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


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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2014 BERL Lecture press release

Dr. Timothy Young to Present the 2014 Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture

Amherst, MA (April 10, 2014)— Author and scholar Timothy Young will present “Extinct Monsters: What Scholars Learn from Children’s Books” on Saturday, April 26th at 2:30 pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. This talk is part of the annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture Series and is free with museum admission.

Young, Curator of Modern Books & Manuscripts at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book  & Manuscript Library, will discuss the value of children’s books as research tools. He will explore some of the research opportunities that children’s books offer and provide interesting examples of what can be learned from them. A reception and book signing will follow Young’s lecture.

About Timothy Young

Timothy Young has worked with the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University for 22 years, the last 12 in the curatorial unit, where he now holds the title of Curator of Modern Books & Manuscripts. A primary focus is serving as curator of the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children's Literature, a group of books, manuscripts, and artworks collected by the daughter of one of the founders of the Beinecke Library. In his role as curator, Young builds collections, works with researchers, plans public events (including readings and musical performances), educates students about research resources, and oversees the Beinecke’s publications programs with Yale University Press.

Young is the author of My Heart in Company: The Work of J. M. Barrie and the Birth of Peter Pan (2005) and Drawn to Enchant: Original Children’s Book Art in the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection, and he is a co-editor of the recently published The Great Mirror of Folly: Finance, Culture, and the Crash of 1720, which the Wall Street Journal deemed “. . . one of the most important investing books of the past year.” He also contributes regularly to The Yale Review, writing about music and books.

About the Barbara Elleman Research Library and Lecture Series

The non-circulating BERL collection was amassed by Barbara Elleman over the course of her thirty-year association with the children’s literature field as an editor at Booklist, a founder of Book Links magazine, and a distinguished scholar of Children’s Literature at Marquette University. Together with her late husband Don, Barbara donated over 1,000 volumes to The Carle so that students and researchers could benefit from her rich collection. The BERL’s holdings include author and illustrator biographies, literary criticism, histories, contemporary bibliographies, illustration studies, catalogs of international and national picture book art exhibitions, periodicals, and related ephemera.

 Each spring, inspired by the BERL’s rich contents, The Carle invites a scholar, librarian, artist, or publishing professional to deliver a lecture. Now in its fourth year, the BERL lecture series covers a range of topics regarding children’s literature, revealing the magnitude and scope of its influence.

About the Museum

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. 

Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. Its extensive resources include a collection of more than 12,000 picture book illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at

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