Testimonials

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"Storytime Crafts, created by Lisa Vergara, to promote literacy through acts of kindness throughout the community continues to impact the lives of many . Lisa’s outstanding artistic and creative talents along with her unbridled enthusiasm, energy, devotion, and direction are truly awe inspiring. She is a wonderful role model for the many young student volunteers who participate on her activities. It is truly an honor to support her in her missions as she helps change lives in such a very positive way."

J Kenneth Davison. MD

Needham resident, retired anesthesiologist

"We love having a little free library at ABCD. Throughout the day, I see our clients and other members of the community gravitating toward our library. They will look through all of the books to find ones that interest them. Sometimes we have to refill the library several times a week because people are always stopping by to get more books. We’ve also noticed an increase in community engagement. People will stop by and add books and flyers for local events into the little library."

Jenny Sugilio, Immigration Services Coordinator

ABCD Parker Hill/ Fenway NSC

"As one of the Temple Beth Shalom team, I was delighted by the Lifting Literacy presentation. And, I am so appreciative of the work you continue to do."

Harriet Goldin (one of the organizers of TBS Lifting Literacy Project) and President, Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education

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 "We are so excited to have a little library in our community! It brings a smile to our faces whenever we see young kids and their parents excitedly picking books out of the little library. It is  proving to be a valuable resource for families in our neighborhood who may not have access to other reading materials during this isolating time. Looking forward to increased activity at the "library" this year!" 

 

Candice D. Gartley, Executive Director, All Dorchester Sports & Leadership

"Our staff and Board loved working with Lisa and her team at Storytime Crafts. The LIbraries have been a wonderful addition to the Greater Ashmont Main Streets District. It's great to see neighbors, especially children grab books from the boxes."

 

Jeanne Dasaro, Executive Director, Greater Ashmont Main Street

"We are incredibly grateful to partner with you. The love and care of you and your volunteers are so clear and means a great deal to all the children, families, and patients we support at Dimock. In less than one year, Storytime Crafts and your many other partners have had a visible impact on our Dimock community."

Raquel Rosenblatt, Chief Development Officer, The Dimock Center

"I can’t tell you how grateful we are for all these gorgeous books!!! The staff is over the moon to have such beautiful, culturally appropriate books to offer our patients. Truly, it’s amazing! With deepest thanks for you and your partnership."

Molly Zucker, Chief of Strategy and Innovation, Boston Community Pediatrics

"I was overjoyed with Lisa’s visit to the Abraham Lincoln School in Revere.  I reached out to her after seeing a post on Facebook. She contacted me immediately and quickly set up a date and COUNTLESS number of books and games to bring to our school.  Our students loved it. They still talk about “the time we had a free book fair”.  

     The more access children have to print the better readers they will become.  The fact that Lisa provides books to children free of charge not only unlocks countless opportunities for them to read and learn new vocabulary; but what Lisa’s doing will spark the love of reading for children, and that will put the world at their fingertips!"

 

Megan Magoon, 3rd grade teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, Revere, MA

"Storytime Crafts founder Lisa Vergara of Needham, MA, is an impactful nonprofit leader. Storytime Crafts has a clear mission and purpose of creating diverse book-rich environments for children. Ms. Vergara has assembled talented and skilled volunteers dedicated to supporting the organization’s grassroots literacy initiative.

     The ratio of program expenses to total expenses is such that a donor can rest assured that their donation will go as far as possible.

     Ms. Vergara has displayed an ability to inspire and engage volunteers and constituents/members as passionate partners and spokespersons. Further, Ms. Vergara has shown a willingness to partner with other nonprofits working to address the same issues, regarding those organizations as allies as opposed to competitors.

     Accordingly, I am pleased to be a partner with Storytime Crafts."

Lennox Chase, Chase Legal Services

"Who loves children’s books more than I do, well it’s Lisa. She shares her love of books and reading with my students at the Beethoven Elementary School. It’s her kindness that shines through and her willingness to want all children to love reading. Lisa brought books for our students, well over 1,000 books. I’ll never forget the smiles and excitement of the students choosing two books to take home. Our Kindness Projects were such a success with all the support we received from Storytime Crafts."   

Margarite Mourkakos , School Librarian, Beethoven Elementary School, West Roxbury, MA (Retired)

"Storytime Crafts bridges together the community's involvement in educating and enriching our youth.  A to Z is incredibly proud to partner with Storytime Crafts in all its initiatives, including Be Kind and Love craft kits, story read alouds from Needham High School Volunteer Ambassadors, sponsoring a chair and installing a Little Free Library at the Haynes EEC Center in Roxbury, MA. 

     Storytime Crafts cherishes the values instilled at A to Z to encourage children and their families to practice humility, generosity, kindness, love, and an affection for literacy. Thank you Storytime Crafts for the abundant amount of good you do!!  

 

Eileen J. Rakhunov, Director/Owner, A to Z Childcare and Preschool

"It's been fun to watch Lisa as she got  started with her idea - figuring out how to add illustrations from classic children's books to chairs and tables. Lisa thinks through which book would be best for each piece and how to feature the illustrations, title, and perhaps some text to maximum effect. I continue to be amazed by her artistic sense as the inspiration for each project takes hold. I'm so happy to watch her enthusiasm for books evolve into sharing her projects with her admirers."

Sue Young, Long-time Needham Resident

Library Foundation of Needham, Board Member

Mother of two, grandmother of 6

"I truly believe that when passion is the main driver in life’s work, great things come of it. Storytime Crafts is the product of true passion, love and commitment that the founder, Lisa Vergara, has for her work. Having known Lisa for many years, I have seen first hand what it looks like to passionately make a dream a reality and dedicate your life to helping others. That is exactly how Storytime Crafts came to life.

     I personally have been a professional dancer in New England for 4 years, which has given me the amazing opportunity to participate in countless community events and volunteer work. After watching Lisa build Storytime Crafts, I had the chance to volunteer and read at her “Read to Succeed” literacy event at the Lincoln Elementary School in Revere. It was a day I will never forget and I feel so blessed to have been a part of it.

     The Storytime Crafts mission statement is to  “promote literacy through art, kindness and community” – this is exactly what I got to see first hand that day. I met dozens of smiling, laughing and excited children whose happiness was all derived from literature, which is exactly what Lisa set out to do. I hope to continue to support the Storytime Crafts mission since I truly resonate with the mission and all that it does for the communities we live in and beyond."

Victoria Stavropolous, Marketing Manager, Keurig Dr Pepper