15 Years of Service

For 15 years, Reading Legacies has brought families together through the joy of reading.

Nearly 70,000 children, youth, adults, and seniors have benefited from our programs, strengthening bonds and fostering connections.

Our mission is simple: to bring families closer through reading. With programs like Book Bridges, Youth Readers, First Teachers, and Storybook Inspirations, we create lasting connections and inspire a love of reading across generations. Join us as we embark on our next 15 years of serving communities. Together, let’s ensure that every child experiences the joy of caring relationships and  a lifelong love of reading.

It takes just 15 minutes to make a difference!

For Maribel de la Rosas, the 15 minutes she could spend reading to her four children via recorded video was a lifeline.

Thinking back on her incarceration, she says Reading Legacies was “the way for me to reconnect with my children.”

Since her release, she now works as a valued member of the Reading Legacies team in our Book Bridges program, recording other incarcerated parents reading aloud to their children at home.

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.