The Eric Carle Museum and Me
If there is a mecca for children’s literature, a single place in the United States that can be cited as the pinacle of all things related to books for kids, maybe (just maybe) it’s the Eric Carle Museum. Hear me out on this one. It’s the only museum in the country named after a children’s book illustrator and it serves as a wonderful resource for displaying different aspects of picture book art. Granted it doesn’t work as much on literature from a chapter book or non-fiction perspective, but it’s nonetheless a go-to destination and the only center of its scope.
And I have never been. Because, dear readers, it is located in Amherst, Mass. Amherst. A place that is not New York.
Fortunately, I now have an excuse to travel Amherst-wards, and now you do too! Check out this event coming up next week:
Librarians’ Open House
May 22, 2008
3:00 to 5:30 pm
Admission Fee waived for Librarians for the entire day. Come early to browse the Museum.
(2 PDPs) Free materials for your libraries, afternoon refreshments, and 2 presentations — one with special guest librarian Betsy Bird of Fuse #8 fame, and the other with Megan Lambert, the Museum’s Instructor of Children’s Literature Programs.
Call (413) 658-1126 to register.
10:00 am to 3:00 pm – Come early to browse the Museum (Admission Fee waived for Librarians for the entire day.)
3:00 to 4:00 pm – Overview of the Museum’s Whole Book Approach with Megan Lambert
4:00 to 4:30 – Time to visit the Museum’s Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) and enjoy refreshments in the Café
4:30 to 5:30 pm – Presentation by special guest librarian, Betsy Bird of Fuse 8 fame
(Fame! I’m gonna live forever. I’m gonna learn how to fly. Fame! I’m really coming together. People will see me and die . . . . uh . . .)
Ignore that part. The part you should be paying attention to is the "admission fee waived for librarians for the entire day". So not only would you get to see beautiful Amherst at the peak of the May season, but you would get to explore this magnificent center FREE for a whole day. And if you saw me talk too, I would appreciate it. I like it when people listen to me. Makes me feel seven kinds of special.
And can you say Kidlit Drink Night Amherst Style? Cause the aforementioned Megan Lambert is working up some magic of her own. Why not party it up with me? You know you wanna.
Now… does anyone know a sure-fire route from Manhattan to Amherst? Cause I’m driving (yay!) and I’ve ne’er been there before.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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