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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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In The Museum

The Carle Bookshop Holiday Sale

November 28 - November 30, 2014
All day

15-75% off books and toys. Members save an additional 15%.
In-store only

Photo by Kristin Angel

In The Auditorium

Picture Book Theatre Presents Tico and The Golden Wings and Geraldine The Music Mouse by Leo Lionni

November 8, 2014
2:00pm
November 15, 2014
2:00pm
November 22, 2014
2:00pm
November 28, 2014
2:00pm and 3:00pm
November 29, 2014
2:00pm and 3:00pm
$6 (Members $5) Purchase a Combo Ticket (includes Museum Admission) and Save $3

See Leo Lionni’s stories come to life with puppets and young dancers. Directed by Therese Brady Donohue, 2008 winner of the MCC’s Gold Star Award.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126. 

TICO AND THE GOLDEN WINGS Copyright © 1964 by Leo Lionni; Copyright © 1992 Renewed by Leo Lionni. GERALDINE, THE MUSIC MOUSE Copyright © 1979 by Leo Lionni.
Picture Book Theatre is a professional company specializing in creative and realistic reproductions of picture book illustrations through puppets, dance, costumes, and masks, encouraging children in literacy and appreciation of illustrators’ techniques. www.picturebooktheatre.com
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In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Scott Magoon

November 29, 2014
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join author/illustrator Scott Magoon for story time as he reads from his books, draws his nutty characters and leads a sing a long from his new book The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House (written by Pete the Cat author Eric Litwin)! Scott will also talk about his illustration process and sign books following the event.

Book Signing to Follow

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

Louise Loves Art: Surprise Activity with Illustrator Kelly Light

November 30, 2014
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Kelly Light, the author and illustrator of Louise Loves Art, for a surprise art activity in The Art Studio! Learn more about Kelly’s illustration process and how she created her latest book. Book signing to follow.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

CANCELED - So You Want to Choose the 2015 Caldecott?

October 24, 2014
4:00pm - 6:00pm
December 6, 2014
9:00am - 12:00pm
$50

Must attend both sessions
(5 PDPs) Join us in a Mock Caldecott Committee that reviews, votes, and makes its own choice for the 2015 Caldecott Award. At our October meeting, we'll review the award guidelines and start talking about eligible picture books from 2014. In November, we'll ask for final nominations and at our December meeting, we'll go through the Caldecott Committee process to name our selections of the most distinguished picture books deserving award recognition. Sessions will be facilitated by The Carle's Senior Educator, Rosemary Agoglia, and Museum Educator Emily Prabhaker.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Holiday Card-Making Party

December 6, 2014
10:00am - 11:30am
$12 per pair/trio

(Ages 3 and up with an adult)
Grab a friend and come for some creative fun. The Carle will provide a few ideas and all the materials you need and to create six special cards with envelopes. Please note this is not a drop-off program. Space is limited, registration recommended. Walk-ins welcome as space permits.

Registration is required. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Mister G’s Holiday Concerts

December 6, 2014
11:00am and 1:00pm
$8 (Members $7.50)

Popular, international children’s music artist and local hero Mister G returns to The Carle for two special holiday concerts. He’ll be singing songs from all of his five award-winning, original albums for children, including his most recent literacy-themed album, The Bossy E. Spanning genres from bluegrass to bossa nova, funk to folk, The Bossy E features guest star appearances from Grammy-winner Charles Neville (Neville Brothers) on saxophone and Senegalese talking drum master, Massamba Diop (Baaba Maal).

A leading figure in the children’s music world, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) is a former indie rocker who was awarded the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music. Winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award, Mister G was recently named one of the "Best Live Acts for Kids and Families."  His CDs have been named best albums of the year by People magazine, Parents magazine, Education.com, and The Washington Post.
Learn more about Mister G at mistergsongs.com.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

December 7, 2014
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Auditorium

The Best of the Best in 2014

December 13, 2014
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

(2 PDPs) In anticipation of the 2015 Caldecott Medal, awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children for the preceding year, join Simmons College Associate Professor Emerita Susan Bloom and Director for the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature Cathie Mercier as they share their favorite books of the year.

In The Museum

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

December 14, 2014
10:30am - 12:00pm
January 11, 2015
10:30am - 12:00pm
February 8, 2015
3:00pm - 4:30pm
March 14, 2015
3:00pm - 4:30pm
April 25, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am

Join us for an Information Session to learn about graduate programs in children's literature offered through Simmons College at The Carle. Each program encourages a rigorous study of children's books with an emphasis on historical and critical analysis. Non-degree students are welcome to apply for specific classes.
Email childrensliterature@simmons.edu for more information.

In The Art Studio

Everyday Art Program: Collage-a-thon

December 19 - January 6, 2015
All day

Just in time for winter break, The Studio will be cranking out tissue paper collages all vacation long

In The Museum

Museum Closed for the Holidays

December 24 - December 25, 2014
All day

The Carle will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Happy Holidays!

In The Museum

A Very Merry Madeline Weekend

December 27 - December 28, 2014
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Come and visit the special exhibition Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans to learn more about this incredible artist and his beloved character, Madeline. Gallery searches, films, story readings and art projects take place throughout the day, and children will have a chance to meet Madeline!

Support for Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans has been generously provided by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce and The Walton Family Foundation.

In The Auditorium

CactusHead Puppets Presents The Bremen Town Musicians

December 27, 2014
11:00am and 1:00pm
December 28, 2014
1:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50); Museum Admission extra

CactusHead Puppets tells the classic tale of a donkey, dog, cat, and rooster who set off on a journey together to start new lives as musicians, and the exciting adventures they have along the way.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

 

In The Museum

Tea Time with Madeline

December 27, 2014
1:30pm - 3:00pm
$10 Youth; $12 Adult (Members $5)

Enjoy an afternoon of tea and cookies in The Carle Café! Families will enjoy cookies specially made by Atkins Farms Country Market, make a Madeline-inspired art project, and meet Madeline herself!

Price includes Museum Admission. Reservations required. Reservations may be made in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

In The Museum

Museum Closed for the Holiday

January 1, 2015
All day

The Carle will be closed on New Year's Day.
Happy New Year!

In The Museum

Arts Integration across the Common Core

January 11, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm
February 1, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm
March 1, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm
$140

(Snow dates: January 25, February 8, March 8)

(12 PDPs) Enchanted Circle Theater, in partnership with The Carle, presents the Institute for Arts Integration (IAI) Workshop Series. Learn arts integration techniques that engage students in content learning, and boost their creative and critical thinking skills! This 3-part program, held at The Carle, is made possible through a grant from The Xeric Foundation.
Registration deadline: October 31.

Geared for K-5 educators as well as art and music teachers, IAI presents a rich palette of hands-on visual and performing arts experiences for educators, strengthening their capacity and confidence in replicating arts integration lessons back in the classroom. Participants will explore a wide range of arts activities and exercises, helping them learn to integrate the arts across Math, Social Studies, and English Language Arts.
Registration Fee includes 12 PDPs, reusable handouts to support activities, and lunch

Facilitated by Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Executive Artistic Director of Enchanted Circle Theater; Diana MacKenzie, Public Art Programs Educator at The Carle; and Courtney Waring, Director of Education at The Carle.

Registration deadline: January 4, 2015.
See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Family Valentine-Making Party

January 31, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am
$12 per pair or trio

(Ages 3 and up with an adult)
Grab a friend and come to the Art Studio for some creative fun. The Carle will provide all the materials you need to make special valentines for your family, friends, or classmates. Please note that this is not a drop-off program.

Space is limited, registration recommended. Walk-ins welcome as space permits. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Art Studio

The Family Sculpture Workshop

February 15, 2015
10:30am - 12:30pm
$25 per pair or trio

(Ages 6 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult)
Have fun working on open-ended sculpture projects together! We’ll discuss the basics of building with paper, wood and mixed media and spark your 3D imagination with ideas from our favorite picture books.

Registration is required. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Offsite

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

March 16 - March 20, 2015
9:00am

(30 PDPs) The Innovations in Education study tour, launched in 2010, has quickly become known for the variety of learning opportunities it offers its participants, as well as its intimate view of Pistoia. Participants tour school environments; learn about the schools' history; talk with school staff and teachers about both practical and philosophic aspects of teaching and learning; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the history and culture of Pistoia, where the value of aesthetics and deeply held beliefs about the potential and rights of all children and families are so foundational. Learn more.

Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all'Educazione del Commune di Pistoia in cooperation with Smith College.

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