Warm Welcome to the Library Program: Thousands of Coats and Books Given to Children in Need

This season, Operation Warm proudly introduced a new signature program: A Warm Welcome to the Library!

The Operation Warm Library program connects families with their local library and provides libraries with the opportunity to showcase their services and programs. At each fun library event this year, 150 children received an Operation Warm coat and up to two new books. By giving each child a brand new coat when they attend this event, A Warm Welcome to the Library Program fulfills an urgent basic need, while simultaneously encouraging literacy and learning at local libraries.

According to our 2018 library partners, our colorful, kid-friendly coats are an effective incentive for community program outreach for children and families living in need.

“I consider the event a success,” said Cornelia Beckett, Program Assistant at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. “Dozens of children left with smiles on their faces and warmth and pride in their new coats. This library is located at the epicenter of the Baltimore unrest in 2015, and because of the demographics of the neighborhood, the grant to ensure coats and free books here was crucial….I am so grateful that we are able to utilize grant money and the resources of Operation Warm to make sure Baltimore children are warm and proud.”

This year Warm Welcome to the Library Program events took place in:
  • Chicago, IL
  • Newburgh/New York, NY
  • Boston, MA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Kennett Sq./Folcroft/Philadelphia, PA
  • Lorain, OH
  • Ocean City, NJ
  • Lake Geneva, WI
  • Johnson City, TX
A Warm Welcome to the Library Program Funders:
  • Forum Fund of the Chicago Community Trust
  • Rotary Clubs of Winnetka-Northfield, Wilmette and Wilmette Harbor
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE) Locals 1, 2, 52, 110, 311, 467 & 769
  • The Weinberg Foundation
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals
  • The Mayor’s Fund of Philadelphia
  • International Paper
  • The Stocker Foundation
  • The Turrell Fund
  • The Community’s Foundation

With Operation Warm support, 32 libraries were able to carry out successful events. Volunteers in several cities helped to make these events possible.

“Operation Warm is a fantastic program that is truly more than a coat,” said Colleen A. Glynn, Business Manager, IATSE Local 11 (Boston). “The children received new warm coats that provide physical as well as emotional warmth and new books. The local volunteers were blown away by the reactions of the children and their grateful families. The children in need were from the South Boston Boys and Girls Club…There is no doubt, Operation Warm warmed the hearts of everyone involved especially our IATSE volunteers.”

To learn more about Operation Warm’s Warm Welcome to the Library Program click here.

Interested in providing brand new coats for kids in your community? We would love for you to join us as an Operation Warm Community Partner!


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