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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

TEACHER INSTITUTE On the Side of Childhood: Supporting the Multiple Literacies of Young Children

August 2 - August 3, 2014
9:00am

Keynote Speaker: Philip Yenawine, co-founder of Visual Understanding in Education (VUE)

The Carle and Smith College invite you to join a host of distinguished presenters as we explore the joys and challenges that exist in the education of young children. How might we be inspired and informed to support the multiple literacies of all children? With a focus on the importance of observation, communication, and collaboration, this conference will highlight the development and learning potential of children and the importance of teachers and care givers to stand “on the side of childhood."

Institute schedule and registration information

In The Auditorium

Bob Staake: Picture This

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

(1 PDP) With over 50 books to his name, including Bluebird and My Pet Book, Bob Staake’s extensive career in children's publishing is filled with colorful stories, unique experiences and insightful lessons learned through the years. Experience a behind-the scenes look into some of his most notable picture books, as sketches, doodles, rejected covers, and final book spreads are shared and discussed. www.bobstaake.com

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 Reading Library

Special Storytime: Greg Pizzoli

August 2, 2014
3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join author/illustrator Greg Pizzoli, 2014 recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for The Watermelon Seed, as he reads his new book, Number One Sam, about a champion race-car driving dog who learns a lesson in sportsmanship while on the racetrack.

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 Reading Library

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

July 7, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 14, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 21, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 28, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 4, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 11, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 18, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 25, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission. Advance sign-up required.

CLASS IS FULL; call 413.658.1114 or email courtneyw@carlemuseum.org to be added to the waiting list.

Mondays in July and August

The Carle is thrilled to partner with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs for our Summer Reading Buddies program!  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.

 

In The Museum

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

June 8, 2014
12:00pm - 1:30pm
June 22, 2014
12:00pm - 1:30pm
July 16, 2014
12:00pm - 1:30pm
August 5, 2014
12:00pm - 1:30pm

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 Auditorium

Nappy’s Puppets Presents Sing-A-Long and Father Goose’s Tales

August 9, 2014
11:00am and 1:00pm
$5 (Members $4); Museum Admission extra

Get ready for a playful and interactive show that will send its audience home in giggles! Jim Napolitano presents his shadow puppet renditions of some of our most beloved nursery rhymes and children’s songs. Both fun and sophisticated, these performances are sure to entertain the whole family! www.nappyspuppets.com

11:00 am  Sing-a-Long with Nappy’s Puppets - Join in the fun as Nappy’s Puppets presents some of the silliest songs around.

1:00 pm  Father Goose’s Tales – Father Goose is in charge of the storytelling when Mother Goose takes the day off. Can he get the stories right?

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Author Nicole Groeneweg and Illustrator Hazel Mitchell

August 9, 2014
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Author Nicole Groeneweg and Illustrator Hazel Mitchell will share their book One Word Pearl, a story about a little girl who collects words, but one day her words are blown away in a wind storm. After that day, she uses each word carefully-one at a time, until there are no words left. Join us to find out what Pearl does without words and if she ever finds them. Hazel Mitchell will also demonstrate her delightful illustration techniques. 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

Curriculum Connections at The Carle

August 15, 2014
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40

(3 PDPs) How does a field trip to The Carle support Common Core? From the art studio to the galleries, this workshop introduces educators to the creative learning that takes place here, fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills in students. Participants will learn about The Carle’s educational approach and teacher resources, and tour our collections and exhibitions. In addition to taking part in sample studio and gallery activities, educators will also receive pre-and-post visit activity ideas to use back at school.

Instructor: Courtney Waring

Registration is required. Workshop includes Museum Admission and a 10% discount (Members 25%) in the Museum Shop on the day of the program.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Countdown to Kindergarten!

August 16, 2014
10:00am - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Enjoy a fun-filled day of storytimes and activities geared to support children as they get ready for their first day of kindergarten. Children will enjoy D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten!, a 30-minute play with audience participation performed by the KidStage Acting Company (Boston Children’s Museum), while caregivers will welcome helpful handouts and activity ideas to try back at home.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Lita Judge

August 16, 2014
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Please join Author and Illustrator, Lita Judge, as she reads her latest book, Flight School, about a penguin who has the soul of an eagle and wants to fly. Share in the delightfully funny adventures of this little round penguin as he embarks on his big dream by going to a school where birds teach birds to fly. Here penguin meets new friends and teachers who eventually help him realize his dreams. Lita will demonstrate how she draws her characters for stories including penguin, and she'll take time to draw new fun adventures about starting school. 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 Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

August 17, 2014
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Storytelling Art Workshop with Artist & Author Emily Neuburger

August 18 - August 20, 2014
9:30am
$88 (15% discount for Members)

Monday – Wednesday, August 18 – 20, 2014
9:30 am – 11:00 am

(Ages 7-11)
Create an imaginative foundation for developing characters and settings for your future stories through a variety of open-ended art projects. Workshop includes a signed copy of Emily’s book, Show Me a Story.

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

In The Auditorium

Tom Knight Puppets

August 30, 2014
11:00am and 1:00pm
*$4 (Members $3)

Enjoy this collection of songs and skits about animals, the environment, food, and books for children of all ages. Favorites include "Alligator Jump," "The Garbage Monster," and “Henry the Magician,” plus songs from Tom’s most recent CD The Classroom Boogie! For more information, photos, and music videos visit tomknight.com.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126. We are unable to accept same-day phone reservations. On the day of the event, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

In The Museum

Museum Closing Early

August 31, 2014
4:00pm

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

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: In My Travels

September 3 - October 7, 2014
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Using Simms Taback’s book Postcards From Camp as inspiration, create your own “postal story” with pictures and words. Leave your work to display in the studio, or mail your creation to a friend from The Carle Bookshop!

In The Museum

Museum Closing Early

September 13, 2014
4:00pm

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

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

The Carle is pleased to announce its Annual Educators' Night on October 2, 2014 featuring a presentation and book signing with award-winning author Lois Lowry, as well as PechaKucha presentations from educators about integrating the arts into the classroom. 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.

Share your passion and ideas for teaching through the arts by submitting a PechaKucha presentation proposal!
PechaKucha Information and Application

Schedule of events

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Browse the Museum, collect free materials for your classroom and enjoy light refreshments (Great Hall)

4:30 – 5:15 pm
Educating through the Arts PechaKucha presentations (Auditorium)

5:15 – 5:30 pm
Intermission (Refreshments available in Great Hall)

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

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

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Fabulous Felines

October 8 - November 18, 2014
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Collage a colorful kitty with an array of cut paper shapes, inspired by Eric Carle’s Have You Seen My Cat. Take your new pet home or let it play in The Carle’s Kitty Café!

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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