We had the privilege of hosting a Naturalization Ceremony on June 1st here at Gaithersburg Library. We welcomed 34 new citizens to our Maryland community representing 27 different countries. Special remarks were made by Library Directory Parker Hamilton, Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman, Office of Community Partnerships Director Bruce Adams, and USCIS Baltimore Field Office Director Conrad Zaragoza. Gaithersburg was recently named the most diverse city in America. We wanted to honor that with this ceremony.
Gaithersburg Library and many Montgomery County Libraries are host to a variety of classes that are geared toward helping members of our community work towards their citizenship. Our partnerships with the Gilchrist Center, Montgomery College, The Literacy Council and Baltimore Community College allow us to host English Language Classes, Conversation Clubs, Citizenship Prep Courses, and Workforce Development Classes. Check are online events calendar for upcoming dates and times.
Besides a growing collection of in library resources we also offer online databases. We off citizenship prep through Gale Testing and Reference Center and for those becoming new citizens or those interested in learning over 71 other languages we offer Mango Languages or for our ESOL friends we also have six week instructor led courses through Gale Courses.
We look forward to seeing these new citizens as well as those beginning that journey here at our library and keeping strong our motto to be where the county reads...where the county meets...where the county learns!