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California Summer Reading Program: Evaluation
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Evaluation and Results

Public library summer reading programs help children and teens retain and improve their reading skills over the summer. They help adults model reading activity for youth. And they provide a haven and a community for readers. CLA's evaluation resources help libraries demonstrate the value, impact, and popularity of their summer reading programs.

    Outcomes-Based Summer Reading

    CLA encourages and helps all libraries present outcomes-based summer reading programs. Outcomes-based programs generate data showing the value and impact of public library summer reading programs. We provide two statewide outcomes, programming ideas, training resources, survey and focus group questions, and staff support for all libraries that present outcomes-based summer reading. Find out more about outcomes-based summer reading on our outcomes pages.

    Participation Statistics

    Each year, CLA collects summer reading participation data from California's public libraries so that we can demonstrate the volume and impact of summer reading in California. We ask all public libraries to please plan to collect summer reading participation statistics in 2014 and report them to CLA.

    We will send out an online survey in August to collect libraries' participation statistics. The survey should be completed once for each library jurisdiction, with one person responding on behalf of all libraries. Please do not send any data directly to CLA staff. Thank you, in advance, for collecting your data and submitting them to us! Your information helps us demonstrate how much summer reading is taking place in California’s libraries, and helps us improve the California Summer Reading Program for the future.

    For planning purposes, the 2014 participation survey questions are available for reference.

    Five Book Summer Challenge

    Each year, CLA asks libraries to count and report how many kids read five or more books during the summer to help us demonstrate how libraries help prevent summer learning loss. More information is available on the Five Book Summer Challenge page.

    Report on Summer 2013

    Over 685,000 children, teens, and adults signed up for summer reading in California's public libraries in 2013. The summer 2013 report provides an overview and breakdown of California's 2013 summer reading statistics.