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The Library's Civics & Citizenship Toolkit that includes books, videos, and flashcards.Are you or someone you know looking to become a U.S. citizen?  The Library can help you prepare with helpful toolkits available for checkout.

The Civics & Citizenship Toolkit contains a variety of educational materials designed to help permanent residents learn more about the United States and prepare for the naturalization process.  Each of the materials in the toolkit is designed as a self-study resource for immigrants or as a tool for volunteers and adult educators.

Included in the kit are a mix of guides, multimedia, and flashcards:

  • Book:  Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants
  • Libro:  Bienvenidos a los Estados Unidos de América: Guía para Nuevos Inmigrantes
  • Book:  The Citizen's Almanac
  • Book:  Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States
  • Book and CD:  Learn about the United States: Quick Civics Lessons for the new Naturalization Test
  • Civics Flash Cards for the Naturalization Test (102 cards)
  • DVD:  The USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test
  • DVD:  A Promise of Freedom: an introduction to U.S. history and civics for immigrants
  • CD-ROM:  Becoming a U.S. citizen: an overview of the naturalization process
  • Book:  Expanding ESL, Civics, and Citizenship Education in Your Community: A Start-Up Guide

If you are interested, check the SWAN Catalog for availability or to place a hold. If a toolkit is available, you can pick it up at the Adult Services Desk.  Start your path to citizenship today!

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