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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

Red, White, and Blueberries Weekend

July 2, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
July 3, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate Fourth of July weekend at The Carle! Create art in the studio, go on a red, white and blue scavenger hunt, and take a family tour of Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey. Inspired by McCloskey’s classic, Blueberries for Sal, local farms will be selling blueberries over this holiday weekend.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Kwame Alexander

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

In Surf’s Up, Newbery Award Medal Winner Kwame Alexander introduces readers to Bro and Dude, two frog friends who discover the adventures found in reading. Children in attendance will receive Surf’s Up backpacks, a perfect place to hold summer reading books!

A warmhearted tribute to reading.” — Kirkus

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

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 Reading Library

Whole Book Approach Storytime with Megan Lambert

July 8, 2016
10:30am
July 9, 2016
10:30am
July 10, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Book signing to follow July 8th 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 Auditorium

CactusHead Puppets Presents: The Tale of Juan Bobo

July 9, 2016
11:00am and 1:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

Meet Juan Bobo! He always tries to do the right thing, but often makes mistakes. For Juan even the smallest task can lead to the silliest of results, but can Juan Bobo's seemingly foolish actions end up saving the day? Join CactusHead Puppets as they bring this classic Puerto Rican folktale to life and decide for yourself.

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: Jeanne Birdsall and Harry Bliss

July 9, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Things to know about sheep: Sheep live outside. Sheep have wool. Sheep will not learn to ride a skateboard. In My Favorite Pets: by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski’s Class, National Book Award winning author Jeanne Birdsall and New York Times Bestselling illustrator Harry Bliss team up to share one child’s outrageous school essay on his seventeen “pet” sheep.

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

Animals, Art and the Imagination 2016

July 11 - July 15, 2016
9:00am
$300 (Members $255)

9:00 am -3:00 pm

(Entering 1st grade - 5th grade)
Join The Carle for an animal and art adventure! In this week-long program, meet and work with a guest author/illustrator, interact with live animals, and discover original picture book art! Students will enjoy being creative inside the Museum’s beautiful light-filled Art Studio. Outside, students will explore the beautiful grounds with nature walks and picnics in the surrounding apple orchard and Hampshire College Campus. Museum staff will give a special behind-the-scenes tour and teach students how art exhibitions are made. On the last day, students will collaborate on an exhibit of their art from the week and host a reception for their families.

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

 

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 Auditorium

Animal Friends at The Carle

July 13, 2016
11:00am - 12:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Meet a variety of creatures from The New Children’s Museum in West Hartford, Connecticut and learn about their natural habitats, special skills or unusual habits. All ages are welcome!

In The Museum

Summer Teacher Workshop: MAKE WAY FOR PLAY

July 18, 2016
9:30am - 5:30pm
$140 (Members $119)

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.  ~ Mister Rogers

(7 PDPs) Join educators throughout the region for a one-day workshop recognizing play as an important part in children's learning and social, emotional, and physical development.

Download the full Program Schedule including session descriptions here:
Summer Teacher Workshop: MAKE WAY FOR PLAY (PDF)

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Animals Abound

July 20 - August 16, 2016
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Whether you’ve only read one, or all 81 of Eric Carle’s picture books, his colorful characters are quite memorable! Use cut paper and drawing tools to create your own colorful critter like your favorite Eric Carle picture book character.

In The Museum

Free Fun Friday!

July 22, 2016
10:00am - 4:00pm
FREE Admission

Come celebrate picture books with art activities, special storytimes with authors/illustrators Lita Judge and Brian Lies, films, music by the Harmaniacs, and more!

Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

 

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 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 - 2:30pm

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

1:00 pm: Auditorium Presentation: A Look Back at Brown Bear

2:00 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.

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

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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