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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002



  • Tuesday- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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Past Events

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Gloria Respress-Churchwell

February 15, 2020
Free with Museum admission

Join author Gloria Respress-Churchwell as she reads from her new picture book, Follow Chester!, a story about Dr. Chester Pierce, the first black college football player to compete south of the Mason-Dixon line. This historical fiction picture book frames a turbulent time in the civil rights era with the clever use of a football play to show race relations and teamwork.

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at

In The Reading Library

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

February 14, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

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

In The Museum

First Book Friendiversary!

February 8, 2020
10:00am - 4:00pm

Join us for Friendiversary, a FREE family day that celebrates friendship and reading.

- Meet Elephant & Piggie costume characters
- Explore three galleries of exhibitions, create art, watch films
- Enjoy special programs with author/illustrator Aaron Becker at 11:30 and 
   Happier Valley Comedy at 1:30.
- A FREE Mo Willems book to every child who attends (while supplies last!)
- Purchase lunch in the Café from Holyoke Hummus Company

Please note: Unfortunately, Mike Curato is no longer able to join us for this event.

Special thanks to First Book and Michael and Rebecca Neidorf.
Free books compliments of Disney Publishing Worldwide.

In the event of snow, please call 413-559-6300 for cancellation news.

FREE round-trip transportation from Mason Square Branch Library (765 State Street, Springfield) courtesy of King Ward Coach Lines! Bus departs from library at 10:00 am. Departure from The Carle is at 2:00 pm.

Seating is limited. To reserve bus seats, call 413-263-6828 x201 or email

In The Reading Library

Book Corner with Mary Westgate

February 7, 2020
10:30am - 11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for a fun, music-filled storytime with Berkshire Hills Music Academy’s Mary Westgate, as she reads from a selection of braille picture books.

In The Museum

CANCELED: Leap Before You Look: Writing Games Involving Chance, Collaboration, and Surprise

February 7, 2020
10:00am - 12:30pm
$30 (Members $25.50)

Adult Workshop (ages 16 and up) Join us for this generative workshop exploring a range of Surrealist writing games involving chance, collaboration, and surprise! Approaching writing with a sense of play and wonder, we will attempt to say the unexpected, unlock the door to the unconscious, and release our collective creativity. Adults of all ages and writing experiences are welcome!

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

Image: Maira Kalman, Illustration for Chicken Soup, Boots (Viking Penguin). Courtesy ofJulie Saul Gallery, New York. © 1993 Maira Kalman.



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