Here we meet Curtis Contemporaries committee member, Jessie Chalmers.
What was your childhood library? Any favorite memories from there?
I grew up in Brunswick so Curtis was my childhood library. As a kid, I loved to read–I often had 5 or 6 books that I was reading at the same time….this meant I also racked up a lot of late fees!
What is your favorite thing to do at Curtis?
My favorite thing to do at Curtis is to look at books with my daughters. I love curling up in the comfy red chairs to read picture books to my three year old. My nine year old is an avid reader and I love helping her find chapter books and non-fiction books that suit her interests. We also love seeing what is going on in the collaboratory.
Would you most likely be found reading a print book, or and e-book?
Print books! In fact, I have never read an e-book. Aside from the fact that I think technology is a little too pervasive in our culture, there is nothing like holding a good book. I love being able to peruse books on a shelf, to see the cover illustrations, and to underline passages that intrigue me—though not in a library book of course!
What are you currently reading?
I still like to read multiple books at a time. Currently I am reading a book about Yoga Anatomy (I’m a yoga teacher), Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, and The Wanderer by Sharon Creech (for my mother/daughter book club)