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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: Texture Prints

October 31 - December 4, 2018
All day
Free with Museum Admission

 Inspired by the collage and painting techniques of artists in the Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards exhibition, join us in the Art Studio to make your own collograph print. 

 

In The Museum

Create with The Carle! Art Classes for Adults 55 and Older: Creative Writing

October 15, 2018
10:30am - 12:30pm
October 22, 2018
10:30am - 12:30pm
October 29, 2018
10:30am - 12:30pm
November 5, 2018
10:30am - 12:30pm
November 19, 2018
10:30am - 12:30pm
November 26, 2018
10:30am - 12:30pm
December 3, 2018
10:30am - 12:30pm
December 10, 2018
10:30am - 12:30pm
$90 (Members $76.50)

This program is Full.

Teaching Artist: Ellen Doré Watson
Enrollment limited to 15

Enjoy and explore your creativity through writing by joining this workshop for adults 55 and over. Led by poet Ellen DorĂ© Watson, this eight-week course will introduce participants to a range of craft elements and prompts designed to inspire writing across genres. The course will culminate in a publication and celebratory reading of participants’ original work.

Create with The Carle! is presented in partnership with Aroha Philanthropies in order to support the development and expansion of Vitality Arts programming.

General registration begins Wednesday, August 15.
See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Picture Book Theatre presents The Littlest Matryoshka, by Corinne Demas and illustrator Kathryn Brown

November 18, 2018
2:30pm
November 23, 2018
1:00pm and 2:30pm
November 24, 2018
11:00am
$5 (Members $4.50) Does not include Museum Admission

See Corinne Demas’s story of The Littlest Matryoshka (with illustrations by Kathryn Brown) come to life with large string puppets worked by Margaret Arsenault, Frances Caporello and Joan Hanson. Puppets and scenery created by Director Therese Brady Donohue. Music composed by Karen Tarlow. This 40-minute family program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Picture Book Theatre is a professional company specializing in creative and realistic adaptations of picture book illustrations through string puppets, encouraging children in literacy and appreciation for illustrators’ techniques.

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

In The Museum

The Carle Bookshop Holiday Sale

November 23 - November 25, 2018
All day

15-50% off books and toys. Members save an additional 15%.
 

In The Reading Library

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

November 16, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
November 30, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
December 7, 2018
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.

 Fridays, November 16 and 30, December 7    

 

In The Art Studio

Girl Scout Workshop: Collage Creations

December 1, 2018
10:00am - 12:30pm and 2:00pm - 4:30pm
$15 per girl / $9 per adult

Morning program: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Afternoon program: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Open to troops and girls with an adult. Register at www.gscwm.org/en/events/event-list.html 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Kevin Barry

December 1, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Yo ho ho! It's the first day of kindergarten. Just imagine all the fun things to learn and experience! And who better than a pirate captain to drive the bus to school? Join illustrator Kevin Barry as he reads from his new picture book Kindergarrrten Bus, a hilarious story that playfully addresses the anxiety many feel on their first day of school - or at the start of any new undertaking! 

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

Every Day Art Program: Art Parliament

December 5 - January 8, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

 Get inspired by the Illustrated Owls exhibition and add to our gaggle, flock, and parliament of birds using clay and sculpting tools. 

 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Jane Yolen & Heidi E.Y. Stemple

December 8, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Join award-winning authors Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple for this program all about birds! Jane will read from her new picture book Crow Not Crow, a gentle tale of a father introducing his daughter to the joys of bird watching; and Heidi will read from her new book Counting Birds, a beautifully illustrated non-fiction book about the Audubon Christmas Bird Count that introduces kids to the idea of citizen science. The program will include bird watching activities and owl calling!

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

Special Sundays in the Studio: Winter Watercolors

December 9, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Ryan T. Higgins

December 9, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Bruce is a lot of things. He is a bear. He is a grump. He is a pretty decent cook. And he is a mother. One thing Bruce is not? Santa Claus. But that doesn't stop the whole forest from lining up to give him their holiday wishes when he becomes the victim of mistaken identity-again. Kids will howl with laughter as award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins delivers another hilarious story about a bear who just can't catch a break.

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 Auditorium

Best of the Best in 2018

December 15, 2018
11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

(1.5 PDPs) In anticipation of the 2019 American Library Association Book & Media Awards, join Susan Bloom from The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons University, and The Carle’s Shop Manager Eliza Brown as they share their favorites.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Mike Curato

December 15, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Elliot isn't quite sure what Christmas spirit is, but he suspects he doesn't have it. Not even a visit to Santa Claus can put Elliot in the right mood. But when chance blows a letter for Santa into Elliot and Mouse's path, the two friends discover what Christmas is all about—and make a new friend, too. Join Mike Curato as he reads from his new picture book Merry Christmas, Little Elliot, a heartfelt celebration of the season of giving!

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

Happier Family Comedy Show

October 20, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
November 17, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
December 15, 2018
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

Create with The Carle! Celebration

December 16, 2018
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the culmination of the 2018 Create with The Carle! series with us. The event will feature readings of original work by participants of the Creative Writing course, as well as an exhibition of visual art from the Collage, Printmaking, and Bookmaking courses.

In The Museum

Night Owls PJ Party

December 27, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$5 per child (Members Free)

Hoot! Hoot! Explore the Museum—and our special exhibition Illustrated Owls: A Who’s Hoo from the Vault—under the cover of night! In addition to night-themed art projects, storytimes, and films, guests will enjoy an evening snack of milk and cookies.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admission desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

In The Auditorium

CactusHead Puppets Present: The Bremen Town Musicians

December 28, 2018
11:00am and 1:30pm
$6 (Members $5.50)

What can a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster do when they have to leave their farm? Become world famous musicians, of course! CactusHead Puppets brings to life the hilarious tale of four farm animals who set out on the road to Bremen to pursue their dreams of stardom. Along the way, they encounter a fortune, foil some robbers, and learn how to work together in harmony. This production features lovable rod puppets, elaborate shadow scenes, and CactusHead puppets' signature sense of humor.

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

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Josh Funk

December 29, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Mission Defrostable, our favorite breakfast food friends are back and “bready” for their next adventure! There’s a frost in the fridge—and it’s hardened Pudding Pond and frozen Yogurt Falls. Agent Asparagus is on the case, and she begs Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast to join her superspy team. But when the enemy snatches Asparagus, Pancake and French Toast have only one dough man to turn to for help: the evil Baron von Waffle! Will he help them save the fridge . . . or are they doomed to become frozen food? Join author Josh Funk for the third installment in his hilarious Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series.

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 Offsite

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

March 10 - March 15, 2019
All day

(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.

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