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, Dudley Square (closed for renovations until Spring 2020), East Boston, Grove Hall, Hyde Park, and Mattapan.

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, Teen Central at Copley Square

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.

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, Crunchyrollopens a new window and other Anime.

Fun fact: I drive a little two seat convertible.

Anna Lawrence

Position: Teen Librarian, Central Library at Copley Square

Contact: alawrence@bpl.org / 617.859.2334

Favorite books: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll; A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness; Lumberjanes

Wasting time on the internet: Buzzfeed, the Onion, Netflix/Hulu (currently binging Steven Universe and Glow) and weird cycles of music videos; when I watch one, I end up watching at least ten more.

Fun fact: I was a hammer thrower on the varsity track and field team in college and now do sledgehammer workouts.
I am obsessed with the Great British Bake Off, and often bake along with the episodes.

James Levins

Position: Teen Librarian, East Boston Branch

Contact: jlevins@bpl.org

Favorite Books: Something in the Way by Preston Peet and Dry by Augusten Burroughs

Wasting time on the internet: Mostly looking at Facebook and Universal Hub

Fun Fact: I have two cats, Sharpie and Orange Juice.

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, Dudley 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 novelopens 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.