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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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Upcoming Events

In The Museum

Museum Open on Presidents' Day

February 15, 2016
10:00am - 4:00pm

The Carle will be open on Presidents' Day during MA school vacation week.

In The Offsite

The Carle at KidsBestFest: Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland

February 15, 2016
1:30pm
Free, donations encouraged.

At the Academy of Music, Northampton, MA

 

 

In The Reading Library

Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

February 15, 2016
2:30pm - 4:30pm
February 16, 2016
2:30pm - 4:30pm
February 17, 2016
2:30pm - 4:30pm
February 18, 2016
2:30pm - 4:30pm
February 19, 2016
2:30pm - 4:30pm
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 413.658.1114 or email courtneyw@carlemuseum.org to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block. Space is limited.

In The Auditorium

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School presents And Then…A Quest For an Original Story

February 16, 2016
11:00am and 2:00pm
February 17, 2016
11:00am and 2:00pm
February 18, 2016
11:00am and 2:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50); Museum Admission Extra

Mz. Young's class decided to create some new stories and we need YOU to help our cast bring their story to life! And Then... A Quest for an Original Story, encourages audience members to help brainstorm ideas, navigate friendships, problem solve, and make sound effects. This play explores sometimes complicated friendship dynamics and may be most accessible for 2nd-6th grade students.

Written by Trenda Loftin in collaboration with PVPA students.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1100.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Thyra Heder

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

It's cold outside, so what better time to start exploring the Arctic! Author/illustrator Thyra Heder of the critically acclaimed Fraidyzoo shares her latest creation, The Bear Report, in a storytime full of dreamy art, adventure, and a flurry of polar facts. Book signing to follow. 

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1100 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

February 19, 2016
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 participants 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 Lambert.

Instructor: Emily Prabhaker

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Josh Funk and Anna Staniszewski

February 19, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

What do you get when you mix bedtime and breakfast with robots and pancakes? Find out when debut picture book authors Anna Staniszewski (Power Down, Little Robot) and Josh Funk (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast) visit to read their books and share crafts. Book signings 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 Auditorium

Family Film Afternoon: Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (1951)

February 21, 2016
2:30pm - 3:45pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Nothing but Nonsense

February 24 - March 29, 2016
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Show us how silly you can be! Collage and draw a page that could belong in Eric Carle’s new book, The Nonsense Show with drawing tools and nonsensical clip art pictures.

 

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

January 31, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
February 28, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
March 20, 2016
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime with Liza Gardner Walsh and Hazel Mitchell

February 28, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Everyone knows fairies love spring flowers and summer sun, but what happens when autumn comes and the days get shorter and colder? Join author Liza Gardner Walsh as she reads from her new picture book Where Do Fairies Go When It Snows? and learn how to draw fairies with illustrator Hazel Mitchell. With rhyming questions and whimsical illustrations, children will discover just where the fairies go and the importance of helping one another! Join us in the Art Studio afterwards to create special fairy babies in milkweed pod cradles. Book signing to follow.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1100 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

Eric Carle-Inspired Window Shade Workshop

March 5, 2016
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3 PDPs) Have you ever admired the colorful painted-paper window hangings in the art studio and wanted to make your own? Our popular window-display idea can be used many ways: to shade a bright space, feature your students’ work in the classroom, or simply brighten your home.  Join us for this hands-on workshop to learn how to paint and assemble your own easy-hanging display. We’ll also discuss the source of this project’s inspiration: Eric Carle’s tissue paper-painting process. The Carle will provide the supplies for you to paint and assemble a nine-panel window hanging that you can complete with your own tension rod.
Instructor: Meghan Burch

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Jack and Kitty

March 5, 2016
11:00am
$8 Adults / $6 Youth (cash or check only); Museum Admission extra

Jack and Kitty’s Emmy Award winning approach provides a rich musical stew of organic and acoustic sound. It's laid-back with positive vibes that appeal to all ages. The "all ages appeal" comes from the years Jack and Kitty spent as co-creators and co-stars of the PBS Emmy-nominated preschool kids television series The Zinghoppers Show. Jack and Kitty have been called "one of the most entertaining acoustic groups in the Midwest" and have played in 19 countries, toured for the US Pentagon, and sang at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Come see Jack and Kitty at The Carle for an event that’s fun for the whole family!

In The Reading Library

Meet Gareth Hinds

March 12, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Meet Gareth Hinds, author and illustrator of critically-acclaimed graphic novels based on classic literature and mythology, including The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth.  Hinds will talk about his career and process, give a drawing demonstration, and discuss his illustrations for Pamela S. Turner’s new book, Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune, about one of the greatest samurai in Japanese history. 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

Members Opening Reception Magician of the Modern: The Art of Leonard Weisgard

March 12, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm

5:00 Reception

6:15 Modernist in the Nursery: The Art of Legendary Illustrator Leonard Weisgard

Leonard Weisgard boldly led twentieth-century American children's book art into the modern age as the illustrator of dozens of groundbreaking picture books, including more than twenty written by Margaret Wise Brown. In this illustrated talk by historian and guest curator Leonard S. Marcus, find out how Weisgard re-made the picture book in the liberating spirit of Cubism and streamlined modern design.

Members RSVP by March 7 to Jenny Stasinos at (413) 658-1100 or membership@carlemuseum.org

Illustration from Pelican Here/Pelican There by Leonard Weisgard [Scribner, 1948]. Gift of Abigail, Christina, and Ethan Weisgard.

In The Museum

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

February 3, 2016
3:30pm - 4:30pm
March 13, 2016
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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

Gallery Talk - Magician of the Modern: The Art of Leonard Weisgard with Guest Curator Leonard S. Marcus

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

In The Museum

Members Annual Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 20, 2016
9:00am - 12:00pm

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.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

First Seating – 9:00 am

Second Seating – 10:15 am

This event is free to Members, but space is limited. Reserve now at membership@carlemuseum.org

In The Museum

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 20, 2016
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

 

 

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio in Celebration of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 20, 2016
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Auditorium

Nutshell Playhouse Presents: Nutshellapalooza!

March 26, 2016
11:00am and 1:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50); Museum Admission Extra

A scrumptious mix of original music, puppets and clownerie, with special guests Taco Caramba (the fiercest pirate parrot ever to fly the seven seas), the Ductionary (the duck who knows every word in the English language) and the Snoof (the detective who can find anything, even if it isn’t there!) Enjoy your favorite Nutshell songs and characters. Unearth your imagination! Featuring Alexia Trainor, Stefanie Lynx Weber and Paul McNeil, with live music by Don Jordan.


Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1100.

 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Julia Denos

March 26, 2016
2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Julia Denos marks her debut as author-illustrator in Swatch, The Girl Who Loved Color, a picture book about a girl named Swatch who wants to harness the power of colors to create her own masterpiece. But what happens if colors don’t want to be tamed? This vibrant picture book celebrates the beauty and color that make up our lives.

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: Materials in Motion

March 30 - May 3, 2016
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Boats, airplanes, wagons and cars are on the move in the colorful illustrations by Leonard Weisgard. Use an assortment of found materials to make a sculpture inspired by things that go.

 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Micha Archer

April 16, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate National Poetry Month with author/illustrator Micha Archer as she shares her recent book, Daniel Finds a Poem.  With rich, multilayered collages, Archer tells the story of a young boy’s introduction to poetry through his encounters with different animals in a park. 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

Museum Open on Patriots' Day

April 18, 2016
10:00am - 4:00pm

The Carle will be open on Patriots' Day during MA school vacation week.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Steve Light

April 22, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In a young scalawag’s first tale of bartering, a peg-legged youngster sets out to help his captain repair his vessel. One button for three teacups. SWAP! Two teacups for four coils of rope. SWAP! And so it goes, until the little swashbuckler secures sails, anchors, a ship’s wheel, and more . . . including a happy friend. Steve Light’s intricate pen-and-ink illustrations, punctuated by brilliant blue and other hues, anchor this clever tale of friendship and ingenuity. 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 Auditorium

Reading Picture Books with Children, with Megan Dowd Lambert

April 23, 2016
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Free with Museum admission

 (1 PDP)
Program includes light refreshments.
Registration required; call 413-658-1100.

In The Auditorium

The 6th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture: The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf, with author/illustrator Grace Lin

April 23, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

When we talk about diverse books, we often talk about "windows and mirrors." But what does that really mean? And why is it important? Join author/illustrator Grace Lin as she discusses her own personal experiences, her approaches to work and how she chooses books for her own child in this year's BERL lecture.

 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Thea Guidone

May 1, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Make some noise with author Thea Guidone as she reads her picture book, Drum City. What begins with one boy’s beat on a kettle soon spreads to pots and pans and cartons and cans all across the neighborhood. When everyone joins in, together they create the catchy, driving tempo of a bright, hot DRUM CITY!

Prior to this special storytime, guests are welcome to visit the Art Studio from 12-2 pm to create their own unique drums! Following storytime with Thea Guidone, we’ll be using our drums for a drummer parade!

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

Children’s Book Festival: Games Galore!

June 4, 2016
10:00am - 4:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Inspired by The Carle’s exhibition, The Art of Eric Carle: Hide & Seek, join us for a day celebrating games, from scavenger hunts and board games to art projects and outdoor fun!

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Ryan T. Higgins

June 19, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Make way for the goslings! In Ryan T. Higgins’ book, Mother Bruce, Bruce the bear discovers that his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings. He tries to get them to fly south, but the goslings are convinced that Bruce is their mother. What’s a bear to do?

“Visually beautiful, clever, edgy, and very funny.” — Kirkus, starred review

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

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