Free citizenship classes begin in September

The Purcell Public Library begins an 8-week series of free U.S. Citizenship Classes at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the library. Classes will continue at the same time on Wednesday nights for eight total weeks, through Oct. 21.

Classes are conducted by the McClain County Literacy Office, a part of the Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services Program, which provides English language learning and tutoring for adult students. These classes specifically have the goal of helping those interested in achieving their U.S. citizenship the tools they need. Everything is provided free of charge, but space is limited, so those interested need to register in advance. To register for the classes, call 701-2664, or click here to register online.

In the classes, participants will work from special study guides provided to the library from a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries funded through the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. There also may be opportunities for guest speakers with experience on the citizenship process.

In addition to these classes, the grant has allowed the Pioneer Library System to establish “Citizenship Corners” inside five hometown libraries – Moore, Norman Central, Purcell, Shawnee and Southwest Oklahoma City.

Each will have information such as reference sheets, study guides contact numbers for organizations that can advise on specific questions on citizenship and information about the Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services program for adults.