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, and Mattapan.

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

Contactmcropley@bpl.org / 617.859.2334

Recent Favorite Reads: The Islanders by Christopher Priest, How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

Wasting time on the internet: NYT Crossword Puzzle, UFOs/Ancient Astronaut Theory

Fun facts: I can make a suit and I’m terrible at video games.

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.

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

Jessi Snow

Position: Teen Services Team Leader, Central Library at Copley Square

Contact: jsnow@bpl.org / 617.859.2335

Favorite book: The Dirt by Motley Crue

Wasting time on the internet: Tmz

Fun fact: I grew up raising chickens

Stephen Toropov

Position: Teen Librarian, Roxbury Branch (at Teen Central at Copley Square until renovations are complete)

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 the avatars for John and Jessi.

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