Mattituck-Laurel Library helping immigrants prepare for exam

06/22/2015 5:59 AM |
Mattituck-Laurel Library director Jeff Walden and Nancy Li, who passed the United States citizenship exam with the help of a program led by reference librarian Jerry Matovick. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

Mattituck-Laurel Library director Jeff Walden and Nancy Li, who passed the United States citizenship exam with the help of a program led by reference librarian Jerry Matovick. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

“God Bless America” was sung and cake was eaten earlier this month as Mattituck-Laurel Library reference librarian Jerry Matovcik celebrated another person who, with his help, had passed the United States citizenship exam.

Nancy Li, originally from China but now residing in Mattituck, is the third person to participate in the library’s citizenship program and pass the exam since Mr. Matovcik took it over five years ago. She was joined by library staffers and her family June 2 to celebrate her accomplishment.

“It’s fantastic,” said Mattituck-Laurel Library director Jeff Walden. “It’s just so exciting that we can play a part and reach out. It’s a life-changing event for these people.”

Mr. Matovcik helps interested students prepare for the exam by going over the government-provided exam vocabulary, pronunciation and a list of 100 civics questions.

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