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Public Libraries Urged to Register for Free Civics and Citizenship Toolkit

Public libraries can register for a free Civics and Citizenship Toolkit, which contains educational materials that will help permanent residents learn more about the United States and prepare for the naturalization process. The toolkit is an initiative of the Task Force on New Americans, a federal partnership that includes the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Other members of the Task Force of New Americans are the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Post Office, and the General Printing Office.

Offered free to public libraries across the U.S., the toolkit is designed as a self-study resource for immigrants or an instruction tool for volunteers and adult educators to use in a classroom setting. It includes Welcome to the United States, a comprehensive guide for new permanent residents; The Citizen’s Almanac, a collection of America’s most cherished speeches, poems, anthems and documents; and the Civics and Citizenship Multimedia Presentation, a film series for immigrants.

Public libraries can visit the civics and citizenship toolkit website to register for a free copy of the toolkit.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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