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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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Illustration (c) 2014 by Peter Sis

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Upcoming Events

In The Auditorium

Hampshire College Theatre’s Seedling Productions Presents Lily Plants a Garden by José Cruz González

April 19, 2014
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$4; Museum Admission extra

This play is an inspiring and timely allegory about a child who brings hope to troubled times. This theatre for young audiences’ piece uses music, puppetry, and imagination to address issues of conflict, identity and difference, family and adoption, environmentalism, and optimism. Most appropriate for families with children age 5 and up. See the event flyer for more information.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126. We are unable to accept same-day phone reservations. On the day of the event, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

In The Art Studio

Rolled Paper Relief with Susan Schwake

April 19, 2014
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Make a sculpture with origami and other beautifully printed papers! This fun-filled art adventure is great for all ages and abilities and will be lead by returning guest artist, Susan Schwake, author of 3-D Art Lab for Kids. Susan will be available to sign books in the Art Studio.

In The Museum

Museum Open on Patriots' Day

April 21, 2014
10:00am - 4:00pm

The Carle will be open on Monday during MA school vacation week.

In The Auditorium

CactusHead Puppets Presents The Bremen Town Musicians

April 23, 2014
11:00am and 2:00pm
April 24, 2014
11:00am and 2:00pm
April 25, 2014
11:00am and 2:00pm
April 26, 2014
11:00am and 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. We are unable to accept same-day phone reservations. On the day of the event, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

In The Museum

A Caldecott Celebration: A Look at Selected Caldecott Winners and Their Influence Throughout More Than Seventy-Five Years

April 25, 2014
9:30am
$40 (Members Receive a 15% Discount)

(3 PDPs) Look closely at selected picture books, including Where the Wild Things Are and The Snowy Day, that have been recognized as the ‘most distinguished’ of their time and discuss the new perspectives that they continue to bring to the field of children’s literature.

Instructor: Emily Prabhaker

Registration is required. Workshop includes Museum Admission and a 10% discount (25% for members) in the Museum Shop on the day of the program.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime with Jarrett Krosoczka

April 26, 2014
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us as award-winning author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka introduces us to his new picture book, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish, and underwater tale about friendship and kindness. This fun and interactive storytime also includes a drawing demonstration, followed by a book signing.

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 Auditorium

2014 Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture Extinct Monsters: What Scholars Learn from Children’s Books

April 26, 2014
2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Presentation by Timothy Young, Curator of Modern Books & Manuscripts, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University (1 PDP)

Old and rare children’s books and manuscripts might evoke feelings of nostalgia for many readers. However, libraries build collections of children’s literature so researchers can trace the development of cultural phenomena and narrate more complex histories. This talk will explore some of the research opportunities that children’s books offer and provide fascinating examples of what can be learned from them. Reception to follow.
The behind-the-scenes tour of The Carle at 1:30 pm is now full. Call 413-658-1126 to be added to the waiting list.

In The Auditorium

Poetry at Play: Family Poetry Jam

April 27, 2014
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Come celebrate National Poetry Month at The Carle as acclaimed children’s poets and authors from the Pioneer Valley—Jane Yolen, Richard Michelson, Jeannine Atkins, and Heidi Stemple—read aloud their own poems as well as poems by their favorite writers. This all-ages event, hosted by poet and poetry advocate Steven Withrow, will be followed by a book signing with all the featured authors. Don’t miss this enjoyable, verse-filled afternoon.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Shiprock & Anchordog

May 3, 2014
11:00am
$8 Adults / $6 Youth (cash or check only) Museum Admission extra

Come see Shiprock & Anchordog’s musical adventure based on a story created by Evan Curran in collaboration with various local artists and children.  It follows the journey of two dogs who are best friends as they travel through different magical lands.

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales.We are unable to accept same-day phone reservations. On the day of the performance, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk: The Art of Bernard Waber with Chief Curator Nick Clark

May 3, 2014
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Chief Curator Nick Clark for a guided tour of the special exhibition Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and Friends: The Art of Bernard Waber.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime with Elizabeth Rose Stanton

May 3, 2014
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join author-illustrator Elizabeth Rose Stanton for some chicken-talk about her debut picture book Henny. Henny is NOT a typical chicken, but she does have a BIG imagination, and Elizabeth will share how she used hers to think up this unusual character.  The program will include looking at some other unique critter art and a fun coloring activity. 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

Every Day Art Program: A Place to Call Home

May 8 - June 18, 2014
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Whether you live in a city brownstone like Bernard Waber’s Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, or a country house, experiment with cut paper collage and drawing to make your own version of “home.”

 

In The Auditorium

Baby Signing Time

May 8 - June 5, 2014
1:30pm
$95 – 5-class series $110 – 5-class series plus Baby Signing Time Vol. 1 DVD and CD (25% discount)

(0-3 years, with caregiver)
Class is held on Thursdays, May 8 through June 5 from 1:30 to 2:20 pm.
$95 – 5-class series
$110 – 5-class series plus Baby Signing Time Vol. 1 DVD and CD (25% discount)
We will play and sing our way through vocabulary presented in the award-winning Baby Signing Time series. Words we might work with include signs for food, animals, toys, bedtime routines, family members, the natural environment, colors, numbers and parts of the body. Come explore classic children's stories with the new dimension of sign!
Instructor: Kathryn Petruccelli
Register by April 25 at startwithsign.com.

American Sign Language (ASL) is an amazing tool for all babies and children that builds communication, confidence and bonding! ASL has been shown to reduce frustration and tantrums, heighten the parent/child bond, even increase IQ levels. It appeals to multiple learning styles and developmental needs.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Mother’s Day Paper Hat Workshop

May 11, 2014
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Walk through our Bernard Waber special exhibition and you will find that Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’s mom, Felicity, knows how to accessorize! We’re taking some fashion tips from her and designing our own paper hats in celebration of Mother’s Day.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime with Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender

May 18, 2014
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Authors Paul Dubois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender will share their new counting book, Count on the Subway, a delightful story of a child and parent navigating the city together through the New York subway system. 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

Eric Carle Book Signing

May 24, 2014
10:00am
Free with Museum Admission

A limited number of tickets will be distributed the day of the event. No advance tickets.
Meet Eric Carle! Please join us for this special day! Museum Members may enter from 9:00 to 9:45 am. General Public and Museum Members arriving after 9:45 am will be allowed entry at 10:00 am while tickets are available.

Signing guidelines:

  • Limit 3 books total per ticket holder (includes 1 book from home per group or family)
  • No personalization
  • Eric will be signing books only
  • No flash photography allowed

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and look forward to seeing you at The Carle!

Get in early! Become a Member and enter at 9:00 am to receive early line placement! You can also purchase a Membership that morning to gain entry at 9:00 am for this event.

In The Auditorium

Mister G Performs Live at The Carle!

May 24, 2014
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$8 (Members $7.50)

Mister G is a Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning artist whose music has been described as “irresistible” by People magazine and was recently named one of the "Best Live Acts for Kids and Families.”  His music is a true delight for the whole family and has won praise in The Boston Globe, LA Times, Chicago SunTimes, Time Out New York and The Washington Post. His most recent CD, ABC Fiesta features a collection of original songs celebrating Mister G’s childhood loves: music, reading, and speaking Spanish. Join us to see Mister G Live at The Carle for a concert experience that’s not to be missed!

For more information visit mistergsongs.com.

In The Museum

Children’s Book Festival: What’s Your Favorite Animal?

June 7, 2014
10:00am - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio - Mess: Art Made by Accident with Author/Illustrator Keri Smith

June 15, 2014
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Author and Illustrator of Wreck This Journal and How To Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum will join us for an afternoon of art activities involving randomness and chance. 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

Every Day Art Program: Eye Spy Journals

June 19 - July 21, 2014
All day
Free with Museum Admission

The main character in Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet The Spy recorded her observations in a special notebook she carried everywhere. With an array of drawing tools, create your own spy journal and record a secret (or not-so-secret) story about your trip to The Carle.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Bari Koral Family Rock Band

June 21, 2014
11:00am
$8 Adults / $6 Youth (cash or check only) Museum Admission extra

Please join us as Bari Koral sings songs from her new CD, The Apple Tree & The Honey Bee. New York Magazine raves "Koral's lyrics are kid-friendly (she croons about cars, waves, airplanes and farms) and her up-tempo rock songs are a huge hit with parents."

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales. Limited seating; early arrival recommended. We are unable to accept same-day phone reservations. On the day of the event, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

www.barikoral.com

In The Auditorium

The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations

June 22, 2014
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations explores one of the most universally beloved children’s books of our time. Through interviews, animation and archival materials, this documentary traces the friendship between author Norton Juster and Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Jules Feiffer, and the wit and wisdom of the novel over half a century. A Q&A with Norton Juster, moderated by author Jeanne Birdsall, follows the screening. 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 Auditorium

Music Together for Valley Families – Summer Session

July 3 - August 14, 2014
9:30am
$155 / Returning families $150 (Register by June 8 and save an additional $10) 2nd child $85/Siblings under 8 months FREE

This class is held Thursdays, July 3 through August 14 from 9:30 to 10:15 am.

(Infants – 5 years, with an adult)
Music and movement for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and the grownups who love them. This research-based, internationally-recognized curriculum is designed to nurture musical growth in a relaxed, playful setting. To register visit www.valleymusicgroup.com or call (413) 259 – 9400.
Instructor: Debbie Weyl

Tuition includes non-refundable registration fees, materials and 7 classes.
Registration deadline: June 21, 2014

In The Museum

Animals, Art and the Imagination

July 7 - July 11, 2014
9:00am
July 14 - July 18, 2014
9:00am
$300 (Members $255)

9:00am - 3:00pm

(Ages 6-10)
New Program, New Weeks!
This year we’re broadening our animal focus in celebration of the new book, What’s Your Favorite Animal? In each week-long program, exciting encounters with a guest Illustrator/Author, live animals, original picture book art, and books will spark our imaginations and art-making in 2-D and 3-D materials. We’ll take walks to picnic in the surrounding apple orchard and Hampshire College Campus, and get a special behind-the-scenes tour of The Carle’s Collections Department to learn how art exhibitions are made. On the last day, students will collaborate on an exhibit of their art from the week and host a reception for their families.

The Museum’s experienced educators will arrange the weeks’ activities and guests to provide the right balance of choice, variety, individualism, and collaboration within a predictable schedule, so feel free to sign up for both weeks! Registration deadline: June 27, 2014.
Instructors: Diana MacKenzie and Meghan Burch with other Museum Education Staff

For more information about this program, visit our Art Studio Blog.

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

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

July 11, 2014
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40

(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.

Instructor: Emily Prabhaker

Registration is required. Workshop includes Museum Admission and a 10% discount (Members 25%) in the Museum Shop on the day of the program.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Meet Aaron Becker

July 19, 2014
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Book signing to follow

In The Museum

The Visual Thinking Strategies in the Galleries and Art Studio

July 23, 2014
9:30am - 4:30pm
Full Day $70; Half Day $40

Attend one session or combine for a full day.

Learn about Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), the principles of which guide the educational programming at the Museum. Designed as a way of teaching viewers to find meaning and pleasure in works of art, these strategies are based on the work of cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and veteran museum educator, Philip Yenawine. Participants will be introduced to Housen’s theory of aesthetic development, discuss and analyze the strategies, experiment with the method in small groups, and discuss ways in which these strategies can enhance teaching and reinforce the state standards in Language Arts.

9:30am – 12:30pm
Morning Session - VTS in the Galleries: Reading Pictures (3 PDPs)
Instructor: Rosemary Agoglia

1:30 – 4:30pm
Afternoon Session - VTS in the Studio: Exploring Materials (3 PDPs)
(Prior attendance at any VTS workshop required for Studio portion.)
Instructor: Meghan Burch

Registration is required. Workshop includes Museum Admission and a 10% discount (Members 25%) in the Museum Shop on the day of the program.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

TEACHER INSTITUTE On the Side of Childhood: Supporting the Multiple Literacies of Young Children

August 2 - August 3, 2014
9:00am

The Carle and Smith College invite you to join a host of distinguished presenters as we explore the joys and challenges that exist in the education of young children. How might we be inspired and informed to support the multiple literacies of all children? With a focus on the importance of observation, communication, and collaboration, this conference will highlight the development and learning potential of children and the importance of teachers and care givers to stand “on the side of childhood."

Check back soon for pricing and registration information.

In The Museum

Curriculum Connections at The Carle

August 15, 2014
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40

(3 PDPs) How does a field trip to The Carle support Common Core? From the art studio to the galleries, this workshop introduces educators to the creative learning that takes place here, fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills in students. Participants will learn about The Carle’s educational approach and teacher resources, and tour our collections and exhibitions. In addition to taking part in sample studio and gallery activities, educators will also receive pre-and-post visit activity ideas to use back at school.

Instructor: Courtney Waring

Registration is required. Workshop includes Museum Admission and a 10% discount (Members 25%) in the Museum Shop on the day of the program.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

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