Rock Island Library, Casa Guanajuato Offer Citizenship Workshop Jan. 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Friday, 24 January 2014 14:07

Rock Island, IL - Rock Island Public Library is one of several local libraries working with Casa Guanajuato Quad Cities on a new Citizenship Connection partnership that will help future citizens navigate the naturalization process with materials, special programs, library resources and other information.

The Citizenship Connection project will offer free consultation, citizenship and immigration workshops and classes led by accredited CASA Guanajuato staff at area libraries.

The partnership offers its first workshop Monday, Jan. 27 at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. The workshop will be presented from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the library's second floor community room, and will feature individualized consultation on navigating the naturalization and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) processes.

Additional workshops will be offered in February at the Moline Public Library, in March at the Davenport Public Library, and in April at the Silvis Public Library. Workshops are free and open to the public.

For more information about the workshops, call  Elida Cabrera, Casa Guanajuato, at 563-322-3723. Participants should bring along a photo ID, such as a passport, green card, consular card or temporary visitor's driver's license.

As part of the partnership, the Rock Island Public Library will also establish a centralized citizenship collection with information on citizenship and naturalization, study materials for citizenship exams, resources for citizenship classes, and information on application processing.  In addition to the Rock Island Main Library, centralized citizenship collections will also be available at the Davenport Public Library and Silvis Public Library. Moline Library will offer materials within its regular Adult and Children's sections.

The Rock Island Main Library and Casa Guanajuato will also host 10-week citizenship classes with step-by-step study sessions.  The 10:00 am classes start Feb. 15 and run untilApril 26. For more information or to register, please contact Casa Guanajuato at 563-322-3723.

Supported by the New Americans Initiative and the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Citizenship Connection project is part of a nationwide effort by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)  to address a service gap in smaller communities and rural areas.

Local partners include Casa Guanajuato Quad Cities, Rock Island Public Library, Moline Public Library. Silvis Public Library and Davenport Public Library.

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