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

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  • 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: Drawing Connections

April 8 - May 12, 2020
All day
Free with Museum Admission

 Inspired by the exhibition Now and Then, create your own drawing and stories using watercolor pencils. 

In The Reading Library

CANCELED Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

April 10, 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 Reading Library

CANCELED Special Storytime: Angela DiTerlizzi

April 11, 2020
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Each of us, from the day we're born, is accompanied by a special companion--the Yet. Can't tie your shoes? Yet! Can't ride a bike? Yet! Can't play the bassoon? Don't worry, Yet is there tohelp you out.

Join author Angela DiTerlizzi as she reads her new book, The Magical Yet, an inspirational picture book for every kid who is frustrated by what they can't do . . . YET! Perfect for young children and graduates alike, The Magical Yet celebrates the journey of working toward each new milestone. 

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

CANCELED Bilingual Storytime: Mandarin

April 16, 2020
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

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

In The Art Studio

CANCELED Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Materials Play

April 17, 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 Reading Library

CANCELED Special Storytime: Rutu Modan and Tal Goldfajn

April 18, 2020
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

The Mermaid in the Bathtub, by Israeli author and illustrator duo Nurit Zarchi and Rutu Modan, tells the story of a young man who discovers a mermaid in his favorite armchair and tries to get rid of her. But once the mermaid leaves, he misses the splash and shimmer that his new acquaintance brought to his landlubber life! Join illustrator Rutu Modan and Tal Goldfajn (UMass Amherst), who translated the story from Hebrew (Restless Books), for a reading and presentation of the 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 Auditorium

CANCELED Happier Family Comedy Show

April 18, 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 Art Studio

CANCELED Special Sunday in the Studio

April 19, 2020
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Join us in the Art Studio for a Special Springtime Sunday with the Holyoke Community College Education Department!  

In The Auditorium

CANCELED BTG PLAYS! presents Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon

April 19, 2020
1:00pm
$6.50 (Members $5.50)

Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon is an adaptation of the fourth of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series, which has sold more than 100 million copies and is available in more than a hundred countries around the world. Jack and Annie return to visit the magic tree house on a dreary, rainy day. They find a book where the sun is shining and the waves are crashing, so they wish to travel to this tropical place. They realize that they are in the eighteenth-century Caribbean—the time of pirates! The siblings meet Captain Bones, a mean old pirate who captures the two and forces them to help him find buried treasure. It’s up to Jack and Annie to find their way back to the tree house and make their way home.

Magic Tree House is a registered trademark of Mary Pope Osborne, all rights reserved.

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

 

In The Museum

CANCELED Member Monday!

April 20, 2020
9:30am - 10:00am
Free for Members

Get a jump on April break fun and join us for Member Monday! Members are integral to our community; we can't do it without you!  To show our appreciation, we're opening our doors to the Museum early 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 treats from Atkins Farms Country Market and coffee from Esselon (offered 9:30-10:00 am)
  • As always, free admission and a 15% discount in The Carle Book Shop!

RSVP to membership@carlemuseum.org by Friday, April 17 with your name and number of children and adults.

In The Auditorium

CANCELED How to Raise a Reader, with Maria Russo

April 20, 2020
10:30am
Free with Museum admission

Join Maria Russo, Children’s Book Editor at the New York Times, as she discusses her recent book, How to Raise a Reader (co-authored by Pamela Paul), an essential guide to welcoming children of all ages to a lifelong love of reading. Combining clear, practical advice with inspiration, wisdom, tips, and reading lists, How to Raise a Reader shows caregivers how to instill the joy and time-stopping pleasure of reading.

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

CANCELED Special Storytime: Erin McGill

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

Join author/illustrator Erin McGill as she reads her recent picture books, Matchy Matchy and I Do Not Like That Name. This program will take place in the Art Studio where, following storytime, participants will be invited to draw and create textured collages inspired by textiles, outfits, and clothing.

Erin McGill was born and raised in New York City. She spent much of her time as a child taking classes at the Bronx Zoo. She received a BFA in illustration at Pratt Institute, where she discovered her love of patterns, textiles, and collage.

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

CANCELED Kids Have All the Write Stuff! A Writing Party for Young Writers and Families

April 22, 2020
10:30am - 12:00pm
Free with Museum admission

You can open up a world of imagination and learning for children when you encourage the expression of ideas through writing. Join authors and educators Robert Maloy, Sharon Edwards, and Torrey Trust as we celebrate the release of Kids Have All the Write Stuff: Revised and Updated for a Digital Age! Visitors will enjoy fun writing games designed for all ages, and discover creative ways to support children’s writing at home. Writing tools and art materials provided; digital devices encouraged!

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

CANCELED Word Play with Center Dance Studio

April 24, 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 Reading Library

CANCELED Special Storytime: Jennifer Berne

April 24, 2020
1:00pm
Free with Museum admission

In the small town of Amherst lives Emily Dickinson, a girl in love with small things—a flower petal, a bird, a ray of light, a word. In those small things, her brilliant imagination can see the wide world—and in her words, she takes wing. Join celebrated children’s author Jennifer Berne for a special storytime as she shares her recent picture book biography, On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson (illustrated by Becca Stadtlander). With Dickinson's own poetry woven throughout, this lyrical biography is not just a tale of talent, but also of the power we have to reach one another when we speak from the soul.

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

CANCELED Behind-the-Scenes Collection tour with Wendell Minor

April 25, 2020
11:30am and 12:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join author/illustrator Wendell Minor and Chief Curator Ellen Keiter for a behind-the-scenes look at works by Minor in The Carle’s permanent collection, including studies and final illustrations for his books Into the Woods: John James Audubon Lives His Dream (2003), Reaching for the Moon (2008), and How to Be a Bigger Bunny (2017).

Space is limited. Online registration required.

In The Auditorium

CANCELED The 10th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture

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

(1 PDP) The Carle is pleased to welcome author/illustrator Wendell Minor as guest speaker for the 10th anniversary of the Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture. His presentation, A “Minor” Retrospective, reflects on his 5 decades in the publishing world. Minor will talk about his early career as a book cover designer, and his transition to children’s book illustrator and author of over 60 award-winning 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 Reading Library

CANCELED Book Corner with Mary Westgate

May 1, 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 Auditorium

CANCELED EmbraceRace presents Reading Race in Picture Books

May 3, 2020
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Early childhood educators and parents are invited to join EmbraceRace as they premiere their new video, Reading Race in Picture Books, followed by a discussion about using picture books to engage young children in healthy conversations about race and ethnicity.

In The Museum

CANCELED Gallery Tour

May 5, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Free with Museum admission

Celebrate MA Art Week and Children’s Book Week with a tour of The Carle’s current exhibitions led by Chief Curator Ellen Keiter, followed by a special art activity in the Art Studio. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

2:00-2:45 pm   Gallery Tour
2:45-3:30 pm   Studio Project

This special tour is free with Museum admission, but reservations are required and limited to 15 people. Call 413-559-6336 to reserve a spot.

In The Art Studio

CANCELED Experiment with Texture

May 5, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$25 (Members $21.25)

Adult workshop, ages 16 and up
Create your own textured papers, stamps, and rubbing plates in this workshop! We’ll explore how to build stamps and rubbing plates out of recycled materials and make textured papers that could be used to make cards, wrap presents, and become collage paper. (12 people maximum)

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up. 

In The Reading Library

Bilingual Storytime: Spanish

May 7, 2020
2:00am - 2:30am
Free with Museum Admission

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

In The Reading Library

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

May 8, 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 Art Studio

Special Sunday in the Studio

May 10, 2020
All day
Free with Museum Admission

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

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Texture Collages

May 13 - June 16, 2020
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Inspired by the Eric Carle's Angels exhibition, use found materials to create a textured assemblage.

 

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Materials Play

May 15, 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

May 16, 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

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

May 19, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm

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

Bilingual Storytime: Mandarin

May 21, 2020
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

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

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Jennifer K. Mann

May 24, 2020
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Camping Trip, Ernestine quickly realizes that nothing could have prepared her for how hard it is to set up a tent, or that swimming in a lake means that there will be fish — eep! Will Ernestine be able to enjoy the wilderness, or will it prove to be a bit too far out of her comfort zone? In an energetic illustrated story about a first sleepover under the stars, acclaimed author-illustrator Jennifer K. Mann reminds us that opening your mind to new experiences, no matter how challenging, can lead to great memories.

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

Word Play with Center Dance Studio

May 29, 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

Homeschool Workshop: Paper Making

June 4, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm
$16 per child, adults are free (Members $13.60)

Ages 6-12 with accompanying adult
Make your own paper in this hands-on workshop! We’ll experiment with the dip and pour methods, exploring how to turn old paper scraps into new pieces of paper. Maximum number of children per adult is 3, accompanying adults are free and invited to join in.
(18 people maximum)

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

 

In The Reading Library

Book Corner with Mary Westgate

June 5, 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 Reading Library

Special Storytime: E.B. Goodale

June 6, 2020
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Ezra Jack Keats Honor winner E. B. Goodale in Bobbie’s Meadow as she shares her recent book, Under the Lilacs, a celebration of nature, family, and building our own hands-on adventures. In this lush and playful picture book, Kate feels ignored by her mother and sister and so decides to run away. In a neighboring yard, she builds a fort and enjoys a sense of independence—until she finds herself making room for her family in her new home... Under the Lilacs is the perfect celebration of striking out on your own—while still making room for everyone.

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

Northampton Community Music Center presents Mr. Liam & Friends

June 13, 2020
11:00am
$5; Museum admission extra. Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales. Limited seating; early arrival recommended.

Mr. Liam & Friends present an energetic show filled with drums, ukulele, puppets, and comedy as he plays old favorites and silly parodies! 

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. 

In The Museum

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

June 13, 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

CANCELED Meet author M.T. Anderson and artist Jo Rioux

June 13, 2020
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

An Atlantis-like city from Celtic legend is the setting of The Daughters of Ys, a mythical graphic novel fantasy from National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson and artist Jo Rioux. The city of Ys has a history of dark secrets. Queen Malgven used magic to raise the great walls that keep Ys safe from the tumultuous sea. But after the queen's death, her daughters – Rozenn and Dahut - drift apart. When Rozenn and Dahut's bond is irrevocably changed, the fate of Ys is sealed, exposing the monsters that lurk in plain view.

National Book Award winning author M. T. Anderson and artist Jo Rioux reimagine this classic Breton folktale of love, loss, and rebirth, revealing the secrets that lie beneath the surface. Program recommended for ages 14 and up.

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 Sunday in the Studio

June 14, 2020
All day
Free with Museum Admission

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

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Make a Meadow!

June 17 - July 21, 2020
All day
Free with Museum Admission

 Use drawing tools and collage materials, create your own artwork inspired by nature.

 

In The Museum

Exploring Diversity in Picture Books

June 19, 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 spring workshops is March 15. Click here to apply.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Materials Play

June 19, 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

June 20, 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

A Summer Solstice Dessert Party: A Member Event

June 20, 2020
7:00pm - 9:00pm

7:00 pm
Cocktails and desserts

7:30 pm
Tour of Bobbie’s Meadow with The Carle’s meadow consultant, Owen Wormser

8:15  pm
Introduction to Let’s Talk! Animals from the Collection, with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter

8:30 pm
Introduction to Eric Carle’s Angels: An Homage to Paul Klee, with The Carle’s Founding Director and Curator Emeritus H. Nichols B. Clark

Rain or shine. Members RSVP by Monday, June 15 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at (413) 559-6310 or membership@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

Textile Tranquility with Fiber Artist and Educator Giovonne Mary Calenda

June 22, 2020
10:00am - 5:00pm
$120 (Members $102)

Adult workshop (ages 16 and up)
Come and welcome the season of summer inspired by the natural beauty of Bobbie's Meadow. Participants are invited to spend a day of peaceful creativity while exploring a sampling of fiber arts techniques including felting, hand-stitching, dyeing and French knitting.

Giovonne Mary Calenda is on the faculty of Lincoln School in Providence, RI, where, as Studio Teacher, she has taught for over 22 years in Lincoln’s Early Childhood program.  Inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia and Pistoia Italy, Giovonne spends her days with children ages 3-6 years creating, exploring, and making discoveries in the Studio and in the natural world. She lives with her family on a sheep farm on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay and is continually inspired by the beauty of the earth offered by the ocean, the meadow, and the woods. In addition to being an educator, Giovonne is a fiber artist who loves exploring color and textile techniques especially with wool from her own flock. She authored the chapter “Sharing a Personal Interest in Fiber Arts” in the 2019 book, Beautiful Stuff from Nature, co-edited by Cathy Weisman Topal and Lella Gandini.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Word Play with Center Dance Studio

June 26, 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 West Gallery

An Afternoon with Abilities Dance

June 27, 2020
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Dancers from Abilities Dance Boston will activate The Carle galleries through performances inspired by art currently on view. Original music and innovative dance work make the program enjoyable for all ages. Audio descriptions are played over the music for access for blind/low-vision audiences.

Following the dance performances in the galleries, guests are invited to the auditorium to meet dancers and participate in a Q&A.

Abilities Dance Boston welcomes dancers with and without disabilities. Through their performances, they aim to increase inclusion in dance and raise awareness on disability rights.
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.

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