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Teen Tastemakers 2019



  • Teen Tastemakers Group Photo
  • Photo of Teen Tastemaker Ben
  • Photo of Teen Tastemaker Aidan
  • Photo of Teen Tastemaker Charlotte
  • Photo of Teen Tastemaker Gemma
  • Photo of Teen Tastemaker Joan
  • Photo of Teen Tastemaker Madeleine

Teens | November 1, 2019

Idea Exchange is proud to introduce our 2019/2020 Teen Tastemakers, our teen ambassadors and authorities on good taste. The Tastemakers provide input about our collection, write content for our website, and help to prepare and promote teen events. Keep an eye on our teen page for interesting ideas and recommendations!

Aidan, Grade 12

I am a 17-year-old Grade 12 student who is going to Preston High School. At school I am currently taking trades courses like Manufacturing and Transportation Technology. I am a decent welder and I also work on the engine lathe. My interests outside of school are computers. I am currently enrolled in an online university level computer programming course that is teaching me Java. Also, at home I do computer restoration and repair. For example, I have an old Macintosh 512K (1984) that I successfully restored, and a Macintosh Classic (1990).

Aidan recommends:


Benjamin, Grade 12

I will give you a little bit of information about myself. I am 17 studying maths and computer programming and I am certified to use large power tools and all different types of welding essentials. One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is to watch Netflix and YouTube with my family. This summer was a lot of fun because my family and I traveled to Quebec City together to enjoy some French food. My hobbies include but are not limited to hiking, reading, swimming, and video games. My time this month at the Teen Tastemakers is going to be used to promote awareness for climate change and how serious its impact will have on all of us in the near future.

Benjamin recommends:


Charlotte, Grade 11

Hi! I’m Charlotte, and I’m in grade eleven at Glenview Park. In previous years at Teen Tastemakers, I’ve helped with our Battle of the Books, and Trivia Night. I love books, movies, and music, and I love writing, and making movies and music. This year at school, I’m taking a photography class, and I’m so excited. I also love to run cross-country, make art, and volunteer.

Charlotte recommends:


Gemma, Grade 11

Hi, everyone! I’m Gemma, and I’m going to be one of the Teen Tastemakers this year. Reading and writing are my passions, as well as playing piano and trombone. I’m in grade eleven at Glenview Park Secondary School, and my favourite subjects are humanities, like English and History. I love going to the library, reading new books, and baking at home.

Gemma recommends:

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha ShannonKilling EveCarry on : the rise and fall of Simon Snow by Rainbow RowellThe afterward by E. K. JohnstonSeraphina by Rachel Hartman

Joan, Grade 12

Hello, everyone! I am Joan, a Grade 12 student from St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School in Cambridge, Ontario. My favourite subjects in school are: Math, Biology, and Chemistry. During my spare time, I enjoy reading books, listening to music, and playing musical instruments. Keyboard, guitar, and ukulele are the instruments that I love playing. In reading, the books I adore the most are: psychological thrillers, literary classics, and science and math textbooks. Classical, jazz, indie, and avant-garde are the music genres I always listen to. Furthermore, I want to be a medical doctor in the near future because it is a childhood dream I’ve always wanted to pursue.

Joan recommends:

Dreamland burning by Jennifer Latham Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys 1984 by George OrwellMelodrama by LordeSplit

Madeleine, Grade 11

Hi, I’m Madeleine! I’m sixteen, I’m in grade 11, I’m homeschooled, and I’m a Christian. I enjoy writing and reading, as well as gymnastics and acting. I also love music; if I had to choose a favourite genre, I would have to say Indie. I am currently learning French, and know quite a bit of ASL. I hope to someday become a published author, and am also considering a career in Psychology!

Madeleine recommends:

The Maze Runner by James DashnerAvengers. Endgame Ocean eyes by Owl CityLittle women by Louisa May AlcottSherlock. Season 1

Do you have exceptional taste? Do you love books, movies, and music? Would you like to be involved with the library, gain valuable resume experience, AND earn volunteer hours? It’s not too late to join the Teen Tastemakers! Drop in at one of our upcoming meetings.