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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

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

July 11, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 18, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 25, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 1, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 8, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 15, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 22, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 29, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Mondays in July and August

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 Art Studio

Let’s Make Art Together!

August 3, 2016
3:45pm - 5:00pm
August 10, 2016
3:45pm - 5:00pm
August 17, 2016
3:45pm - 5:00pm
August 24, 2016
3:45pm - 5:00pm
$12 per pair or trio, per class (Members $10.20); all four sessions $44 (Members $37.40)

Intergenerational activities are designed for participants ages 4 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult.

Do you and your family love to make, build and create together? Sign up for just one, or all four Wednesday afternoons in August. Each week explore an exciting, open-ended activity inspired by a classic picture book. An optional free-play area will be provided for siblings under 4-years-old while you create nearby. New art materials each week, so dress for mess! Workshop does not include Museum Admission.

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

In The Museum

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

June 5, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm
July 7, 2016
3:30pm - 4:30pm
August 6, 2016
10:00am - 11:00am
September 18, 2016
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

Starlight Theatre presents Seussical Jr., The Musical

August 6, 2016
11:00am and 1:00pm
$7 (Members $6.50)

Join Starlight’s Youth Theater for a special program, Seussical, Jr., The Musical! Horton hears a noise coming from a speck of dust on a clover and commits himself to protecting it and the Whos who live on it; meet his friend Jojo, Gertrude McFuzz and others. Through mishaps and adventures, these unique characters finally find what they seek – their places in their world.

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

Special Storytime: Aaron Becker

August 6, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us as we celebrate Aaron Becker’s final book in his epic Journey trilogy! His latest picture book, Return is the final chapter in the wordless picture book series about a girl and her adventures into another realm. Becker’s debut picture book, Journey, was the recipient of a 2014 Caldecott Honor.

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

We Heart Books + Art

August 11, 2016
9:00am - 3:00pm
$70 (Members $59.50)

(7-11 years)

Pack a lunch and come for a full day of experimentation and fun. Together we’ll dive into three unique picture books: Inside/Outside by Lizi Boyd, Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems, and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle. which will inspire our work with gouache paint, photo collage, and bookmaking techniques. If you love books and you love to create in the company of others, this day is for you!

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

In The Offsite

Brown Bear Everywhere Pop-Up Exhibition

August 13 - October 9, 2016
All day

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the book that launched Eric Carle’s career—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr —The Carle is sending the book’s famous characters to the main streets and outdoor spaces of Amherst through a special pop-up exhibition.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Bill Thomson

August 13, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

What happens when three children discover a typewriter on a carousel? Adventures of their own creation, including a giant beach ball and the biggest bucket of ice cream you have ever seen! With Bill Thomson’s stunning, photo-realistic illustrations, The Typewriter celebrates the power of words and imagination.

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

Special Sundays in the Studio: The Artistic Olympics

August 14, 2016
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for a marathon of art games for all ages to celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympics! Everyone will take home their special creations, from sculpture, to painting, to drawing. Win a special prize if you “compete” in every artistic category.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Swish, Wiggle, Dab

August 17 - September 13, 2016
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Inspired by the charcoal illustrations in Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings, experiment with dry and wet media to create your own cityscape scene.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Elizabeth Howard and Diana Wege

August 20, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join author Elizabeth Howard and illustrator Diana Wege as they share their debut picture book, A Day with Bonefish Joe, about a young girl named Flossie and her adventurous day at sea with Bonefish Joe, one of the best-known bonefish guides in the Bahamas.

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

Every Day Art Program: Remarkable Rainbow Collages

September 14 - October 18, 2016
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Eric Carle uses every color of the rainbow in his book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Using a mix of colorful paper scraps and magazine clippings, arrange your unique colorful creation with glue and scissors.

In The Museum

Members' Celebration: Brown Bear Turns 50!

September 17, 2016
11:00am - 3:30pm

11:00 am – Gallery Talk with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter

12:00 pm – Gallery Talk with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter

2:00 pm – Auditorium Presentation: A Look Back at Brown Bear

3:00 pm - Great Hall Refreshments

Members: Pack a picnic if you’d like to stay for both the tour and presentation, and RSVP by Monday, September 12 at info@carlemuseum.org or (413) 559-6301.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.

In The Museum

The Carle Celebrates Museum Day Live!

September 24, 2016
10:00am - 5:00pm
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.

FREE Admission for two with downloaded ticket. Visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Fun with Found Materials

September 25, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Offsite

The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala

September 28, 2016
5:30pm

Please join us for the eleventh annual Carle Honors Benefit Gala and Art Auction on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Guastavino's in New York. We will honor ARTIST, Allen Say, ANGEL, Lee and Low Books, represented by Jason Low, BRIDGE, Steven Heller, and MENTOR, Regina Hayes. Awards will be presented by author Gregory Maguire. More than a dozen of the industry's leading illustrators have donated artworks for the Art Auction.

Learn more or purchase tickets at www.carlemuseum.org/carlehonors2016 or contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development, at rebeccag@carlemuseum.org

In The Museum

An Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies

September 30, 2016
10:00am - 2:00pm
$50 (Members $42.50)

(4 PDPs) Learn about Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), the principles of which guide the educational programming at the Museum. Designed as a way of teaching viewers to find meaning and pleasure in works of art, these strategies are based on the work of cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and veteran museum educator, Philip Yenawine.  Participants will be introduced to Housen’s theory of aesthetic development, discuss and analyze the strategies, experiment with the method in small groups, and discuss ways in which these strategies can enhance teaching and reinforce the state standards in Language Arts.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

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