Teen Librarians

BPL Teen Librarians

Teens are always welcomed and served at all Boston Public Library locations.

Six library locations are specifically served by Teen Librarians: the Central Library at Copley Square, Roxbury, East Boston, Grove Hall, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, and West Roxbury.

Laura Berestecki

Position: Teen Librarian, Teen Central at Copley Square

Contact: lberestecki@bpl.org

Favorite Books: Anything by Tamora PierceRed, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Wasting Time on the Internet: Spending too much time on Twitter, reading Dear Prudence, marathoning Netflix shows

Fun Fact: If I'm not at work, I'm probably at a Boston College men's hockey or women's basketball game. 

Celia Contelmo

Position: Teen Librarian, Grove Hall

Contact: ccontelmo@bpl.org617.427.3337 X 1357

Favorite books: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling; Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot; The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon; The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery; The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Wasting time on the Internet: BuzzfeedTumblrNY Times Modern Love.

Fun Fact: I love to eat pizza – all kinds of pizza. If you want to know where to get the best pizza, check out this book!

Maty Cropley

Position: Teen Librarian, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury


Recent Favorite Reads: To Live and Defy in LA by Felicia Angeja Viator, Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley by Rob Larson, ​the Dream Archipelago books by Christopher Priest

Wasting time on the internet: Basketball highlights, political & history documentaries, 90s-00s hip hop 

Fun fact: I make some of the jackets I wear. Also make a mean egg foo young.

Dani Hernandez

Position: Teen Librarian, Teen Central at Copley Square

Contact: dhernandez@bpl.org

Favorite Books: All works by Gabor Mate, High Price by Carl Hart, Insideout Coaching by Joe Ehrmann, Mad Cowboy by Howard Lyman, Scott Peterson's Batgirl series

Wasting Time on the Internet: Brad Mondo Reactions on Snap, Finding Documentaries, Discovering New Music

Fun Fact: My most favorite things to do is work out with some of my favorites being weight training, boxing, jump rope, calisthenics, distance running, and yoga

Chris Jacobs

Teen Technology Coordinator, Teen Central at Copley Square

Contact: cjacobs@bpl.org / 617.859.2215

Favorite books: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Wasting time on the Internet: YouTube. IGN. Shut Up & Sit Down.

Fun Fact: My geekdoms rest on the intersection between gaming and horror. Always down to talk trivia and escape rooms!

John Kenney

Position: Teen Librarian, Hyde Park Branch

Contact: 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, opens a new window and other Anime.

Fun fact: I drive a little two seat convertible.

Emily Robinson

Position: Teen Librarian, Mattapan

Contact: erobinson@bpl.org

Favorite books: David Copperfield and Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens; The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein; Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner; Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

Wasting time on the Internet: Tumblr; Dear Prudence; Netflix; watching the streaming Dungeons & Dragons game "Critical Role" on Twitch and following the cast on Twitter.

Fun Fact: I love to write stories (especially fantasy, ghost stories, and mysteries), and I'd like to write a novel someday.

Bri Skywall

Position: Teen Technology Specialist, Central Library at Copley Square

Contact: bskywall@bpl.org / 617.859.2230

Favorite books: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North

Wasting time on the internet: Facebook, Watching political satire or dance videos on YouTube, reading articles on news, politics, and culture

Fun fact: I love dancing! I study and perform Middle Eastern and North African dances and am part of a Moroccan folkloric dance troupe.

Stephen Toropov

Position: Teen Librarian, Roxbury Branch

Contact: storopov@bpl.org / 617.859.2334

Favorite books: Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, The Murderbot Diaries series by Martha Wells, and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.

Wasting time on the internet: Watching B Movies on Netflix, looking up cool ideas for Dungeons and Dragons games, watching videos about space exploration on Youtube

Fun fact: I vote for the Hugo Awards, and my favorite band is the Mountain Goats.

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, opens a new window 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 John's avatar.

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