Reading together strengthens relationships.

What's New with Reading Legacies

Family Story Hour at Liberty Station

At Family Story Hour, parents and children can listen to and discuss a story that features a special character trait (such as courage, trust, or gratitude) AND will get to choose a new book to take home and read together!

Family Story Hours are held outside Barracks 15 at Liberty Station and are open to parents, families, and children of all ages. Through engaging families while reading a story aloud and providing take-home resources, we want to get parents and children excited about reading storybooks together.

After participating in Family Story Hour, we hope you’ll feel encouraged to continue the habit of reading at home, share about your experiences, and join us again next time!

Storybook Legacies Program

Our Storybook Legacies program (formerly known as Grandparent Storybooks) is designed to enhance intergenerational relationships by sharing memories and values through storybooks. The purpose of this program is to provide meaningful communication between generations as they read together.

Adult readers are coached and recorded on video reading a favorite book to their children, grandchildren, and other important children in their lives.Their recording and a book are sent to the family to be enjoyed and cherished time and again. A true “reading legacy” is created as readers reflect on their own memories and life experiences as they read the story aloud. It’s a gift to be treasured by generations!

Program Locations: 

  • Reading Legacies Story Corner at Liberty Station 
  • Retirement facilities in San Diego County 
  • Public Libraries in San Diego County 

Who We Serve

Our Mission

To facilitate supportive relationships for children through family and friends reading aloud with them. 

Our Vision

That all children will feel the security of caring adult relationships and develop a love of reading through the read-aloud experience.

Using reading as a way to say, "I love You"

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Mother and Program Beneficiary

“My son was extremely proud of the book afterward, carrying it around with him everywhere. He then later decides to re-read the book to his baby brother!”

Father and Program Beneficiary

“This is priceless… It actually touches my children, unlike other means… Anytime they pick up a book they will remember that I took the time to care enough to read to them, together. Please continue to bring our kids a smile.”

Program Volunteer

“Volunteering for Reading Legacies comes with an invisible badge of honor that I wear proudly on my heart, knowing that, through the book which an inmate reads and the video of him reading it, a bond with his child/ren is made and/or sustained.”

3 Steps You Can Take

To Positively Impact the Life Of A Child

1. Donate

Your contribution helps bring families together through the magic of reading. These experiences make an important difference in the lives of children.

Click here to make a contribution today. 

2. Volunteer

Our work would not be possible without the dedication of our incredible volunteers. Whether you’re a parent, a student, or just looking to give back to your community, we’ll help you find a volunteer role that’s right for you. 

Click here to learn about our current volunteer opportunities. 

3. Make a Lasting Impact

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, thousands of children are read to through our programs each year. All of our donors and volunteers receive our quarterly and annual reports to stay up-to-date on the impact they’ve made in the lives of children and families. 

Click here to view our 2020 Annual Report.