Edible Alphabet

Edible Alphabet is a free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) 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 click here to 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.

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ESL (English as a Second Language) Class

Mon, March 4, 2019 12:30 P.M.
Wyoming Library

Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 - 3:30 pm. Testing every second Wednesday of the month. *New students must be tested before starting ESL Classes      

Adult New Americans New Americans ESL

English Conversation Group

Mon, March 4, 2019 5:30 P.M.
Philadelphia City Institute

Please join us for a free conversation hour as you build your confidence in speaking English. Topics may involve small talk, holidays and customs, and common slang. Participants will get to practice speaking in a casual environment and meet other international adults. This program will be held…

Adult New Americans New Americans ESL

English as a Second Language Class

Tue, March 5, 2019 11:00 A.M.
Paschalville Library

The Paschalville Community Group provides English as a Second Language Classes for students of all levels. Registration for new students is held on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.

Adult New Americans ESL

English as a Second Language Class

Wed, March 6, 2019 10:00 A.M.
Paschalville Library

The Paschalville Community Group provides English as a Second Language Classes for students of all levels. Registration for new students is held on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.

Adult New Americans New Americans ESL

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“Tell me and I forget.Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Xun Kuang, philosopher   Imagine trying to learn to knit. Would you learn best by reading a book about knitting? Hearing a friend talk about knitting? Watching an expert knitter? Or, learning the basic steps and actually trying to knit?… continue reading

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Our first cohort of staff members participating in the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries training recently learned about and explored team roles and dynamics. Staff reflected on their own strengths and what attributes they bring to a team. Are they great at keeping everything running smoothly? Do they enjoy providing in-depth… continue reading

By Community-Centered Libraries   November 6, 2018    1

Do you want to improve your English skills? Are you interested in cooking new recipes and eating delicious food? If so, the Culinary Literacy Center has the class for you! Edible Alphabet is a free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program offered by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center. The mission is to teach… continue reading

By Lindsay S.   June 18, 2018    1

A version of this post was originally printed in the Southwest Globe Times on Friday, September 8, 2017.  In today’s employment landscape, English proficiency has become essential to economic opportunity. Adult English instruction leads to more productive work and better outcomes for immigrants, their children, our… continue reading

By Administrator   September 14, 2017