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July 2014
full day $70; half day $40

Visual Thinking Strategies Workshop at The Carle Museum

July 23 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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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…

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free for members; $5 donation for non-members

Minutia to Manuscript: Organizing Your Writing Life Workshop at The Writers’ Loft

July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Writers’ Loft,
20 North Main St. #360, Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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Livia Blackburne at Porter Square Books

July 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books,
25 White St., Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Celebrate the launch of a new YA fantasy series from debut author Livia Blackburne! Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs. But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by…

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Finding Neverland opens at the A.R.T.

July 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Loeb Drama Center,
64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Based on the Miramax film by David Magee, Finding Neverland follows the real-life relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, one of the most beloved stories of all time. With music by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow (Take That), this new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up. Finding Neverland…

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Harry Potter’s Birthday Party at the Prudential Center Barnes & Noble

July 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Prudential Center Barnes & Noble,
800 Boylston St., Suite 179, Boston, MA 02199 United States
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Calling all wizards and muggles! Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with the Prudential Center Barnes & Noble. Test your knowledge during a special O.W.L. trivia contest and participate in free crafts and activities. You can even toast the Boy Who Lived with butterbeer from the cafe!

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Brian Beattie and Valerie Fowler at WORD Jersey City

July 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
WORD Bookstore, Jersey City,
123 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07302 United States
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Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase is a 74-minute sonic drama full of catchy tunes, corner-turning dialogue, and surreal musical exclamations! Set in Austin in 1938, it’s a new Depression-era folk myth about a 10-year-old girl who falls into the Underworld, narrated and performed by a cast that includes Daniel Johnston, Bill Callahan, and others. Musician Brian Beattie and artist Valerie Fowler tell the story and sing the songs from Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase accompanied by a moving panorama! For…

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Peter H. Reynolds at The Blue Bunny

July 28 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
The Blue Bunny Books and Toys,
577 High St., Dedham, MA 02026 United States
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Author, illustrator, and owner Peter H. Reynolds will read from and sign his books at a special storytime at The Blue Bunny on Monday, July 28th.

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“One Hen” Concert at the Somerville Public Library

July 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Somerville Public Library, Central Branch,
79 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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Vento Chairo (a classical wind quintet) and Boston-area composer Dr. Justin Casinghino will perform a free family concert around the theme of story telling with music. The program will feature Dr. Casinghino’s narrated composition, “One Hen,” based on the children’s picture book of the same name by Katie Smith Milway. “One Hen” tells the micro-loan story of a young boy in Ghana who funds his own education, enhances his community, and gives back to others because of a small kindness…

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Harry Potter Science Party at the Boston Public Library

July 31 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Boston Public Library Central Branch,
700 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 United States
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It’s Harry Potter’s birthday. Celebrate at the Boston Public Library by learning about the science behind the magic of the Wizarding World. Ages 6 and up. Groups please call ahead.

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August 2014
3 program options available

“On the Side of Childhood” Summer Educator Institute at The Carle Museum

August 2 @ 9:30 am - August 3 @ 4:00 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to Host Two-Day Educators Conference on Multiple Literacies of Young Children Philip Yenawine, co-founder of Visual Understanding in Education (VUE), is the keynote speaker at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art’s Summer Teacher Institute held August 2 and August 3, 2014 at the Museum’s Amherst, Massachusetts location. “On the Side of Childhood: Supporting the Multiple Literacies of Young Children,” organized by The Carle and Smith College, will feature a host…

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