Taking the Journey to Citizenship

ac562143-27f4-4cf4-b735-c405eec69dd8.jpgOn a drizzly Wednesday morning, the scene at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center in Grand Rapids was anything but dreary. On that day, CADL Library Assistant Paola joined other 195 community members, from 51 countries, to take the Oath of Allegiance. They emerged together as new citizens of the United States.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that over 16,000 people have applied to become U.S. citizens in 2018. The application process has many steps – After determining your eligibility and being accepted, you must prepare for the Naturalization Interview and Test.

“Eric (CADL Okemos Librarian) was a great help!” said Paola, “He gave me the materials to study for the exam and did a great mock interview that made me aware of things I had to pay attention to for my interview.”

Interested in Obtaining U.S. Citizenship?

If you are looking for help filling out the N-400: Application for Naturalization, check out these resources:

Already preparing for the Naturalization Interview and Test?

CADL is happy to help!

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Join us virtually for Citizenship Test Prep where we offer civics lessons in a fun and relaxed setting. Click here for information.


We also offer Book-a-Librarian appointments for you to meet with a librarian to get individualized one-on-one assistance. Dates and time are available to work with your schedule. Contact a library near you.

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CADL has Language and Literacy collections at the Downtown, South Lansing, and Okemos branches. In addition to Citizenship resources, you will find materials for learning English and other languages, and our ever-growing world languages collection.

“What makes someone American isn’t just blood or birth but allegiance to our founding principles and faith in the idea that anyone – from anywhere – can write the next chapter of our story.” – Former President Barak Obama