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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 Museum

The Book Bus

September 20, 2014
10:00am - 2:00pm

Help WRSI and Reader to Reader fill an entire school bus with children's books! Between 10 am and 2 pm The Book Bus will be at The Carle, and everyone who contributes a book to The Book Bus will receive free admission to The Carle this day. Local authors participating in the day's activities include Jeanne Birdsall, David Hyde Costello, and Grace Lin. For more information, visit 93.9 The River.

In The Art Studio

The Best Art Project Ever with Guest Artist Huck Scarry

September 21, 2014
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Huck Scarry, the son of beloved picture book creator Richard Scarry, for the best art project ever! Huck is visiting the United States from his home in Austria and will be at the museum to demonstrate how to draw all your favorite Busytown characters, including Lowly Worm and Huckle Cat. The latest Richard Scarry book, Best Lowly Worm Book Ever!, was discovered unfinished by Huck Scarry three years ago and Huck worked in the same style of his father to complete the book. Meet Huck and learn more about his famous father!

Book signing to follow. Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may 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 27, 2014
10:00am - 4:00pm
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.

Please note: The Carle will be closing at 4:00 pm for a private event.

 

 

In The Reading Library

Art Activity and Special Storytime: Mark Greenwood and Frané Lessac

September 27, 2014
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Art Activity 1:00 pm, Storytime 2:00 pm
Meet author Mark Greenwood and illustrator Frané Lessac to celebrate their newest picture book, The Mayflower. Bursting with beautiful gouache paintings and lively text, The Mayflower tells the story of the journey the pilgrims made from England to the New World in 1620. Greenwood and Lessac will lead a children’s workshop in the Art Studio, followed by a special story time in the Reading Library. Book signing to follow.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

Museum Closing Early

September 27, 2014
4:00pm

The Museum will close at 4 pm for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In The Museum

Educators' Night with Lois Lowry

October 2, 2014
3:30pm

THIS EVENT IS FULL
Please call (413) 658-1126 to be added to the waitlist.

The Carle is pleased to announce its Annual Educators' Night featuring a presentation and book signing with award-winning author Lois Lowry. The event begins at 3:30 pm and is free and open to all educators as space permits. Free materials for classrooms will be available and light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (413) 658-1126.

Schedule of events

3:30 – 5:30 pm
Browse the Museum, collect free materials for your classroom and enjoy light refreshments (Great Hall)

4:00 – 4:20 pm
Simms Taback Gallery Talk with Harriet Ziefert, author, and president/publisher, Blue Apple Books

4:30 – 4:50 pm
Simms Taback Gallery Talk with Harriet Ziefert, author, and president/publisher, Blue Apple Books

5:30 – 6:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Lois Lowry (Auditorium)

6:30 – 7:00 pm
Book signing with Lois Lowry (Great Hall)

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: The Whirlygigs

October 4, 2014
11:00am
$8 Adults / $6 Youth (cash or check only; Museum Admission extra)

The Whirlygigs is a wondrous one-man band, stomping out rustic beats with his foot-powered drum kit whilst blowin' the harp, strummin' the guitar (or banjo or ukulele) and singin' songs that'll make you get up and dance, or fall over laughing. 
Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales.
Limited seating; early arrival recommended

In The Museum

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

October 5, 2014
10:30am - 12:00pm
November 2, 2014
12:00pm - 1:30pm
December 14, 2014
10:30am - 12:00pm

Join us for an Information Session to learn about graduate programs in children's literature offered through Simmons College at The Carle. Each program encourages a rigorous study of children's books with an emphasis on historical and critical analysis. Non-degree students are welcome to apply for specific classes.
Email childrensliterature@simmons.edu for more information.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Perfect Pets

October 8 - November 15, 2014
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Make a collage of your family’s pet - or the pet you wish you had – with an array of cut paper shapes inspired by Eric Carle’s many animal collages.

In The Museum

Using Picture Books with Older Students

October 11, 2014
9:00am - 1:00pm
$50

(4 PDPs) From Math to Language Arts and Social Studies picture books can be used to help differentiate instruction and making learning more fun and interactive. This workshop will provide strategies for integrating picture books in upper elementary curricula.  We will explore using picture books to introduce new subject matter, simplify literary elements, and help students with their writing process.
Instructor: Susan Wells

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Bonnie Duncan presents Squirrel Stole My Underpants: A Poignantly Silly Adventure Tale for Families

October 11, 2014
11:00am and 1:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

A lonely, awkward girl is sent out to the backyard to hang up the laundry and keep herself busy. The moment Sylvie’s back is turned, a mischievous squirrel appears, steals her favorite piece of clothing and runs off. When the girl gives chase, she finds herself lost in strange lands. As the story unfolds, an entire world emerges from her laundry basket and Sylvie learns that she is a strong girl with magic within herself.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Lisa Brown

October 11, 2014
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join New York Times-bestselling illustrator Lisa Brown as she reads from her new book Emily’s Blue Period, by Cathleen Daly, about a girl who discovers a way to express and transform her situation through art. Learn about Pablo Picasso's blue period, Emily Pinchner's blue period, and how Lisa Brown expresses her stories through art. Presentation includes a take-home art project for budding Picassos, and a book signing.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Auditorium

Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature

October 18, 2014
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

(1 PDP) Join us for a presentation with Betsy Bird, Youth Materials Collections Specialist for the New York Public Library.
Book signing to follow.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

October 19, 2014
1:00am - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Cut Paper Creations: Making Collages with Children

October 23, 2014
1:00pm - 4:00pm
$40

(3 PDPs) Experiment with stamping, texture rubbings, and other ways to make unique collage papers with young children. Learn about how the Art Studio uses collage to connect young children with picture books, literacy, the creative thinking process, and their own curiosities. As we create collages of our own, we’ll dip into design and color theory to better help us understand how picture book artists think and work. Leave with art you’ve made yourself, texture making tools, and ideas you can use in the classroom or at home.
Instructors: Meghan Burch and Diana MacKenzie

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

So You Want to Choose the 2015 Caldecott?

October 24, 2014
4:00pm - 6:00pm
December 6, 2014
9:00am - 12:00pm
$50

Must attend both sessions
(5 PDPs) Join us in a Mock Caldecott Committee that reviews, votes, and makes its own choice for the 2015 Caldecott Award. At our October meeting, we'll review the award guidelines and start talking about eligible picture books from 2014. In November, we'll ask for final nominations and at our December meeting, we'll go through the Caldecott Committee process to name our selections of the most distinguished picture books deserving award recognition. Sessions will be facilitated by The Carle's Senior Educator, Rosemary Agoglia, and Museum Educator Emily Prabhaker.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

The PuppeTree presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

October 25, 2014
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$7 (Members $6.50)

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

In The Art Studio

The Family Collage Workshop

October 26, 2014
11:00am - 1:00pm
$25 per pair or trio

(Ages 6 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult)
Be a collage artist like Eric Carle for the day and use your imagination with a variety of cutting and gluing projects for the whole family! We’ll create a set of painted papers to turn into Carle-inspired animal collages, and take a trip to the art galleries and look at works by Eric Carle and Simms Taback for ideas and inspiration.
Instructor: Diana MacKenzie

Registration is required. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Astrid Sheckels

November 1, 2014
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Do you like talking animals, adventurous quests, and mysterious giants? Join local author/illustrator Astrid Sheckels as she reads from her latest book, Hector Fox and the Giant Quest. She will also show the fun and imaginative behind-the-scenes process of creating this whimsical story. Book signing to follow.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

Elephant and Piggie Book Party!

November 2, 2014
10:00am - 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for an exclusive preview of Mo Willems' new book, Waiting Is Not Easy! Listen to Mo as he reads from his new book, plus meet Elephant and Piggie, watch films, and create art in the Art Studio!

Special early museum opening! Reservations are recommended for the auditorium programs and can be made by calling (413) 658-1126. Free with museum admission

10:00 am
Museum Opens

11:00 am - 11:20 am
Storytime and Q&A with Mo Willems (Auditorium)

11:40 am - 12:00 pm
Storytime and Q&A with Mo Willems (Auditorium)

12:00 pm
Book signing with Mo Willems

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

Arts Integration across the Common Core

November 16, 2014
10:00am - 2:00pm
January 11, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm
March 15, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm
$140

(12 PDPs) Enchanted Circle Theater, in partnership with The Carle, presents the Institute for Arts Integration (IAI) Workshop Series. Learn arts integration techniques that engage students in content learning, and boost their creative and critical thinking skills! This 3-part program, held at The Carle, is made possible through a grant from The Xeric Foundation.
Registration deadline: October 31.

Geared for K-5 educators as well as art and music teachers, IAI presents a rich palette of hands-on visual and performing arts experiences for educators, strengthening their capacity and confidence in replicating arts integration lessons back in the classroom. Participants will explore a wide range of arts activities and exercises, helping them learn to integrate the arts across Math, Social Studies, and English Language Arts.
Registration Fee includes 12 PDPs, reusable handouts to support activities, and lunch

Facilitated by Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Executive Artistic Director of Enchanted Circle Theater; Diana MacKenzie, Public Art Programs Educator at The Carle; and Courtney Waring, Director of Education at The Carle.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

The Best of the Best in 2014

December 13, 2014
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

(2 PDPs) In anticipation of the 2015 Caldecott Medal, awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children for the preceding year, join Simmons College Associate Professor Emerita Susan Bloom and Director for the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature Cathie Mercier as they share their favorite books of the year.

In The Offsite

Innovations in Education: A Study Tour of the Early Childhood Centers of Pistoia, Italy

March 16 - March 20, 2015
9:00am

(30 PDPs) The Innovations in Education study tour, launched in 2010, has quickly become known for the variety of learning opportunities it offers its participants, as well as its intimate view of Pistoia. Participants tour school environments; learn about the schools' history; talk with school staff and teachers about both practical and philosophic aspects of teaching and learning; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the history and culture of Pistoia, where the value of aesthetics and deeply held beliefs about the potential and rights of all children and families are so foundational. Learn more.

Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all'Educazione del Commune di Pistoia in cooperation with Smith College.

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