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

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

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In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Collagimals

July 3 - August 6, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Be inspired by illustrated animals through the museum, and create your own collage creatures in the Art Studio.

In The Offsite

Create with The Carle! Creative Writing for Adults 55 and Over

July 9, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
July 16, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
July 23, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
July 30, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
August 6, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
August 13, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
August 20, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
$90 (Members $76.50)

Location: Applewood, Amherst, MA
Teaching Artist: Ellen Doré Watson
Enrollment limited to 12

Explore your creativity by joining this writing workshop for adults 55 and over. Led by poet Ellen Doré Watson, this seven-week course will introduce participants to a range of prompts, forms, and techniques designed to inspire writing across genres. The class will include a visit to The Carle and culminate in a publication of participants’ work.

Registration opens May 13 for Applewood residents.
General registration opens May 27.


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


See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Lyra Music Festival and Workshop: Young Artist Program Special Concert

July 25, 2019
11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Classical music touches the heart and inspires the imagination. Join us for a "just-right" concert performed by kids for kids as the amazing musicians from Lyra Music Workshop's Young Artist Program present classical solo and chamber works.

Hear how these young musicians bring their instruments to life and join us after the concert for some hands-on fun, as Lyra Music and Stamell Stringed Instruments welcome you to their Instrument Petting Zoo! Have you ever wondered what it feels like to hold a violin or play a cello? Our concert will be followed by a chance to get up-close with the instruments of the classical string family through guided exploration with Stamell String mentors.

In The Museum

Made in the Shade Storytime

July 26, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Fridays in July and August
Join us in Bobbie’s Meadow for an interactive storytime under the apple trees. Blankets provided, snacks welcome!

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

July 28, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

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

In The Museum

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

July 29, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission; advance signup required

This date is FULL.
Mondays in July and August

Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading. 

Reservations required; call 413-559-6307 or email courtneyw@carlemuseum.org to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block.

In The Art Studio

Creative Lettering

July 30, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$25 (Members $21.25)

Adult Workshop, 16+
Join The Carle’s Art Educators for an evening of exploring creative lettering! Experiment with making letters in many different ways from sculptural forms to large-scale brushwork. We’ll share some of our favorite ways to play with letterforms.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Made in the Shade Storytime

August 2, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Fridays in July and August
Join us in Bobbie’s Meadow for an interactive storytime under the apple trees. Blankets provided, snacks welcome!

In The Museum

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

August 5, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission; advance signup required

This date is FULL.
Mondays in July and August

Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading. 

Reservations required; call 413-559-6307 or email courtneyw@carlemuseum.org to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block.

In The Museum

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

August 6, 2019
11:30am - 12:30pm

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 Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Mural Prints

August 7 - September 10, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Inspired by the public art of Peter Sís, explore stencils, shapes, and color, and contribute to a large-scale collaborative mural.

In The Museum

Summer Teacher Workshop: Making Room for Mindfulness

August 8, 2019
8:30am - 5:00pm
$130 (Members $110.50)

(7 PDPs) Re-discover the joys of teaching during an all-day mindfulness workshop that promotes responsiveness, awareness, stress management, and overall well-being.

Keynote Speaker: Lesley Koplow, Director of the Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College of Education

See Program Schedule

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up or download the Program Schedule and Registration Form (PDF).

In The Museum

Made in the Shade Storytime

August 9, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Fridays in July and August
Join us in Bobbie’s Meadow for an interactive storytime under the apple trees. Blankets provided, snacks welcome!

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Renee Kurilla

August 11, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Join illustrator Renee Kurilla as she shares her recent books! Chicks Rule! (author: Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen) celebrates girl power and community action, while Right This Very Minute (author: Lisl H. Detlefsen) celebrates food and farming.

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 Monday!

August 12, 2019
9:30am - 10:00am
Free for Members

Want to avoid crowds and get a jump on fun this summer? Join us for The Carle's next Member Monday! Members are integral to our community; we can't do it without you!  To show our appreciation, we're offering early admission to the Museum 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, August 9 with your name, the number of children and adults, and the date(s) attending.

In The Museum

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

August 12, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission; advance signup required

This date is FULL.
Mondays in July and August
Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading. 

Reservations required; call 413-559-6307 or email courtneyw@carlemuseum.org to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block.

In The Museum

Word Play with Center Dance Studio

July 18, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
August 15, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
September 19, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission; registration required

Ages 3 and up; caregiver participation welcome

Join Center Dance Studio for creative movement and narrative dance inspired by the following picture books: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (July 18); Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (August 15); Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel (September 19). Bring your imagination and your dancing feet! Program will take place inside if inclement weather.

Click here to register.

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 Museum

Made in the Shade Storytime

August 16, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Fridays in July and August
Join us in Bobbie’s Meadow for an interactive storytime under the apple trees. Blankets provided, snacks welcome!

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

August 17, 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

Special Sundays in the Studio

August 18, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

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

In The Museum

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

August 19, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission; advance signup required

Mondays in July and August
Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading. 

Reservations required; call 413-559-6307 or email courtneyw@carlemuseum.org to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block.

In The Museum

Made in the Shade Storytime

August 23, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Fridays in July and August
Join us in Bobbie’s Meadow for an interactive storytime under the apple trees. Blankets provided, snacks welcome!

In The Museum

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

August 26, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission; advance signup required

This date is FULL.
Mondays in July and August

Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading. 

Reservations required; call 413-559-6307 or email courtneyw@carlemuseum.org to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block.

In The Museum

Made in the Shade Storytime

August 30, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Fridays in July and August
Join us in Bobbie’s Meadow for an interactive storytime under the apple trees. Blankets provided, snacks welcome!

In The Auditorium

Book Party with Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli

September 8, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Get ready to get reading with Hi Jack! and Jack Blasts Off!, 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 jack rabbit 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 Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: The Art Aquarium

September 11 - October 29, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

This month the Art Studio is an aquarium! Help us populate it with creatures of the sea.

In The Museum

Moon Festival Celebration

September 12, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Join author/artist Grace Lin and author Heidi E.Y. Stemple in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with art projects, stories, and mooncakes!

In The Museum

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

September 21, 2019
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 Museum

The Carle Celebrates Museum Day Live!

September 21, 2019
All day
FREE Admission for two with downloaded ticket

Museum Day Live! is an annual nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! downloaded ticket provides free admission for two. Visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

In The Auditorium

Walls and Bridges, with Peter Sís

September 21, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum admission

In his acceptance speech upon winning the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award, Peter Sís describes books as “my home, my language, my country.” Join Sís as he shares stories of his Czech childhood behind the Iron Curtain and his love of picture books as “bridges taking you places.”

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.

Image: Peter Sís, Illustration for The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (Frances Foster Books). Collection of the artist. © 2007 Peter Sís. Reprinted with permission from Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

 

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

September 21, 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

Special Sundays in the Studio

September 22, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

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

In The Offsite

The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala

September 26, 2019
5:00pm

Please join us for the fourteenth annual Carle Honors Benefit Gala and Art Auction on Thursday, September 26 at Guastavino's in New York. We will honor Artist, Melissa Sweet; Angel, REFORMA represented by Kenny Garcia; Bridge, Chihiro Art Museum, represented by Takeshi Matsumoto; and Mentor, David Saylor. Awards will be presented by Newbery-honor author and Caldecott-honor artist Grace Lin and venerable book editor Alvina Ling. More than twenty of the industry's leading illustrators have donated artworks for the Art Auction.

Click here for more information or contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development, at rebeccag@carlemuseum.org or 413-559-6308.

Butterfly from THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR © 1969 and 1987 by Eric Carle.

 

In The Museum

Sylvester’s Magic Pebble Picnic

September 26, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Pack a snack and a blanket and join us for an evening picnic in Bobbie’s Meadow. Guests will enjoy a post-sunset outdoor screening of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble!

Image: William Steig, Preliminary illustration for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1969). Gift of Jeanne Steig. © William Steig.
 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Breanna J. McDaniel

September 28, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

 We begin small, but we grow big. Together we are mighty. High fives all around, hands up!

Join author and scholar Breanna J. McDaniel as she reads Hands Up!, her triumphant debut picture book recasting a charged phrase as part of a black girl’s everyday life–hands up for a hug, hands up in class, hands up for a high five–before culminating in a moment of resistance at a protest march. This interactive storytime will also include opportunities to move, sing, dance, and ask questions.
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

Nature Prints with Teaching Artist Kelsey Pomeroy-Murphy

October 1, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$40 (Members $34)

Adult workshop (ages 16 and up)
Join teaching artist Kelsey Pomeroy-Murphy and explore printmaking with natural materials. Using plants sourced locally, and from The Carle’s own meadow, participants will walk away with a series of beautiful botanical prints on specialty papers.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Book Corner with Mary Westgate

October 4, 2019
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: Brian Lies

October 12, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Brian Lies as he shares Got to Get to Bears!, a story of friendship in the face of a blizzard, and his Caldecott-Honor book, The Rough Patch, a story about love, loss, hope, and the healing power of friendship and nature.

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

October 13, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

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

In The Museum

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

October 16, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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 University. To learn more about the information sessions, email gs@simmons.edu.

Simmons University at The Carle

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Rowboat Watkins and Doug Salati

October 19, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Most marshmallows don’t grow on trees. But who doesn’t love to wander through the woods in the fall? Join Rowboat Watkins and Doug Salati for a reading of their latest books, Most Marshmallows and Lawrence in the Fall. We will then make paper forests of our wildest imaginings!

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 19, 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 Auditorium

KidLit Collaborators: Susan Cooper and Carson Ellis

October 20, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Shortest Day, Newbury Medalist Susan Cooper’s beloved poem heralds the winter solstice and captures the yearning for traditions that connect us with past generations— and the hope for peace that we carry into the future. Now a picture book richly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Carson Ellis, The Shortest Day evokes the joy and community found in the ongoing mystery of life when we celebrate light, thankfulness, and festivity at a time of rebirth. Join Cooper and Ellis as they meet for the very first time to talk about their recent collaboration.

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

Beautiful Stuff from Nature

October 21, 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm
$130 ($110.50 Members)

 (7 PDPs) Authors of Beautiful Stuff from Nature will share their experiences, engage participants in hands-on creative workshops, and lead us on explorations focusing on our local New England environment. This professional development day will address how we, as educators, can engage others in exploring the natural environment, building collaborations and sharing knowledge and local resources. Registration includes lunch and a copy of the book, Beautiful Stuff from Nature.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

A limited number of workshop spots are free for preschool teachers and elementary teachers in Title 1 Schools through The Carle Community Fund. These spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. Email programs@carlemuseum.org to check on availability.

In The Museum

Word Play with Center Dance Studio

October 25, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
November 29, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
December 27, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission; registration required

Ages 3 and up; caregiver participation welcome

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

Registration is required. Check back soon for more information.

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

Special Storytime: Thyra Heder

October 26, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Join author-illustrator Thyra Heder as she reads from her new picture book How Do You Dance?, a celebration of personal expression that will inspire young and old readers alike to get up and get moving. This fun-filled interactive program will include a discussion of Heder’s creative process, drawing demonstration, and dance party! And perhaps a disco ball or two.

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 Studio Abecedarium

October 30 - December 3, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Help us turn the Art Studio into a giant illustrated alphabet by exploring watercolors and drawing tools!

In The Reading Library

Book Corner with Mary Westgate

November 1, 2019
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

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

November 2, 2019
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 University. To learn more about the information sessions, email gs@simmons.edu.

Simmons University at The Carle

In The Auditorium

Meet Kate DiCamillo

November 2, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Space is limited. Online registration for this event begins October 4.

Meet two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo! Her books’ themes of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances and their messages of shared humanity and connectedness have resonated with readers around the world.

DiCamillo will talk about her new book, Beverly, Right Here, a touching, funny, and fearless conclusion to her sequence of novels (Raymie Nightingale, Louisiana’s Way Home) about the beloved Three Rancheros.

Space is limited for this event. Advance online registration begins October 4. Reservations to the auditorium program include a hardcover copy of Beverly, Right Here and tickets to enter the book signing line following the program. No audio or video recording of the program is permitted. Coupons and passes not valid for tickets to the program.

Book signing to follow.

In The Museum

Members’ Reception: The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children

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

5:00 pm Reception
6:15 pm Conversation with the artist and guest curator
Members RSVP by Monday, November 4 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at 413-559-6310 or jennys@carlemuseum.org

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk with Maira Kalman

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

Join award-winning author/artist Maira Kalman for a gallery talk in her exhibition The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children. A book signing will follow the 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

Homeschool Workshop: Bookmaking!

November 12, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm
$16 (Members $13.60)

Ages 6-12 with accompanying adult
Create several books in this facilitated program designed to introduce basic bookmaking techniques and encourage storytelling. Maximum number of children per adult is 3, cost is per child, and accompanying adults are free and invited to join in!

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Museum

Storytelling and Story-making in the Classroom

November 15, 2019
9:30am - 12:30pm
$60 ($51 Members)

(3 PDPs) Join award-winning storyteller Milbre Burch for a hands-on, how-to workshop where participants explore storytelling as a form of personal expression that builds confidence, communication skills, and self-esteem. Through handouts, exercises, and demonstration, educators will learn ways to “sneak up” on storytelling themselves and encourage their students to do so, as well as how to follow up storytelling with visual and performing arts activities, and with oral, written, and kinesthetic exercises for the classroom.

A visit to the exhibition, The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children, will also inspire educators on ways to “mine the memory” for stories and celebrate personal histories. Participants will leave with a batch of storytelling activities and knowledge that they can use in the classroom.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

A limited number of workshop spots are free for preschool teachers and elementary teachers in Title 1 Schools through The Carle Community Fund. These spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. Email programs@carlemuseum.org to check on availability. 

In The Museum

Leap Before You Look: Writing Games Involving Chance, Collaboration, and Surprise

November 15, 2019
1:00pm - 3:30pm

Adult Workshop (ages 16 and up) Join us for this generative workshop exploring a range of Surrealist writing games involving chance, collaboration, and surprise! Approaching writing with a sense of play and wonder, we will attempt to say the unexpected, unlock the door to the unconscious, and release our collective creativity. Adults of all ages and writing experiences are welcome!

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Chase Taylor

November 16, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Join Chase Taylor, creator of The Letter Critters book series, as he reads from his books, shares his love of letters, and discusses his experiences as a nineteen year old author and artist living with autism. 

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

November 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

Special Sundays in the Studio

November 17, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

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

In The Auditorium

From Story to Stage: The Littlest Matryoshka Comes to Life

November 24, 2019
1:30pm
Free with ticket to 2:30 pm Picture Book Theatre performance

Join author Corinne Demas, illustrator Kathryn Brown, puppet maker and show creator Therese Brady Donohue, and composer Karen Tarlow for a presentation illustrating the process of bringing The Littlest Matryoshka from book to stage.

In The Auditorium

Picture Book Theatre presents The Littlest Matryoshka

November 24, 2019
2:30pm
$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 by Picture Book Theatre using 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 Auditorium

Picture Book Theatre presents The Littlest Matryoshka

November 29, 2019
1:00pm and 2:30pm
$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 by Picture Book Theatre using 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 Auditorium

Picture Book Theatre presents The Littlest Matryoshka

November 30, 2019
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 by Picture Book Theatre using 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 Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: My Idea Book

December 4 - January 21, 2020
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Inspired by the exhibition Now and Then, create your own sketchbook to fill with stories, memories, and ideas.

In The Museum

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

December 5, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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 University. To learn more about the information sessions, email gs@simmons.edu.

Simmons University at The Carle

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

December 6, 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.
 

A limited number of workshop spots are free for preschool teachers and elementary teachers in Title 1 Schools through The Carle Community Fund. These spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. Email programs@carlemuseum.org to check on availability.

 

In The Reading Library

Book Corner with Mary Westgate

December 6, 2019
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: Julia Denos and E.B. Goodale

December 8, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Join author Julia Denos and illustrator E.B. Goodale as they reteam for Here and Now, a picture book that explores identity and connection, inspires curiosity, and offers a guided meditation through 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

Gouache with Illustrator Audrey Helen Weber

December 9, 2019
10:00am - 3:00pm
$80 ($68 members)

Adult workshop (ages 16 and up)
Join illustrator Audrey Helen Weber and explore gouache as a painting medium. The galleries will open during the midday break so participants can explore the exhibition, The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

December 15, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

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

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

December 21, 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 Auditorium

CactusHead Puppets Present: Magnificent Monster Circus

December 28, 2019
11:00am and 1:30pm
$6 (Members $5.50)

CactusHead Puppets presents a circus like no other! Join Max, the Monsters’ Caretaker, in this fun and interactive show performed with several different styles of puppets as they guide you through the world of monsters, and maybe even lend the monsters a hand yourself. You'll meet many friendly monsters in this table-top big top, and witness their amazing tricks of daring-do!  All are invited to step right up and enjoy the thrills of Clarissa the Crested Cannon, experience the chills of Eustace the Uni-Browed, Uni-cycling, Uni-monster as he tackles the Sinister Snake Slack-rope, make friends with the Fiery Fanged Worm, and more in The Magnificent Monster Circus! 

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

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