Our Programs

Picture books broaden the lens through which we see the world. What do we learn when we look more carefully?

Our programming draws on The Carle’s collection and exhibitions to create unique opportunities for learning. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, tell their stories, and make art. They’ll discover how words and pictures can intersect to create meaning and foster cross-cultural understanding.

Professional Development

Teacher sitting around a table in the art studio drwaing on a large piece of paper

Our professional development workshops celebrate the picture book as an art form. Explore ways to engage children through storytelling, self-expression, art-making, and creative play.

Field Trips and Tours

Two adults with class.

Plan a school visit to The Carle, where educators lead your tour or students can explore on their own.

A group touring the galleries
Visitors of all ages can make the most of a visit by touring The Carle with one of our educators or independently.

Youth Outreach

A Carle educator sitting and laughing with children

Celebrate art and picture books with us as we bring The Carle to you! Carle educators visit libraries, schools, and community centers in Hampshire, Hamden, and Franklin, MA counties, in addition to offering virtual youth outreach programs.

Art Studio

child, seated, holding a paintbrush, as two adults assist with her painting project in the art studio.
Create artwork in our large, light-filled Art Studio. Projects change every few weeks and are inspired by exhibitions on view at The Carle.
A wall filled with collages inspired by the letter "A" including an alligator, apples, and a hand signing "A."
Bring the inspiration of The Carle back to your classroom! In the Art Studio’s archive, you’ll find projects that are creative and open-ended.

Our Libraries

Families sitting together for a storytime

Visit the Reading Library and discover new picture books or reconnect with old favorites. Or make an appointment to see the Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) to explore biographies, literary criticism, and other works in this rich collection.