Each year, thousands of people from a wide array of countries apply for U.S. citizenship through naturalization. Many of those who submit naturalization applications are living in Arizona. The Chandler Public Library wants applicants and their family members to know that educational materials and resources are available through the Library to assist those preparing to take the citizenship exams.
There are certain requirements and many steps in the naturalization application and review process. For example, applicants must be at least 18 years old and be a lawful permanent resident for at least five years with a green card. Additionally, applicants must be able to read, write, and speak basic English, as well as have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government before they can take that final step of taking an oath of allegiance to the United States.
In addition to free public access to computers and the internet, all four Chandler Library locations offer books and other materials that can help with preparations for the citizenship exam and the interview process. The books can be checked out for three weeks at a time with a valid Chandler Public Library card.
Outside of the library, electronic and online resources can be accessed from any computer or mobile device through Chandler Public Library with a valid library card. LearningExpress and the Testing and Education Reference Center are both online resources offering citizenship test practice and e-books. Users can create an online account with their library card to track and monitor their progress.
The Sunset and Downtown library locations also offer volunteer-led classes that discuss U.S. history and government, review the citizenship exam and cover how to complete the citizenship forms. The classes are free, no registration is required and participants may drop in to any or all of the class meetings. However, class participants must be 18 years or older and able to read, write and speak basic English.
The next class will be held at the Sunset Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Thursday for 10 weeks, Aug. 2 through Oct. 4, 2018. The Sunset Library is located at 4930 W. Ray Road.
Then, beginning Sept. 4, the Downtown Library will conduct classes from 6-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday for 10 weeks, through Nov. 6. The Downtown Library is located at 22 S. Delaware St.
“The Chandler Public Library prides itself in serving our community by recognizing the services and resources needed by our diverse population. By making preparation materials and classes readily available for those wanting to be citizens through naturalization, we are encouraging lifelong learning and providing a warm and welcoming environment for all,” said Library Manager Dan Lee.
For more information, visit Chandler Public Library, call 480-782-2800, or visit any of the four Chandler Public Library locations.