About the CLA Summer Program

The California Library Association has developed Reading by Design - a project that helps public libraries manage their summer reading programs. Through Reading by Design, CLA will:

  • develop open source software that will help public libraries manage their summer reading programs and engage previously-underserved members of the community with those programs; 
  • host the software on our server, which will help ensure that libraries can use it; 
  • provide libraries with the support they need to be able to implement the software locally; 
  • foster a community of participating library staff who will work together to learn, use, and develop the software.

The innovative, open source software application - BookPoints - is designed to help libraries manage, present, and engage communities with their summer reading (and other book and reading) programs. 

The BookPoints application will:

  • help you connect more people with summer reading through gamification and an engaging interface;
  • encourage users to keep reading and taking part in your program through the end of the summer;
  • help you assess and demonstrate the impact of your programs using built-in evaluation tools; and
  • help you efficiently manage and report on your summer (and other book and reading) programs.