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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002
Hours
  • Tues. – Fri. 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 5pm

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Antonio Frasconi, Variant illustration for The Zoo at Night by Martha Robinson, 1995 [Margaret K. McElderry Books]. Gift of the Frasconi Family. © Antonio Frasconi.

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In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Hidden Treasure

January 31 - February 27, 2018
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Use pop-ups and tabs to hide and reveal paper surprises to delight!

In The Museum

Say Cheese! at The Carle

February 20, 2018
11:00am - 2:00pm
February 21, 2018
11:00am - 2:00pm
February 22, 2018
11:00am - 2:00pm
February 23, 2018
11:00am - 2:00pm

Say Cheese! will be serving gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches in the Museum Café during the February school vacation week. Lunch will be available for purchase until 2:00 pm.

In The Reading Library

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

February 9, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
February 16, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
February 23, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

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

In The Auditorium

Film Screening: I Know A Man…Ashley Bryan

February 25, 2018
1:00pm
Free with museum admission

I Know a Man ... Ashley Bryan (2016, 57 min.) by Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly is about a 94-year-old creative wonder who skips and jumps in his heart like a child. A poet/illustrator of over 50 children's books, Bryan has been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith, and create loving community. His life story and the art he makes from this wellspring of experience is an inspiration to people of all ages.

Following the film, Nick Clark, founding director of The Ashley Bryan Center and The Carle, will speak about The Center's work in preserving, celebrating, and sharing Ashley Bryan's work and his joy of discovery, invention, learning and community.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Sunset to Sunrise: Watercolors of the Night Sky

February 28 - April 3, 2018
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with drawing tools and paint to create your own nocturnal scenes.

In The Art Studio

Bookmaking Workshop

March 3, 2018
9:30am - 12:00pm
March 5, 2018
9:30am - 12:00pm
$30 (Members $25.50) Museum admission extra, not required

Ages 16 and up
Ever wanted to create your own book but never had time or the materials to try it? Then this introductory class is for you! Learn different ways to bind and construct books using a variety of materials and bookmaking tools. Space is limited, please register by February 24.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Information Sessions: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children's Literature at the Carle

March 3, 2018
11:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 3:00pm
April 28, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
June 9, 2018
2:30pm - 3:30pm
July 21, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
August 26, 2018
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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 Auditorium

Dump Trucks and Dresses and Dolls, Oh My! Smashing Gender Stereotypes in Children’s Literature

March 3, 2018
1:00pm
Free with museum admission

(1 PDP) Lesléa Newman, author of Heather Has Two Mommies, The Boy Who Cried Fabulous, A Fire Engine for Ruthie, and Sparkle Boy, knows how crucial it is for children to see themselves and families like theirs portrayed in literature in order to build self-esteem. In this lively presentation and discussion, Newman presents children’s books that challenge the worn-out notion that little girls are made of “sugar and spice and everything nice” and little boys are made of “snips and snails and puppy dog tails.” Starting with The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and working up to 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert, Newman discusses children’s books that reflect a wide variety of gender expression.

Lesléa Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of all ages including the groundbreaking children’s book Heather Has Two Mommies. An LGBTQ+ activist for 30 years, she has received the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, the Legacy of Stonewall Award, two American Library Stonewall Honors, the Massachusetts Book Award, and a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently she teaches Writing for Children and Young Adults at Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing program.

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

CANCELLED Book Party with Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli

March 4, 2018
1:00pm
Free with museum admission

This event may be rescheduled. Please check back for details.

Get ready to get reading with Hi Jack! and Jack at Bat, a new early reader series from Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli, one of the funniest author/illustrator teams out there! Young readers will delight in Barnett’s simple but snappy text about a mischievous monkey with a love of pizza and Cracker Jacks, while aspiring artists will enjoy Pizzoli’s ‘How to Draw’ segments at the end of each book, inviting them to create their own adventures after their umpteenth re-read.

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

Special Storytime with Jeanette Bradley

March 4, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

When Mama leaves her young penguin Kipling, he knows she'll return home soon—yet he still can't help but miss her. After all, Pillow Mama won't read, Picture Mama won't laugh, and Snow Mama is too cold to cuddle.

Join Jeanette Bradley as she reads from her debut picture book, Love, Mama and shares a fun art project where children can decorate a small box to mail their own special treasures.

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

After-School Bookmaking Class

March 6, 2018
3:30pm - 5:00pm
March 13, 2018
3:30pm - 5:00pm
March 20, 2018
3:30pm - 5:00pm
March 27, 2018
3:30pm - 5:00pm
$80 (Members $68)

Grades K-3
Together we’ll create platforms for your storytelling! Experiment with mark-making and a variety of book forms as you tell your own tales through a range of exciting materials. We’ll explore paint, drawing tools, rubbing plates, stick and band bindings, and more! Space is limited, please reserve your spot by February 27th.

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

March 9, 2018
9:30am - 12:30pm
$55 (Members $46.75)

Workshop full. Please contact programs@carlemuseum.org to be added the waitlist.

(3 PDPs) Discover the difference between reading with children and reading to children. This session will include a chance for participants to observe a storytime at The Carle to see the Whole Book Approach in action. Afterwards, the group will discuss their observations and 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 Art Studio

Designing Books with Children (3 PDPs)

March 9, 2018
1:30pm - 4:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

In this hands-on workshop, we will explore the book form as a platform for storytelling with children. Together we will construct books that allow you to teach bookmaking techniques to your students while also giving the children agency over their own designs and story arcs. We’ll experiment with a range of materials that are inexpensive and easy to find. Participants will walk away with examples of several different book forms to take back to their classroom, community center, or home.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

 

In The East Gallery

Gallery Tour: Treasures from the Collection

March 10, 2018
11:00am
March 24, 2018
11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for a special tour of the exhibit Treasures from the Collection: A 15-Year Celebration. We will look closely at some of the Museum’s masterworks, as well as rarely seen objects that reveal the artistic process behind these works.

In The Reading Library

Meet Jane Yolen

March 10, 2018
1:00pm
Free with museum admission

Jane Yolen always knew she wanted to be a writer. Her first big success was in first grade where she wrote the class musical about vegetables. After selling her first book on her 22nd birthday, she continued to publish books in every genre possible: poetry, picture books, middle grade, YA, graphic novels, nonfiction, you name it, she has written it.  More than half a century later, in 2018, her 365th book comes out.  That’s right—a Jane Yolen book for every day of the year!  Come join us for an informal chat with Jane Yolen as she shares her inspirations and writing process, and answers questions.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Jane Yolen and Rilla Alexander

March 10, 2018
2:00pm

In A Bear Sat on My Porch Today, a bear is one of many critters who take over the porch in a hilarious cumulative yarn from author Jane Yolen. Chant along with the protagonist as her porch fills up with a bear, a squirrel, a skunk, a possum, a raccoon, a moose, and more! Yolen’s fun text and charming illustrations by Rilla Alexander work together to convey a relatable story of reluctant hospitality-and the unexpected delight that can come from letting others onto your porch. Come join us as we celebrate Jane Yolen’s 365th book of her career!

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

Yolen 365 for Educators

March 11, 2018
1:00pm
Free. Reservations are required and begin January 9; call 413-559-6336.

(1 PDP) Please join author Jane Yolen as she celebrates her 365th book with a free program just for educators. Meet Jane, hear about her career and life, and have an opportunity to ask questions. Participants will leave with a swag bag of Yolen goodies, including an educator guide for writing projects in the classroom.  

Jane Yolen splits her time between western Massachusetts and Scotland where she writes on her own, as well as with various collaborators including all three of her grown children. Her books have won many awards including the Caldecott, the Golden Kite, the Margaret Wise Brown, the Green Earth, and many more.

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

January 20, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
February 17, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
March 17, 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

Members' Annual Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 18, 2018
9:30am - 12:00pm

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

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 18, 2018
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the Caterpillar's special day at The Carle! Throughout the day, you can enjoy art studio projects, Caterpillar food search scavenger hunts, tattoos, butterfly masks, films, storytimes, and more! See the full schedule below:

12:30 pm                    
Film: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Clip from episode 1721 with Eric Carle and Fred Rogers, 10 min (Auditorium)

12:30 – 1:00 pm
Storytime (Reading Library)

1:00 – 1:30 pm
Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)

1:30 – 1:45 pm
Dance Party with the Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)

1:45 pm
Film: Eric Carle: Picture Writer, 30 min (Auditorium)

1:45 – 2:15 pm
The Very Yummy Smoothie Demo with Whole Foods (Café)

2:00 – 2:30 pm
Storytime (Reading Library)

2:30 – 3:00 pm
The Very Yummy Smoothie Demo with Whole Foods (Café)

3:00 – 3:30 pm
Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)

3:30 – 3:45 pm
Dance Party with the Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)

3:45 pm
Film: A House for Hermit Crab, 9 min (Auditorium)

4:00 pm
Film: The Tiny Seed, 11 min (Auditorium)

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Caterpillar's Choice

March 18, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Sunshine Sculptures

April 4 - May 8, 2018
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Build your own sculptures and explore the ways recycled materials can catch the light.

In The Auditorium

Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing

April 7, 2018
1:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Join us for a presentation by children’s book historian, author, and critic Leonard Marcus. This illustrated talk introduces the sly, fun-loving Victorian whose kinetic drawing style and keen feeling for life culminated in the invention of an art form the world has come to embrace: the children’s picture book. Celebrate this true original as the American Library Association marks the 80th anniversary of the coveted prize named for him: the Randolph Caldecott Medal.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: In the Nick of Time

April 14, 2018
11:00am
$5; Museum admission extra, not required

With a generous blend of rock, pop, reggae, jazz and funk, Nick Deysher delivers music for all, big and small. Children enjoy the imagination and whimsy of Nick’s music which transports them back in time to 65 million years ago or shoots them into outer space through song. Parents love that Nick keeps their sensibilities in mind by drawing upon influences of the Beatles, Bob Marley, and Paul Simon (just to name a few). This live performance is a high-energy celebration with clever lyrics and cheerful tunes that will catch your ear and have you tapping your toes while singing along!

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

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Amy Maranville and Tim Palin

April 14, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

The Carle welcomes author Amy Maranville and illustrator Tim Palin of Bharat Babies, an independent publishing house committed to telling children’s stories about India’s heritage. Join us as Amy and Tim share their books Hanuman and the Orange Sun and Hanuman Moves a Mountain about a bright, young girl named Harini who is hearing the stories of Hanuman for the very first time.

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

Member Mondays!

February 19, 2018
9:30am - 10:00am
April 16, 2018
9:30am - 10:30am

Want to avoid crowds and get a jump on fun during school vacation week? Join us for The Carle's first-ever Member Monday! Members are integral to our creative community; we can't do it without you!  To show our appreciation, we're offering early admission to the Museum on Monday, February 19 and Monday, April 16 of MA school vacation weeks for members only. Not a member yet? Sign up today!

On each Member Monday, you'll receive:

  • Special early admission (Doors open to members at 9:30 am)
  • Complimentary cider and donuts from Atkins Farms Country Market (offered 9:30-10:00 am)
  • As always, free admission and a 15% discount in The Carle Book Shop!

If you'd like to attend one or both of our Member Mondays, please RSVP to membership@carlemuseum.org with your name, the number of people attending, and the date(s) attending. RSVP by February 16 for the first Member Monday, and by Friday, April 13 for the second.

In The Museum

Museum Open Monday

April 16, 2018
10:00am - 4:00pm

The Museum will be open on Monday during Massachusetts School Vacation Week.

In The Offsite

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

April 17, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
April 24, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
May 1, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
May 8, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
May 15, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
May 22, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
May 29, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
June 5, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Applewood at Amherst
1 Spencer Dr, Amherst, MA

Teaching Artist: Joyce Silverstone
Enrollment limited to 12
$90 (Members $72.50)

Join us at Applewood for Create with The Carle!, a program for adults 55 and older. In this eight-week workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore a range of printmaking techniques, from monotype and linocut to printed collage. Taught by Joyce Silverstone, a member and teacher at Zea Mays Printmaking, the class offers students a chance to print with color, create expressive stencil shapes, and experiment with printed lines and collage.

Registration opens March 12.

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

In The Art Studio

Special Storytime: Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig

April 17, 2018
10:30am
Free with Museum admission

Do bed bugs wear pajamas? Do dragonflies breathe fire? Do stink bugs take baths? Join Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig as they read from their new picture book Do Doodlebugs Doodle?, which will have kids laughing out loud as they explore the fun and fascinating world of insects. This storytime in the Art Studio includes a hands-on project in which children construct their own crawly creatures.

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

Space Tales

April 18, 2018
9:00am - 3:00pm
$90 (Members $76.50)

Ages 5-10
3…2…1…blast off! In this workshop we will go where no artist has gone before and create our own worlds inspired by outer space. Exploring how artists and writers create imaginary worlds, we will build our own fantastical places using a variety of art materials and storytelling techniques.

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Jannie Ho

April 20, 2018
10:30am
Free with Museum admission

In author/illustrator Jannie Ho’s picture book, Bear and Chicken, Bear finds a chicken frozen in the winter snow and brings it home to defrost it. Will Chicken become Bear’s lunch? Or does Bear have a different plan in mind? Find out in this funny friendship tale that teaches kids things are not always as they seem, while learning a thing or two about making soup with a friend.

"When Bear says he’s having chicken for lunch, what exactly does he mean? A sweet tale of expectations upended.” — Kirkus

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

Paintbox Theatre presents: The Box

April 20, 2018
1:00pm
April 21, 2018
11:00am
$8 (Members $7.50)

PaintBox Theatre presents the world premiere of The Box based on the picture book by Kevin O’Malley. A young boy receives a large cardboard box and, with the help of his parents, he transforms the box into a rocket ship, travels to another planet, and meets aliens. Join Paintbox for this exciting journey!

The Box ©1993 by Kevin O’Malley. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

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

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Pat Schories

April 21, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Pat Schories is the illustrator of the beloved Biscuit series, the early “I Can Read” books written by Alyssa Capucilli. She has also written and illustrated many more books for children, including her two newest, Pie for Chuck and Pants for Chuck; Chuck being the woodchuck who lives in her backyard! Join Pat as she reads stories and shows slides from the Biscuit Storybook Collection and her Chuck books. 

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

April 21, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
May 19, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
June 16, 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

Members Reception: Paddington Comes to America

April 21, 2018
5:00pm - 7:00pm

5:00 pm Reception
6:15 pm Paddington Bear at 60, with Paddington Bear™ Illustrator R. W. Alley

Members RSVP by April 16 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at membership@carlemuseum.org.
 
This exhibition is generously supported by HarperCollins Children’s Books, global publisher of the Paddington Bear books since 1958 and YOTTOY Productions, long term toy partner of Paddington in the US since 1995. 
R. W. Alley, Illustration for Paddington at the Tower, HarperCollins, 2011. Courtesy of the artist. © R. W. Alley 2018.

In The Auditorium

Berkshire Theatre Group Presents Billy Budd in the Breadbox: The Story of Herman Melville and Eleanor

April 22, 2018
11:30am and 1:00pm
$6.50 (Members $5.50)

by Jana Laiz, adapted and directed by Travis G. Daly History comes to life in this exciting new play about Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. Billy Budd in the Breadbox is based on the book, Billy Budd in the Breadbox, The Story of Herman Melville and Eleanor, by Jana Laiz. Told through the eyes of his granddaughter, Eleanor, the show follows the special relationship between grandfather and granddaughter. Eleanor discovers that her grandfather has a secret and is determined to figure out what it is. Along her journey, you’ll go on an interactive and educational history lesson from Herman Melville himself. Hear his stories and learn about what inspired such writings at Moby Dick, Typee, Billy Budd and more. Based on a true discovery that brought the writings of Herman Melville back to life. The play features stories about local Berkshire history including Arrowhead, Mt. Greylock, and Monument Mountain.

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

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk with R. W. Alley and Ellen Keiter

April 22, 2018
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Artist R. W. Alley and Chief Curator Ellen Keiter for a gallery talk in the special exhibition Paddington Comes to America, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of the iconic Paddington Bear™.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: R. W. Alley

April 22, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

R. W. Alley has illustrated over one hundred books for children and, for the past twenty years, has illustrated Michael Bond's Paddington books in all their formats. Join us for a special storytime and drawing demonstration with Alley as he reads one of the charming Paddington picture books. 

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

Collage with Micha Archer

April 23, 2018
10:30am - 3:00pm
$80 (Members $68)

Ages 16 and up
(4 PDPs) Join teaching artist and illustrator Micha Archer in an exploration of collage. Learn a variety of techniques and experiment with a range of materials to create your own textured and painted papers. Then, cut, combine and compose your papers to create collage. The day will include a lunch break so please bring a bag lunch. Space is limited, please register by January 29th to reserve your spot.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up. 

In The Offsite

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

April 25, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
May 2, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
May 9, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
May 16, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
May 23, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
May 30, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
June 6, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
June 13, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm

Location: South Hadley Senior Center
45 Dayton Street
South Hadley, MA

Teaching Artist: B.Z. Reily
12:30 – 2:30 PM
Enrollment limited to 15
$90 (Members $72.50, South Hadley residents free)

Join us at the South Hadley Senior Center for Create with The Carle!, a program for adults 55 and older. In this eight-week workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore a range of materials and techniques, from creating textured papers to collage in three dimensions

Registrations open for South Hadley residents March 5. Call 413-559-6307 to reserve your place. General registration opens March 12. 

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

 

In The Museum

Behind-the-Scenes Collection Tour

April 27, 2018
11:00am - 12:00pm
Free with Museum admission. Reservations are required; call 413-559-6336.

The Carle’s collection includes more than 7,300 objects, with a very small percentage on display in the galleries. Join us for a special program that not only includes a guided tour of The Carle’s current exhibitions, but a behind-the-scenes look in Collections to see works by artists including Leo Lionni, Arnold Lobel, Ashley Bryan, and many others.

This special tour is free with Museum admission, but reservations are required and limited to a total of 20 people. Call 413-559-6336 to reserve a spot.

In The Art Studio

Art in the Garden

April 28, 2018
10:00am - 11:30am
$12 per child (Members $10.20); Adults free

Ages 3 and up with an adult
Using found and recycled materials, create a house for the real or imaginary creatures that live in your garden! Experiment with a range of colorful materials to welcome in the spring.

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up. 

In The Museum

Sharing Caldecott Medal Books

April 28, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

Educators, librarians, and caregivers are invited to join Carle library volunteers Susan Schiller and Barbara Weber and librarian Susan Wells (Wildwood Elementary, Amherst) for an informal discussion sharing their experiences of introducing Caldecott Medal books to children. This program will take place in The Carle’s Café and include light fare. Reservations are required; please call 413-559-6336.

In The Auditorium

The 8th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture with Anita Silvey (1 PDP)

April 28, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrating the Caldecott: The stories behind some of the great Caldecott Medal and Honor Books.
with editor, author, and scholar Anita Silvey


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: Inspired by Animals

April 29, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

  

In The Museum

International Children’s and Young Adult Literature, with Restless Books

May 6, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Books for young readers are the tools we use to pass on values and build a sense of community in the next generation. Community and conversation among different cultural groups seem especially important now, at a time when the forces of nativism and pluralism are clashing on an epic scale. Join the award-winning publishing house Restless Books for a day of programs celebrating diversity in children’s and YA literature. Programs will include a presentation and storytime by Arshia Sattar, author of Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling, and an art activity with Mexican cartoonist/artist Eko, illustrator of Juan Don Quixote of La Mancha: 400th Anniversary Edition, and Villoro’s contemporary middle-grade classic, The Wild Book.

This event is part of the inaugural Restless Readers Weekend. Presented by Restless Books, this weekend of programs invites participants to explore literature in depth with professors and authors, interact with other devoted readers, create community, and ask essential questions literature prompts us to explore: Who are we? Who are our neighbors? In what way do we all shape the culture we live in? For more information on Restless Readers Weekend, click here.

SCHEDULE

1:00 – 1:30 pm
Indian classicist, scholar, and children’s book author Arshia Sattar will discuss her retelling of the Ramayana (Auditorium)

2:00 – 2:30 pm
Special Storytelling of the Ramayana with Arshia Sattar (Reading Library)
Book signing to follow in the Great Hall. 

3:00 – 4:00 pm
Art activity: Draw your own Wild Book with Mexican artist Eko.
This program will be presented in Spanish and translated into English. (Museum Café) 

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Journey Boxes

May 9 - June 12, 2018
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Inspired by the exhibition Paddington Comes to America, use collage to create an artwork that travels!

In The Art Studio

Exploring Prints with Children

May 9, 2018
1:30pm - 4:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3 PDPs) Explore printmaking processes and how to adapt it to your art-making space. In this workshop, you’ll walk away with a range of safe and accessible techniques that can be explored with students pre-K - 12. We’ll deconstruct the printmaking process, allowing students to explore the art form in an open-ended way. Enjoy the excitement as prints are revealed and layers of color come together to form a unique print. Techniques that can be covered include monotype, stenciling, and stamping. 

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up. 

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Materials Play

May 11, 2018
11:00am - 11:30am
May 18, 2018
11:00am - 11:30am
May 25, 2018
11:00am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the Art Studio.

 


 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Aaron Becker

May 12, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

This year’s summer vacation will be very different for a young girl and her family without Sascha, the beloved family dog, along for the ride. But a wistful walk along the beach to gather cool, polished stones becomes a brilliant turning point in the girl’s grief. There, at the edge of a vast ocean beneath an infinite sky, she uncovers, alongside the reader, a profound and joyous truth. 

Join Caldecott Honor winner Aaron Becker as he reads from A Stone for Sascha, his first picture book following the conclusion of his best-selling Journey trilogy, and talks about his creative process.

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 Storytime: Samantha Berger and Mike Curato

May 13, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Creativity, imagination, self-expression, and the resilience of the human spirit are celebrated in What If…, a picture book written and illustrated by real-life best friends Samantha Berger and Mike Curato. Join Samantha and Mike for a special storytime followed by a found objects studio art project inspired by the mixed media illustrations in their new book.

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: Art in the Atmosphere

May 20, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

 

 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Nadia Hohn

May 20, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

In Malaika’s Winter Carnival, Malaika has moved to Canada, where everything is different. It’s cold, no one understands when she talks, and Carnival is nothing like the celebration Malaika knows from home. Written in a blend of standard English and Caribbean patois, author Nadia Hohn tells a warm story about the importance of family, especially when adjusting to a new home. During this special storytime, Hohn will delight families with an interactive, lively, and musical program exploring Caribbean songs, rhymes, and games. 

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 East Gallery

Gallery Talk: A Marriage of Artistry: Leo and Diane Dillon, with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter

May 31, 2018
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Chief Curator Ellen Keiter for a gallery talk on the special exhibition A Marriage of Artistry: Leo and Diane Dillon

A book signing with Diane Dillon and light reception will take place in the Great Hall following the program. 

In The Reading Library

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

June 1, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
June 8, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
June 15, 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.

 

In The Auditorium

Multi-Arts presents Time Traveling Stories

June 3, 2018
1:00pm
Free

Join Multi-Arts on a time traveling theatrical adventure! Enjoy discovering the roots of what makes Amherst such a unique place: our avant-garde spirit, celebration of differences, and ability to come together as a community to stand up for human rights. 

In this play, meet Angeline Palmer, a brave African-American girl who was saved from slavery with the help of the town. Journey to the past to discover the exciting history that made Amherst what it is today.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Mr. Liam

June 9, 2018
11:00am
$5; Museum admission extra, not required

Mr. Liam (Liam Hurley) is proud to make the Pioneer Valley his new home after many years in NYC. He is one half of the popular kids' music duo The Big Littles and the former drummer for Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band. Come join us for an energetic show filled with drums, ukulele, puppets, and comedy as Mr. Liam plays old favorites and silly parodies!

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

In The Auditorium

Why We Write Middle Grade

June 9, 2018
1:00pm
Free with Museum admission

(1 PDP) Middle grade books, for 8 to 12 year olds, can sometimes be unsung and misunderstood, stuck as they are between picture books for young children and YA books for teenagers. So what draws writers to middle grade? Join panel of authors Jeanne Birdsall, Cammie McGovern, Catherine Newman, and Lisa Yee as they discuss the joys, choices, and challenges involved in writing for this age group.

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

Beat the Heat with Art!

June 10, 2018
10:00am - 11:30am
$12 per child (Members $10.20); Adults free

Ages 3 and up with an adult
Looking to escape the heat and make art with your family? Join us for a morning workshop filled with making collaborative art, art that moves, and art that cools. All materials are provided for this workshop.

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Paint Patterns

June 13 - July 17, 2018
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Explore the excitement of weaving pattern and color together with paint!

In The Museum

Open Book, Open Play: Engaging Toddlers and Preschoolers in Storytime

June 15, 2018
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3 PDPs) Do you ever struggle to keep children focused or attentive during storytime? Explore fun ways to engage toddlers and preschoolers in interactive storytimes and open-ended play. This workshop will include a chance for participants to observe a storytime at The Carle, and will provide educators with tools for inviting very young children to actively participate in book sharing as well as materials-based imaginative play. This innovative approach to looking, listening, learning, and communicating helps children develop verbal and visual literacy, as well as fine and gross motor skills.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.  

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Time for Textures!

June 17, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

  

 

In The Museum

Bobbie’s Meadow: A Celebration and Dedication

June 23, 2018
10:00am - 2:00pm

Check back soon for details.

In The Art Studio

Picture Book Superheroes

June 27, 2018
9:00am - 3:00pm
$90 (Members $76.50)

Ages 5-10
In this workshop we will use our powers to develop secret identities and create our own original superhero characters. Participants will have a chance to work with a variety of materials to create costumes, props, settings, and whatever else their adventures demand. The workshop will finish with a performance to share – all in a day’s work!

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

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