FRAMINGHAM – Since September 2018, the Framingham Public Library’s LVM Literacy Unlimited organization has been hosting Preparing for US Citizenship workshops. There is even a citizenship corner in the public library.
This week, the organization held its last session until September. There is no sessions in June-July-August.
Literacy Unlimited volunteer Brian Judge ran Tuesday night’s 90-minute session.
The purpose of the event was to provide information for immigrants about what they would need for the N-400, the test required to become a United States citizen. The components of the test include a history and civics portion, a written portion, and an oral portion, all in English, he explained.
Since September 2018, the workshops have assisted more than 23 people and has helped many residents who want to become citizens feel less confused about the exam.
“It’s simplified the process for them,” said Judge. “It helps them understand the content of the application, and takes the anxiety and the mystery away.”
Besides the information sessions, Judge also teaches a formal citizenship seminar with the Framingham Public Library. The seminar runs for 10-11 weeks. The next one begins on June 25.
Literacy Unlimited has been a part of the library since 1986.
Other services the organization offers include English as second language classes, basic literacy assistance, and GED preparation.
Tickets cost $3 each or 5 for $10, and are available at:
- Framingham Public Library
- Christa McAuliffe Branch Library
- Morse Institute Library (Natick)
At each library, there is a sheet listing the baskets and the donors.
Raffle tickets are for sale at the circulation desks.
The raffle runs until May 31.
Drawing for the raffle prizes will be June 4 at noon.
Judge firmly believes that these kinds of programs are important for the library because they are one of the ways that Framingham can be welcoming towards immigrants.
“These folks put in a lot of hard work. They want to be in this country, and they have a lot to offer,” Judge said. “At the very least, we should be helping them.”
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