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

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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

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

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

Youth Outreach

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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.

Our Libraries

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Offering more than 5,000 picture books, our Reading Library lets visitors discover new works or reconnect with old favorites.

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Researchers, students, and curious visitors are invited to explore the biographies, literary criticism, and other works in this rich collection.

Making Art Together

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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.