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Concurrent Program Session

Culinary Literacy 101: A How to for Your Library

Friday, March 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 202 AB

Join librarians from the Culinary Literacy Center and learn how to advance multiple literacies through cooking. We?ll share how to launch a cooking program in a library from the ground up and the nuts and bolts of running a kitchen classroom. Key topics include: Building a Kitchen, Funding, Safety & Regulations, Partnerships, and Programming. BONUS e-resource: the Toolkit for Public Libraries tells our story and highlights best practices for bringing Culinary Literacy to your library.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Know the four basic food safety guidelines, how to learn more about their city?s regulations, and how to train staff to keep their community safe 2: Understand how the Free Library defines culinary literacy and how to establish partnerships with community organizations and within their local food scene 3: Be able to build a kitchen in a box and start making the case for culinary literacy in their libraries

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program)

Track: Imagine

Tags: Spaces and Places, Buildings and Facilities, Outreach Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Programming/Services, Public Programs


Liz Fitzgerald, Administrator, Culinary Literacy Center
Free Library of Philadelphia , Philadelphia , PA

Liz Fitzgerald is the Administrator of the Culinary Literacy Center. In 2016, Liz was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal. She has an MLIS from Rutgers University and a BA from Loyola University.

Suzanna Urminska, Library Coordinator, Culinary Literacy Center
Free Library of Philadelphia , Philadelphia , PA

Suzanna Urminska is the CLC?s Library Coordinator. Urminska and Fitzgerald are recipients of the 2018 Social Innovation Award. Urminska has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from Yale University, and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jamie Bowers, Librarian, Culinary Literacy Center
Free Library of Philadelphia , Philadelphia , PA

Jamie Bowers is the Librarian at the CLC. Jamie is a recipient of the 2016 Randy Brenner Memorial Consumer Health Award. Jamie has a BFA from West Chester University and an MLIS degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

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