Impact

Summer programs in public libraries:

  • build communities of readers and library users,
  • create community connections,
  • help prevent summer learning loss in children and teens, and
  • help adults model good reading habits for youth.

They encourage free voluntary reading, motivate participants to set and meet reading goals, help youth make guided reading choices, and include programs that extend the reading experience and help participants develop literacy, arts, science, math, technology, and social skills.

In Summer 2021:

  • Over 348,800 Californians registered for public library summer reading/learning/exploration programs.
  • Over 457,200 Californians attended live, virtual and in-person summer reading and learning programs.
  • Over 451,100 take-home S.T.E.A.M./activity kits were distributed by CA libraries.
  • Over 845,800 free books were distributed by CA libraries.
  • Over 880 community sites were visited by CA libraries.

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Children who participate in summer reading2

  • Plan to return to the library after the summer (87%)
  • Learned something from activities offered by the library during summer (84%)
  • Look forward to visiting the library again (97%)

Teens and adults who participate in summer reading2

  • Plan to return to the library after the summer (82%)
  • Learned something from activities offered by the library during summer (73%)
  • Look forward to visiting the library again (97%)

Children who read, succeed! And California’s summer readers and library users return to school ready to learn!

The full set of summer reading statistics submitted by California libraries is available for download:

2020 CA summer reading statistics

2019 CA summer reading statistics

2018 CA summer reading statistics

2017 CA summer reading statistics

2016 CA summer reading statistics

2015 CA summer reading statistics

2014 CA summer reading statistics

2013 CA summer reading statistics

2012 CA summer reading statistics

Notes

1. In Summer 2021 reading participation data was submitted by 164 of California’s 186 public library jurisdictions.
2. In Summer 2020 846 children, teens, and adults completed summer reading outcomes surveys in 15 public library jurisdictions. (Outcomes data was not collected statewide in Summer 2021.)