This week we’re marking National Library Week by highlighting libraries of all sorts at airports.
We started earlier this week with an airport library list put together by the Stuck at the Airport librarian that includes libraries, book exchanges, and short story dispensers at more than 10 airports stretching from Amsterdam to Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Here are some more libraries to look for at airports around the country. Let us know if we missed yours.
A week before COVID-19 made staying home the right thing for us to do, we had the chance to test drive the Roam luggage carry-on we were invited to design for ourselves.
We’ve been reading about these bags. And besides offering a line of 4 carry-ons and check-ins that are super light and durable, Roam lets each customer customize the color of their suitcase, from the front and back shells to the zipper, the wheels and the handle.
Here’s how our Jaunt XL turned out.
If we were to do it again, we’d go a bit wilder with the colors, but this design still stands out in a crowd.
We’re grounded, for now, so the bag has only been road-tested once.
But our Roam bag made it home nick-free after traveling as checked luggage to and from London, through a half dozen London Underground stations and a neighborhood with bumpy sidewalks.
Books we may have time to read
We love the fact that books show up in the Stuck at the Airport mailroom. But we don’t always have time to sit down and read them.
The upside of sheltering in place is that now we do.
Here are two recent arrivals we’ll spend time with this week.
Anyone who’s looked out an airplane window will surely have wondered about – and wondered at – the landscape below. Mary Caperton Morton has clearly done that and put together a book that goes a long way to explaining how those great views got that way.
I love all the photos in this large-format book, but one of my favorite features is the little box by each landform titled “Flight Pattern” that lets you know where you’d be flying when you’re most likely to spot the image featured.
Here are couple of images from the book:
Cape Cod – Massachusetts, credit NASA
Shiprock – in northwest New Mexico – credit Malcolm C. Andrews/AerialHorizon Photography
The New York Times review of the book says this is “an unusual entry into the air-travel genre. For one thing, the author is a commercial pilot, flying the Boeing 747 from London to cities across the globe. For another, he doesn’t speak of disasters, not even in passing…..”
Sounds promising and appropriate for in-flight reading, doesn’t it?
Vanhoenacker …”can put one in mind of Henry James,” the review continues.
“In “Skyfaring” we regularly come upon phrases like “the water gyre of the planet,” “technical rectitude,” “the ichthyology of our sea-sky” and “the light-filled clerestory of the world.” This is a volume that seeks to leave high contrails in your mental sky, and it does so in a manner that is nearly always appealing.”