception

July 16, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the culmination of the eight-week Create at The Carle! program with us. See how participants explored a range of techniques for creating collages and collage papers with teaching artist Micha Archer and were inspired by the collection and unique surrounds of The Carle.

In The Museum

Nature, Art and the Imagination 2017

July 17 - July 21, 2017
All day
$300 (Members $255)

 9:00 am -3:00 pm
Entering 1st grade - 5th grade

Join us for a week of exploration, creativity, and art-making! In this week-long program, experiment with unique materials to create your own works of art and a collaborative large-scale installation in The Art Studio. Be inspired by the beautiful outdoors through nature walks, the original artworks in the galleries, and the light-filled spaces of the museum. Get hands-on with materials in The Art Studio by developing your own projects and come together as a team to create something big and bold! On the last day, we will share all that we’ve learned and made during the week, and host a reception for our families. 

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

 

In The Auditorium

Lyra Music Festival and Workshop: Young Artist Program Special Concert

July 20, 2017
2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Classical music touches the heart and inspires the imagination. Join us for a "just-right" concert performed by kids for kids as the amazing musicians from Lyra Music Workshop's Young Artist Program present classical solo and chamber works.

Hear how these young musicians bring their instruments to life and join us after the concert for some hands-on fun, as Lyra Music and Stamell Stringed Instruments welcome you to their Instrument Petting Zoo! Have you ever wondered what it feels like to hold a violin or play a cello? Our concert will be followed by a chance to get up-close with the instruments of the classical string family through guided exploration with Stamell String mentors (stamellstring.com).

Please join us for a very special introduction to the world of classical music! Find us online at lyramusic.org.
 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Deborah Freedman

July 22, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join award-winning author/illustrator Deborah Freedman for a reading of her books Shy and This House, Once: a poetically meditative and gorgeously illustrated book that invites readers to think about where things come from and what nature provides. The reading will be followed by an art activity in which we’ll draw our own special houses!

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

 

In The Museum

Free Fun Friday at The Carle

July 28, 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
FREE Admission

Come celebrate picture books with art activities, films, music by Berkshire Hills Music Academy, and special storytimes with authors/illustrators Brian Biggs, Sarah Dillard, and Jeff Mack!

Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

In The Auditorium

Starlight Theatre presents The Little Mermaid Jr.

July 29, 2017
11:00am and 1:00pm
$7 (Members $6.50)

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 559-6336.
 

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Sharing Inspiration

July 30, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Have We Got Hues For You!

August 2 - September 5, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with mixing paints to create changes in color tone.

In The Art Studio

Special Art Studio Guest: Susan Schwake

August 6, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join artist, art educator, and author Susan Schwake for an afternoon of art-making where guests will create their own cityscapes using a variety of tissue and newspapers. This program is inspired by Schwake's recent book, Art Camp, which is available for purchase in the Shop.
(Please note new date.)

 

In The Museum

Summer Teacher Workshop: All Together Now: Learning through Collaboration

August 7, 2017
9:30am - 5:30pm
$130 (Members $110.50)

(7 PDPs) Join educators throughout the region for a one-day workshop exploring collaboration and its role in teaching and learning. Keynote speaker Ben Mardell, a researcher at Project Zero, will shares insights and stories from the Pedagogy of Play and Children are Citizens projects to illustrate how children, teachers, schools and the community can collaborate to enhance learning and foster democratic citizenry. The day also includes flash talks from teachers on the topic of collaboration in and out of the classroom, workshops in the Art Studio and Galleries, and a workshop looking at the role of documentation in collaboration.

Download the full Program Schedule including session descriptions here:
All Together Now: Learning through Collaboration (PDF)

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

 

In The Auditorium

Cactushead Puppets Presents: Little Red Riding Hood

August 12, 2017
11:00am
$5 (Members $4.50); Museum Admission extra

Little Red Riding Hood's anxious mother sends her off into the woods with some treats for her dear old grandmother, but to get home safely she and her grandmother will have to outsmart the Big Bad Wolf. Are Little Red and Grandmother in trouble, or has the wolf bitten off more than he can chew? CactusHead Puppets presents their modern adaptation of this classic story, told with hand puppets and shadow puppets.

 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Lesléa Newman

August 13, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Sparkle Boy, author Lesléa Newman’s tells the story of Casey and his older sister, Jessie. Casey loves to play with his blocks, puzzles, and dump truck, and he also loves things that shimmer, glitter, and sparkle. Jessie thinks shimmery, glittery, sparkly things are only for girls. This sweet and refreshing story speaks to us all about acceptance, respect, and the simple freedom to be yourself. Shimmery, glittery, sparkly things are fun—for everyone!

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

In The Museum

Book Signing with Yiddish Book Center’s Tent: Children’s Literature

August 17, 2017
1:00pm - 2:00pm
August 19, 2017
11:00am - 12:00pm

Emerging and midcareer writers of picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade fiction participating in Yiddish Book Center’s week-long Tent: Children’s Literature conference will be at The Carle to sign books. List of authors coming soon.

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

August 19, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
September 16, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
$10 Adult (Adult Member $9); $5 Youth (Youth Member $4.50)

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Experiment with Scale!

August 20, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Texture! Texture! Crease, Fold, and Cut It!

September 6 - October 10, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Try out a variety of rubbing plates to create patterned papers and your own paper sculptures!

In The Art Studio

Celebrate Grandparent’s Day at The Carle!

September 10, 2017
1:30pm - 3:00pm
$12 per adult/child pair

(Children ages 4 and up with an accompanying adult)
We invite kids to bring along their grandparents, family members or adult friends to celebrate collaboration and sharing stories together. In this workshop we will read stories inspired by grandparents and work together to make creative books that invite play and further exploration.

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Create at The Carle! Art Classes for Adults: Bookmaking

September 11 - October 30, 2017
10:00am
$90 (members $76.50)

Mondays, September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
10:00am - 12:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Meghan Burch
Enrollment limited to 20

Join us for Create at The Carle! a program with for adults 55 and older interested in expressing themselves through visual art.

Artists’ books are a visual, tactile format for expressing ideas. In this eight-week workshop, participants will explore books as unique art objects and build skill with a variety of techniques and forms that can be expanded and combined. Students will use these skills to experiment with sequencing and the relationship between text and image. Some of the structures and bindings covered in the course could include: concertina, Japanese binding, tunnel book, crown binding, altered books, flag books, scroll books, and palm leaf books.

Create at The Carle! is presented in partnership with Aroha Philanthropies in order to support the development and expansion of Artful Aging programs.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.
 

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Art that Moves

September 17, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Museum

Elephant & Piggie Art-ventures with Mo Willems and Tom Warburton!

September 23, 2017
10:00am - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Are you ready for a new Elephant & Piggie adventure? In We Are in an ART-ivity Book!, Mo Willems and Tom Warburton have created the first-ever Elephant & Piggie activity book, full of drawing, coloring, gaming, and other hands-on fun! Listen to Mo and Tom as they share projects from their new book, meet Elephant and Piggie, watch films, and create art in the Art Studio!

Reservations are required for the 11:00 am and 12:00 pm auditorium programs and can be made by calling (413) 559-6301. Please note: Museum Day Live tickets do not include admission to Elephant & Piggie auditorium programs.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. No personalization and no signing of board books or stuffed animals. Can’t make it to the event? Reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

The Carle Celebrates Museum Day Live!

September 23, 2017
All day
FREE Admission for two with downloaded ticket

Museum Day Live! is an annual nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! downloaded ticket provides free admission for two. Visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

Please note: Museum Day Live! tickets do not include admission to Elephant & Piggie auditorium programs. Separate reservations must be made for those evernts. Space is limited.

In The Offsite

The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala

September 28, 2017
5:30pm

Please join us for the twelfth annual Carle Honors Benefit Gala and Art Auction on Thursday, September 28 at Guastavino's in New York. We will honor ARTIST, Ed Young, ANGEL, Dr. John Y. Cole, BRIDGE, Anthea Bell, and MENTOR, Bank Street Writers Lab, represented by Chairperson Dr. Cynthia Weill. Awards will be presented by author Jack Gantos. More than twenty of the industry's leading illustrators have donated artworks for the Art Auction.

Click here for more information or contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development, at rebeccag@carlemuseum.org or 413-559-6308.

Butterfly from THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR © 1969 and 1987 by Eric Carle.

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

September 29, 2017
9:30am - 12:30pm
$55 (Members $46.75)

(3 PDPs) Discover the difference between reading with children and reading to children. This session will include a chance for participants to observe a storytime at The Carle to see the Whole Book Approach in action. Afterwards, the group will discuss their observations and explore how to evaluate the picture book as an art form with the goal of using this critical engagement with the picture book as a platform for interactive reading experiences. Registration includes a copy of Reading Picture Books with Children by Megan Dowd Lambert.
Instructor: Courtney Waring

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

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