"I can say with great sincerity that there are fewer people who care and make the effort to better their community than Lisa Vergara. With a level of dedication and commitment aligned with a remarkable work ethic, Ms. Vergara lives to serve. From supplying toiletries to families who are less fortunate, to gifting hundreds of bikes to children who can’t afford them, to giving away tens of thousands of books to kids in need, Lisa and Storytime Crafts, has changed the lives of countless children and families. Her level of goodwill makes her a superhero in a time when it is needed the most. She is worthy of all the praise, accolades and support given to her."
Ty Allan Jackson
Award-winning children’s book author, literacy advocate, and captivating motivational speaker
As the Boston Public Schools district focuses on equitable literacy and cultivating the genius of its students, Storytime Crafts and its sponsors are doing their parts. Books everywhere, for every subject and occasion. We have established a new partnership with Storytime Crafts and what a blessing they have been since this past spring. This partnership is significant and aligns with the Haynes Early Education Center “Our mission, as ‘The Second Happiest Place on Earth’ is to partner with families and communities to develop the essential skills children will need to achieve success and excellence in our global society.”
Lisa Vergara and her husband David came with little library in hand, tools, and drill, and most importantly books. Some books were given by ReadBoston as well. Our students had the opportunity to witness the installation of the little library. They were immediately drawn to the books and storytime took place in that very moment. This was great to witness and exemplified a partnership that is aligned with our vision (The Haynes is to be a benchmark of Excellence in Early Childhood Education).
This partnership will impact the lives of the students and families of the Haynes forever. Each time there is a delivery of books, there is a variety and the quality of the books are rich and exceed our expectations. The titles span literacy genres and range from picture books to chapter books including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Where the Wild Things Are, Fancy Nancy, Hair Love, Zaria’s Wash Day, and Frog and Toad. Our students love the books and love to receive them!
We requested a crafted story chair with the book, The Little Engine That Could and received the chair and a variety of books of the same title. This book is significant as we have a copy in every classroom. We feel that every student must know that they have the potential to be great and to be anything that they want to be. The chair is a special chair that is placed in our library for special readings.
We also installed the Little Free Library in our school yard that is used by our students and the neighborhood community. We have shared more than 100 books since its installation. During the school day students are checking it out and when we let them know (again and again) that they can keep the books, they are surprised every time. This has been a great investment. Our sponsor Eileen Rakhunov, Director/Owner of A to Z Child Care and Preschool in Needham also attended the installation and another new relationship has been born. We are excited about these new partnerships and the lifelong benefits that our school community will receive as a result of Storytime Crafts generosity.
Donette Wilson, Principal
The Rev. Dr. Michael E. Haynes Early Education Center, Roxbury, MA
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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 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."
"Storytime Crafts donated 400+ books to the George Keverian School in February of 2022. The books were distributed to Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, and Third Grade classrooms. The books helped create a literacy rich environment by building upon the classroom libraries with books that were accessible for the range of reading levels within the school population. We greatly appreciate the donation!"
Jenna Gage, City Year AmeriCorps Member
"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
"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
"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
"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 brought COUNTLESS number of books and games to our school. In addition, she brought a beautiful crafted chair, The Snowy Day, and a read aloud took place with students. 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
Greetings from the YMCA of Greater Boston!
I am thrilled to add my voice to the chorus singing the praises of Storytime Crafts and Lisa Vergara! I was introduced to Lisa by my Y colleague Claire Kaiser, as someone that I must meet. Lisa was described as a literal connection to all things literary in Greater Boston. And man, was Claire right.
Lisa and I talked on the phone and established an immediate connection as well as a passion for bringing the love of books to the communities of Boston. Within weeks with the support of the Sham Family, the Raskin Family, the Martin Richard Foundation and Lemon House Publishing, we had Little Libraries at our Y’s in Hyde Park, Roxbury, Dorchester and Roslindale.
The experience has been wonderful and the joy that the Little Libraries have brought to our families has been immeasurable. Lisa and Storytime Crafts deserve all the accolades and support that come their way and then some. With much appreciation and gratitude.
Kathryn Saunders, Executive Director, Roxbury/Menino YMCA