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

Hours

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

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In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Painted Portraits

January 22 - February 25, 2020
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Inspired by the artwork of Maira Kalman, explore color mixing and paints in the Art Studio.

In The Museum

Information Session: Simmons University Graduate Study in Children's Literature at The Carle

February 21, 2020
9:00am - 10:00am

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 Reading Library

Special Storytime: Megan Dowd Lambert

February 21, 2020
10:30am
Free with Museum admission

A Kid of Their Own is author Megan Dowd Lambert’s second picture book about a group of barnyard animals and the two farmers who care for them. In this fresh and funny sequel to A Crow of His Own, rooster Clyde is forced to adjust to new roommates on the farm when Fran the goat and her kid, Rowdy, take up residence. Can Clyde handle having a new kid in town?

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: Materials Play

February 21, 2020
11:00am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers and their caregivers in the Art Studio. Dress for mess! 

In The Auditorium

The Gottabees present Go Home Tiny Monster

February 22, 2020
11:00am and 2:00pm
$6 General ($5.50 Member)

One day, Sylvie and her family of homespun creatures suddenly find themselves in need of a new home. Luckily, they have an audience full of people who can help them out.
Go Home Tiny Monster features The Gottabees’ trademark mix of puppetry, joyously absurd silliness, physical theater, live music, and surprising poignancy.

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

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

February 23, 2020
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Join us in the Art Studio to explore new materials and try a different project! 

In The Auditorium

Josh Sitron & Friends' Family Request Room: Live Piano Karaoke & Sing-Along

February 23, 2020
2:00pm
$6 General (Members $5)

End Winter Break on a high note! Join Josh Sitron and special guest song-leaders for this live piano karaoke and sing-along like no other: one part singalong, one part karaoke, one part improv comedy. Josh takes YOUR song requests, whose chords and lyrics are then projected for all to see! (Great reading practice!)  Come up to the mic, singalong with the crowd, or even suggest songs anonymously by putting a slip of paper in the magic hat. All songs attempted!

Bring the kids, the friends, the in-laws; anybody who likes to sing or needs a smile.  You do not have to be a ‘good’ singer - the key is to have fun.  (And as we say at the Request Room: “Anyone can be a Bob Dylan!”) Super fun & supportive atmosphere for all ages; come for some or all.

When not tickling the ivories, Josh composes and produces music for Nickelodeon and Disney among others, at his studio 13 Queen in Northampton.

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

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Art Studio Oceanographers

February 26 - March 31, 2020
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Use oil pastels to create bright and beautiful creatures of the deep sea.

In The Museum

Word Play with Center Dance Studio

February 28, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
Free with Museum Admission; registration required

Ages 3 and up; caregiver participation welcome

Join The Center Dance Studio for creative movement and narrative dance inspired by picture books. Bring your imagination and your dancing feet! 

Register online

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


 

In The Art Studio

Make a Mobile Workshop

March 3, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$25 (Members $21.25)

Adult workshop, ages 16 and up

Create your own mobile using a variety of textured papers, found materials, and adhesives in this evening workshop led by The Carle’s Art Educators. We’ll construct mobiles that move and play with light, perfect for hanging in your home, workplace, or giving as a gift.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Bilingual Storytime: Spanish

March 5, 2020
2:00am - 2:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Join us in the Reading Library for storytime in multiple languages!

In The Reading Library

Book Corner with Mary Westgate

March 6, 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

Once Upon a Memory: Writing from Personal and Family History

March 6, 2020
1:30pm - 3:00pm
$25 (Members $21.25)

President of Modern Memoirs, Inc., Megan St. Marie, will provide a brief overview of her company’s services aimed at documenting, researching, preserving, and publishing personal and family histories. She will then offer prompts to invite participants to draw on their own memories and family histories in order to engage in writing and life-review work as a means of deepening familial connections and fostering self-discovery.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Information Session: Simmons University Graduate Study in Children's Literature at The Carle

March 8, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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 Reading Library

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

March 13, 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 Auditorium

Meet Yuyi Morales

March 13, 2020
4:30pm
$7 (Members $5)

Since immigrating to the USA from Mexico in 1994, Yuyi Morales has drawn from her family's legacy and her heritage to create some of the most celebrated Latino works for children's books. She is an author and illustrator of many notable and award-winning children's books, including Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book, Little Night, and Viva Frida, which received the 2015 Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration as well as the 2015 Caldecott Award Honor. Morales again received the Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration in 2019 for Dreamers, a topical and timeless picture book about making a home in a new place. Dreamers is a celebration of family, and what migrants bring with them when they leave their homes. And it’s a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam.

Space is limited for this event. Advance online registration begins February 7. Coupons and passes not valid for tickets to the program.

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

Light reception and book signing to follow. No books from home accepted in the book signing line. Copies of many of Yuyi Morales’s other books will be available for sale in The Carle Book Shop. Purchased books will qualify for the book signing line.

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

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Priscilla Alpaugh and Lori Haskins Hourin

March 14, 2020
2:00pm

Join illustrator Priscilla Alpaugh and author Lori Haskins Hourin and as they read from their new picture book, Space Mice!, a book about two hungry mice on a mission to take a bite out of that big ball of Swiss in the sky.

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 Reading Library

Bilingual Storytime: Mandarin

March 19, 2020
2:00am - 2:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Join us in the Reading Library for storytime in multiple languages!

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Materials Play

March 20, 2020
11:00am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers and their caregivers in the Art Studio. Dress for mess! 

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

March 21, 2020
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 Museum

Members Annual Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 22, 2020
9:30am - 12:00pm
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 Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

March 22, 2020
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Join us in the Art Studio to explore new materials and try a different project! 

In The Museum

Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 22, 2020
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the Caterpillar's special day at The Carle! Enjoy a special art studio project, Museum-wide scavenger hunt, films, storytimes and a dance party with the Very Hungry Caterpillar!

All Very Hungry Caterpillar items will be 15% off in the Shop! (Members save 30%)

In The Reading Library

Exploring Diversity in Picture Books

March 27, 2020
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3 PDPs) In this workshop we will examine how to use picture books to provide “mirrors and windows” that reflect readers’ identities and open their eyes to the world beyond their lived experiences.

A limited number of workshop spots are free for preschool teachers and elementary teachers in Title 1 Schools through The Carle Community Fund. Scholarships are awarded at random and offered on a quarterly basis. Application deadline for fall workshops is December 15. Click here to apply.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Word Play with Center Dance Studio

March 27, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
Free with Museum Admission; registration required

Ages 3 and up; caregiver participation welcome

Join The Center Dance Studio for creative movement and narrative dance inspired by picture books. Bring your imagination and your dancing feet! 

Register online

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


 

In The Auditorium

SAVE THE DATE: The 10th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture

April 25, 2020
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

(1 PDP)
Speaker: Wendell Minor
 

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