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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

Special Storytime: Tom Sullivan

October 21, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

It’s a clash of the colors in Blue vs. Yellow! From Tom Sullivan, author-illustrator of I Used to Be a Fish, comes a high-concept picture book about a battle between primary colors. Which one will be declared the best color of all? 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 Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

October 21, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
November 18, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
December 16, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
$10 Adult / $5 Youth (Members: $9 Adult / $4.50 Youth)

Founded in 2015, Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Their Happier Family Comedy Show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Each improv show is an hour-long, all new, and created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation.

Geared for kids ages 5-12, you won’t want to miss this program packed full of high energy and family-friendly funnies!

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

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Night Theater

October 22, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admisison

In The Art Studio

Create at The Carle! Art Classes for Adults: Bookmaking

September 11, 2017
10:30am - 12:30pm
September 18, 2017
10:30am - 12:30pm
September 25, 2017
10:30am - 12:30pm
October 2, 2017
10:30am - 12:30pm
October 9, 2017
10:30am - 12:30pm
October 16, 2017
10:30am - 12:30pm
October 23, 2017
10:30am - 12:30pm
October 30, 2017
10:30am - 12:30pm
$90 (members $76.50)

THIS PROGRAM IS FULL.
Please email programs@carlemuseum.org to be added to the waitlist.

10:30am - 12:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Meghan Burch
Enrollment limited to 20

Join us for Create at The Carle! a program with for adults 55 and older interested in expressing themselves through visual art.

Artists’ books are a visual, tactile format for expressing ideas. In this eight-week workshop, participants will explore books as unique art objects and build skill with a variety of techniques and forms that can be expanded and combined. Students will use these skills to experiment with sequencing and the relationship between text and image. Some of the structures and bindings covered in the course could include: concertina, Japanese binding, tunnel book, crown binding, altered books, flag books, scroll books, and palm leaf books.

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

The Carle’s Annual Educators’ Night with David Wiesner

October 25, 2017
3:30pm - 7:00pm
Free. Reservations are required and begin September 8 (413-559-6336)

NOTE: Educators' Night is FULL!  To be added to the waitlist, please contact us at info@carlemuseum.org or 413-559-6336.

(2 PDPs) The Carle is pleased to announce its Annual Educators’ Night featuring a presentation and book signing with David Wiesner, three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal for Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002), and Flotsam (2007). Participants will also have time to visit the special exhibition, David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling, the first-ever retrospective devoted to Wiesner’s career and features 80 original watercolors from some of his most famous books.

This event is free and open to all educators as space permits. Reservations are required and begin September 8 (Call 413-559-6336.) Free materials for classrooms will be available and light refreshments will be served.

Schedule of events

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Browse the Museum, collect free materials for your classroom, and enjoy light refreshments (Great Hall)

4:30 – 4:45 pm
Welcoming Remarks, with Courtney Waring, Director of Education

4:45 – 5:15 pm
“A Picture Inspires a Thousand Words: Findings from The Carle’s Family Literacy Outreach Program,” with Alison Sparks, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar at Amherst College

5:30 – 6:30 pm
“The Persistence of Memory,” with Guest Speaker David Wiesner (Auditorium)

6:30 – 7:00 pm
Book signing with David Wiesner (Great Hall)
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 shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

After-School Printmaking Class

October 26, 2017
3:30pm - 5:00pm
November 2, 2017
3:30pm - 5:00pm
November 9, 2017
3:30pm - 5:00pm
$60 (Members $51)

Entering Grades 3-5
Curious about printmaking and experimenting with paint? Join us for a three-week long class where you will go in-depth into the printmaking process and create a series of your own prints to keep, display, or give away! Participants will look closely at original artworks in The Carle’s collection, and create their own artwork using a variety of printing techniques. To secure your place in the class, register before October 19.

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Materials Play

October 13, 2017
11:00am - 11:30am
October 20, 2017
11:00am - 11:30am
October 27, 2017
11:00am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the Art Studio.


 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Tad Hills

October 27, 2017
11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

It’s Halloween in the meadow, and the beloved, classic, and New York Times bestselling feathered friends Duck & Goose are ready for trick-or-treating! Come to The Carle in costume and meet author/illustrator Tad Hills as he reads from his new picture book, Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo!
 
“Duck and Goose have taken their places alongside Frog and Toad and George and Martha as fine examples of friendship, curiosity and problem-solving.” —Kirkus Reviews

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 Art Studio

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

November 3, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
November 10, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
November 17, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Enjoy an interactive storytime followed by time to move, play, and explore art materials.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Chanavia Haddock

November 4, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Miracle, her debut picture book, author Chanavia Haddock tells the story of a curious young girl named Piper Rose and her day in the snow. Be on the lookout for miracles throughout the pages of this book. They're everywhere!

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 Art Studio

Art Out of the Box: Creative Sustainability in the Studio

November 6, 2017
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3 PDPs) Are you ever concerned about the amount of waste that art-making can produce? We’re always thinking about it! From the packaging that art materials come in, to the scraps left over, we continuously seek ways to reuse materials to create exciting, sustainable art projects. Join us to share these ideas and create your own extraordinary, high-quality tools. Have fun testing out materials through collage, construction, stamping, and imaginative play. Be inspired to see packaging, scraps, and caps in a new light.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Golden Bird

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

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

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Renee Kurilla

November 11, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Pickwick’s Picnic: A Counting Adventure, the Pickwick family leaves the hot hazy city for a picnic by the shore. Community cooperation turns a traffic jam into an opportunity for fun in this inventive counting book starring a pair of clever canine siblings. Engaging rhythm and detail-filled art reward repeated readings of Carol Brendler and Renee Kurilla's countable account of a very special picnic.

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 Museum

Create at The Carle! Art Reception

November 12, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the culmination of the eight-week Create at The Carle! program with us. See how participants explored a range of bookmaking techniques with teaching artist Meghan Burch and were inspired by the collection and unique surrounds of The Carle.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Project Paint!

November 15 - December 19, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with paint to create your own monoprint.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Angela DiTerlizzi

November 18, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Saddle up for a special storytime with author Angela DiTerlizzi! In I Wanna Be a Cowgirl, readers will delight in following the adventures of a young girl as she pulls on her (rain) boots, saddles up her (stick) horse, and gallops off through the (backyard) hills. Filled with humor and imaginative play, this sweet story captures the dream of zillions of little girls everywhere—the dream of being a cowgirl! Hats and bandanas will be handed to young guests to “spur” their own imaginative play!

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 Museum

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

September 30, 2017
11:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 3:00pm
November 18, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
December 16, 2017
9:30am - 10:30am

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 Museum

Members Opening Reception: Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration

November 18, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm

6:00 Reception, dinner, and drinks
7:00 “Fun at Fifteen” Trivia Night

Join Angela DiTerlizzi and Heidi Stemple as they host a night of trivia fun about the Museum and its remarkable collection. Enjoy gourmet pizza and local craft beers, great prizes and abundant laughs!

Members RSVP by November 6 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at 413-559-6310 or membership@carlemuseum.org.

 

Garth Williams, Cover illustration for Stuart Little [Harper & Row]. Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel in memory of Elizabeth Shallcross Pool who respected all creatures great and small. © 1945, 1973 Garth Williams, used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers and the Estate of Garth Williams.

In The East Gallery

Collection Highlights Tour with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter

November 19, 2017
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Learn some of the fascinating stories and decisions behind the artworks selected for The Carle’s 15th anniversary exhibition.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Celebrate!

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

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime with Will Hillenbrand

November 19, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

The Carle is pleased to welcome back Will Hillenbrand, illustrator of more than fifty books, for a special storytime program. Hillenbrand’s work is presented in the exhibition Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration. He will read from two picture books he illustrated: Jane Yolen’s  This Little Piggy  and Maureen Wright’s Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep!

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

Picture Book Theatre presents Jane Yolen’s Nocturne and Mouse’s Birthday

November 24, 2017
1:00pm and 2:30pm
November 25, 2017
11:00am and 1:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

See Jane Yolen’s stories come to life with large string puppets. Puppets and scenery created by Director Therese Brady Donohue. Music composed by Karen Tarlow. This 40-minute program includes adaptations of:

Nocturne, by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Anne Hunter
A poetic lullaby featuring a mother and son exploring a summer’s night with a flashlight, finding nocturnal creatures and nature along the way.

Old MacDonald Sing-a-long, led by musician Julie Stepanek on ukulele
Features seven animal puppets introduced by Farmer MacDonald for a good old fashion audience sing-a-long.

Mouse’s Birthday, by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Bruce Degen
A delightful story in verse about a mouse that lives in a very small house. Its Mouse’s birthday, and families will delight in joining the Farmer and Mouse’s friends in singing Happy Birthday to him!

Picture Book Theatre is a professional company specializing in creative and realistic adaptations of picture book illustrations through string puppets, encouraging children in literacy and appreciation for illustrators’ techniques.

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

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Astrid Sheckels

November 25, 2017
2:00pm
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.

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 Art Studio

Creative Papermaking

December 2, 2017
9:30am - 12:00pm
December 4, 2017
9:30am - 12:00pm
$25 (Members $21.25)

Adult workshop, ages 16 and up
This workshop runs twice, choose between Saturday, December 2, or Monday, December 4
Join The Carle’s Art Educators in this half-day workshop and explore how to create your own beautiful handmade papers with recycled paper scraps and cotton pulp. We will add color and texture with a variety of materials. This workshop will provide you with the all materials and guidance you need to walk away with papers perfect for your next creative project or homemade gift.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up. 

In The Art Studio

Season’s Greetings and Experimental Wrapping Paper

December 9, 2017
10:00am - 11:30am
$12 per adult/child pair (Members $10.20)

Ages 3 and up with an adult
Looking for some time to spend with your family making cards and wrapping papers for your holiday gifts? Sign up for this family workshop where you can experiment with papers and paint to create beautiful, and practical, works of art that wrap your presents and/or express holiday cheer. All materials are provided for this workshop.

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Light, Shadow, Art

December 10, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission


 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Matt Tavares

December 10, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Red and Lulu, two birds make their nest in a beautiful evergreen tree. But one day, Red and Lulu are separated, and it will take a miracle for them to find each other again. Luckily, it’s just the season for miracles! From Matt Tavares comes a story combining the cheer of the holiday season, the magic of New York City, and the joy in being surrounded by love.

Book signing to follow. 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

An Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies

December 15, 2017
9:30am - 1:30pm
$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. Instructor: Courtney Waring

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

The Best of the Best in 2017

December 16, 2017
11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

(1.5 PDPs) In anticipation of the 2018 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 Auditorium

Meet Javaka Steptoe

December 16, 2017
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Artist and author Javaka Steptoe won the 2017 Caldecott Medal for his book, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Hear Steptoe discuss his research and art for Radiant Child, and what his year has been like following a Caldecott win.

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 Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Ready, Set, Draw!

December 20 - January 30, 2018
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Respond to words and phrases with a wide range of drawing tools to create your own illustration.

In The Museum

Winter Solstice PJ Party

December 21, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$5 per child (Members Free)

Come see the Eric Carle: Night exhibition on the longest night of the year! In addition to night-themed art projects, storytimes, and films, guests will enjoy an evening snack of milk and cookies. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admission desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

In The Art Studio

That’s a Wrap!: A Holiday Reuse Party

December 27, 2017
10:00am - 11:30am
$12 per adult/child pair (Members $10.20)

Ages 3 and up with an adult
Are you surrounded by wrapping paper, tissue paper, and/or boxes in your home after a busy holiday season? Bring them in to the Art Studio during this workshop to reuse them in a variety of creative ways with your family. Imaginative play, engineering, and collage will all be involved in this hands-on workshop. Materials will be provided although wrapping paper/tissue paper/box donations are much appreciated.

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The West Gallery

The Very Cozy Storytime

December 27, 2017
10:30am - 11:00am
December 28, 2017
10:30am - 11:00am
December 29, 2017
10:30am - 11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Join us in the galleries where we’ll read a picture book, look at original artwork, and engage in imaginative play inspired by the Eric Carle: Night exhibition.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Gina Perry

December 27, 2017
2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Small, author/illustrator Gina Perry shares the story of one little girl who feels overwhelmed by the big world around her. Tall buildings, noisy cars, and hungry ducks who want to eat her lunch all make her feel like she is small. Until . . . she dreams big by being an artist, plays big and makes the winning shot, and swings big because she is brave. Soon she realizes she IS big, and nothing can stand in her way.

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 Auditorium

CactusHead Puppets Present: The Pied Piper of Hamelin

December 29, 2017
11:00am and 1:00pm
$6 (Members $5.50)

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.

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