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

Hours

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

 

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In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Take Flight: Sculptures that Soar

December 11 - February 5, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

 Inspired by the exhibition Illustrated Owls, experiment with a range of paper found materials to make your own sculpture that floats in the sky.
 

 

In The East Gallery

Our Voices: Sharing Stories of Family and Kindness

January 19, 2019
11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Come join Onawumi Jean Moss, the soulful storyteller, as she reads from picture books highlighted in the special exhibition Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards.

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

January 19, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
February 16, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
March 16, 2019
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

Experiments in Paper Marbling

January 24, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$25 (Members $21.25)

(Snow Date: Thursday, January 31)
Adult workshop, ages 16 and up
Join The Carle’s Art Educators in this evening workshop and experiment with easy-to-find materials such as dish soap, shaving cream and paint to create your own highly patterned and colorful marbled papers! 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 Museum

First Book Friendiversary!

January 26, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm
FREE

The Carle has teamed up with friends from First Book to observe their Friendiversary, an annual celebration of friendship and reading. Bring a friend and join us as we celebrate books with Elephant, Piggie and a host of other Museum friends – a FREE Mo Willems book to every child who attends (while supplies last)! To learn more about First Book, visit www.firstbook.org

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.

Schedule:

10:00 am – 10:50 am
Film: The William Steig Library (Auditorium)

10:30 am – 2:30 pm (Ongoing)
Meet Elephant and Piggie (Great Hall)
Note: Elephant & Piggie will be taking 15 minute breaks every 45 minutes

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Special Storytime with Heidi E.Y. Stemple (Auditorium)

11:45 am – 12:00 pm
Film: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Auditorium)

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Film: Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny Series (Auditorium)

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Storytime and Creative Movement with The Center Dance Studio (Auditorium)
Recommended for children ages 3+

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Special Storytime with Mike Curato (Auditorium)

2:30 pm
Book signing with Mike Curato (Great Hall)

2:45 pm – 3:35 pm
Film: The Ezra Jack Keats Library (Auditorium)

3:45 – 4:15 pm
Film: Eric Carle: Picture Writer (Auditorium)


Ongoing throughout the day

GREAT HALL
FREE Books from Disney Publishing Worldwide; Museum Scavenger Hunt (Admissions Desk)

GALLERIES
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50 (West Gallery)
Illustrated Owls: A Who’s Hoo from the Museum’s Vault (Central Gallery)
Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards (East Gallery)

ART STUDIO
Pen Pal Art Project

CAFÉ
Say Cheese! Catering (11am – 2pm)


NEED TRANSPORTATION TO THIS EVENT?
FREE round-trip transportation from Holyoke Public Library (250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke) and Mason Square Branch Library (765 State Street, Springfield)  courtesy of King Ward Coach Lines! Buses depart their locations at 10:00 am. Departure from The Carle is at 2:00 pm.

Seating is limited. To reserve bus seats:
Holyoke Public Library:
Call 413-420-8119 or email rdowd@holyokelibrary.org

Mason Square Branch Library:
Call 413-263-6828 x201 or email esulzycki@springfieldlibrary.org.

In The Art Studio

Materials Play

February 1, 2019
11:00am - 11:30am
February 8, 2019
11:00am - 11:30am
February 15, 2019
11:00am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the Art Studio. Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly!

 

In The Art Studio

Valentine Card-Making Party

February 2, 2019
10:00am - 11:30am
February 3, 2019
10:00am - 11:30am
$12 per child (Members $10.20); Adults free. Museum admission extra, not required

(Ages 3 and up with an adult; up to two children per adult)
Share friendship and love this Valentine's Day by making unique valentines for your family, friends, or classmates in this hands-on workshop. All materials will be provided.

Space is limited, registration recommended. Walk-ins accepted as space allows. (Two dates to choose from!)

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Pens, Panels, and Paint

February 6 - March 19, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Tell stories across multiple panels using watercolor pencils and draw inspiration from the current exhibition, Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age.

In The Museum

Members Opening Reception: Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age

February 9, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm

5:00 pm Reception
6:15 pm Presentation with Guest Curator Leonard S. Marcus and Out of the Box artists. Participating artists include Vera Brosgol, Catia Chien, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Matt Phelan, Raina Telgemeier, and Sara Varon.
Members RSVP by Monday, February 4 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at 413-559-6310 or jennys@carlemuseum.org

Image: Vera Brosgol, Cover illustration for Be Prepared. © 2018 Vera Brosgol. Reprinted with permission from First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership. All rights reserved.

 

In The East Gallery

Members Gallery Talk: Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age

February 10, 2019
11:00am

Hear Out of the Box artists discuss their exhibited works with Curator Leonard S. Marcus. Participating artists include Vera Brosgol, Catia Chien, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Matt Phelan, Raina Telgemeier, and Sara Varon.
Members RSVP to 413-559-6336 or info@carlemuseum.org.

Image: Gene Luen Yang, Illustration for American Born Chinese. © 2006 Gene Luen Yang.

In The Auditorium

Thinking Out of the Box

February 10, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

THIS EVENT IS FULL. THE WAITLIST IS ALSO FULL.
Please join us for the book signing that follows the program.


Meet artists from Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age in a fun Q&A format. Participating artists include Vera Brosgol, Catia Chien, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Matt Phelan, Raina Telgemeier, and Sara Varon

Space is limited. Reservations are suggested and begin January 10.

Book signing to follow program. Books are available to purchase at The Carle Bookshop. No books from home.
Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org

Image: Raina Telgemeier, Illustration for Smile (Graphix). © 2010 Raina Telgemeier. Used by permission of Scholastic Inc.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Look! It’s a Book!

February 10, 2019
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

 

 

In The Museum

Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar

February 18, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
February 19, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
February 21, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
February 22, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

The Very Hungry Caterpillar costume character will be taking pictures with friends until 2:30 pm, followed by a Wiggle Dance Party in the Great Hall. Bring your dancing shoes!

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime with Adam Gudeon

February 19, 2019
10:30am
Free with Museum Admission

In Adam Gudeon’s Peeper and Zeep, two accidental friends use innovation, trial and error, and some help from an unusual acquaintance to find their way home again. Through it all, Peeper the bird and Zeep the alien learn the meaning of friendship and family.

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

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Showtime with Shakespeare: A Magic Treehouse Adventure

February 20, 2019
11:00am and 1:30pm
$6.50 (Members $5.50)

The show must go on in this new hip-hop musical, Showtime with Shakespeare: A Magic Tree House Adventure. When the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to Elizabethan England  they meet William Shakespeare himself—one of the greatest writers of all time! But Mr. Shakespeare is having a hard time with some of the actors in his latest show. Are Jack and Annie ready to make a big entrance? Or will it be curtains for Shakespeare? This production is appropriate for elementary and middle school aged children and family audiences.

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

In The Museum

Book Signing with Mary Pope Osborne

February 20, 2019
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Meet Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series, the No. 1 best-selling chapter book series of all time! Guests can get books stamped with Mary’s signature and take photos with her.

Showtime with Shakespeare, a theatrical production of Osborne’s Magic Tree House adventure book, Stage Fright on a Summer Night, will be performed by Berkshire Theatre Group at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm this day.

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

In The Art Studio

Drawing for the Terrified!

February 25, 2019
10:00am - 3:00pm
$60 (Members $51)

Adult workshop, ages 16 and up
Join artist B.Z. Reily in this friendly workshop designed to get pencil to paper. Take inspiration from the exhibition, Out of The Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age. Have fun with drawing and pick up tips and skills along the way.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime with Lesléa Newman

March 2, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. How will she find her family? Both a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story, Gittel’s Journey offers a fresh perspective on the immigration journey to Ellis Island. The book includes an author’s note explaining how Gittel’s story is based on the journey to America taken by Lesléa Newman’s grandmother and family friend.

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

October 21, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
December 13, 2018
3:30pm - 4:30pm
March 3, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
April 13, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am

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 Offsite

Innovations in Education: A Study Tour of the Early Childhood Centers of Pistoia, Italy

March 10 - March 15, 2019
All day

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

(30 PDPs) Join us for a unique opportunity to visit and study the early childhood centers of the city of Pistoia, Italy and learn about Pistoia’s internationally-renowned early childhood education.

The Innovations in Education study tour, launched in 2010, has quickly become known for the variety of learning opportunities it offers its participants, as well as its intimate view of Pistoia. Participants tour school environments; learn about the schools’ history; talk with school staff and teachers about both practical and philosophic aspects of teaching and learning; see a wide variety of documentation; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the geography, history and culture of Pistoia, where the value of aesthetics and deeply held beliefs about the potential and rights of all children and families are so foundational.

Study Tour Information (including cost and registration details)

Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all’Educazione del Commune di Pistoia.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Under Construction: Collage Sculptures

March 20 - April 23, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Cut, attach, and build your own colorful sculptures inspired by the art of Eric Carle.

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

March 22, 2019
9:30am - 12:30pm
$55 (Members $46.75)

(3 PDPs) Learn about The Whole Book Approach and discover the difference between reading with children and reading to children. Participants will 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 Dowd Lambert.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Members Annual Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 24, 2019
9:30am - 12:30pm
Free to Members

First Seating – 9:30 am
Second Seating – 10:30 am
This event is free to Members, but space is limited.
Reserve now at membership@carlemuseum.org.

Enjoy homemade pancakes in The Carle Café, a project created just for this unique event in the Art Studio, and a special storytime and film in the Auditorium. Plus, there will be a chance to meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar and receive an exclusive Member gift!

In The Museum

Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 24, 2019
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the Caterpillar's special day at The Carle! Throughout the day, you can enjoy a special art studio project, Caterpillar food search scavenger hunt, films, storytimes, and a visit from the Caterpillar Lab!

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Caterpillar Art

March 24, 2019
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

 

 

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center presents In The Nick of Time

March 30, 2019
11:00am
$5 Museum Admission extra, not required

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

In The Auditorium

The 9th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture

April 13, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Speaker: Neal Porter, Vice President and Publisher, Neal Porter Books

 

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