Screening of Backpack Full of Cash

Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst

All are welcome to attend a public screening of the acclaimed documentary, “Backpack Full of Cash”.  This film explores the growing privatization of public schools and the impact it’s having on America’s children.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Barbara Madeloni, President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association; Jean Fay, President of the Amherst-Pelham Education Association; and Max Page, Amherst Parent and MTA Board Member.

Sponsored by the Amherst College Careers in Education Professions Program, the Amherst-Pelham Education Association and the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

Starlight’s Youth Theatre Spring Musical Registration

Starlight’s Youth Theatre invites you Sunday, November 19th, to join our Spring programming with a registration day at Maple Ridge Community Center. Get to know your director and cast members by learning some music and movement from the show.

Register to reserve your spot with a $50 deposit and pick up materials at the workshop so you can go home and start listening to these amazing musicals!

For more info about cost, rehearsals and performances visit our website.

November Exhibitions, Programs, and Events at the Carle

EXHIBITIONS                                                                                                 

David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling
Through November 5, 2017

David Wiesner has enthralled readers for three decades, and his remarkable career is surveyed in this first-ever retrospective devoted to his art.  The exhibition features 70 original watercolors from some of Wiesner’s most famous books, including three for which he won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002), and Flotsam (2007).  Also on view is work from Wiesner’s earliest artistic successes while still a student at the Rhode Island School of Design to his most recent book project—his first graphic novel, Fish Girl, published just this year.

This exhibition has been organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  Its presentation at The Carle is supported by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Heroes
Through November 27, 2017

Picture books instill in children a sense of awe, magic, and wonderment, but who inspires the illustrators themselves—the people who bring incredibly imaginative worlds to life? Organized by two prominent figures in the field, Tony DiTerlizzi and Mo Willems, this exhibition gives visitors a peek into the minds and motivations of an array of talented artists working today. Visit The Carle to find out who inspires Tony and Mo, as well as Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Ashley Bryan, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Marla Frazee, Laurie Keller, Loren Long, Patrick McDonnell, Yuyi Morales, Kadir Nelson, LeUyen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, Judy Schachner, Lane Smith, and—with a special contribution from his foundation—the late Maurice Sendak.

The Art of Eric Carle: Night
Through March 18, 2018

Eric Carle is famous for his representations of cheerful suns and soulful moons. While he traditionally leaves his daytime skies the blank white of the paper, he evocatively paints his nighttime scenes in deep blues and indigos. Carle’s visible brushwork is often sprinkled with twinkling stars, fireflies, and other creatures of the night. The moon—in all its phases—always displays a gentle face. “The calm moon is a source of comfort in the night,” says Carle. This exhibition features original artwork from Papa, Please Get the Moon for MeDream Snow, and The Very Quiet Cricket, among others. Several pieces from Draw Me a Star are also included to mark the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation. 

Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration

November 19, 2017 – April 1, 2018

In its short history, The Carle has become one of the premier repositories in the country for picture book art. In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Museum has assembled an all-star lineup of work from its permanent collection. The exhibition showcases significant acquisitions of the past 15 years with a special focus on the Museum’s most recent gifts and purchases. Included are masterworks by Don Freeman, Trina Shart Hyman, Dorothy Lathrop, Leo Lionni, Arnold Lobel, David Macaulay, James Marshall, Petra Mathers, Wendell Minor, Jerry Pinkney, Uri Shulevitz, William Steig, Chris Van Allsburg, Mo Willems, Garth Williams, Paul O. Zelinsky, and Lisbeth Zwerger, among others. Also featured are rarely seen three-dimensional objects in the collection such as dummy books, artist sketchbooks, and hand-carved printing blocks. A special selection of artist doodles and sketches—drawn over 15 years of artist visits, workshops, and book signings—is displayed in the auditorium hallway.

PROGRAMS & EVENTS                                                                                     

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play
November 3, 10:30am – 11:30am
November 10, 10:30am – 11:30am
November 17, 10:30am – 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Enjoy an interactive storytime followed by time to move, play, and explore art materials.

Special Storytime: Chanavia Haddock
November 4, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Miracle, her debut book, author Chanavia Haddock tells the story of a curious young girl named Piper Rose and her day in the snow.  Be on the lookout for miracles throughout the pages of this book.  They’re everywhere!

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop atshop@carlemuseum.org.

Art Out of the Box: Creative Sustainability in the Studio
November 6, 9:30am – 12:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3 PDPs)  Are you ever concerned about the amount of waste that art-making can produce?  We’re always thinking about it!  From the packaging that art materials come in, to the scraps left over, we continuously seek ways to reuse materials to create exciting, sustainable art projects.  Join us to share these ideas and create your own extraordinary, high-quality tools.  Have fun testing out materials through collage, construction, stamping, and imaginative play.  Be inspired to see packaging, scraps, and caps in a new light.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Golden Bird
November 11, 11:00am
$5; Museum Admission extra

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales.  Limited seating; early arrival recommended.

Special Storytime: Renee Kurilla
November 11, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Pickwick’s Picnic: A Counting Adventure, the Pickwick family leaves the hot hazy city for a picnic by the shore.  Community cooperation turns a traffic jam into an opportunity for fun in this inventive counting book starring a pair of clever canine siblings.  Engaging rhythm and detail-filled art reward repeated readings of Carol Brendler and Renee Kurilla’s countable account of a very special picnic.

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop atshop@carlemuseum.org.

Create at The Carle! Art Reception
November 12, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the culmination of the eight-week Create at the Carle! program with us.  See how participants explored a range of bookmaking techniques with teaching artist Meghan Burch and were inspired by the collection and unique surroundings of The Carle.

Every Day Art Program: Project Paint!
November 15 – December 19, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with paint to create your own monoprint.

Special Storytime: Angela DiTerlizzi
November 18, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Saddle up for a special storytime with author Angela DiTerlizzi!  In I Wanna Be A Cowgirl, readers will delight in following the adventures of a young girl as she pulls on her (rain) boots, saddles up her (stick) horse, and gallops off through the (backyard) hills.  Filled with humor and imaginative play, this sweet story captures the dream of zillions of little girls everywhere—the dream of being a cowgirl!  Hats and bandanas will be handed to young guests to “spur” their own imaginative play!

Book signing to follow program.  Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop atshop@carlemuseum.org.

Information Sessions: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children’s Literature at The Carle
November 18, 2017
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 College.  To learn more about the information sessions, emailchildrensliterature@simmons.edu.

Members Opening Reception: Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration
November 18, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

7:00 “Fun at Fifteen” Trivia Night

Join Angela DiTerlizzi and Heidi Stemple as they host a night of trivia fun about the Museum and its remarkable collection.  Enjoy gourmet pizza and local craft beers, great prizes, and abundant laughs!

Members RSVP by November 6 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at 413-559-6310 or membership@carlemuseum.org

Collection Highlights Tour with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter
November 19, 1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Learn some of the fascinating stories and decisions behind the artworks selected for The Carle’s 15th anniversary exhibition.

Special Sundays in the Studio: Celebrate!
November 19, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Special Storytime with Will Hillenbrand
November 19, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

The Carle is pleased to welcome back Will Hillenbrand, illustrator of more than fifty books, for a special storytime program.  Hillenbrand’s work is presented in the exhibition Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration.  He will read from two picture books he illustrated: Jane Yolen’s This Little Piggy and Maureen Wright’s Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep!

Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

Picture Book Theatre presents Jane Yolen’s Nocturne and Mouse’s Birthday
November 24, 1:00pm and 2:30pm
November 25, 11:00am and 1:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

See Jane Yolen’s stories come to life with large string puppets.  Puppets and scenery created by Director Therese Brady Donohue.  Music composed by Karen Tarlow.  This 40-minute program includes adaptations of:

Nocturne, by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Anne Hunter
A poetic lullaby featuring a mother and son exploring a summer’s night with a flashlight, finding nocturnal creatures and nature along the way.

Old MacDonald Sing-a-long, led by musician Julie Stepanek on ukulele
Features seven animal puppets introduced by Farmer MacDonald for a good old fashion audience sing-a-long.

Mouse’s Birthday, by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Bruce Degen
A delightful story in verse about a mouse that lives in a very small house.  It’s Mouse’s birthday, and families will delight in joining the Farmer and Mouse’s friends in singing Happy Birthday to him!

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 illustrator’s techniques.  www.picturebooktheatre.com

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

Special Storytime: Astrid Scheckles
November 25, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Hector Fox and the Raven’s Revenge is the second in a series of books that follow the delightful adventures of Hector and his charming band of unique friends: Mo Marten, Charlie Chipmunk, Jeremiah Rabbit, and Lucy Skunk.  Join author/illustrator Astrid Scheckles in this special storytime filled with adventure, mystery, and friendship.

Book signing to follow program.  Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop atshop@carlemuseum.org

Joy Art Space classes

At Joy Art Space students experience the joy of creating art while developing new skills and finding their unique artistic voice! Joy Art Space offers private art lessons and small group classes for children, teens, and adults in painting, drawing, sculpture, fashion design, and more! Students learn art techniques in a warm, supportive environment. Classes for all experience levels, beginner to advanced! Art teacher Lily Joy Friedling has taught privately and in schools for 10 years, and has an M.A. in Art Education from Columbia University. Located right in downtown Amherst on N. Pleasant Street. Visit www.joyartspace.com or contact lily.joyartspace@gmail.com 413-345-2747 to learn more!

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View Flyer about classes for ages 6-8

LSSE Halloween Fest – Oct 29, 2017

Where: Downtown/ Bangs Community Center
When: Sunday October 29th
Cost: $5

Admission Includes:
Parade carnival
Haunted house
Games & prizes
Refreshments
Live performances
Monster mash dance contest!
(child dance contest 1:30-2pm teen /adult dance contest 2pm-2:30)

Order of Events:
12-12:45pm: trick or treat downtown
12:45pm pumpkin decorating & contest
1pm parade through amherst center
1:15pm-4pm: carnival/ haunted house/
party at bangs community center

AEF Trivia Bee, Oct 26, 2017

2017 Trivia Bee Facts You Don’t Know (yet)
We are about a week away from the 23rd annual Trivia Bee!

Here’s what you need to know:

FACT: AEF are still looking for adult and youth teams to compete on Oct. 26 at the Bee. Contact Meg, megrosa78@gmail.com, and Ken, kenleblond7@gmail.com to sign up.

Prizes are awarded each round to the top scoring team, best costumes and best spirit!

Player sign-up deadline is October 23rd.

FACT: While the trivia is fun, the raffle makes the evening even better. AND, we have our strongest raffle line-up in years!

  • LSSE family pool membership
  • UMass hockey and basketball tickets
  • Autographed children’s books from the Eric Carle Museum
  • Trader Joe’s gift basket
  • Oil change and alignment certificates from Amherst Tire
  • Bueno y Sano gift certificates
  • Gift certificate from Laughing Dog Bicycles
  • Gift certificates to Kelly’s restaurant

..and more!

FACT: The Pioneer Valley’s own Lisa Evans, a two-day Jeopardy! champ this year, will NOT ONLY be competing on Oct. 26 but she will be our celebrity judge for the youth round starting at 6pm.

See you on October 26!

Our mission:

Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) supports Amherst area public schools in providing a challenging and enriching educational experience that maximizes the learning potential of every student and prepares them to succeed in the 21st century.

Hands Across the Hills

The Leverett Alliance’s Bridging Committee is hosting over a dozen Kentuckians from coal country for a weekend of cultural exchange and dialogue October 27-29. Our hope is to find common ground and shared dreams upon which to build bridges of understanding. Our guests are staying in our homes, will participate in closed dialogue sessions, and will have a chance to enjoy some of the sights of the Pioneer Valley. Please join us for our day of activities open to the public – come meet our guests from Letcher County, Kentucky.

Join Us & Our Kentucky Guests for a Day of Sharing

Saturday, October 28, 2017 Public Events
All are Welcome

Morning events at Leverett Elementary School, 85 Montague Road, Leverett, MA

9:00-11:30 am Community Forum

A chance to interact with our group from Letcher County, Kentucky, and members of the Leverett Alliance Bridging Committee. Learn how communities with very different histories and cultures can work together to achieve common goals.

11:30-Noon Leverett Community Chorus

Songs to celebrate the heritage and folkways of Appalachia and New England Noon-1:00 Community Potluck Lunch with Kentucky group
For admission, please bring a dish to share – “local” fare appreciated

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Evening events at Montague Common Hall (formerly Montague Grange), 34 Main Street, Montague, MA

Come Feast and Dance with Kentucky Friends

6:00-7:00 pm Community Potluck Dinner

For admission, please bring a dish to share – “local” fare appreciated

7:00-10:00 pm Contra Dance ($10 at Leverett Coop & Leverett Library)

With The Moving Violations, Ron Blechner, Caller (special guest Autumn Rose Lester on fiddle)

Halloween Window Painting with LSSE, Oct 14

Come and Express a Halloween or fall theme by painting one of the many windows donated by our generous downtown business community. Paint a window as an individual or create a team ( 3 max per window ). Forms and information will be available at the LSSE office at the time of registration (413) 259-3065 or http://www.lsse.org

View flyer for more details

When: Oct 14 at  9:00AM – 1:00PM

Cost: $5/person

 

Wildwood PGO Meeting & Homework Discussion – Oct 3 at 5:45pm

  • 5.45pm Meet in the library where Interim Superintendent Michael Morris will present the new proposed Homework Policy. A discussion and opportunity to provide feedback will follow.
  • 6.15pm  Meet the new PGO leadership committee and other parents, learn about what the PGO does, hear about upcoming events and ways to take part.
  • 6.45-7pm  Questions, Meet & Greet 

Multi-Arts Presents: Time Traveling Stories, Theater show

Meeting Mabel Loomis Todd. Amherst: 1880’s

Come one, come all, to a time-travelling adventure through Amherst! Join Winnie, the new girl in town, as she is accidentally sent back to the 1800’s! Her journey takes a turn when she meets the remarkable Mabel Loomis Todd, and learns just how much of an impact one woman can have on her town.

The play takes place at the Strong House, a relic of Amherst History preserved with Mabel’s help, and a testament to how she shaped the Amherst we know today!

Saturday October 7, 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Strong House, 67 Amity Street in Amherst
Free admission, donations appreciated

Grace Lin talk on diversity in children’s books, Nov 1

The Books are Not Enough:
Windows, Mirrors and the Bookshelves of Our Community
Forbes Library (upstairs in the Coolidge Museum)
Wednesday, November 1st at 6pm
When we talk about diversity in books, we often talk about “windows and mirrors.” But what does that mean? Why is it important? And, if we can agree that diversity in children’s books is important, can we do more than pay it lip service? How can we use these books to help create a more accepting and welcoming community?
In this extended presentation of her popular TEDx talk, Newbery Honor author Grace Lin shares childhood anecdotes, personal publishing experiences and strategies to support diversity through children’s books.
Librarians, Teachers and Parents welcome!

October Exhibitions, Programs, and Events at The Carle

EXHIBITIONS                                                                                                 

David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling
Through November 5, 2017

David Wiesner has enthralled readers for three decades, and his remarkable career is surveyed in this first-ever retrospective devoted to his art.  The exhibition features 70 original watercolors from some of Wiesner’s most famous books, including three for which he won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday(1992), The Three Pigs (2002), and Flotsam (2007).  Also on view is work from Wiesner’s earliest artistic successes while still a student at the Rhode Island School of Design to his most recent book project—his first graphic novel, Fish Girl, published just this year.

This exhibition has been organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  Its presentation at The Carle is supported by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Heroes
Through November 27, 2017

Picture books instill in children a sense of awe, magic, and wonderment, but who inspires the illustrators themselves—the people who bring incredibly imaginative worlds to life? Organized by two prominent figures in the field, Tony DiTerlizzi and Mo Willems, this exhibition gives visitors a peek into the minds and motivations of an array of talented artists working today. Visit The Carle to find out who inspires Tony and Mo, as well as Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Ashley Bryan, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Marla Frazee, Laurie Keller, Loren Long, Patrick McDonnell, Yuyi Morales, Kadir Nelson, LeUyen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, Judy Schachner, Lane Smith, and—with a special contribution from his foundation—the late Maurice Sendak.

The Art of Eric Carle: Night
Through March 18, 2018

Eric Carle is famous for his representations of cheerful suns and soulful moons. While he traditionally leaves his daytime skies the blank white of the paper, he evocatively paints his nighttime scenes in deep blues and indigos. Carle’s visible brushwork is often sprinkled with twinkling stars, fireflies, and other creatures of the night. The moon—in all its phases—always displays a gentle face. “The calm moon is a source of comfort in the night,” says Carle. This exhibition features original artwork from Papa, Please Get the Moon for MeDream Snow, and The Very Quiet Cricket, among others. Several pieces from Draw Me a Star are also included to mark the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation. 

PROGRAMS & EVENTS                                                                                     

The Fantasy in Everyday Life: A Conversation with Tony DiTerlizzi and Ben Hatke
October 1, 2017
3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join authors/illustrators Tony DiTerlizzi (The Battle for WondLa) and Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) as they discuss the increasingly popular fantasy and sci-fi genre for middle grade readers. 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.

Inspiration Day at The Carle
October 7, 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Meet eleven artists highlighted in the special exhibition, Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and their Heroes, and learn what and who inspires them when creating art. Participating artists include Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Bryan Collier, Tony DiTerlizzi, Laurie Keller, Loren Long, LeUyen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, Lane Smith, and Mo Willems.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Materials Play
October 13, 11:00am – 11:30am
October 20, 11:00am – 11:30am
October 27, 11:00am – 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the Art Studio.

Special Storytime: Tom Sullivan
October 21, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

It’s a clash of the colors in Blue vs. Yellow! From Tom Sullivan, author-illustrator ofI Used to Be a Fish, comes a high-concept picture book about a battle between primary colors. Which one will be declared the best color of all? 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.

Happier Family Comedy Show
October 21, 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 calling413-559-6336.

After-School Printmaking Class
October 26, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
$60 (Members $51)

Entering Grades 3-5
Curious about printmaking and experimenting with paint? Join us for a three-week long class where you will go in-depth into the printmaking process and create a series of your own prints to keep, display, or give away! Participants will look closely at original artworks in The Carle’s collection, and create their own artwork using a variety of printing techniques. To secure your place in the class, register before October 12th.

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

Special Storytime: Tad Hills
October 27, 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

It’s Halloween in the meadow, and the beloved, classic, and New York Timesbestselling feathered friends Duck & Goose are ready for trick-or-treating! Come to The Carle in costume and meet author/illustrator Tad Hills as he reads from his new picture book, Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo!

“Duck and Goose have taken their places alongside Frog and Toad and George and Martha as fine examples of friendship, curiosity and problem-solving.” —Kirkus Reviews

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.

 

New Swimmer tryouts, Sept 24 @11:00AM

Calling all future Katie Ledeckys and Caeleb Dressels!!! We are preparing
for the upcoming winter season and looking for new swimmers ages 5-18!
The Amherst Tritons Swim Team (ATST) is an non profit, competitive swim
team dedicated to building the love of the sport or swimming while gaining
fitness and confidence. We offer tiered, ability based practices after school
in our fall/winter season (September-January) and a spring/summer season
(April-July). Our coaches are certified through US swimming and provide a
terrific atmosphere for youth swimming since 1972. Interested families must
pre-register by visiting http://www.atst.org and selecting the “contact us” button
on the webpage. We hope to see you at the pool!

More Information

Beauty and the Beast musical

Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater (ALSCT) is creating a fabulous, large-scale musical, with lavish sets and costumes, a full live orchestra, and enthusiastic audiences fill the 600-seat UMass Bowker Auditorium for nine performances in January. This year, we’ll be presenting Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the classic “tale as old as time”. Actors, singers, and dancers ages 7-107 are encouraged to audition!

AUDITIONS: Friday, Sept. 15th, Saturday, Sept. 16th, Sunday, Sept. 17th

Callbacks Monday, September 18th

Check out alsct.org for more information!

September Exhibitions, Programs, and Events at the Carle

ericclarleEXHIBITIONS                                                                                                 

David Weisner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling
Through November 5, 2017

David Weisner has enthralled readers for three decades, and his remarkable career is surveyed in this first-ever retrospective devoted to his art.  The exhibition features 70 original watercolors from some of Weisner’s most famous books, including three for which he won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002), and Flotsam (2007).  Also on view is work from Wiesner’s earliest artistic successes while still a student at the Rhode Island School of Design to his most recent book project—his first graphic novel, Fish Girl, published just this year.

This exhibition has been organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  Its presentation at The Carle is supported by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Heroes

Through November 27, 2017

Picture books instill in children a sense of awe, magic, and wonderment, but who inspires the illustrators themselves—the people who bring incredibly imaginative worlds to life? Organized by two prominent figures in the field, Tony DiTerlizzi and Mo Willems, this exhibition gives visitors a peek into the minds and motivations of an array of talented artists working today. Visit The Carle to find out who inspires Tony and Mo, as well as Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Ashley Bryan, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Marla Frazee, Laurie Keller, Lauren Long, Patrick McDonnell, Yuyi Morales, Kadir Nelson, LeUyuen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, Judy Schachner, Lane Smith, and—with a special contribution from his foundation—the late Maurice Sendak.

The Art of Eric Carle: Night

September 12, 2017 – March 18, 2018

Eric Carle is famous for his representations of cheerful suns and soulful moons. While he traditionally leaves his daytime skies the blank white of the paper, he evocatively paints his nighttime scenes in deep blues and indigos. Carle’s visible brushwork is often sprinkled with twinkling stars, fireflies, and other creatures of the night. The moon—in all its phases—always displays a gentle face. “The calm moon is a source of comfort in the night,” says Carle. This exhibition features original artwork from Papa, Please Get the Moon for MeDream Snow, and The Very Quiet Cricket, among others. Several pieces from Draw Me a Star are also included to mark the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation.

PROGRAMS & EVENTS                                                                                     

Celebrate Grandparents Day at The Carle!

September 10, 2017
1:30pm – 3:00pm
$12 per adult/child pair

(Children ages 4 and up with an accompanying adult)
We invite kids to bring along their grandparents, family members or adult friends to celebrate collaboration and sharing stories together. In this workshop we will read stories inspired by grandparents and work together to make creative books that invite play and further exploration.

Happier Family Comedy Show

September 16, 2017
3:00pm – 4:00pm
$10 Adult (Adult Member $9); $5 Youth (Youth Member $4.50)

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, kid-centric creativity, and family-friendly funnies!

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

Special Sundays in the Studio: Art that Moves

September 17, 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Drop into the Art Studio to enjoy an additional project that gets you experimenting with materials and exploring art-making techniques.

 

Elephant & Piggie Art-ventures with Mo Willems and Tom Warburton!

September 23, 2017
10:00am – 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

NOTE: The 11:00 and 12:00 pm auditorium programs are full!  Please contact us to be added to the wait list! 413-559-6336

Are you ready for a new Elephant & Piggie adventure? In We Are in an ART-ivity Book!, Mo Willems and Tom Warburton have created the first-ever Elephant & Piggie activity book, full of drawing, coloring, gaming, and other hands-on fun! Listen to Mo and Tom as they share projects from their new book, meet Elephant and Piggie, watch films, and create art in the Art Studio!
Book signing tickets will be available at the Admissions Desk on the day of the program and are first come, first served.
Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. No personalization and no signing of board books or stuffed animals. Can’t make it to the event? Reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 559-6333 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

11:00 – 11:30 am
Meet Elephant & Piggie! (Café)

11:00 – 11:30 am
Program and Q&A with Mo Willems and Tom Warburton (Auditorium) – PROGRAM IS FULL

11:30 am
Storytime (Reading Library) by Carle staff

12:00 – 12:30 pm
Program and Q&A with Mo Willems and Tom Warburton (Auditorium) – PROGRAM IS FULL

12:00 – 12:30 pm
Meet Elephant & Piggie! (Café)

12:30 – 2:30 pm
Book Signing with Mo Willems and Tom Warburton (Great Hall)

1:00 – 1:30 pm
Meet Elephant & Piggie! (Café)

1:00 – 4:00 pm
Drop-in art with animator Mr. Warburton
Join us in the Art Studio with Codename: Kids Next Door creator Mr. Warburton and have fun drawing yourself as a real KND operative! Mr. Warburton and his helpers will be on hand to share super fun ideas, drawings and inspiration.

1:30 pm
Film: Getting to Know Mo Willems, 23 min. (Auditorium)

2:00 pm
Storytime (Reading Library) by Carle staff
Films: Knuffle Bunny, Knuffle Bunny Too, and Knuffle Bunny Free, 30 min. (Auditorium)

2:30 pm
Films: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!, The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?, 27 min. (Auditorium)

3:00 pm
Films: Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, 30 min. (Auditorium)

 

The Carle Celebrates Museum Day Live!

September 23, 2017
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. Visitsmithsonianmag.com/museumday.

The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala

September 28, 2017
5:00pm

Please join us for the twelfth annual Carle Honors Benefit Gala and Art Auction on Thursday, September 28 at Guastavino’s in New York. We will honor ARTIST, Ed Young, ANGEL, Dr. John Y. Cole, BRIDGE, Anthea Bell, and MENTOR, Bank Street Writers Lab, represented by Chairperson Dr. Cynthia Weill. Awards will be presented by author Jack Gantos. More than twenty of the industry’s leading illustrators have donated artworks for the Art Auction.
For more information or contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development, at rebeccag@carlemuseum.org or 413-559-6308.

 

Picture Book Theatre Inventory Sale

September 29, 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
September 30, 2017
10:00am – 12:00pm

Picture Book Theatre is holding a sale of its inventory from seven productions of Eric Carle stories and two productions of Leo Lionni’s stories. All items are hand painted and crafted by its director, Therese Brady Donohue. Included in the sale are close to 100 items including puppets, props, and pieces of scenery made into wall hangings suitable for decorating rooms at home, schools, libraries or pediatric offices. Guests are encouraged to bring their own bags to take any purchases home. All proceeds from the sale will go to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Cash/Checks accepted.

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

September 30, 2017
11:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 3:00pm

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.

WORKSHOPS                                                                                 

 

Whole Book Approach

September 29, 2017
9:30am – 12:30pm
$55 (Members $46.75)

(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. Registration includes a copy of Reading Picture Books with Children by Megan Dowd Lambert.  Instructor: Courtney Waring

 

Wordless Picture Books

September 29, 2017
1:30pm – 4:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3 PDPs) How does one “read” a wordless picture book? How can wordless picture books help emergent readers who must learn to negotiate the printed word? How can pictures tell a story? In this workshop, we’ll explore how wordless picture books invite careful observation, critical thinking, and opportunities to make meaning out of what one sees and hears from others. The session will include a guided tour of the exhibitDavid Wiesner: The Art of Wordless Storytelling

Woven Word Young Writers Workshops

Woven Word Young Writers Workshop is dedicated to fostering a love of creative writing in kids and teens. Run by Lynn Bowmaster, Woven Word Young Writers offers after school and home school workshops which meet weekly in Hadley throughout the academic year. Woven Word creates a writing environment infused with fun and challenge. Inventive prompts and positive feedback are offered to help writers understand the strengths of their work. Woven Word also offers schools in-class workshops as teacher training to enhance creative writing in the curriculum. During the summer Woven Word offers week-long programs featuring a river houseboat for a fun, intensive writing adventure.

Schedule for 2017-18 Academic Year 

Semester I Begins Week of September 18, 2017

Workshop Options 

Tuesdays3:45-5:45, Upper Elementary – Middle School,
Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30, Middle – High School Aged Writers
Thursdays, 3:45-5:45, Upper Elementary – Middle School, 

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For more information & Registration
contact Lynn at Lrbowmaster@gmail.com,
or 413-584-3373

News from the WW Library (Feedback Requested!)

From the Wildwood Library: Wow! In 180 days our community has checked out 25,300 books!  Top-Circulation awards were given out at this week’s assembly.  Ms. Bing-Owen topped the charts with over 330 books checked out and in second place one of 5th graders, who checked out 290 books this year!
  • If you could spare an hour or so to help put away a few of those 25,000 books we would welcome the help please!  Please come on in (really!) or call 413-362-1424/ email: wellss@arps.org
Our Summer Reading Bingo Challenge is back!  Click here for details and student created summer reading lists!
Summer Reading programs at all the local libraries begin SOON.  Check www.joneslibrary.org for details!
We have had such a lovely school year here in the library!  I am sad to see such fun come to an end but my summer reading list is long and I can’t wait to begin reading some MCBA (Massachusetts Children’s Book Award) Mashup books!
Happy Reading!
Susan Wells

Spanish Lessons for Children

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Dynamic and engaging lessons that bring story telling, singing, games, and more into the path of language acquisition.

A TPRS based approach to language learning that helps to develop all language skills in an integrated manner and addresses different learning styles. Lessons are taught by a native Spanish speaker and experienced educator.

Summer 2016 lessons upon request
For more information contact: Juan-Carlos Carpio at wordofspanish@gmail.com

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Not a school sponsored event.

 

 

Ready, Set, React Chemistry Demo Show at UMass

The Department of Chemistry invites students and their parents or guardians to our 4th Annual Chemistry Demonstration Show.

Friday June 16, 2017
 
7:00-9:00 pm
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Integrated Sciences Building Room 135
661 North Pleasant St
Amherst MA 01373
There will be exciting explosions, colorful chemistry, and cool experiments!   Stay afterwards for some hands-on activities.
To RSVP or to inquire for more information, please email rkittilstved@chem.umass.edu. website: http://www.chem.umass.edu
FREE and open to the public (not a university or school sponsored event).

The Enchanted Bookshelf by The Center Dance Studio

Date: Sunday, June 4th
Time: 5PM – 7PM
Location: Amherst Regional High School Auditorium
Cost: $10 for adults, FREE for children 12 and under
 
A dance performance for the whole family! The Center Dance Studio proudly presents “The Enchanted Bookshelf,” a captivating tale of friendship, courage, and the healing power of a good book. Sunday, June 4th at Amherst Regional High School. Curtain rises at 5PM. Purchase tickets online or at the door.  FREE for kids 12 and under.

Events at the Eric Carle Museum

ericclarleEXHIBITIONS                                                                                                      

David Weisner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling
June 18 – November 5, 2017

David Weisner has enthralled readers for three decades, and his remarkable career is surveyed in this first-ever retrospective devoted to his art.  The exhibition features 70 original watercolors from some of Weisner’s most famous books, including three for which he won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002), and Flotsam (2007).  Also on view is work from Wiesner’s earliest artistic successes while still a student at the Rhode Island School of Design to his most recent book project—his first graphic novel, Fish Girl, published just this year.

This exhibition has been organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  Its presentation at The Carle is supported by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Heroes
Through November 27, 2017

Picture books instill in children a sense of awe, magic, and wonderment, but who inspires the illustrators themselves—the people who bring incredibly imaginative worlds to life? Organized by two prominent figures in the field, Tony DiTerlizzi and Mo Willems, this exhibition gives visitors a peek into the minds and motivations of an array of talented artists working today. Visit The Carle to find out who inspires Tony and Mo, as well as Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Ashley Bryan, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Marla Frazee, Laurie Keller, Loren Long, Patrick McDonnell, Yuyi Morales, Kadir Nelson, LeUyen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, Judy Schachner, Lane Smith, and—with a special contribution from his foundation—the late Maurice Sendak.

Eric Carle and Friends: What’s Your Favorite Color?
Through August 27, 2017

Everyone has a favorite color. Some last a lifetime, others change from day to day. Eric Carle’s newest publication, What’s Your Favorite Color?, poses the age-old question to fifteen famous children’s book artists. Each responds with a unique illustration and a personal story. Carle’s original collage art is paired with the various color choices of Lauren Castillo, Bryan Collier, Mike Curato, Etienne Delessert, Anna Dewdney, Rafael López, William Low, Marc Martin, Jill McElmurry, Yuyi Moralies, Frann Preseton-Gannon, Uri Shulevitz, Philip. C. Stead, and Melissa Sweet.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation.

 

PROGRAMS & EVENTS                                                                                       

A Rawther Splendid Tea Party
June 3, 2017
10:30am – 11:30am
$10 Youth / $12 Adult (Members $5) Price includes Museum Admission

Come for a breakfast tea party all about Eloise!  Participants will enjoy a selection of fruit and baked goods, making wearable art, and playing Pin the Bow on Skipperdee!

Reservations required.  Reservations may be made in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 559-6336.

Cinema Sunday: Funny Face (1957)
June 4, 2017

1:00pm

Think Pink!  Enjoy a screening of this classic musical romantic comedy starring Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, and Kay Thompson.

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Big Littles
June 10, 2017
11:00am
$5; Museum Admission extra

Matt Singer and Liam Hurley are both dads of super cute toddlers, they both live in super cute Brooklyn and together they make up the Big Littles, a super cute acoustic pop rock duo that deftly walks the tightrope of making genuinely enjoyable music for kids and grownups.  If they don’t sound super cute enough, Matt plays a little guitar and Liam plays a little drum set.  Super cute.

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales.  Limited seating; early arrival recommended

Special Sundays in the Studio: Unexpected Perspectives
June 11, 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Create artwork that takes a different viewpoint and tells a surprising story.

Gallery Talk with David Wiesner
June 18, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

Join artist David Wiesner for a gallery talk on the special exhibition David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling.  A book signing will take place in the Great Hall following the program.

Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

12th Annual Children’s Book Festival: Dig It!  Build It!  Dream It!
June 25, 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

10:30am
Groundbreaking Celebration (Orchard)

11:00am
Special Storytime with Tom Lichtenheld (Reading Library)

11:30am
Book signing with Tom Lichtenheld (Great Hall)

12:30am
Cupcakes celebrating Eric Carle’s birthday!

1:00 – 2:00pm
Happier Family Comedy Show (Auditorium)

2:00pm
Storytime (Reading Library)

Special Storytime: Tom Lichtenheld
June 25, 2017
11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Join illustrator Tom Lichtenheld for a special storytime and drawing demonstration for Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site, the companion book to the international bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.  All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site—this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small!

Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

June 29, 1999…in 2017!
June 29, 2017
1:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Artichokes in Anchorage!  Parsnips in Providence!  In David Weisner’s book, June 29, 1999, a young girl’s science project begins with seedlings sent up in the atmosphere, and ends with an invasion of giant vegetables!  Come to The Carle for a special storytime followed by a collaborative window installation project where young artists imagine what vegetable they see flying through the sky.

Signed copies of June 29, 1999 will be available in the Museum Shop.  Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

Summer Ultimate League of Amherst

Summer of Ultimate Frisbee, this league is geared for people who want to enjoy the thrill and excitement of ultimate Frisbee, regardless of experience level. All levels of ability will be welcomed to join. All players will be assigned their own team in this fun and competitive league! Register at LSSE.org and then sign up at SULADISC.COM

Price: $45 (Save $10 if you sign up before June 2)
Time and Location: All Sessions start at 6:00 PM at Plum Brook Recreational Area

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Junior SULA

Tuesdays, June 27th—August 8th

Session A, Activities for Kids (Ages 7-8)
Session B, Elementary Division (Ages 9-11)
Session C, Middle School Division (Ages 12-14)
Adult SULA

Session A

Recreational Co-Ed (Ages 14+)
Thursdays, June 22nd—August 10th

Session B

Competitive Co-Ed (Ages 15+)
Wednesdays, June 21st—August 9th

Session C

Women Only (Ages 13+)
Mondays, June 19th—August 7th

Free Book for Children who visit LWV Book Sale on 7/26/17

The League of Women Voters is planning a “young readers day” at their annual book sale on July 26, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Each young reader may choose one free book that day. The book sale will also be held on July 28-30 and August 4-6, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The sale will be at the Fort River Elementary School Gymnasium, 70 South East Street. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Books will be priced at 50 cents, $1 or $2. Please visit http://www.lwvamherst.org for more information.

11th Annual Latino Achievement Night (LAN)

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m
Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School Auditorium

Under the direction of Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Morris and Director of Family and Student Engagement, Dr. Marta Guevara and in keeping with the Social Justice Commitment of the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools, the 11th Annual Latino Achievement Night aspires toward equity in opportunity, inclusion, respect and community-building in and out of the classroom. All families, friends, staff and
community members are invited to attend.

The Latino Achievement Night was envisioned over 12 years ago by the members of the Latino Student Achievement Initiative. This group, comprised of district students, staff and community members, came together to explore ways to increase the academic achievement of students of Latino heritage. A series of recommendations was formulated to address this critical issue and strengthen the district’s’ efforts to support at-promise students. A resulting step was the creation of a community event celebrating the achievements of Latino Students paralleling the customs of Latin American countries.

All students of Latino heritage will be celebrated in this event and those in transition
years (K, 6, 8 and 12) will be highlighted for their academic achievement, leadership,
community spirit, progress and/or effort. The evening’s program will include spoken
word, music and dance presentations by students and staff of the Amherst/Pelham
Elementary Schools and the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle/High School. In
addition, ARHS Seniors will be presented with a traditional graduation stole to be worn
over their robes at the graduation ceremony in June.

The evening’s featured speaker will be Dr. Carmen Cosme. Dr. Cosme obtained her PhD
in Hispanic Languages and Linguistics from the Dept. of Languages, Literatures and
Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is currently the VELA
after-school program coordinator in our Middle School.

Please contact Mildred Martinez at 413 362-1871 with any questions or concerns.

Auditions for the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus

Does your child love to sing? The Hampshire Young People’s Chorus (YPC), an award-winning youth choir, will hold audit ions on June 6 for new members for the 2017-2018 year.

YPC offers children the opportunity to experience choral singing in a comfortable and encouraging atmosphere. Healthy vocal technique and fundamental music skills are taught through singing a wide range of music from many styles and traditions. The choir’s roster includes more than 45 children in two age divisions – Concert Choir (grades 3-6) and Chamber Singers (grades 6-10). Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays in Amherst. For more information, please visit http://www.hampshireypc.org or call the director, K.C. Conlan, at 413-530-9337.

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