A Message from the Founder

I am the founder of Storytime Crafts. I grew up in Needham, MA. When I was young, I was always doing arts & crafts; painting on slate, doing macrame, gimp, tie-dye, knitting, candle making, decoupage, quilling, embroidering, origami, string art, and so much more.


In high school my first summer job was with Needham Park and Recreation soon becoming Director of the Arts and Crafts Summer Workshop, which I have such fond memories of. 

Logo designs for Saint Joseph Elementary School and Haddad Middle School in Needham, in 1996.

In 2015, I painted 4 Little Free Libraries around Needham.

Here I am in 1979, with a rather large paper mache pig presented to the Needham Public Library from Needham Park and Recreation. The porky paper mache pig was auctioned at the "Oinkless" Auction at the Sept 19 Pig Day, sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Public Library.

In 2016, I developed a logo for a an adult coloring program at the library.

In 2016, I produced "celebrating a century at Highland and Rosemary".

I went to Needham High School and UMass Dartmouth, graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design in 1983. 


My career as a Graphic Designer has taken me down so many exciting paths. Starting in 1985, I served as Creative Art Director at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill. I also taught kindergarten art at Saint Joseph Elementary School  in Needham. 

I have worked for the Needham Public Schools, including Needham High School and Mitchell Elementary School. I also worked with Saint Joseph Elementary School and Haddad Middle School, the Needham Free Public Library, Barnes and Nobles Booksellers at Babson College and Needham Park and Recreation. I currently work at Wellesley Community Children's Center (After School  Program) working with K-5 students and continue supporting the Needham High School Athletics Department.

I served on boards of the Library Foundation of Needham and the Friends of the Needham Public Library.  While on the board of the Library Foundation of Needham, I helped coordinate 4 Little Free Libraries around town and painted them. It's such a great feeling to give back to the Needham Community. No matter where I get involved, I ALWAYS weave in my love for graphic design. 

With all my crafting and graphic design experience, I was inspired to create fun furniture out of my passion for children's books and the idea to reuse old furniture. The thought came to me, "How do I blend chairs and books to tell a story?" My desire to promote reading and literacy inspired me to think three dimensionally. "How do I make a story come to life?' and "How do I capture the minds and curiosity of young readers?"  

Storytime Crafts, Inc was founded in 2019 as a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit to promote literacy through art, kindness and community.

Lisa Vergara

Sponsors and Partners for Literacy:

Storytime Crafts, Inc. 2019

Needham, MA 02494


"Sponsors and Partners for Literacy" is a specific term to include all organizations that support the mission of Storytime Crafts, Inc. including financial contributions, in-kind donations, and the exchange of charitable donations for sponsor and partner opportunities. 

"Sponsors and Partners for Literacy" receive recognition on Storytime Crafts website and through social media.