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Outcomes-Based Summer Reading: California's Outcomes
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California's Statewide Summer Reading Outcomes

California's statewide summer reading outcomes have been designed to capture and help libraries demonstrate the value, the potential, and the impact of California's summer reading programs.

  • Outcome one: Children [Teens/Adults/Families] belong to a community of readers and library users
  • Outcome two: Underserved community members participate in the summer reading program

The outcomes are designed to be:

  • specific enough to generate meaningful data
  • broad enough to be relevant in all of California's many public libraries
  • streamlined enough for libraries to implement even at times of severe budget cuts and staff shortages.

The results you achieve from programs that are designed in pursuit of outcome one will help you demonstrate the quality and value of your summer reading program. Outcome one builds on research showing that summer reading participants tend to be active and engaged readers who use libraries. You can use your results to demonstrate that summer reading participants feel a connection with with the library and reading, and with other readers and library users. And you can link your results with data showing the benefits of being a reader and library user, and thereby demonstrate the value and impact of your summer reading program. More about outcome one.

The results you derive from programs that are designed in pursuit of outcome two will help you demonstrate the results of your library outreach. Outcome two challenges libraries to identify groups who are not participating in summer reading and to devise strategies for bringing them into the library -- or for bringing the library to them. It will help ensure that your your summer reading program reaches its potential and remains relevant and impactful in your community. More about outcome two.

Both outcomes can be applied to children’s, teen, adult and family summer reading programs. Participating libraries use our short patron surveys and focus group questions to collect their data, measure the extent to which the outcomes were achieved, and generate their results.