Largo, Md. – Supporting the 200,000+ immigrants and refugees who live and work in Prince George’s County has long been a priority of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS). Whether through adult English classes, cultural heritage programs, legal aid clinics, or expanding the Library’s multilingual collection, PGCMLS offers the newest Prince Georgians with welcoming physical and virtual environments where they can access resources and services to advance their personal and family goals. This winter, the Library launches “Immigrant Proud,” a campaign to highlight the rich resources available to immigrants in Prince George’s County. This initiative is inspired by the PGCMLS Strategic Framework 2021-2024 focus areas of inclusion, literacy and learning, and personal achievement.
“Immigrant Proud” showcases curated collections of books and online resources to support language learning and legal needs, free citizenship bundles to support preparation for citizenship exams, as well as programs like English classes for English Language Learners, Kids Achieve Club virtual tutoring for students in grades 1-4, Leamos literacy classes for Spanish speakers, citizenship study groups, and language conversation clubs for informal practice. An overview of resources is available at the Library’s new “Immigrant Proud” webpage (pgcmls.info/immigrantproud) and on displays in branch libraries. Programs are posted to the Library’s event calendar (pgcmls.info/events) up to 2 months in advance.
Free Citizenship Bundles Now Available
A limited number of free citizenship bundles are available for customers at all PGCMLS branch libraries while supplies last. Customers may request a bundle at information desks (one per customer). Study materials in the bundles may also be accessed online through uscis.gov/citizenship using any of the library computers. Bundles include the following resources:
- “Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants”
- “Preparing for the Naturalization Test: A Pocket Study Guide”
- Vocabulary Flash Cards for the Naturalization Test
- Erasable Marker
Featured Resources (Available with a PGCMLS Library Card)
- Library Collection: NOLO Citizenship and Immigration Books
- Learning Express Library – Practice tests and exam preparation for U.S. citizenship. Includes a guide to getting a Green Card.
- Mango Languages – Online English language courses for speakers of 15 different languages
- Transparent Language – Language learning resources for 100+ languages.
- Brainfuse HelpNow – Live tutors to help with citizenship preparation (English and Spanish).
- Passport Services
- Borrowable Technology (including internet-enabled laptops), Public Computers, and WiFi
- Print, Copy, Scan, and Fax Services
While many immigrants may access resources to advance their citizenship applications, the Library provides support to all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers regardless of immigration status.
The Library welcomes opportunities to collaborate with other local organizations serving the immigrant population. Contact Lance Lambert, Bilingual Program and Outreach Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 967,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve booklovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. Learn more at pgcmls.info/about-us.