The North Bergen Free Public Library has been selected to receive a two-year, $99,288 Citizenship and Assimilation Grant from the Department of Homeland Security. More than 120 applications from organizations were reviewed and evaluated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for this competitive grant. The library was one of 45 selected to receive a grant to help permanent residents prepare for naturalization.
The grants will help these organizations promote prospective citizens’ assimilation into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics. Now in its ninth year, the program has helped more than 190,000 permanent residents prepare for citizenship.
The North Bergen library will use the funds to embark on a two-year program to improve citizenship services. Improvements will include more classes at the main library and Kennedy Branch locations, additional teachers, textbooks, the inclusion of ESL training into classes, and trips outside the library to encourage civic assimilation.
The library hopes to have these classes available in late 2017. To register for classes, speak with a librarian or call the library at 201-869-4715.