One Million Readers

Information about the 2017 One Million Readers challenge will be available shortly.

Please join CLA’s One Million Readers summer challenge again this year, and engage even more community members with your summer programs!

Public library summer reading programs:

  • foster communities of readers and library users
  • help prevent summer learning loss in children and teens,
  • are entry points for community members to learn about the library’s resources, and
  • help adults model good reading habits for youth.

The more people who take part in summer reading, the greater impact our programs will have.

Will you accept the #onemillionreaders challenge? Sign up now!

Message of endorsement from California State Librarian, Greg Lucas

Why one million summer reading sign-ups?

How libraries can get involved

How other organizations and agencies can get involved

Resources to help libraries increase summer reading sign-ups

Participating libraries

Participating libraries (2015)

Why one million summer reading sign-ups?

Summer reading programs help prevent summer learning loss. They offer dynamic learning opportunities for all ages, build community, and encourage and enable children, teens, and adults to read all summer long. The more people who take part in summer reading, the greater impact we will have.

How libraries can get involved

Commit to increasing your summer reading participation and set a goal: Set a community target for your summer reading program and engage everyone in reaching it

Be in touch with CLA: Let us know you’re taking part and we’ll add you to our One Million Readers library list. We hope to have all of California’s public library jurisdictions on the list! At the end of the summer submit your sign-up numbers in the annual participation survey.

Social Media: Use the #onemillionreaders hashtag to promote the challenge, and let everyone know about your programs, local challenges, and sign-up numbers. All #onemillionreaders tweets will show up on the California Summer Reading Challenge website.

Use CLA’s summer reading resources: Browse the website for ideas on creating effective partnerships, community outreach, and developing innovative programs that will increase summer reading participation.

Library Director challenge: In 2015, Pasadena Public Library director, Jan Sanders, dyed her hair blue when PPL achieved 5,000 sign ups. What will your library director do this year when your library meets exceeds its goal?

Connect with your State Parks: Contact your local state park and ask park staff to hand out library materials and encourage park visitors to take part in summer reading. In return, bring back some state park materials to hand out at the library.

How partnering agencies can get involved

Please help us encourage more Californians to visit their local library and take part in a public library summer reading program this year. We welcome partnerships with local, statewide, and national agencies. Please let us know if you would like to become a #onemillionreaders partner and inspire your community to read all summer long.

Resources to help libraries increase summer reading sign-ups

Ideas from the Summer @ Your Library Advisory Council

Outreach, outreach, outreach!

  • Take more staff out into the community, at festivals, the State Fair, and the County Fair: with more staff you can talk to more people.
  • Print more flyers to take to schools, daycares, other community agencies, and give to students.
  • Use giveaways and incentives at community events before the summer to create a buzzzzz! E.g. pencils, cow bells, and temporary tattoos.
  • Use social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram — use whatever your customers are using.
  • Let people know they CAN take part! Often people don’t know about the adult summer reading program.
  • Take part in community events like local parades or craft shows and wear your summer reading t-shirts!


  • Summer is our opportunity to reach out to families in the community who aren’t enrolled in summer programs and bring them IN to the library.

Embrace the Spirit of the Challenge!

  • Set a community target and engage everyone in reaching it.
  • Get schools and other community groups on board to challenge kids to visit the library and take part in summer reading. Education World has some great examples of challenges that teachers and principals might issue to encourage their kids to read.
  • Challenge local schools to compete for the highest number of summer reading sign-ups.
  • Start a staff reading program so that everyone in the library is (summer) reading.
  • Use the #onemillionreaders hashtag to let us know what your challenge is!


Community partnerships will help you spread the word about the challenge and about how great your summer reading program is. CLA has resources to help you develop great community partnerships.

Engage your local summer learning programs with summer reading. Use CLA’s resources to help you work effectively with community-based summer learning programs.

Connect with broader literacy initiatives, e.g. the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, to help raise awareness about your program.


Identify and reach out to people and groups that don’t typically take part in the summer reading program. CLA has resources to help you conduct community needs assessments and reach out to underserved groups. And if members of your community can’t come to the library for summer reading, take summer reading out to them!

Innovative programming

Lunch at the Library: Think beyond your traditional summer programming to engage new users. CLA’s Lunch at the Library program is just one example of a non-traditional summer reading program that is engaging new families with the library.

Local Media and Local Stakeholders

Gather stories, data, and images to tell your story to local media, and engage your local media contacts to help you raise awareness.

Invite local (regional, statewide, national) stakeholders to key library events, such as your summer reading kick off and community events with summer reading partners.

Use CLA’s resources to let people know the value of summer reading, engage them with the Challenge, invite them to cover high-profile library events.

Participating Libraries 2016

We ask participating public libraries to commit to conducting outreach and creating partnerships to increase their summer reading participation this year! Are you in? Sign up now!

Thank you to our 2016 participating libraries:

A.K. Smiley Public Library, Alameda County LibraryAlameda Free LibraryAlhambra Civic Center LibraryAmador County LibraryAnaheim Public LibraryArcadia Public Library, Bear Valley Middle School Library, Buena Park Library District, Burbank Public LibraryButte County LibraryCalabasas Public LibraryCamarillo Public LibraryCalifornia State LibraryChula Vista Public LibraryCity of Commerce Public Library, Coalinga Huron Library District, Contra Costa County Library,  County of Los Angeles Public Library, Covina Public LibraryCSU Sacramento University Library, Del Norte County Library District, Desert Hot Springs Public Library, El Dorado County LibraryEscondido Public LibraryFolsom Public LibraryFullerton Public LibraryGlendale Library, Arts & Culture, Glendora Public LibraryGrace Mellman Community Library – Riverside County Library SystemHarrison Memorial Library, Hayward Public LibraryHumboldt County LibraryHuntington Beach Public Library, Idyllwild Library – Riverside County Library SystemInglewood Public Library, Inyo County Free LibraryIrvine Unified School District – Stonegate ElementaryKern County Library, Lemoore Public Library – Kings County LibraryLodi Public Library, Lompoc Public LibraryLong Beach Public LibraryLos Angeles Public LibraryLos Gatos Library, Mariposa County Library, Mendocino County LibraryMission Viejo Library, Mono County Free Library SystemMonrovia Public LibraryMonterey County Free LibrariesMonterey Park Bruggemeyer LibraryMonterey Public LibraryMoorpark City Library, Moreno Valley Public Library, Mountain View Public LibraryMt. Shasta LibraryMurrieta Public LibraryNevada County LibraryOC Public LibrariesOceanside Public LibraryOntario City Library, Orange Public LibraryOxnard Public LibraryPalm Springs Public Library, Palmdale City LibraryPasadena Public LibraryPaso Robles City LibraryPlacentia Library District, Placer County Library, Plumas County LibraryRancho Cucamonga Public Library, Rancho Mirage Public LibraryRedwood City Public LibraryRiverside County Library SystemRiverside Public LibraryRoseville Public LibrarySacramento Public LibrarySan Anselmo Public LibrarySan Diego County LibrarySan Jose Public Library – Alum Rock, San Jose Public Library – Bascom Community Library, San Luis Obispo County LibrarySan Rafael Public LibrarySanta Barbara Public LibrarySanta Clara City LibrarySanta Clara County Library DistrictSanta Clarita Public LibrarySanta Cruz Public LibrariesSanta Maria Public LibraryShasta Public LibrariesSolano County LibrarySonoma County LibrarySouth San Francisco Public LibrarySunnyvale Public LibrarySutter County Library – Yuba City, Tehama County Library,  Thousand Oaks Public LibraryTorrance Public LibraryTulare County LibraryVentura County LibraryVilla Park Library – OC Public LibrariesWildomar Library – Riverside County Library SystemYolo County LibraryYorba Linda Public Library