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Our culinary literacy programs bring people of all ages together at the Library to talk about food and cooking while learning new techniques, recipes and skills. These free programs allow participants to explore the relationships between cooking and reading, cooking and math, cooking and science, food choices and health, and so much more. 

PROGRAMS 

beachwood branch

The Amazing Avocado / Adults
In this hands-on program, learn to prepare three healthy snacks featuring the nutritious fruit.
Wednesday, September 18 / 6:30 PM

BRECKSVILLE BRANCH

Smooth Smoothies / All ages
Join us for this hands-on cooking class where we prepare recipes using fresh garden herbs.
Monday, September 30 / 7 PM


brooklyn branch 

Little Bites / Adults 
Be prepared the next time you're asked to bring an appetizer to a get together by watching a demo using the Charlie Cart (a portable kitchen on wheels).
Tuesday, September 17 / 6:30 — 8:30 PM  

Healthy Eating on a Budget  / Adults

Graduate students from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine will provide tips for healthy and affordable eating. Samples will be provided.
Monday, September 23 / 7:15 PM

Teen Cooking / Grades 6 — 12

Learn how simple it is to make your own snacks and drinks. Each month will feature a different recipe!
Saturdays, September 28, October 26, November 23 / 10 AM

Kitchen Creations / Adults
In the first session, learn to use stencils to etch a glass mason jar with a design. In the second session, fill your mason jars and learn to make your own quick pickles.
Tuesdays, October 22 & 29 / 7:15 PM

Soup & Salad / Adults 
Work together to prepare a delicious fall soup and pair with a sandwich using the Charlie Cart (portable kitchen on wheels). Must sign a Release and Hold Harmless.
Monday, October 28 / 7:15 PM 


fairview park branch

Edible Banned Book Practice Session / Grades 6 — 12, adults
If you’re participating in our edible banned book contest, we’ll share ideas, tips and tricks so you can practice creating your edible masterpiece.
Wednesday, September 25 / 6:30 PM

How to Make Pies / Grades 5 — 12 

Learn how to make three basic pies that you’ll be able to replicate at home.
Saturday, November 23 / 10 AM – 5 PM

GARFIELD HEIGHTS BRANCH

Smooth Smoothies / All ages
Join us for this hands-on cooking class where we prepare recipes using fresh garden herbs.
Tuesday, October 15 / 6:30 PM

Teen Cupcake Wars / Grades 6 – 12‚Äč

Join our culinary competition to see who can decorate the spookiest, tastiest dessert.
Tuesday, October 29 / 6 PM

Teen Iron Chef: Holiday Edition / Grades 6 – 12

Test your culinary skills with real yet wacky ingredients in this Thanksgiving-themed competition.
Saturday, November 23 / 2 PM

maple heights branch

Smooth Smoothies / All ages
Join us for this hands-on cooking class where we prepare recipes using fresh garden herbs.
Tuesday, November 19 / 7 PM

MAYFIELD BRANCH

Cupcake Crush / Grades 6 – 12
Aspiring bakers and decorators: Compete to re-create a pin-worthy design and show off your unique style.
Saturday, September 28 / 2 PM

Haunted Gingerbread House / All ages
Create a Halloween-themed gingerbread house.
Saturday, October 12 / 1– 3 PM 

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS BRANCH 

Cooking With Fall Flavors / Adults
Discover a bounty of flavors as we blend some of the season’s favorite spices and ingredients.
Thursday, September 12 / 7 PM

Teens Cook! Fall Favorites / Grades 6 – 12
Make some fall-inspired treats!
Wednesday, September 18 / 7 PM

Healthy Eating on a Budget  / Adults

Graduate students from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine will provide tips for healthy and affordable eating. Samples will be provided.
Thursday, October 17 / 7 PM

Kids Cook / Grades 2 – 4

Cook up some tasty and healthy treats.
Saturdays, November 2 & 16 / 2:30 PM

Holiday Favorites  / Adults
Learn about the importance of food traditions during the holidays and check out recipe demos.
Saturday, November 16 / 10:30 AM


olmsted falls branch

Smooth Smoothies / All ages
Join us for this hands-on cooking class where we prepare recipes using fresh garden herbs.
Thursday, September 10 / 6:30 PM


parma branch

Smooth Smoothies / All ages
Join us for this hands-on cooking class where we prepare recipes using fresh garden herbs.
Saturday, October 26/ 10 AM

parma heights branch

Smooth Smoothies / All ages
Join us for this hands-on cooking class where we prepare recipes using fresh garden herbs.
Monday, October 28/ 7 PM

Pop-Up Gingerbread House / Grades 6 – 12

Join the fun as we make a pop-up gingerbread house holiday card, complete with LEDs.
Saturday, November 30 / 2 – 4 PM

PARMA-SNOW BRANCH

Smooth Smoothies / All ages
Join us for this hands-on cooking class where we prepare recipes using fresh garden herbs.
Tuesday, September 24 / 7 PM

Eating Healthy on a Budget  / Adults

Graduate students from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine will provide tips for healthy and affordable eating. Samples will be provided.
Monday, November 4 / 7 PM

Build a Gingerbread House / All ages

Make your own delicious creation.
Saturday, November 30 / 2 PM or 3 PM


southeast branch

Smooth Smoothies / All ages
Join us for this hands-on cooking class where we prepare recipes using fresh garden herbs.
Saturday, September 21 / 11 AM


strongsville branch

Smoothie Ingredients for a Super Brain / Adults
Registered dietitian Melanie Jatsek will show you how to make a brain-boosting smoothie.
Tuesday, November 12 / 6 PM

Smooth Smoothies / All ages
Join us for this hands-on cooking class where we prepare recipes using fresh garden herbs.
Wednesday, November 13 / 7 PM


WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS BRANCH 

Treat Yo’ Self / Ages 14 – 18
Have a great time cooking and discovering ways to reduce stress through meditation and the arts.
Thursdays, September 5 – October 24 / 5 PM

Pumpkin-palooza / Grades K – 8

Paint a pumpkin in our garden and make a delicious treat.
Saturday, October 26 / 2 – 4 PM
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