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California Summer Reading Program: Results
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Report on the 2013 California Summer Reading Program

Over 685,000 children, teens, and adults signed up for public library summer reading programs in 2013!

California's summer reading participants feel part of a community of readers and library users. They enjoy sharing and talking about books, they enjoy the summer reading program, and they plan to return to the library after the summer.

Library participation

  • 1,053 libraries presented a summer reading program for children
  • 965 libraries presented a summer reading program for teens
  • 708 libraries presented a summer reading program for adults

Children's, teens', and adults' participation

  • 522,177 children signed up for summer reading at the library
  • 21,767 children signed up off-site
  • 78,085 teens signed up for summer reading at the library
  • 723 teens participated off-site
     
  • 59,838 adults signed up for summer reading at the library
  • 105 adults participated off-site

Programs and program participation

Libraries offered 25,988 programs and activities and over 1.1 million people participated in them.

Five Book Summer Challenge

80,531 children and teens in 36 library jurisdictions read FIVE OR MORE books. Reading five books in the summer can prevent learning loss and California’s public libraries are helping ensure that kids don’t lose their reading skills over the summer.

Community partnerships

53 library jurisdictions partnered with over 600 community organizations to take their summer reading programs out into the community.
 

Participation survey data

The full set of summer reading statistics submitted by California libraries is available for download:

Summer 2013 data

Summer 2012 data

 

The California Summer Reading Program is a project of the California Library Association, supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, a federal grant program administered in California by the State Librarian.