On September 11, Reading Legacies hosted a special Family Story Hour at Liberty Station. John and Stacy Snyder, local children’s book authors, read their books to nine families. Seven amazing volunteers from Teen Volunteers in Action helped out at this event. Our special guest speakers were Greg Williams and his daughter, Melissa White, who shared their personal experiences with the Book Bridges program with the group. Joyride Bookshop joined us with their adorable mobile bookstore and had the Snyder’s book available for sale after the event.

Thank you to John and Stacy Snyder, our TVIA volunteers, Joyride Bookshop, and all the wonderful families who joined us for Family Story Hour!


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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.