Alma Public Library is holding a Mister Rogers Sweater Drive and coloring contest to benefit the Alma Community Outreach Center.

In an effort to collect warm clothing for those in need, the Alma Public Library has partnered with AETN for its annual Mister Rogers Sweater Drive, said Sarah Munguia, library branch director.

Thursday is the last day to take part in the drive, Munguia said.

“We wanted to help people in our community,” Munguia said. “Winter is coming, and it’s just nice to create a neighborly feeling.”

Any warm clothing items are being accepted, including sweaters, coats, jackets, gloves and mittens, hats, and scarves, Munguia said.

All items will be donated for distribution by the Alma Community Outreach Center in early December, she said.

Those who donate will be entered into a drawing for an AETN swag bag. The drawing will be held at the library on Friday.

“For every item you donate, you can enter into our drawing,” Munguia said.

Donations can be dropped off at the library at 624 Fayetteville Ave. in Alma. A large donation box is located near the front door.

More than 30 libraries in the state are taking part in the clothing drive, Munguia said. This is the first year the library has participated in the event, she said.

The yearly clothing drive is meant to honor Fred Rogers, the host of the kids show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood that aired from 1968 to 2001.

In addition to the clothing drive, a sweater coloring contest is being held for kids in grades kindergarten through fifth. Coloring pages can be picked up at the library and submissions will be displayed in the children’s section.

“They can decorate and color the sweater however they want,” Munguia said.

Alma’s mayor will judge the contest entries in early December by grade level, and winners will receive an prize bag with age appropriate books and activities, Munguia said.

Van Buren and Mulberry libaries also are taking part in the AETN clothing drive and coloring contest. Donations will be made to local places of need.