While visiting Illinois a few months ago, I had the privilege of watching the naturalization ceremony of 60 new citizens from 33 countries in the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield, in the very room where Abraham Lincoln gave his “a house divided” speech on on June 16, 1858, upon accepting the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination as that state’s United States senator.    The naturalization ceremony concluded with the presiding federal judge congratulating the new citizens who had chosen to become part of our nation, and a chorus of lawyers singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” and the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”   There was not a dry eye in the chamber at the end of the ceremony.

My own father was a naturalized US citizen, born in Italy.  Given my own personal background, I’m pleased to announce that, as part of Alameda County Library’s subscription to Pronunciator, we now have full access to ProCitizen, a comprehensive citizenship preparation course that contains 100 videos, plus interactive drills and quizzes.

Links to free online resources and books, as well as CDs and DVDs from our catalog to help you with the process of becoming a citizen of the United States, are available through the Citizenship LibGuide.  Be sure to take advantage of these and all the databases provided to you as a member of the Alameda County Library System!