A Warm Welcome to the Library FAQs for Libraries

Below you’ll find the most frequently asked questions from libraries regarding our A Warm Welcome to the Library program.


  • What are the goals of this program?

    A Warm Welcome to the Library serves as a one-time event to kick off new outreach initiatives, or to invigorate long-standing programs with new energy and participants. Often the goal is to get new families enrolled in programming, and returning at regularly scheduled intervals to utilize all of the services that your library has to offer!

  • What is the cost of the program?

    Funding to cover the costs of coats and administrative fees comes from grantors, foundations, Friends of the Library supporters, or corporate sponsors. Often funding is a combination of both public and private donations. The typical donation required for A Warm Welcome to the Library Program event is $5,500. Occasionally Operation Warm can assist with grant writing support. Fundraising support materials, program talking points, and impact statistics can all be found on our library home page.

  • Does the library have to provide event programming?

    Libraries are welcome to either create new orientation programming especially for this event, ask the community for in-kind performer donations, or tie the distribution to programming already on their fall/winter schedule. Some examples of programming from our 2019 participants included:

    • Arts & Crafts
    • STEM Activities
    • Story Time
    • Library Card Registration
    • Live Performances
    • Literacy Programming
    • “Mad Scientist” Experiments
  • How is the program evaluated?

    Operation Warm will work with individual libraries to determine program evaluation metrics, which are essential in cases of grant funding. By bringing families to the library and familiarizing them with the services offered, the following three objectives are the most typical areas of evaluation:

    1. Support Strong Family Development: All families are assured access to quality services and all members of the family are nurtured, encouraged and secure.
    2. Develop Healthy and Thriving Children and Youth: Children and youth are connected to community resources that help them thrive physically, socially and mentally. The concept of the library as the “community’s living room” is explored.
    3. Literacy Culture and Climate: Library orientation exposes children and families to resources such as early literacy programming, summer learning loss prevention, and national Campaign for Grade Level Reading tools. This allow parents and children to experience the life-changing impact of literacy.
  • How are event logistics managed?

    Once funding is secured, libraries will work directly with the Partner Support Team here at Operation Warm to help organize your event:

    1. Review the toolkit – Operation Warm will provide a step by step guide for the event including logistics, set-up, and a task checklist.
    2. Start planning – Select your date and identify the children living in need that you would like to serve.
    3. Secure resources – Operation Warm staff will assist with your coat order, so your event is a success!