Hi everybody! Hi Dr. Nick! But actually I’m not Dr. Nick... I’m Jake! One of the final few teen bloggers yet to be introduced. I’m a boulder native, I’ve lived here my whole life although I plan to move out as soon as I can for college. My life ambitions include becoming a trauma surgeon, fighting for LGBTQA rights, and owning cats. Currently I have two out of three of those things going on. I would definitely consider myself a queer activist/ feminist (yes, I am a male feminist). And I’ll bet you’re guessing the other thing in that small list is that I own cats... well you’re wrong. I am obviously a teenage certified doctor. DUH! Just kidding, I do own cats. I have four, so that’s nice. All of my lovely little kitties have science related names: Hubble, Gyroscope, Nimbus, and Nebula. I am most definitely a cat person.
Reading honestly isn’t something that’s extremely important to me personally. I mean, sure I love books and reading is a wonderful thing that I know some people need in their lives, but I’m more involved with the library because I feel like it’s a great community space. I will say though, that I am an avid comic reader, especially webcomics. I also read a lot of mangas and other comic books. My favorites of all of the above categories would be (in the order of novel, webcomic, manga): The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, ChaosLife by A & K, and Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa.
Other things about me, I draw and paint. I dye my hair lots of funky colors. I love artichokes.
Hey guys, my name is Kai and I am one of the teen bloggers this year for the Boulder Teen Advisory Board. I’m very new to blogging (in fact, this is my very first blog post) so I’m not the best at this. Excuse my awful grammar too…
I grew up in Boulder for almost all of my life, and I used to live a block away from the Boulder Public Library. When I was a kid, my dad would run while I would bike on the creek path to the library. Even though I had a bike I would still be slower than my dad. We would go there every Saturday during the school year. I thought the library was huge and I was always awed by it. I could still remember going to reading buddies and writing my own book. My dad and I would always haul back 10 books each time we visited the library.
It was in sixth grade when I really started to love reading. Before that point, I still struggled with reading because of my poor vocabulary and I read a few goosebump stories which scared me so much I never wanted to read again (I would be so scared every night that I couldn’t sleep). So once I entered middle school, I made a huge leap into reading mostly because of the teen space. I was at the library one day trying to find the 3rd Harry Potter book. One of the librarians lead me up to the teen space and that was when I first found out there was a section just for people my age. From that moment I found most of my books in the teen space. I became interested in reading once I had started to find books that captured my attention. I read the twilight series, tamora pierce books, and plenty of others. Later I started to volunteer for the summer reading program at the Boulder Public library. It was exciting to get kids to love reading through the program. I love reading, and I want kids to love it too.
My other hobbies include drawing, painting, playing tennis, and hiking. I’ve liked art since I drew my first self portrait in 1st grade. My drawing was almost as good as the paintings of Pablo Picasso! I take art lessons every week, and I am part of art club this year. I‘m not very good at tennis, but I do enjoy playing it. I played for Fairview High School last year, but not on a very good team. I want to keep playing for Fairview, and I take lessons and camps outside of school as well. Hiking is a hobby because it makes me feel nice that I am connecting with nature. I love being able to connect to the mountains and the animals. Just so you know, I also have a major obsession with tigers as well.
It was nice writing my very first blog post. I know there are countless grammar error in this post, but hopefully you got to know a little bit about me.
Hello! My name is Molly; I am one of the many teen-bloggers that will be frequently blogging on the Boulder Public Library’s Teen Blog.
I am passionate about many things; reading, writing, photography, but most of all, music. I have been doing all of these activities forever (except photography). Reading is one of my favorite past times, which is why I was motivated to join BTAB. Reading has always been my escape from the real world. I got to jump into a book and travel to Hogwarts, Narnia or The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City. It has provided inspiration for short stories as well as photos that I’ve taken. It is something that everyone can do, and everyone should love to do.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Whether is was an attempt at a novel, writing a poem in a journal or an essay for school, I’ve never complained about the task. It allows me to create my own hideaways and characters. I hope someday that I can inspire people to read and write, just as J.K. Rowling, and C.S. Lewis (just to mention a few) have inspired me to try writing. Throughout my time blogging, I hope to post a short story, for anybody and everybody to read.
Music, just as my past two hobbies provides an outlet for creativity. I have played violin since I was five; it is something that I enjoy to do. I believe that Boulder has an extremely close-knit and fantastic music community. I have been lucky enough to become a part of this culture. I have met some amazing people and have had the opportunity to perform places and with amazing ensembles.
My last passion, photography is something that I have gotten more into the past few months. It is a way for me to illustrate stories and feelings. I’m not artistically talented-- I can’t draw to save my life! However, through photography, I am able to pretend I’m an artist. Photography is something that can be done by anyone. It is a way to grow closer to your community and understand the life of others. Through photography, I have met and gotten to know some amazing and gifted photographers. They are people that I hope to be like. They are extremely talented in their trade, yet humble.
The library serves as a resource to investigate my passions. It provides endless books, computers to write my newest story and endless classical options for me to listen to.
Hello fellow members of the Internet! My name is Grace, and I am one of several members of BPL’s Teen Advisory Board who will be writing posts on this blog. I am currently a senior at Fairview High School this year, and joined BTAB two years ago, two years after moving to Boulder from Rhode Island.
I have loved coming to the library ever since my mom first brought me to the Fox Point Branch of the Providence Public Library in Providence, Rhode Island when I was six. Having just moved from China to the US, I didn’t speak any English and didn’t have any friends, but being at the library became a safe place for me where everyone was so incredibly nice, and the books held amazing stories that also became my gateway to learning English. My first friend in the US was a librarian who I called Ms. Betty, and she introduced me to the world of books. She fueled my love of reading by signing me up for the library’s summer reading program, and buying me a new bookmark whenever she found a cool one at the store. She and the other librarians I met made it so that some of my best childhood memories were made at the library, or while reading a book. When I was 8, I wrote a poem entitled “My Favorite Place” about the library that was published in Highlights Magazine 2 years later. It’s a really embarrassing poem that is nowhere near the epitome of literary genius, but it’s an undeniable fact that I wrote it. Here is my only published piece of work; laugh all you want:
The library is my favorite place, my favorite place to be
One reason is the librarians, they’re so friendly to me
When I read the books, it gives me such great joy,
I love it so much- better than a toy!
Not only is it not well written, I just realized that the subject agreement is wrong in the second line. Librarians are not singular. Oops. But now you see why being a part of BTAB is completely natural for me.
Today, as a high schooler, my free time is dwindling, but I still try to read as much as I can. My favorite genres are historical fiction and realistic fiction, though I’ve grown to love well-written biographies as well. I am currently reading Eleanor Roosevelt’s autobiography, and I must say, she is the bomb diggity. She has the elegance expected of the women of her time, but also knows how to make a snarky remark with grace. In short, she is wonderful. However, I cannot stand high fiction, though I can permit the occasional fantasy novel. It bothers me when animals talk and run around holding swords. It just pushes my buttons, though I have no idea why.
Besides reading, I have a passion for music. I have been playing classical violin for ten years, and am a part of two orchestras in Boulder. I also sing Alto 2 in Madrigals choir at Fairview. Music, for me, is an amazing way to express what I cannot through words, even though I do a lot of that too. Moral of the story: I communicate too much. At school, I am an IB Diploma candidate with a passion for history, economics, public speaking, diplomacy, and current events, especially politics. At least for now. You never know what will happen in the future, but I’m pretty sure I can’t do science.
As usual, I probably overshared on my life story. I think I have embarrassed myself enough for now. Look for more posts from less awkward teen bloggers coming soon! Happy November!