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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

BAY VILLAGE BRANCH

Comfort Soups / Adults
Learn how to make soups that will keep you warm all winter long.
Saturday, February 1 / 2 PM

Melted / Grades K 2 with caregiver
Join us for a hands-on candy making workshop.
Wednesday, February 12 / 7 PM

BEACHWOOD BRANCH

Warmth by Flavor Spice Series / Adults
Join us for lessons in spice blending. Warm your body with the flavors of Morocco, France and India.
Monday, February 10 / 6:30 PM

What to Eat After School / Grades 4 – 7​
Learn how to make healthy after-school snacks, including black bean burritos and guacamole.
Friday, February 21 / 3:45 PM

Super Salads / Adults
Learn how to make healthy salads with homemade dressings.
Tuesday, May 19 / 7 PM


berea branch

Eat the Words / Adults
Join us for a cookbook discussion. Copies of the book will be available at the checkout desk one month before the discussion. Bring a sample of a recipe from the book if you'd like to share.
Tuesday, April 7 / 2 PM
 
Cupcake Crush / Grades 6 – 12
Show off your unique decorating style as you compete to re-create a pin-worthy cupcake design. All supplies provided.
Wednesday, May 6 / 7 PM


BRECKSVILLE BRANCH

Comfort Soups / Adults
Learn how to make soups that will keep you warm all winter long.
Monday, February 10 / 11 AM

Cupcake Crush / Grades 6 – 12
Show off your unique decorating style as you compete to re-create a pin-worthy cupcake design. All supplies provided.
Saturday, April 25 / 2 PM

BROOK PARK BRANCH

Pasta Makes Perfect / Adults
Make and shape homemade pasta noodles from scratch with just a few simple ingredients. Then take your pasta home to cook for dinner!
Tuesday, May 12 / 6:30 PM

brooklyn branch

If You Give a Pig a Pancake Event / Children
Listen to Laura Numeroff’s popular story and then use our Charlie Cart (portable kitchen) to make delicious pancakes.
Tuesday, February 18 / 6:30 PM

Teen Cooking With Charlie / Ages 10 – 18
Learn how simple it is to make snacks and drinks. Each month will feature a different recipe.
Saturdays, March 14, April 11 / 2 PM
 
Charlie Cook & Read Together / Grades 2 – 4
Read a new and easy chapter book that includes cooking with our Charlie Cart.
Saturdays, March 28, April 25, May 23 / 2 PM
 
30-Minute Meal / Adults
Learn how to make a quick meal using a mobile kitchen.
Thursday, April 9 / 7 PM


CHAGRIN FALLS BRANCH

Teen Culinary Literacy / Ages 13 – 18
Learn cooking basics, including how to read a recipe, measure ingredients, analyze nutrition labels and make some tasty snacks.
Saturday, May 16 / 2 PM


fairview park branch

Book & Cook / Grades 3 – 6
We’ll read excerpts from Dragons Love Tacos and cook a related dish. 
Saturday, February 8 / 2 PM

No-Bake Valentine Treats / Grades 3 – 6
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by making special homemade treats.
Wednesday, February 12 / 3:30 PM

Recipes for Success / Grades 6 – 9
In this five-week series, develop your own mock restaurant as you explore entrepreneurship and cooking.
Mondays, March 2 – 30 / 3:45 PM
 
Teen Breakfast Bonanza / Grades 6 – 12
Learn how to make eggs, French toast and other dishes.
Saturday, March 14 / 11 AM – 1:30 PM
 
Book & Cook / Grades K – 3 with caregiver
Read a book and work together to make a recipe based on the book. 3/21 The Great Pasta Escape by Miranda Paul; 4/4 Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin
Saturdays, March 21, April 4 / 2 PM
 
Våffeldagen, aka Waffle Day / Families
Celebrate the Swedish holiday by making several recipes.
Wednesday, March 25 / 3:30 PM
 
Teen Smoothie Making / Grades 6 – 12
Learn how to make healthy and delicious smoothies.
Wednesday, April 15 / 3:45 PM
 
Breakfast for Dinner / Families
Breakfast can be delicious any time. Cook as a family and then eat what you’ve made!
Monday, May 11 / 6:30 PM
 
Bubble Tea DIY / Grades 6 – 12
Learn how to make bubble tea, an anime staple. Then we’ll munch on Pocky and watch anime.
Wednesday, May 20 / 3:45 PM


GARFIELD HEIGHTS BRANCH

Comfort Soups / Adults
Learn how to make soups that will keep you warm all winter long.
Thursday, February 27 / 7 PM

Pasta Makes Perfect / Adults
Make and shape homemade pasta noodles from scratch with just a few simple ingredients. Then take your pasta home to cook for dinner!
Tuesday, April 14 / 6:30 PM
 
Teen Cuisine 101 / Grades 6 – 12
Each month we’ll focus on learning new recipes using real ingredients. Come prepared to chop, cook and taste! 3/14 Dips, salsa and hummus; 4/25 Smoothies; 5/23 Breakfast
Saturdays, March 14, April 25, May 23 / 2 PM

INDEPENDENCE BRANCH

Recipes for Success / Grades 6 – 9
In this five-week series, develop your own mock restaurant as you explore entrepreneurship and cooking.
Tuesdays, March 31 – Apr 28 / 3:45 PM

Summer Smoothies / Adults
Learn about the benefits of healthy smoothies, discover the ingredients and supplements that can supercharge your smoothie, and sample several varieties.
Thursday, May 14 / 7 PM

maple heights branch

Comfort Soups / Adults
Learn how to make soups that will keep you warm all winter long.
Thursday, February 20 / 6:30 PM

Healthy Cooking With Cleveland Clinic / Adults
Cleveland Clinic will show you how to prepare healthy meals on a budget.
Thursday, April 2 / 7 PM
 

MAYFIELD BRANCH

Pasta Makes Perfect / Adults
Make and shape homemade pasta noodles from scratch with just a few simple ingredients. Then take your pasta home to cook for dinner!
Saturday, May 9 / 2 PM
 
Cupcake Crush / Grades 6 – 12
Show off your unique decorating style as you compete to re-create a pin-worthy cupcake design. All supplies provided.
Saturday, May 23 / 2 PM

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS BRANCH

Comfort Soups / Adults
Learn how to make soups that will keep you warm all winter long.
Monday, February 18 / 7 PM

Glass Etching/Pickle Jar / Adults
Create a unique glass etching on a jar during the first session, and make homemade pickles in the second session.
Thursday, March 12 & 19 / 2 – 4 PM
 
Let’s Cook Together! / Grades 2 – 4 with caregiver
Bring a grown-up and share the joy of creating something healthy and delicious.
Saturday, March 21, May 2 / 2:30 PM
 
Pasta Makes Perfect / Adults
Make and shape homemade pasta noodles from scratch with just a few simple ingredients. Then take your pasta home to cook for dinner!
Saturday, March 28 / 2 PM

Cupcake Crush / Grades 6 – 12
Show off your unique decorating style as you compete to re-create a pin-worthy cupcake design. All supplies provided.
Tuesday, April 7 / 6:30 PM
 
Teens Cook: Bring On Brinner! / Grades 6 – 12
Learn how to make delicious and nutritious breakfast dishes that are perfect for any time of day.
Wednesday, April 15 / 7 PM


NORTH OLMSTED BRANCH

Comfort Soups / Adults
Learn how to make soups that will keep you warm all winter long.
Tuesday, February 11 / 7 PM

Pasta Makes Perfect / Adults
Make and shape homemade pasta noodles from scratch with just a few simple ingredients. Then take your pasta home to cook for dinner!
Wednesday, April 8 / 6:30 PM


NORTH ROYALTON BRANCH

Make Your Own Smoothies / Grades 6 – 12
Learn how to make healthy and delicious smoothies in this workshop.
Saturday, February 29 / 3 PM

BookBites / Adults
Join fellow foodies in a cookbook-themed discussion group. 3/10 EveryDayCook: A Cookbook by Alton Brown; 4/14 The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook, Volume 2 by America’s Test Kitchen; 5/12 Chinese Soul Food: A Friendly Guide for Homemade Dumplings, Stir-Fries, Soups and More by Hsiao-Ching Chou
Tuesdays, March 10, April 14, May 12 / 7 PM


OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH

Pasta Makes Perfect / Adults
Make and shape homemade pasta noodles from scratch with just a few simple ingredients. Then take your pasta home to cook for dinner!
Tuesday, March 10 / 6:30 PM
 
Sweet & Savory Butters / Adults
Learn to make sweet and savory types of butter.
Monday, March 23 / 7 PM
 
Kids in the Kitchen / Grades 2 – 5
Learn how to make yummy no-bake treats. Prepare to get messy!
Thursday, April 23 / 4 PM


ORANGE BRANCH

Comfort Soups / Adults
Learn how to make soups that will keep you warm all winter long.
Tuesday, February 4 / 6:30 PM

Book & Cook Club / Grades K – 2
Read and discuss an early reader and enjoy a snack. 3/4 Pete the Cat and the Tip-Top Tree House by James Dean; 4/1 Friends in the Mail by Fran Manushkin; 5/6 Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder
Wednesdays, March 4, April 1, May 6 / 6:30 PM
 
Pasta Makes Perfect / Adults
Make and shape homemade pasta noodles from scratch with just a few simple ingredients. Then take your pasta home to cook for dinner!
Tuesday, March 10 / 6:30 PM


PARMA BRANCH

Pasta Makes Perfect / Adults
Make and shape homemade pasta noodles from scratch with just a few simple ingredients. Then take your pasta home to cook for dinner!
Tuesday, April 21 / 2:30 PM
 
Maker Club / Grades 6 – 12
Make healthy snacks and yummy smoothies.
Wednesday, April 22 / 4:15 PM

PARMA-SNOW BRANCH

Comfort Soups / Adults
Learn how to make soups that will keep you warm all winter long.
Monday, February 24 / 7 PM

Healthy Eating on a Budget / Adults
Discover healthy eating tips and tricks without going broke.
Wednesday, March 18 / 7 PM


WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS BRANCH

Kids Cook: Valentine Treats / Grades 2 – 5
Learn to make delicious treats for Valentine’s Day.
Saturday, February 8 / 2 PM

Treat Yo’ Self / Ages 14 – 18
Have fun cooking and discovering ways to reduce stress.
Thursdays, March 12, April 9, May 14 / 5 PM
 
Spring Spinach Salad / Adults
Make a hearty spinach salad with warm bacon vinaigrette.
Wednesday, April 22 / 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
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