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Carle Museum to host educators' night Oct. 30

EDUCATORS’NIGHT: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will host its annual Educators’ Night Oct. 30, a series of free presentations and authors’ talks for area teachers.

The schedule begins at 3:30 p.m., when participants will have a chance to browse the galleries and hands-on art studio at the museum on West Bay Road in Amherst. Free classroom materials will also be distributed, including posters, bookmarks and lesson plans.

At 4:30 p.m., five local educators will offer examples of how they use theater, music, film, visual arts and dance in their classrooms. The presentations will be in the Japanese PechaKucha style, which uses slides and 20-second explanations for each one. A short break with refreshments will follow.

At 5:30 p.m., the museum will host a conversation and book-signing with author Jack Gantos, who has written books for readers of all ages. His works include “Hole in My Life,” a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert awards, and “Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key,” a National Book Award finalist. Cathryn M. Mercier, director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, will be the moderator.

Educators’ Night is free to area teachers, college professors and librarians, but seating is limited. For reservations, call 658-1126.

— BARBARA SOLOW

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