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Report on Funded Projects:  Summer Matters: A New Vision for Summer in California

photo of child reading
photo of children playing drums
photo of child with science experiment
Summer reading, music, and science in California libraries in 2011

In 2011, CLA continued to work with libraries and other statewide organizations to help communities in California provide summer enrichment opportunities for lower-income children and youth. This work was carried out as part of the statewide Summer Matters strategy, which is spearheaded by Partnership for Children and Youth. CLA is coordinating libraries’ participation in the strategy and developing resources to help libraries develop meaningful partnerships with community-based summer enrichment programs.

Seven library jurisdictions developed partnerships at 40 summer sites. The sites provided summer programs for approximately 5,500 children and teens—at least 2,500 of whom participated in a library program.

  • Gilroy Library (Santa Clara County Library District) partnered with Gilroy’s Power School
  • Los Angeles Public Library partnered with LA’s BEST.
  • Oakland Public Library partnered with the East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC)
  • Sacramento Public Library partnered with the Sacramento City Unified School District
  • San Francisco Public Library partnered with New Day for Learning
  • Santa Ana Public Library partnered with THINK Together
  • Whittier Public Library partnered with Whittier City School District’s Reach for the Stars Jumpstart program.

Libraries presented over 100 programs and activities which encouraged children and teens to read and which supported summer program curricula. Programs included camp days at the library, family open houses, library tours, performers, book arts crafts, and orientations for summer program staff.

“The partnership was a huge success and added value to our program immensely. Our students were able to visit the library numerous times and hear guest speakers, do research, check out books and interact with librarians at the branch and at the school.”
Summer Program Staff Member

CLA’s participation in Summer Matters: A New Vision for Summer in California is funded by a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Natalie Cole
CLA Programs Director and Interest Group Liaison