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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CANCELLED - Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Mon, April 6, 2020 12:30 P.M.
Independence Library

Adults are invited to this FREE class for English langauge learners. Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Mondays 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m March 16, 2020 - April 20, 2020 Attendance is preferred at all 6 classes.  Where: Independence Library…

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

CANCELLED - Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Wed, April 8, 2020 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 Wednesday (Cooking Curriculum) in the Culinary Literacy Center - 4th Floor Fridays (Library Curriculum) in the Languages and…

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

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

Fri, April 10, 2020 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 New Americans English Language Learners

CANCELLED - Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Mon, April 13, 2020 12:30 P.M.
Independence Library

Adults are invited to this FREE class for English langauge learners. Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Mondays 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m March 16, 2020 - April 20, 2020 Attendance is preferred at all 6 classes.  Where: Independence Library…

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

CANCELLED - Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Wed, April 15, 2020 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 Wednesday (Cooking Curriculum) in the Culinary Literacy Center - 4th Floor Fridays (Library Curriculum) in the Languages and…

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

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

Fri, April 17, 2020 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 New Americans English Language Learners

CANCELLED - Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Fri, April 17, 2020 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 Wednesday (Cooking Curriculum) in the Culinary Literacy Center - 4th Floor Fridays (Library Curriculum) in the Languages and…

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

CANCELLED - Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Mon, April 20, 2020 12:30 P.M.
Independence Library

Adults are invited to this FREE class for English langauge learners. Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Mondays 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m March 16, 2020 - April 20, 2020 Attendance is preferred at all 6 classes.  Where: Independence Library…

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

CANCELLED - Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking!

Wed, April 22, 2020 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 Wednesday (Cooking Curriculum) in the Culinary Literacy Center - 4th Floor Fridays (Library Curriculum) in the Languages and…

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

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

Fri, April 24, 2020 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 New Americans English Language Learners

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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

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