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Celebrate Citizenship

Join Virtual Sessions on the Naturalization Process

ODL and USCIS Celebrate American Citizenship with Free Zoom Sessions on the Naturalization Process


“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…” —George Washington

Each September 17, Americans celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The date also kicks off Constitution Week, September 17-23. It’s a time for Americans to reflect on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and what it means to be a U.S. citizen.

To celebrate these important commemorative dates, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries has joined with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to host two free Zoom sessions to discuss the Naturalization process, and everyone is invited!

  • Session One: For Literacy Tutors, Adult Learning Instructors, and anyone interested in learning about the Naturalization Process
    Monday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. to Noon CST on Zoom
  • Session Two: For immigrants interested in learning more about the Naturalization Process
    Monday, September 21, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST on Zoom

To join either or both Zoom Sessions contact Rebecca Barker in ODL’s Literacy Resource Office: or 405-522-3205. She’ll share instructions to help you join these online sessions.

Whether you’re assisting an immigrant seeking citizenship, wish to become a citizen, or just want to learn more about the naturalization path, we hope you’re able to join us. For all of us, these sessions will be a reminder of the freedoms and responsibilities conferred to all who have the privilege of calling themselves citizens of the United States of America.

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries has championed the cause of adult literacy since 1983. ODL’s Literacy Resource Office provides resources, leadership, and technical assistance to library and community-based literacy programs throughout the state.

United States Citizenship and Immigrations Services assists people who are taking steps to become U.S. citizens. To help them prepare, USCIS offers study resources for the civics and English portions of the naturalization interview and test.

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Oklahoma Book Festival Canceled

2020 Book Festival Canceled

The 2020 Oklahoma Book Festival, scheduled for November 14, has been canceled by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) and festival organizers due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Connie Armstrong, executive director of ODL’s Oklahoma Center for the Book, and Vicki Mohr, administrator of ODL’s Office of Library Development, made the announcement in a joint statement:

“This was a difficult decision but we believe it is in the best interest of Oklahoma book lovers. It is simply too risky to have any type of in-person event right now, even with safety precautions. Additionally, we do not feel a completely virtual book festival would garner enough audience participation to warrant the costs necessary to put on such programming. The pandemic is also making fundraising and partner recruitment more difficult for non-profits and community events at this time. We are disappointed, but remain enthusiastic about the future of the Oklahoma Book Festival program. Please look for information in the coming months on a 2021 festival.”