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    August 15, 2019
    Jefferson County Public Library Teams with the Madison Elks and Operation Warm to Deliver New Coats to Area Children

    Madison, IN, August 15, 2019 - Warm Welcome to the Library 

    On Saturday, September 21 from 10:00am-2:00pm, the Madison Elks Lodge #524 will deliver up to 150 brand-new winter coats to children in need at the Madison Public Library through its partnership with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing new winter coats to children in need. The project is supported by grants from Elks National Foundation.  

    At the event, children will able to try on coats for sizing, and pick out the color and style. They will also receive two new books. Information about Jefferson County Library services and sign up applications for Library cards will be available for parents and children.

    Eligible children will need to be pre-registered with a partner organization by August 15. Partner organizations are La Casa Amiga, Lide White Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Jefferson County, Girls Inc. and The Salvation Army of Madison.

    The day will also include two puppet shows at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., featuring the Melchior Marionettes, a puppet troupe founded in the 1950’s that tours nationally and internationally. The “Comedy Cabaret on Strings” performances will be open to the general public.

    The Madison Elks Lodge #524 is celebrating its 120th anniversary in the community.  Since 1899, the Madison Elks has given back over $2.8 million to the local community through grants, charity work, donations, volunteerism and much more. For more information or to become a member of the Madison Elks, call 812-265-2466, email madisonelk524@gmail.com or visitwww.elks.org

    Since 1998, Operation Warm has inspired hope and empowered communities by manufacturing and distributing high-quality, new winter coats to over 2 million children in need throughout the US. The nonprofit works with organizations at a community level, assisting local advocates to help children receive coats in their own backyard. Operation Warm’s vision is that every child wearing a new winter coat is warm, feels valued, and is empowered to get to school and gain an education. To learn more or start your own community coat program, visit www.operationwarm.org.

    Jefferson County Public Library was founded in 1818 and serves the community with opportunities to obtain and use information in a variety of formats, to pursue lifelong learning, to explore recreational interests, and to better understand personal and regional heritage. In addition to books and movies, the Library offers community meeting spaces, cultural and educational programs, entertainment, one-on-one computer assistance, outreach services to homebound and children, genealogy and local history research assistance, early literacy programs and reading and viewing suggestions. Libraries are located in Madison and Hanover, Indiana.

    Camille Fife

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