Monday, February 4, 2008

Citizenship Toolkit

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a United States citizen, we have a new kit of materials here at the public library that may be of use. The Civics and Citizenship Toolkit: a collection of educational resources for immigrants is a joint effort of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the U.S. Government Printing Office. These organizations compiled and printed the material and donated it to our library, and now we are making it available to you. The kit contains a DVD introduction to U.S. history and civics, a CD overview of the naturalization process, a set of flash cards for studying for the citizenship exam, a copy of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, two guides for new immigrants (one in Spanish, one in English), a book of quick civics lessons - including an audio CD - and a Citizen's Almanac, which compiles a variety of historical documents, biographies and events. I have a great deal of respect for anyone who is committed enough to the dream of being an American that they would sit down and learn all of this information to pass the citizenship test (and English is quite likely not their first language). Hopefully, this toolkit will make the process a little easier for you as you work towards becoming a full-fledged citizen of the United States of America. As always, we are here to help.

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