Teen's Corner

Teen's Corner

A blog for D.C. teens, by D.C. teens

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Welcome to DC Public Library's blog that's for written for teens and by teens. Check out this space for movie and book reviews, interviews with local teens, interviews with cool adults, coverage of events and issues that matter to teens, and more. Posts are authored by DCPL's Teen Council, MBSYEP employees and teen volunteers.

Recommendation List: Action-Packed Classics

Temitope's recommendations for classic literature that isn't a snooze

Recommendation List: Best Manga

James Hill lists his top four favorite manga series

So You Want to Be a Poet

Selam gives advice to aspiring poets

Book Review: The House on Mango Street

Jobe Jennings found this modern classic to be a quick, yet evocative, read.

Passion for Fashion: DC's Unique Style
Tiara writes about notable fashion brands created in D.C.

Favorite Neighborhood Spot: Eastern Market

Eastern Market is a gem in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood.

Top 5 Non-Boring Nonfiction Books

Toni Jackson shares that "nonfiction" isn't synonymous with "dry" or "dull"

Book Review: Snow & Rose

Destiny was enchanted by this literary retelling of the Snow White and Rose Red fairy tale

Favorite Neighborhood Spots: Fort Stevens

Tiara Crutchfield writes about a historical landmark practically in her backyard

Author Interview: Will Kostakis

Destineé Coburn talks with the Australian YA author about his personal journey, LGBTQ+ in YA, and writer's block

Author Interview: Sasha Peyton Smith

Toni interviews a local author whose YA historical fantasy novel will be published by Simon and Schuster this fall

Book Review: To All the Boys I Loved Before

Liyah Tyner reviews the first book in this teen romance favorite, which has a movie series on Netflix

Author Interview: Amy Trueblood
Sheridan Waters, Teen Council employee, interviews historical fiction writer Amy Trueblood. 

Book Review: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Noble Hunter-Gale reviews a local author's multiple award-winning novel written in verse.

Book Review: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
What's next for humankind? Maia Nehme reviews this nonfiction title that seeks to answer that question

Favorite Neighborhood Spot: Old Stone House
Toni writes about a historical landmark in Georgetown with a spooky background.

Author Interview: Rosanne Tolin
Blair Mushala interviews the author of "More Than Marmalade: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear"

Favorite Neighborhood Spot: The National Arboretum
Destineé writes about this spot perfect for learning about history, nature, or just taking some awesome Instagram photos

Career Corner: How to be a Licensed Architect and Environmental Consultant
Sheridan Waters interviews Jaspreet Pahwa, D.C. Public Library’s Interim Director of Capital Planning and Construction.

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Charlotte Beers gives this retelling of Beauty of the Beast a 9 out 10

Career Corner: How to Be a Radio Host
Sheridan Waters talks to local radio personality Elizabethany

Book Review: The Language of Thorns
The collection of fantasy short stories is one of Destiny Hardy's favorites

Book Review: Kamisama Kiss
Jobe Jennings recommends this supernatural romance to new readers of manga

Career Corner: How to Be a Civic Engagement Coordinator
The Library's civic engagement coordinator, Diana Veiga, talks to Ginger about fighting voter suppression and making sure D.C. citizens are counted

Book Review: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Temitope Johnson discusses the themes of slavery and superstition in one of Mark Twain's most well-known novels

Career Corner: How to Be a Graphic Designer
Michal Tucker interviews Kevin Gomes, a local graphic designer and animator

Book Review: Simon and the Homosapiens Agenda
Liyah Tyner recommends this award-winning coming of age novel

Career Corner: How to be a poet
Pages in, pages out: Selam learns from award-winning poet Sarah Crossland the secret to becoming a good write

6 Ways to Get Politically Involved if You're Under 18
Not able to vote, but want to impact the election? Ginger has six suggestions on how you can make your voice heard

Career Corner: How to be a Marketing Coordinator
Toni Jackson interviews Morgan Elwell, a local marketing coordinator who has also worked in TV and publishing

Teen Changemaker: Maya Grebowsky
Learn more about a local teen who is distributing free toiletries to women experiencing homelessness.

Movie Review: The Witch
Toni recommends watching this nontraditional witch story as we head into Halloween season

Career Corner: How to be a Children's Book Editor
Ginger interviews Kathryn Williams, an associate editor at National Geographic Kids Books

Teen Plant Parents
Ginger explores the love for growing and taking care of plants.

Book Review: Between the World and Me

Selam Weimer, Teen Council member, reflects on race relations and historical context while reading Ta-Nehisi Coates' book.

Get Counted: In Conversation with YouthCount DC

Toni Jackson, Teen Council member, talks with Molly Vetter about the importance of D.C.'s youth-specific homeless census.

Teen Book Review: Zombie Baseball Beatdown

Kortney Little, 2020 MBSYEP employee, highly recommends this zany read that touches on serious issues for younger readers.

College Applications: What I Wish I Knew Then

Maggie Hankins, now college-bound, shares what she wishes she knew during her high school years.

Teen Movie Review: Captain America Civil War
Jerell King, Teen Aide at Anacostia Library, reviews this smash-hit Marvel film.

Teen Movie Review: The Hate U Give
Maggie Hankins, Teen Aide at Petworth Library, reviews the film adaptation of The Hate U Give

Teen Book Review: New Kid

Jason Johnson, 2020 MBSYEP employee, reviews this summer's DC Family Reads title.

Teen Book Review: Radio Silence

Sophia Hackett, MBSYEP employee, writes about identity and friendship in her review of this contemporary YA novel

Interview with Zikora of GenZHER
Michal Tucker, Teen Council member, interviews the 15-year-old founder of a digital publication focused on amplifying youth voices

Teen Movie Review: Spirited Away
Elijah Butts, SYEP employee, shares his thoughts on one of the most popular Miyazai films

Teen Movie Review: The Farewell
SYEP employee, India Wilson, gives her insights on this 2019 dramedy


Between the ages of 13 - 19 and interested in submitting a post? Email Teen Services Coordinator Joanna Harris at joanna.harris@dc.gov.