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.
Please find below the link to the annual Summer Participation Survey. NEW this year — the survey includes both the 2021 summer reading participation survey and the 2021 Library Meal Program/Lunch at the Library participation survey.
The questions with general instructions are available for you to review before starting the survey: Summer Meals Summer at Your Library Survey Questions 2021 (Word document)
Please plan to have one person respond to and complete the survey on behalf of all libraries in your jurisdiction no later than Thursday, September 30th, 2021.
- The survey should be completed once for each library jurisdiction with one person responding on behalf of all your jurisdiction libraries.
- Please report statistics for the entirety of your 2021 summer program. We realize Summer 2021 was an unusual summer and the start and end date of library summer programs may vary widely.
- Please have all your data with you before you start to fill out the survey because you’ll need to complete it in one sitting. We apologize for any inconvenience.
- The survey includes questions relating to the Summer @ Your Library Quality Principles and Indicators. To help you gather input from your colleagues in your library jurisdiction, this Assessment Chart will be useful for you to fill out as a team prior to submitting your answers via the electronic survey.