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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002
Hours
  • Mon. – Fri. 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 5pm

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In The Auditorium

CactusHead Puppets Presents: The Pied Piper of Hamelin

August 1, 2015
11:00am
August 2, 2015
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

The town of Hamelin has a rat problem, and there's only one person who can help! CactusHead Puppets bring the story of the Pied Piper to life with a cast of colorful characters in this comedic 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 413.658.1126. No same-day phone reservations. On the day of the performance, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

In The Reading Library

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

July 6, 2015
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 13, 2015
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 20, 2015
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 27, 2015
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 3, 2015
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 10, 2015
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 17, 2015
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 24, 2015
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 31, 2015
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Free with Museum admission. Advance sign-up required.

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.

Advance sign-up is required. Call 413.658.1114 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 5, 2015
3:45pm - 5:00pm
August 12, 2015
3:45pm - 5:00pm
August 19, 2015
3:45pm - 5:00pm
August 26, 2015
3:45pm - 5:00pm
$12 per pair or trio of participants over 4yrs, per class. All four sessions $44

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. Siblings under 4 are not included in participation fee and an optional free play area will be provided 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 Art Studio

DROP-IN PROGRAM: Materials Play for Toddlers

July 24, 2015
10:00am - 10:30am
August 7, 2015
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

Summer Teacher Workshop: We Love Picture Books

August 8, 2015
9:30am - 5:00pm
$140 (Members $119)

(7 PDPs) A full-day workshop celebrating all things picture books, with guest authors and illustrators Lizi Boyd, Jason Chin, Shelley Rotner, Matthew Tavares, and Bill Thomson.

Download the full Program Schedule including session descriptions here:
SUMMER TEACHER WORKSHOP: We Love Picture Books (PDF)

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Picture Books

August 8, 2015
1:30pm - 2:30pm

(1 PDP) This inspiring WGBY documentary follows Mount Holyoke College philosophy students as they share picture books with second graders at Martin Luther King Charter School in Springfield, MA. Following the screening, hear from educators on how this unique partnership celebrated students’ natural curiosity and fostered critical thinking skills through philosophical discussions.

In The Museum

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

March 14, 2015
3:00pm - 4:30pm
June 14, 2015
10:30am - 12:00pm
August 8, 2015
3:00pm - 4:30pm

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.

Please note: July 18th session is cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Email childrensliterature@simmons.edu for more information.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

August 9, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Map It Out

August 12 - September 22, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Whether you are from down the street, or visiting from the other side of the world, using wet and dry media design a map of your unique journey to The Carle.

In The Art Studio

Let’s Make and Play: Teddy Bear Doctor with Author Deanna F. Cook

August 13, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Got a teddy bear with a tummy ache, a feverish plush puppy, or a dinosaur who scraped her knees while skateboarding? Never fear! Have your child bring their favorite animal stuffie and drop by the Art Studio to meet Deanna F. Cook, the former creative development director for Family Fun magazine and producer of dozens of activity books for kids. Deanna will share a few fun activities from her new book, Teddy Bear Doctor: A Let’s Make & Play Book of projects, creative play prompts, and even some real vet know-how to help kids set up and equip their very own stuffed pet vet clinics and care for their fuzzy friends. Designed for kids 3-8, Teddy Bear Doctor will be available for sale in the Museum shop and Deanna will gladly sign your copy!

Learn more about Deanna at deannafcook.com

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Sophie Blackall

August 14, 2015
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for A Fine Dessert! Illustrator Sophie Blackall will read the story of blackberry fool, the oldest dessert in Western culture, as it's made by four different families over four centuries, and paint with blackberry juice. Purchase A Fine Dessert and get it signed so you can make this Summery treat with your own family!

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 Auditorium

Talking Hands Theatre Presents: Bugaboo Revue

August 15, 2015
11:00am
$5 (Members $4.50)

Some people think creepy crawlies are just plain gross. But if you look closely, every bug in your garden has a song to sing about the special job it does to help plants grow. Learn more about why it's important to keep bugs alive and eat and garden organically. Beautiful bug puppets and catchy, interactive songs in a range of styles round out this fun and educational show. Recommended for ages 2-8.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126. No same-day phone reservations. On the day of the performance, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

In The Museum

Mo at the Movies!

August 30, 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for the world premiere of two new Weston Woods film adaptations of Mo Willems’ picture books: The Duckling Gets a Cookie and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs! Hear Mo talk about film collaborations with Weston Woods and meet Mo for a book signing. Plus, take part in storytimes in the Reading Library, meet Elephant & Piggie characters, and create art in the Art Studio!

Scheduled films followed by a Mo Willems Q & A are sold out, but the films will be repeated throughout the day.  Visitors can still meet Mo during the book signing.

SCHEDULE:
10:00 am
Museum Opens (separate entrance for Members)

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

11:00 - 11:20 am
(SOLD OUT - Call 413-658-1126 to be added to the waitlist)
World premiere of The Duckling Gets a Cookie and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs!, followed by a  Q&A with Mo Willems (Auditorium)

11:40 am - 12:00 pm
(SOLD OUT - Call 413-658-1126 to be added to the waitlist)
World premiere of The Duckling Gets a Cookie and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs!, followed by a  Q&A with Mo Willems (Auditorium)

12:00 pm
Book signing with Mo Willems

12:30 pm
Storytime in the Reading Library

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

2:00 pm
Storytime in the Reading Library

2:30 – 3:00 pm
(SOLD OUT - Call 413-658-1126 to be added to the waitlist)
World premiere of Team Mo, a documentary by Trixie Willems, followed by a Q&A with Trixie and Mo! (Auditorium)

3:30 pm
Meet Elephant and Piggie!

4:00 pm
Storytime in the Reading Library

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. No signing of board books or stuffed animals and no personalization. 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 Auditorium

Paintbox Theatre Presents: Puss in Boots

September 5, 2015
11:00am and 1:00pm
September 6, 2015
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$8 (Member $7.50)

Sooooo a long while ago a very cool kitty asked a young lad, "How would you like to be king.” The boy had nothing better to do, so he nodded. The adventure begins. The basic rule - when in doubt always trust the cat. Puss is one clever kitty. She is going to show us how to get from empty pockets to the royal throne room.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126. No same-day phone reservations. On the day of the performance, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

In The Auditorium

Diversity in Children’s Books

September 19, 2015
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

A panel discussion with authors Lesléa Newman, Tanya Lee Stone, Padma Venkatraman, and illustrator Floyd Cooper. Book signing following program.

In The Offsite

The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala and Art Auction

September 24, 2015
5:30pm

At Guastavino's, New York, NY    

5:30 pm Cocktails, dinner fare, boutique, and auction
7:15 pm Seated awards presentation.
8:15 pm Dessert, coffee, and auction
9:00 pm Auction close

Tickets available now! Click here for information about the event. Check back here later this summer to or bid on The Carle Honors Auction!

Butterfly from The Very Hungry Caterpillar copyright © 1969 and 1987 by Eric Carle

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