CLA collects and maintains statewide data on summer program participation in California. A summary of collected data is available on our Impact page.
Project staff send survey questions to librarians in the spring for planning purposes and ask them to submit responses to those questions in the fall. All California public libraries are asked to complete the survey, whatever summer reading theme or slogan they use. The data are used in state and federal reporting, in library advocacy, and to promote California’s public library summer reading programs.
The survey includes questions relating to the Summer @ Your Library Quality Principles and Indicators as well as summer reading and summer program participation data. The feedback provided helps us demonstrate the value and impact of California’s summer library programs and identify areas of strength and areas where more training and support are needed.
To help library staff gather input from colleagues in their library jurisdiction on the Summer @ Your Library Quality Principles and Indicators section of the survey, project staff has created an Assessment Chart for staff to fill out as a team prior to submitting answers via the electronic survey.
The 2020 participation survey questions are available for download and review at this link:
2020 S@YL Participation Survey Questions.
The 2020 participation survey instruction guide (question-by-question) is available for download and review at this link:
S@YL Participation Survey Instructions.
Project staff distribute a SurveyMonkey link to collect summer program participation data at the end of each summer.