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Meet Your Boston Public Library 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, East Boston, Grove Hall, Hyde Park, and Mattapan.


icon of RebeccaRebecca B.

Position: Teen Librarian, Grove Hall Branch

Contact: 617-427-3337 x 1357

Favorite books: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart was the last book that I finished and said, “wow that was a really good book”.

Wasting time on the Internet: Pinterest. Reddit. Giant Panda Cam.

Fun Fact: I never have, and never will have wisdom teeth. My dentist told me that humans are evolving.


Powerpuff MeCelia Contelmo

Position: Teen Librarian, Mattapan Branch

Contact: ccontelmo @ bpl.org / 617-298-9218 x 1508

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: Buzzfeed. Tumblr. NY 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!


ally-150x150Ally Dowds

Position: Youth Technology Librarian, Central Library at Copley Square

Contact: adowds @ bpl.org / 617-859-2334

Favorite books:The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; The Kept by James Scott; The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; and In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.

Wasting time on the internet: Daydreaming about houses to buy on Zillow.com or faraway places to jet off to on airbnb.

Fun fact: I recently picked up the sport of boxing and love it.


hologram on 9-16-15 at 7.25 PM #3Catherine Halpin

Position: Youth Technology Coordinator, Teen Central at Copley Square

Contact: chalpin @ bpl.org / 617-859-2334

Favorite Books: Beloved by Toni Morrison, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, all seven Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.

Wasting Time on the Internet: Buzzfeed and NY Times Cooking.

Fun Fact: I own a lot of hoop earrings.


John K, Hyde Park BranchJohn 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 and other Anime.

Fun fact: I drive a little two seat convertible.


Veronica K-M, DudleyVeronica Koven-Matasy

Position: Teen Librarian, Dudley Branch

Contact: 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.

Anna ltkLawrence

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 LevinsJames Levins

Position: Teen Librarian, BPL 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.


Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator

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



Sarah Winifred Searle, Illustrator & Author

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 John and Jessi.