Edible Alphabet

Edible Alphabet is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center. The mission is to teach English language and literacy skills through hands-on cooking projects. Students will learn vocabulary and grammar, as well as practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English while cooking a new delicious recipe every week.

Edible Alphabet offers students a chance to improve their English skills while cooking new recipes and eating delicious foods. The program is offered both at the Parkway Central Library and in our Neighborhood Libraries.

For more on the Free Library's services for English language learners including bilingual and foreign language print and electronic resources, information on citizenship, health and wellness, and other resources, visit the Free Library's New Americans page.

Register for Edible Alphabet now!

Please sign-up for an upcoming Edible Alphabet course. You can also call the Culinary Literacy Center for more information at 215-686-5323 or email kitchen@freelibrary.org.

Our library card applications are also available in the following languages on our Library Card Application page: Español (Spanish), 汉语 (Chinese), Việt (Vietnamese), Русский (Russian), Français (French), and عربي(Arabic).

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Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Thu, November 21, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m Tuesdays (Languages and Learning Center - Floor 2) Thursdays (Culinary Literacy Center - Floor 4) October 15, 2019 - December…

Adult Senior New Americans Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking! (Aprender ingles a traves de cocinar!)

Fri, November 22, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Lillian Marrero Library

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Los adultos estan invitados a esta clase de ingels GRATIS. Cada semana leemos, escribimos y hablamos en ingles - y cocinamos juntos! Fridays 10:30 a.m. – 1:30…

Adult New Americans Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition New Americans English Language Learners

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Fri, November 22, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Independence Library

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Fridays 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m October 11, 2019 - November 22, 2019 Attendance is preferred at all 6 classes.  Where: Independence Library 18 S 7th Street,…

Adult Senior New Americans Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition Education Language Study Literacy New Americans English Language Learners

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Mon, November 25, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Lawncrest Library

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Mondays 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m October 21, 2019 - December 2, 2019 Attendance is preferred at all 6 classes.  Where: Lawncrest Library 6098 Rising…

Adult Senior New Americans Workshops and Enrichment Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition Education Language Study Literacy New Americans English Language Learners

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Tue, November 26, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m Tuesdays (Languages and Learning Center - Floor 2) Thursdays (Culinary Literacy Center - Floor 4) October 15, 2019 - December…

Adult Senior New Americans Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking! (Aprender ingles a traves de cocinar!)

Fri, November 29, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Lillian Marrero Library

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Los adultos estan invitados a esta clase de ingels GRATIS. Cada semana leemos, escribimos y hablamos en ingles - y cocinamos juntos! Fridays 10:30 a.m. – 1:30…

Adult New Americans Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition English Language Learners

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Mon, December 2, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Lawncrest Library

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Mondays 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m October 21, 2019 - December 2, 2019 Attendance is preferred at all 6 classes.  Where: Lawncrest Library 6098 Rising…

Adult Senior New Americans Workshops and Enrichment Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition Education Language Study English Language Learners

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Tue, December 3, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m Tuesdays (Languages and Learning Center - Floor 2) Thursdays (Culinary Literacy Center - Floor 4) October 15, 2019 - December…

Adult Senior New Americans Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Thu, December 5, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m Tuesdays (Languages and Learning Center - Floor 2) Thursdays (Culinary Literacy Center - Floor 4) October 15, 2019 - December…

Adult Senior New Americans Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition English Language Learners Languages and Learning Center

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking! (Aprender ingles a traves de cocinar!)

Fri, December 6, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Lillian Marrero Library

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Los adultos estan invitados a esta clase de ingels GRATIS. Cada semana leemos, escribimos y hablamos en ingles - y cocinamos juntos! Fridays 10:30 a.m. – 1:30…

Adult New Americans Culinary Literacy Cooking & Nutrition English Language Learners

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Blog Posts

This week marks the launch of the  Languages and Learning Center at Parkway Central Library , a center dedicated to supporting the individual learning goals of Philadelphia’s adults. For the past several months, we have piloted relevant and engaging programs for adult learners throughout Philadelphia in the areas of adult… continue reading

By Lindsay S.   September 20, 2019   

by Guest Author: Naomie Nyanungo  - Senior Director, Office of Adult Education       If you are an adult education practitioner or adult learner in Philadelphia, you are probably as happy as I am about the launch of the Languages and Learning Center (LLC) at the Free Library.  LLC will be an invaluable… continue reading

By Naomie N.   September 18, 2019   

September is Adult Education Month and the Free Library is excited to announce the launch of the Languages and Learning Center at Parkway Central Library , a center dedicated to supporting the individual learning goals of Philadelphia’s adults. Nationwide, more than 36 million American adults struggle to read, write, do math,… continue reading

By Liz A.   September 16, 2019    1

This past week, the Culinary Literacy Center piloted our very first Spanish-language cooking class: Edible Alphabet en Español! In this class, we used the model of Edible Alphabet: Learn English through Cooking to create a hands-on educational experience for adults interested in learning and practicing Spanish. Participants… continue reading

By Lindsay S.   May 7, 2019