On December 18, Reading Legacies hosted a holiday-themed Family Story Hour at Liberty Station. Children’s book author and anti-bullying advocate, Stephen Tako, shared his Junga book series with military families and the community. Guest speaker, Carlos Ramirez shared his and his wife’s experience during their time in the Youth Reader program.  Board member, Derek Cox, dressed up as Santa Claus for the children to enjoy. Also in attendance were volunteers from National Charity League. Joyride Bookshop set up their mobile bookstore in the North Promenade field inviting many of the families that stopped to shop to also stay for the read-aloud.

Thank you to Stephen Tako, Carlos Ramierez and his family, Derek Cox, NCL, Joyride Bookshop, photographer Ken Culver, and the families that joined us!

Check out ABC 10’s news article featuring this incredible event! https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/san-diego-nonprofit-encourages-family-connection-through-reading



Nicole Vargas

My name is Nicole Vargas. I joined the Reading Legacies team in January 2023. I have a BA in Child Development from Point Loma Nazarene University and 6 years’ experience working with children from ages infancy to adolescence. My role as the Storybook Readers Program Manager is to oversee the programing and implementation of our Youth Readers and Storybook Inspirations programs. As a child development professional, I have firsthand experience seeing the immense impact that reading aloud to children has on their early literacy skills and relationship building within the family and community. One of my favorite children’s books is If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff.