Operation Warm Library Program

Warming Hearts and Minds

Operation Warm is teaming up with libraries, community partners, foundations and corporations across the country to give a brand new coat and two new books to each child who participates. This fun program will provide an opportunity to introduce kids and families living in need to all that your library branch offers beyond books.

“The week after our program, we had 100 new families join our library. 6 months later, 78% of them are still active!”
-Liz Chesney, Chicago Public Library

Operation Warm Library Program Impact

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the goals of this program?

    Warming Hearts and Minds serves as a one-time event to kick off new literacy 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 for specific literacy initiatives.

  • What is the cost of this program?

    There is no cost to an individual library to implement this program. Funding to cover the costs of coats, books, and signage comes from grantors, foundations, or other funds raised by Operation Warm. To date, we have received funding from The Forum Fund of the Chicago Community Trust, The Weinberg Foundation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the Union Stage Hands IATSE, and several Rotary Clubs.

  • Does the library have to provide event programming?

    Libraries are welcome to either create new literacy 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.

  • How is this program evaluated?

    Outcomes measured include the number of new library cards issued, increase in library literacy programming attendance and library card usage in the months following the event.

How To Plan Your Library Program

  1. Review the toolkit – Operation Warm will provide a step by step guide for the event including logistics, forms and a timeline task checklist.
  2. Start planning – Select your date and identify the children living in need that you would like to serve.
  3. Be rewarded – This event will not only bring new families into the library, but will be a joyful experience for staff and volunteers alike.

Operation Warm has received the Platinum Seal of Transparency—GuideStar’s highest level of recognition and is recognized as a top-rated nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.

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Want to Learn More?

Your library can give the gift of brand new coats and a lifetime of learning. To get started, contact Heather Connolly at hconnolly@operationwarm.org.

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