Summer @ Your Library: Explore, Learn, Read, Connect is a statewide project that is coordinated by the California Library Association and funded with an LSTA grant administered by the California State Library.
Summer @ Your Library provides California public library staff with program planning resources, training workshops, a set of quality principles and indicators, statewide summer program outcome statements, and a framework and support for presenting outcomes-based summer programs. Project staff also collect and collate libraries’ summer participation data, work with libraries to develop and test new programming and outreach models, and support a community of practice among library staff.
The California Library Association partners with the Illinois Library Association’s iREAD program to provide libraries with theme-based program planning resource guides, professionally-designed artwork, and access to theme-based incentives and marketing materials.
Teams of advisors working in early learning, children’s, tween, teen, and adult services in California public libraries guide the development of Summer @ Your Library. An iREAD California Committee develops theme-based programming ideas, presents training workshops, and partners with the iREAD program to develop summer themes, slogans, and programming resources. A team of strategic advisors convene periodically to advise on the development of California’s statewide summer program outcome statements, quality principles, and community of practice.