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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

CANCELLED Strange Mr. Satie: Celebrating the Composer of the Absurd at 150

December 4, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

To Be Rescheduled - Check back soon for new date.

Author M. T. Anderson presents a musical reading of Strange Mr. Satie, his picture book biography of the eccentric but influential composer born 150 years ago.

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

 

In The Art Studio

CANCELLED Special Sundays in the Studio: Colorful Kaleidoscopes and More!

December 4, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

To Be Rescheduled - Check back soon for new date.

In The Museum

Museum Closed

December 4, 2016
All day

Due to closures and traffic related to a nearby rally, The Carle will be closed on Sunday, December 4. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In The Auditorium

The Best of the Best in 2016

December 10, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

 (2 PDPs) In anticipation of the 2017 American Library Association Book & Media Awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott medals and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, join Susan Bloom and Cathie Mercier from The Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College as they share their favorites.

In The Museum

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

November 13, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm
December 10, 2016
3:00pm - 4:00pm
January 15, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm
February 2, 2017
3:30pm - 4:30pm
March 12, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm
April 13, 2017
3:30pm - 4:30pm
May 11, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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 Auditorium

Celebrating the Jewish Experience in Children’s Books

December 18, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for an afternoon celebrating the best Jewish books for children and the adults who love them. Meredith Lewis, Director of Content and Engagement at PJ Library, will moderate a panel discussion with five of the Valley’s winners of the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Sydney Taylor Book Award. Presented annually, the Sydney Taylor Book Awards honor children’s books that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. Panelists include Barbara Diamond Goldin, Mordicai Gerstein, Rich Michelson, Lesléa Newman, and Jane Yolen. Book signing to follow program.

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

Family Storytime

December 18, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

At 1:00 pm this day, The Carle is hosting a panel discussion celebrating Jewish books for children, including authors Barbara Diamond Goldin, Mordicai Gerstein, Rich Michelson, Lesléa Newman, and Jane Yolen. During this 2:00 pm storytime a Carle educator will be sharing their picture books! Following the program, families are encouraged to meet the authors and get books signed by them in The Great Hall. 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: Kevin Barry

December 27, 2016
11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

In Halfway Wild, debut children’s author Laura Freudig pairs with award-winning illustrator Kevin Barry to create a poetic and playful picture book that investigates feelings, emotions, and imagination, exploring the connections we have with the animals around and within us. Join Kevin Barry for this special storytime that follows one family through the course of a day as they march through meadows like ants, dive to the depths like seals, play hide and seek like fireflies, and chatter like raccoons.

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

CactusHead Puppets Present: The Pied Piper of Hamelin

December 29, 2016
11:00am and 2:00pm
December 30, 2016
11:00am and 2:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

The town of Hamelin has a rat problem, and there's only one person who can help! CactusHead Puppets brings the story of The Pied Piper to life in this comedic, updated adaptation of the traditional folktale. Not only does the town find a musical solution to pest control, but the kids of Hamelin also teach the grownups a lesson about generosity. In the end, the townspeople all come together in celebration. Join puppeteers John and Megan Regan as they present this classic tale, told with multiple puppetry styles, and plenty of dancing rats!

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

 

In The Reading Library

Whole Book Approach Storytime with Megan Dowd Lambert

December 30, 2016
10:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Families will enjoy a Whole Book Approach Storytime with Megan Dowd Lambert, author and Senior Lecturer in Children’s Literature at Simmons College. Following the storytime, Lambert will be signing copies of her books, including Reading Picture Books with ChildrenCan’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Lines that Hop, Skip, and Jump

January 4 - February 7, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with paint and explore a range of interesting and unusual drawing tools.  

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschooler Play Series: Materials Play

January 6, 2017
11:00am - 11:30am
January 13, 2017
11:00am - 11:30am
January 20, 2017
11:00am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

(Toddlers and Preschoolers with parents/caregivers/teachers)

Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the Art Studio. Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly!

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Shiprock & Anchordog

January 21, 2017
11:00am
$5; Museum Admission extra

Shiprock & Anchordog is the ongoing musical story of two dog best friends who tell tales of their exciting adventures together and how they have discovered new ways to look at the world. This fun collaboration was created by Evan Curran, various other musicians and local children. Come join us to see Shiprock’s pointy ears and Anchordog’s floppy ears partake in music-infused dance party to remember!

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales. Limited seating; early arrival recommended.

 

In The Reading Library

Toddler and Preschooler Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

January 27, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
February 3, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
February 10, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

(Toddlers and Preschoolers with parents/caregivers/teachers)

Share picture books at story time in the Reading Library and then engage in imaginative explorations inspired by them.

Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly!

In The Art Studio

Valentine Card-Making Party

January 28, 2017
10:00am - 11:30am
$12 per pair or trio

(Ages 3 and up with an adult)
Grab a friend and come to the Art Studio for some creative fun. The Carle will provide all the materials you need to make special valentines for your family, friends, or classmates. Please note that 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 Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Our Feathered Friends

January 29, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Museum

First Book Friendiversary!

February 4, 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
FREE

The Carle has teamed up with friends from First Book to observe their Friendiversary, an annual celebration of friendship and reading. Bring a friend and join us as we celebrate books with Elephant, Piggie and a host of other Museum friends – a FREE Mo Willems book to every child who attends! To learn more about First Book, visit www.firstbook.org.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Mike Curato

February 11, 2017
2:00pm

Join author/illustrator Mike Curato for the latest addition in his Little Elliot books! In Little Elliot, Big Fun, Little Elliot and his friend Mouse head to an amusement park. When some of the rides are a little scary, Mouse figures out a way for Little Elliot to overcome his fears.

A bravura celebration of the healing effects of acceptance and friendship.   ~ Booklist

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

Members Opening Reception: It’s Me, Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight

February 11, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm

As a valued Carle Museum Member, be the first to see this blockbuster exhibition before it opens to the public.

5:00 pm Reception
6:15 pm Lecture by guest curator Jane Bayard Curley, Eloise: The Alice in Wonderland of the Atomic Age

Members RSVP by Monday, February 6 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at (413) 559-6310 or membership@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Busy Buildings

February 12, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Museum

Everything Eloise

February 12, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate The Carle’s special exhibition It’s Me, Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight with a day of programs all about Eloise, declared by The New York Times as “one of the most recognizable characters in children’s literature.”

Programs include:

  • Eloise-inspired art project in the Studio
  • 1:00 pm Getting Bored is Not Allowed! A grand gallery tour with Guest Curator Jane Bayard Curley
  • 2:00 pm From Dumpster to Diva: The Story behind The Plaza’s Stolen Eloise Portrait, with art conservator Lansing Moore

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Statement Pieces

February 18 - March 14, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Get inspired by Eloise’s imaginative costumes and bold fashion sense as you create your own wearable art.  

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Hazel Mitchell

February 20, 2017
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Author/Illustrator Hazel Mitchell will read her new book Toby, a heartwarming story about the growing bond between a child and a new pet—inspired by the author’s experience with a rescue dog of the same name. Afterwards, in a Draw-A-Long session, children will learn how to draw Toby and create pictures of their own real and imagined pets.

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

Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

February 20, 2017
2:30pm - 3:30pm
February 21, 2017
2:30pm - 3:30pm
February 22, 2017
2:30pm - 3:30pm
February 23, 2017
2:30pm - 3:30pm
February 24, 2017
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Free with Museum 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 Auditorium

Nutshell Playhouse presents: Mambo and Nemonee's Worldwide Adventure

February 21, 2017
11:30am and 1:30pm
$5 (Members $4.50); Museum Admission Extra

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.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Astrid Scheckels

February 22, 2017
2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Hector Fox and the Raven’s Revenge is the second in a series of books that follow the delightful adventures of Hector and his charming band of unique friends: Mo Marten, Charlie Chipmunk, Jeremiah Rabbit, and Lucy Skunk. Join author/illustrator Astrid Scheckels in this special storytime filled with adventure, mystery, and friendship.

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: Josh Funk and Anna Staniszewski

February 23, 2017
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for a storytime with all things dinosaurs! Josh Funk will read from his recent book Pirasaurs, a tale of pirate dinosaurs looking for adventure and treasure, while Anna Staniszewski gives us a sneak peek of her upcoming book, Dogosauraus Rex!

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

CactusHead Puppets Present: The Bremen Town Musicians

February 24, 2017
11:00am
$5 (Members $4.50)

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) 559-6336.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig

February 24, 2017
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Are Pirates Polite?, mother-daughter team Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig use fun, rhyming text to show pirates’ rowdy activity as well as to teach manners!

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

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Jason Didner & Jungle Gym Jam

February 25, 2017
11:00am
$5; Museum Admission extra

Jungle Gym Jam seeks first to delight, entertain and make emotional connections, and then occasionally slip in a little scientific learning or a vital message about living in the moment and treating others kindly. Jason and Amy are the couple that created the Jungle Gym Jam out of the inspiration they got from parenting their now-4-year-old daughter. They co-write all their lyrics, often as a way of recapturing special family memories and making them universal.

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales. Limited seating; early arrival recommended

In The Art Studio

Create at The Carle! Art Classes for Adults: Printmaking

February 27 - April 17, 2017
10:00am
$90 (Members $76.50)

Eight Mondays, February 27 - April 17, 2017

Join us for Create at The Carle! a program for adults 55 and older interested in expressing themselves through visual art. In this eight-week workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore new materials and techniques, including monotype, drypoint, and relief printmaking, all amid the inspiring exhibitions and collections of The Carle. Enrollment limited to 20. Teaching Artist: Lynn Peterfreund

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 Museum

Whole Book Approach

March 3, 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 part icipants 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.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Offsite

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

March 12 - March 17, 2017
All day

(30 PDPs) Join us for a unique opportunity to visit and study the early childhood centers of the city of Pistoia, Italy and learn about Pistoia’s internationally-renowned early childhood education.

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; see a wide variety of documentation; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the geography, 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.

For more information including cost and registration, please click here.

Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all’Educazione del Commune di Pistoia.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Sea...What Can You See?

March 15 - April 11, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Gaze through a telescope out to sea, what is it you see? Ships, birds, maybe a whale? Join us in the art studio as we create scenes from our imagination.

In The Museum

Members' Annual Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 19, 2017
9:30am - 12:00pm

First Seating – 9:30 am
Second Seating – 10:30 am
This event is free to Members, but space is limited. Reserve now at membership@carlemuseum.org.

Enjoy fresh pancakes in The Carle Café, a special project in the Art Studio, Special Storytime and film in the Auditorium, plus the chance to meet the Caterpillar and receive a special Member gift.

In The Museum

Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 19, 2017
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission


 

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: A Feast for Caterpillar

March 19, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Pamela Zagarenski

March 25, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Bring your favorite toy to this special storytime that celebrates friendship and love. With dreamy mixed-media illustrations, Pamela Zagarenski’s Henry & Leo tells the story of a young boy, his beloved toy lion, and the magical qualities of the Nearby Woods.

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

In The Art Studio

More Than a Display: Installations That Inspire Collaborative Learning

March 30, 2017
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3 PDPs) Inspired by the installations and displays of the Art Studio, this professional development workshop will explore ways to incorporate collaborative and interactive displays into your learning environment. We will reflect on how displays can capture student learning, extend on that learning and encourage collaboration. This workshop is designed to explore frameworks connected to project-based learning, as well as give educators hands-on time with materials. The workshop will also address time-management, resourcing and cost issues as related to the creation of effective and exciting displays.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.
 

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