curtis contemporaries

Curtis Contemporary: Mercedes Grandin

mercedesHere we meet Curtis Contemporaries committee member, Mercedes Grandin, of Brunswick.

Mercedes is a high school English teacher and also tutors students in reading and writing.

She and her husband Erik bought a house and moved to Brunswick from Portland in September of 2013.

They have a Chocolate Labrador, Fozzie, who loves to romp and play in the surrounding woods and fields.

“My husband works for Revision Energy in Portland, and we’re focused on our goal of operating on nearly 100% renewable energy by the end of 2016.

We feel very lucky to have found such a sanctuary and to live in a town with great public resources like the Curtis Memorial Library!”

Mercedes took a moment to answer a few questions about libraries and reading.

What was your childhood library?

The Dover Town Library in Dover, Massachusetts. It’s a great, small public library, though much of it’s book collection has dwindled over the years and been replaced by digital resources.

I remember going there when I was little and often choosing the same favorite books and reading them over and over, such as “Oh Lewis” or “New Blue Shoes” by Eve Rice.

What is your favorite thing to do at Curtis?

I like to nestle into the leather couches in the old library and grade papers or plan curriculum.

I’m an English teacher, so I spend a lot of time grading and planning.

The library is a great place to brainstorm ideas for teaching and learning!

Would you most likely be found reading a print book or an e-book?

I’m old school – I still read print books for leisure, though I spend a lot of time reading news, academic essays and articles on my computer as well.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading a book my dad gave me for Christmas because he knows I love birds, titled “The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic and Endangered” by Michele Raffin.

It’s a nonfiction book based on Raffin’s experiences creating and sustaining Pandemonium Aviaries, a non-profit and one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the U.S., dedicated to saving birds from extinction.

They provide care for over 350 birds (34 species).

It’s a very interesting book with a lot of hidden metaphors and themes relating to preservation, hope, unconditional love and survival of the sometimes seemingly not-so-fittest.