The Seattle Public Library hosts naturalization ceremony Friday, April 19
Eighty-eight people will be sworn in as U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Microsoft Auditorium. The ceremony is being held in conjunction with the Library in celebration of National Library Week.
Seattle librarian Bob Tangney will sing the national anthem to kick off the ceremony. Anne Arries Corsano, Citizen and Immigration Services Seattle District director, will administer the Oath of Allegiance. The event will also include remarks by Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle City Librarian Marcellus Turner.
National Library Week 2013, with the theme, "Communities matter @ your library," celebrates libraries and library workers nationwide.
McGinn has signed a proclamation making April 14-20 National Library Week in the City of Seattle. "Libraries in Seattle and everywhere play a vital role in supporting the quality of life in our communities," he stated. "Libraries are a part of the American Dream - places for opportunity, education, self-help and lifelong learning."
More than 11 million books and materials were circulated and more than 13 million people visited The Seattle Public Library last year. Now is the perfect time to get a Library card if you don't already have one. Select one of five new card designs or the classic card. Library card applications are available in person at all Library locations and online at www.spl.org.
In addition to books, materials and access to many online databases and journals, the Library hosts hundreds of programs per month for children, teens and adults, including story times, author readings and more.
"Having a Library card gives you access to all the free services and resources the Library has to offer - like homework help, job search assistance, computer classes for ESL students and more," City Librarian Marcellus Turner said. "You don't even need to visit our buildings to receive help. Chat and email services and a mobile app are also available."
Representatives from King County Elections and the Seattle Passport Agency will also be on site to help the new citizens apply to do two things their citizenship qualifies them for, voting and getting a U.S. Passport.
For more information contact:
Andra Addison, communications director
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