California Showcase

A selection of new and creative summer programming models in California libraries.

(California librarians: is your library taking a new and innovative approach to summer reading, learning, and programming? Please tell us!)


Lunch at the Library

Lunch at the Library helps libraries establish themselves as successful summer meal sites. The program provides children and teens with regularly-scheduled, healthy meals through the USDA summer meal program, positive role models, access to summer learning and enrichment opportunities, and volunteer opportunities. It brings new families to the library and is a catalyst for community partnerships. Find out more.

Summer Matters Partnership: Libraries and Community Based Summer Learning Programs

Summer Matters is the first ever statewide campaign focused on creating and expanding access to high-quality learning opportunities for all California students. CLA and public libraries in Fresno, Gilroy, Oakland, Los Angeles, Orland, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Francisco, Santa Ana, Whittier and Willows worked with the Summer Matters campaign to make summer reading and library visits integral parts of California’s high quality summer learning programs. Successes and lessons learned have been developed into a guide to help public libraries and community-based summer learning programs to developing meaningful summer partnerships. Find out more.


El Dorado County Library

El Dorado County Library, along with First 5, has developed software to help libraries get a more accurate count of participation in library programs and make library data more powerful. Find out more.

Oakland Public Library

Oakland Public Library is focusing on engagement, program quality, and providing a meaningful and inspiring experience, over program numbers. Find out more.

San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library’s three-month Summer Stride program includes a partnership with the National Park Service and more than 800 learning and exploration programs across the city. Find out more.

San José Public Library

San José Public Library developed an eight-week game-based literacy initiative. Find out more.

Peninsula Library System

To address summer learning loss among children and teens in San Mateo County, PLS Libraries redesigned their summer approach and developed summer learning enrichment camps in the library. Find out more.

Monterey County Free Libraries

Monterey County Free Libraries developed a summer Reading Program for Municipal Employees and Co-Workers. Coming soon!