What is happening in The Room?
Young Writers and Illustrators 
Meet, Greet & Create!

Tuesday, June 2nd (Drive-in to pick up books in the parking lot:)

the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham at 15 Dale Court, Stoneham, MA.

Participants MUST REGISTER in order to receive a book. See all the books to pick from below. Times will be assigned upon registration and participants will remain in their cars. During these challenging times when homeschooling is harder, money is tight, and libraries are closed--KIDS NEED BOOKS! 

Please note: Understandably, not all authors will be present for the in-person pickup. If the time you were assigned is 1:00 - 3:00 PM you may see Dianna Sanchez or Kip Wilson while you drive through. If your assigned time is 3:00 - 5:00 PM you may see Hayley Barrett, Sarah Lynne Reul or Joy Wieder during your drive. However, we hope to compile a video with the authors whose books are available through this event so you can get to know them better virtually.


For those who have attended this event in the past -- like most everything these days -- it will be only a shadow of its former self, but it will fulfill our most basic mission which is to celebrate words through the support of writers of all ages, abilities and means

This event is a small but powerful example of how EACH OF US can help our local communities: find local authors living among us (see list below), buy books from LOCAL bookstores, and get those books into the hands of the kids they were intended for. and emotional health are an important component of whole health. This program hopes to provide books that encourage parents to snuggle up with and read with their children, gives older kids a new book they can squirrel away with and enjoy quietly by themselves. The book can serve as the basis for discussion about various topics or simply spark desire to express thoughts and emotions through words and illustrations. Creative expression is so important right now for kids. Creativity expression is a healthy way to express the complicated feelings youth may be having right now, but it's also a great way to focus on the fun aspects of summer, family and the natural world.

With strict social distancing guidelines in place, staggered pick-up times, and volunteers who will load the books into your car we hope to provide a positive experience that helps to offer up some motivation for the kids in our communities to engage in acts that kids have always found respite through: READ, WRITE & CREATE!

We will be giving out free books, free notebook and pens, and a few other goodies. Please register HERE.
Email us at with any questions you may have about this event:)
Thanks to author/illustrator Sarah Lynne Reul for the illustration above and to our sponsors whose generous support allows this event to be completely FREE for all young people who will receive books:

The authors who will be attending the event are listed below. 
To read a quick description of each book, see our most recent newsletter by clicking HERE

Picture Book Authors:
Gloria & Merrill Mezikofsky (author and illustrator)
Sarah Lynne Reul (author/illustrator)
 Middle Grade Authors:

Young Adult
Dirk Tiede (graphic novel author/illustrator)




Past Events from The Room?

Writers and Illustrators Meet & Greet: Click the link to the left to see photos and follow-up from meet & greets held on: 

  • December 30, 2019 at Bunratty Tavern in Reading
  • September 23, 2019 at Wahlburgers in Lynnfield
  • June 26, 2019 at Susie's Stories in Rockport
  • March 28, 2019 at Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield
  • March 20, 2019 at Cedric's Studio in Wakefield
  • December 10, 2018 at Barnes & Noble in Peabody
  • September 17, 2018 at Whitelam Books in Reading
  • June 18, 2018 at Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield
  • March 19, 2018 at Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield
  • December 18, 2017 at Harrington's Pub
  • September 18, 2017 at the Albion Cultural Exchange
  • June 5, 2017 at Wakefield Community Access Television Studios
  • April 3, 2017 at The Savings Bank's Community Room  
  • February 20, 2017 at the Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield's Teen Room

Writing Workshops:

Writers' Critique Group: This group meets every 3rd Thursday of each month.

Festival by the Lake: Click the link to the left for recaps on all the fun we've had at the festival. Festival by the Lake is an annual festival held in June in Wakefield with crafters, nonprofits, food, music and fun!

Write After Dinner Series: Click the link to the left to see photos and follow-up from events held on:

  • April 21, 2017 - Writing the Music for The Wishing Hour with Singer-Songwriter Lisa Bastoni 
  • October 21, 2016 - Writing Seriously From Scratch with Chef Joe Gatto 


If you have an idea, please contact The Room to Write.

For more information about all the wonderful things happening in Wakefield check out the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, the Albion Cultural Exchange and the Events Planning Committee websites.