BPL Teen Librarians
Teens are always welcomed and served at all Boston Public Library locations.
Six library locations are specifically served by Teen Librarians:
Mary Devine, Teen Room, Central Library at Copley Square
mdevine @ bpl.org / 617-859-2334
Favorite book: Croak by Gina Damico
Wasting time on the internet: Play games and chat with my friends on Facebook. Researching my family tree.
Fun fact: I went to the 2000 Sydney Olympics to watch the Tae Kwon Do events.
Anna Draves, Teen Room, Central Library at Copley Square
adraves @ bpl.org / 617-859-2334
Favorite book: I can never pick just one! So, here’s a few: Mossflower by Brian Jacques; Croak, Scorch, and Rogue by Gina Damico; Wraeththu by Storm Contsantine; and Beautiful Music For Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills.
Wasting time on the internet: Goodreads.
Fun fact: I like to knit scarves.
John Kenney, Teen Librarian Hyde Park Branch
jkenney @ bpl.org / 617-361-2524
Favorite Book: Umberto Eco’s Baudolino
Wasting time on the internet: News sites, flight sim forums, Formula 1 and American Le Mans, Crunchyroll and other Anime
Fun fact: I drive a little two seat convertible
Laura Koenig, Head of Central Library Youth Services, Central Library at Copley Square
lkoenig @ bpl.org / 617-859-2328
Favorite book: I hate this question - it’s too hard! Today I’ll say Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, but this answer is subject to change.
Fun Fact: I have spent New Year’s Eve on four different continents and plan to do all seven before I die.
Veronica Koven-Matasy, Teen Librarian, Dudley Branch
vkovenmatasy @ bpl.org / 617-442-6186 x3108
Favorite book: You can’t ask a librarian that, it’s like asking a parent to pick a favorite child! But I do have a favorite author, Robin McKinley. (And maybe my favorite of her books, most of the time, is Sunshine, because it has so many things I love — baking! books! magic! vampires! But DON’T TELL THE OTHER BOOKS.)
Wasting time on the internet: I’m pretty sure that Tumblr was put on this earth specifically to wreck my productivity. And I spend a lot of time talking with friends who live far away from me on Twitter.
Fun fact: I spent eleven years studying Latin before I decided to chuck it all and become a librarian! I even spent a summer in Rome learning to speak Latin from the man who did official translations for the Pope.
Angela Veizaga, Youth Services Librarian East Boston
aveizaga @ bpl.org / 617-569-0271
Fun fact: 1. I was born in Bolivia 2. I own a harmonica 3. I love my morning jacket 4. I speak Spanish 5. I like making top 5 lists.
Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator for BPL
jsnow @ bpl.org / 617-859-2335
Favorite Book: The Dirt by Motley Crue
Wasting time on the internet: Suri’s Burn Book
Fun fact: I grew up raising chickens
About the Artist
Sarah Winifred Searle was born in Portland, Maine on Antonio Banderas’ 27th birthday, and from a very early age she was in a polyamorous relationship with her two greatest loves: visual storytelling and history.
At the time Sarah created the Teen Librarian art for this page, she was taking evening classes from Harvard University Extension School in Humanities and Visual Arts to turn her Associates into a Bachelors and earn an academic balance to her professional degree. She also spent her days in a little office at the Boston Public Library as Children’s Writer-in-Residence, where she was writing and illustrating a graphic novel about family history and ghost lore from her hometown.
She spends her nights in a suburban apartment with a cat known as Kitty, a chinchilla called Creepus, and a human named Joe. And she loves her life. She truly does. Sarah created the avatars for Mary, Anna, John, Laura, Angela and Jessi.