Citizenship 101 and Free Legal Consultations for Immigrants

Citizenship Resources at Indian Prairie Library
401 Plainfield Road, Darien, IL

Citizenship Help
We have a new “citizenship corner” with books, DVDs, CDs, links to helpful citizenship sites, and brochures for local groups to help immigrants study for citizenship. Funds for these materials and programs were awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the federal Library Services and Technology Act.

Citizenship 101
Sat., June 14, 1–4 p.m.
An officer from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will briefly review the citizenship process, the USCIS website, and discuss citizenship interviews.
Register online at, by calling 630/887-8760 ext. 239, or at the Ask Us Desk.

Free Legal Consultations for Immigrants
Tues., Aug. 19, 9 a.m.–noon
Free half-hour legal consultations on immigrant issues will be provided by World Relief DuPage. Call the Ask Us Desk at 630/887-8760 ext. 239 to make an appointment.

Adult Services iPads
Adult Services has two iPads which can be used in the library. They include apps for ESL, citizenship, geography, grammar, and more. Check them out at the Computer Help Desk.

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Spring 2014 LEARN Meeting Agenda

Below is the agenda for the spring LEARN meeting. It will be at the Harper satellite, the Northeast Center located at 1375 S. Wolf Road, Prospect Heights, IL 60007. The  number is 847.925.6000 ext. 2486, and Kathy Dowd is the contact person if you have questions about the site. The meeting will be Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 2-4 p.m.

Please email if you think you can attend.

Meeting Agenda
2:00     Introductions
2:15     Margaret McGowan from the Adult Education Department will give an overview of
           Harper College’s ESL Resources
3:00     Discuss Updating the LEARN Website
3:15     Discuss Updating our Recommended Resources
3:30     Investigate Grant Opportunities
3:45     Follow up on Citizenship Corners

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Information and testing session for new reading and ESL students, Maywood Library

On Saturday, March 1, from 12 p.m.–2 p.m. Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County will host an information and testing session for new reading and ESL students at Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Avenue, Maywood.

Do you need help with reading or English, or do you know someone who needs help? Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County (LVWCC), an organization that offers free tutoring to adults, will be at the Maywood Library on March 1st at 12 noon. Join LVWCC for a brief presentation on their services. After the presentation, take a free placement test and sign up for tutoring.

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Spring 2014 LEARN Meeting

Please note that the spring LEARN meeting will actually be at the Harper satellite, the Northeast Center located at 1375 S. Wolf Road, Prospect Heights, IL 60007. The  number is 847.925.6000 ext. 2486, and Kathy Dowd is the contact person. The meeting will be Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 2-4 p.m.

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Calvary Lutheran Church Conversation Group

Calvary Lutheran Church, located at 107 N. Wood Dale Road in Wood Dale, continues its  Conversational English Group in January.  Individuals with a basic understanding
of English are invited to come practice and improve their speaking skills.  There is a one-time materials fee of $10, which can be paid after the class begins.

The group will meet every Wednesday morning from 9:30 until 11:00 a.m. beginning on January 15 and continuing through May 21.   Students are welcome to visit the class first and register later. For more information, or to register for the group, please contact the Church Secretary at (630) 766-2838.

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Spring 2014 LEARN Meeting

The spring LEARN meeting will be Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. at Harper College in Palatine. I will post an agenda when we get closer to that date.

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Special LEARN Meeting about Citizenship Corner

A special LEARN meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23 at 3:15 at Indian Prairie Library in Darien. Rachel Brooks, who is an Americorps Fellow working with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and who is assigned to World Relief DuPage, is working to develop a collaborative relationship with libraries in DuPage County in order to implement a “citizenship corner” in each library. This approach is based on a USCIS initiative from California which has recently been implemented with the City of Chicago libraries. The “citizenship corner” would include a four-hour training for one or more people on staff at each library to be able to better help immigrants going through the citizenship process.
Rachel will explain the idea of the citizenship corner and how it has been used at other libraries. She will be available to answer questions. For those libraries interested in participating, the training sessions will be in September.

If you can attend the meeting, please RSVP to
Thank you.
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Join the Human Race 5K Run/Walk

Have you joined the the Literacy DuPage “Laps for Literacy Team” yet?

The Human Race 5K Run/Walk is on Saturday, April 21 at 9:00 a.m.

Registration is now open and spots are limited!

To register, click here or visit
Be sure to choose Literacy DuPage as your team!

The 5K event (or two mile fitness walk), hosted by Giving DuPage, will take place in the Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton.

Registration for the event is $25 of which 60% is returned to us.

Once registered for The Human Race, you’ll receive instructions on how to create your own web page to send to friends and family to obtain pledges and spread the word about Literacy DuPage. Each runner or walker can set a personal fundraising goal of $50, $75, or $100. It’s simple, just ask a few friends to sponsor you for $10 – it only takes 10 people to reach a goal of $100.

Our goal is to have a team of 75-100 participants raise $10,000. We will receive 90% of our pledges from Giving DuPage!

Spots are limited, sign up today before it’s sold out!

P.S. Know others who would be interested? Get a group together for some great fun, food, and prizes – all for a worthy cause.

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