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Self Servivce Driver's License Renewal Kiosk Installed at the Central Library.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has added another option for citizens seeking to renew or replace their driver licenses. The Driver Services Division has installed 30 self-service driver license kiosks at various locations across Tennessee. One of these kiosks was unveiled today in the lobby of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.
The Memphis Library Foundation has been named this quarter's "Donate Your Dimes" recipient for the Whole Foods community program!
Beginning January 21 through April 14, 2012, each time a customer brings in a reusable bag, Whole Foods will donate 10 cents to the Library Foundation. All funds raised through the “Donate Your Dimes” promotion will go directly to benefit the Memphis Public Library & Information Center.
Please remember the Library when shopping at Whole Foods. Bring your own bags so that the Library can benefit. If you forget to bring your bags, you still have the opportunity to lend your support by making a donation in one of the jars located at each register.
There's No Place Like Home
The Memphis Public Library & Information Center served as the venue for two naturalization ceremonies hosted by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
Last year was the first year that the Library had two ceremonies in one day, and this year was no different. The two ceremonies, one at 11 am and the second one at 1 pm, were held in the meetings rooms of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.
The Library's first opportunity to collaborate with the naturalization ceremonies was in September 2011. Like that of a graduation, the immigrants who came to the United States to seek a Green Card in hopes of receiving permanent residency came from varying places to receive a certification of which they are proud. This significant day meant that they are now part of the United States, the "melting pot".
The process to become a US citizen is not a simple one. Depending on the country, a visa must be secured to enter the states, and there are varying visas including but not limited to work visas, student visa, and more. This visa grants a temporary permission of sorts to remain in the states and does have an expiry. One who wishes to remain must apply for citizenship for which there is often a waiting list. Immigrants hold fast their pursuit of citizenship because for so many it is the pursuit of a better life. Michael Jackson's We Are the World lyrics are a good illustration of the naturalization ceremony showing how ". . . the world . . . comes together as one."
In support of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Memphis Public Library & Information Center offers citizenship workshops at various branches to assist customers. Visit the website at memphislibrary.org for specific branches.
Due to inclement weather, the library system will close all locations today (January 15, 2013) at 5pm.
The Bartlett Library, will close at 3:30pm today.
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Bring your gently used books to the nearest Memphis Public Library & Information Center location. Proceeds from Friends of the Library book sales benefit the Memphis Public Library & Information Center.