curtis contemporaries

Curtis Contemporary: Meg Austin

photoHere we meet Curtis Contemporaries founding committee member, Meg Austin, of Brunswick.

What was your childhood library?

As a kid, I was a patron of the Baxter Library on Congress Street in Portland, Maine.

The old Baxter Library was a grand place built in 1888.

How I loved the winding staircase.

Baxter closed in 1979 and the Portland Public Library moved to its current location in Monument Square.

I was in awe of this glass-inspired, modern library; it even had microfiche!

It also had a book mobile that served my Portland neighborhood.

I thought the book mobile was magical, like an ice cream truck for bookworms!

What is your favorite thing to do at Curtis?

photoI recently attended a Cornerstones of Science lecture at Curtis given by Dana Waring Bateman on Personal Genetics.

It was fascinating!

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

Call me a Luddite but I love print books.

My bookshelf is filled with tattered books that greet me like old friends.

My bookshelf may be antiquated but the books bring me comfort.

What are you currently reading?

I am reading Lost on a Mountain in Maine for my son’s boys book club and The Witch of Blackbird Pond for my daughter’s club.

I am also reading The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout (for fun) and Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (for professional interest.)

I am guilty of being a book juggler and usually have a few books going at once.

Is anyone else guilty of this?