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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 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 Art Studio

DROP-IN PROGRAM: Materials Play for Toddlers

October 17, 2014
10:00am - 10:30am
October 24, 2014
10:00am - 10:30am
October 31, 2014
10:00am - 10:30am
November 7, 2014
10:00am - 10:30am
Free with Museum Admission

(Toddlers with parents/caregivers) 
Have fun experimenting with materials selected especially for your young explorer and stay for storytime in the Reading Library at 10:30. Always a surprise and sometimes messy, so dress accordingly!

In The Museum

CANCELED - 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 Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Dog on Fleas

November 1, 2014
11:00am
$8 Adults / $6 Youth (cash or check only) Museum Admission extra

Dog on Fleas have been performing and recording intelligent music for kids and adults since 1999. They revel in diverse sounds and styles of music, and you can feel their excitement in every note.  In performance, Dog on Fleas is a tornado, sucking up fans and whirling them around in a frenzy of fun. The whump of the bass and drums, the sass of the trombone, and wow of the guitar and keyboards will surely win you over!
Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales.
Limited seating; early arrival recommended

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

Special early museum opening! 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, watch films, meet Elephant & Piggie characters, and create art in the Art Studio!

NOTE: Storytimes with Mo are FULL and waitlists are closed.

SCHEDULE:

10:00 am
Museum Opens

10:30 am
E & P Storytime in The Reading Library

11:00 - 11:30 am
Meet Elephant and Piggie!

11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Face Painting

11:00 am - 11:20 am
Storytime and Q&A with Mo Willems (Auditorium) Reservations recommended (413) 658-1126

11:40 am - 12:00 pm
Storytime and Q&A with Mo Willems (Auditorium) ​Reservations recommended (413) 658-1126

12:00 pm
Book signing with Mo Willems

12:00 pm
E & P Storytime in the Reading Library

12:30 pm
Film - Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, 7 min and The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!, 7 min.

1:00 pm
Film - Getting to Know Mo Willems, 23 min.

1:00 - 1:30 pm
Meet Elephant and Piggie!

1:30pm
Film -  Knuffle Bunny, Knuffle Bunny Too, Knuffle Bunny Free, 30 min.

2:00 pm
E & P Storytime in the Reading Library

2:00 pm
Film - Leonardo the Terrible Monster, 8 min.

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

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

Special Sundays in the Studio

November 2, 2014
12:00pm - 4:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

There may be an Elephant and Piggie Book Party at The Carle this day, but The Pigeon still wants his time in the spotlight! Join us in the art studio as we decorate a cardboard bus for The Pigeon to envy.

In The Auditorium

Picture Book Theatre Presents Tico and The Golden Wings and Geraldine The Music Mouse by Leo Lionni

November 8, 2014
2:00pm
November 15, 2014
2:00pm
November 22, 2014
2:00pm
November 28, 2014
2:00pm and 3:00pm
November 29, 2014
2:00pm and 3:00pm
$6 (Members $5) Purchase a Combo Ticket (includes Museum Admission) and Save $3

See Leo Lionni’s stories come to life with puppets and young dancers. Directed by Therese Brady Donohue, 2008 winner of the MCC’s Gold Star Award.

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

TICO AND THE GOLDEN WINGS Copyright © 1964 by Leo Lionni; Copyright © 1992 Renewed by Leo Lionni. GERALDINE, THE MUSIC MOUSE Copyright © 1979 by Leo Lionni.
Picture Book Theatre is a professional company specializing in creative and realistic reproductions of picture book illustrations through puppets, dance, costumes, and masks, encouraging children in literacy and appreciation of illustrators’ techniques. www.picturebooktheatre.com
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In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Jennifer Rosner & Kristina Swarner

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

Meet author Jennifer Rosner and illustrator Kristina Swarner to celebrate their new picture book, The Mitten String! An original folktale about a girl who knits, a deaf woman, and a special piece of blue yarn, The Mitten String shows how hand-knit mittens provide more than warmth. Storytime in the Reading Library, including a presentation about Kristina’s illustration process. Book signing to follow. Note: An ASL interpreter will be at this event.

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 Art Activity with Susan Schwake

November 15, 2014
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Drop by the Art Studio to meet Susan Schwake, author of multiple art project books for kids, and make a scene of Winter Paper Folded Trees, an activity from her newest book, Art for All Seasons, released November 2014. Susan will also sign books in the Art Studio.

In The Museum

Members Opening Reception: Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans

November 15, 2014
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Members RSVP by November 10 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at (413) 658-1104 or membership@carlemuseum.org.
5:00 Reception
6:15 Conversation
Join us for an intimate Members' evening to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition. The event includes a presentation by guest curator Jane Curley, appetizers and drink ticket, plus the chance to win exhibition-related items in our free drawing.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce and The Walton Family Foundation.

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 Art Studio

Everyday Art Program: Watercolor Wanderers

November 16 - December 18, 2014
All day

Ludwig Bemelmans famous character Madeline travels to exciting places around the world in the pages of her books.  Paint a portrait of yourself somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit, whether it be the Eiffel tower in France or your best friend’s tree house down your street.

In The Museum

Madeline Family Day - Meet Madeline!

November 16, 2014
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for the opening weekend of Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans, and learn more about this incredible author/illustrator and a much beloved children's character. Activities include watercolors in the Art Studio, story times in the Reading Library, and a chance to get your picture taken with Madeline!

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk: Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans with Guest Curator Jane Bayard Curley

November 16, 2014
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Guest Curator Jane Curley for a guided tour of the special exhibition Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce and The Walton Family Foundation

In The Art Studio

The Family Snowflake Workshop

November 23, 2014
11:00am - 1:00pm
Price $25 per pair or trio (Members $21.25)

(Ages 6 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult
Have fun working on open-ended snowflake-themed activities together! We’ll discuss the science of snow, create snowflake-shaped stamps for wrapping paper, cards or books, put together a wooden sculpture inspired by snowflakes and create hand made snow globes to give as gifts or display at home.
Instructor: Diana MacKenzie

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

In The Museum

The Carle Bookshop Holiday Sale

November 28 - November 30, 2014
All day

15-75% off books and toys. Members save an additional 15%.
In-store only

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Scott Magoon

November 29, 2014
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

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: Scott Magoon

November 29, 2014
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Book Signing to Follow
 

In The Art Studio

Louise Loves Art: Surprise Activity with Illustrator Kelly Light

November 30, 2014
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Kelly Light, the author and illustrator of Louise Loves Art, for a surprise art activity in The Art Studio! Learn more about Kelly’s illustration process and how she created her latest book. 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

Holiday Card-Making Party

December 6, 2014
10:00am - 11:30am
$12 per pair/trio

(Ages 3 and up with an adult)
Grab a friend and come for some creative fun. The Carle will provide a few ideas and all the materials you need and to create six special cards with envelopes. Please note this is not a drop-off program. Space is limited, registration recommended. Walk-ins welcome as space permits.

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

In The Auditorium

Mister G’s Holiday Concerts

December 6, 2014
11:00am and 1:00pm
$8 (Members $7.50)

Popular, international children’s music artist and local hero Mister G returns to The Carle for two special holiday concerts. He’ll be singing songs from all of his five award-winning, original albums for children, including his most recent literacy-themed album, The Bossy E. Spanning genres from bluegrass to bossa nova, funk to folk, The Bossy E features guest star appearances from Grammy-winner Charles Neville (Neville Brothers) on saxophone and Senegalese talking drum master, Massamba Diop (Baaba Maal).

A leading figure in the children’s music world, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) is a former indie rocker who was awarded the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music. Winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award, Mister G was recently named one of the "Best Live Acts for Kids and Families."  His CDs have been named best albums of the year by People magazine, Parents magazine, Education.com, and The Washington Post.
Learn more about Mister G at mistergsongs.com.

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

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

December 7, 2014
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

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 Art Studio

Everyday Art Program: Collage-a-thon

December 19 - January 6, 2015
All day

Just in time for winter break, The Studio will be cranking out tissue paper collages all vacation long

In The Museum

A Very Merry Madeline Weekend

December 27, 2014
10:00am - 5:00pm
December 28, 2014
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Museum

A Very Merry Madeline Weekend

December 27 - December 28, 2014
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Come and visit the special exhibition Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans to learn more about this incredible artist and his beloved character, Madeline. Gallery searches, films, story readings and art projects take place throughout the day, and children will have a chance to meet Madeline!

Support for Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans has been generously provided by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce and The Walton Family Foundation.

In The Auditorium

CactusHead Puppets Presents The Bremen Town Musicians

December 27, 2014
11:00am and 1:00pm
December 28, 2014
1:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50); Museum Admission extra

CactusHead Puppets tells the classic tale of a donkey, dog, cat, and rooster who set off on a journey together to start new lives as musicians, and the exciting adventures they have along the way.

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

 

In The Museum

Tea Time with Madeline

December 27, 2014
1:30pm - 3:00pm
$10 Youth; $12 Adult (Members $5)

Enjoy an afternoon of tea and cookies in The Carle Café! Families will enjoy cookies specially made by Atkins Farms Country Market, make a Madeline-inspired art project, and meet Madeline herself!

Price includes Museum Admission. Reservations required. Reservations may be made in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

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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