Summer programs in public libraries build communities of readers and library users, create community connections, and help prevent summer learning loss. They are free of charge, open to all, and take place in safe and welcoming community spaces. They provide youth with positive role models and connect people of all ages with the library.
In 2020, over 230,000 Californians signed up for summer reading. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, California libraries pivoted from traditional in-person, on-site programming to take-home activities and virtual programming. This proved quite effective, with more than 1.2 million views of libraries’ virtual programs. Additionally, California public libraries distributed over 288,000 take-home STEAM and family engagement kits at their libraries and at community sites. Summer @ Your Library provides libraries with resources to create and evaluate innovative programs that keep California’s children, teens, and adults exploring, learning, reading, and connecting all summer long.