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Kids Section Chatswood Library
Kids Section

Chatswood reminds me of Parramatta City in many ways. Tall buildings, business district, restaurants and cafes, kid friendly, great library and lots of shopping.

We decided to visit Chatswood to have some ice cream and also visit the library. The parking at Westfield is 3 hours free and is very close to the Concourse and library. We found Ben & Jerry’s as we crossed the road from Westfield to head toward the Concourse. I thought, perfect! I wasn’t going to have any but temptation won and I have no regrets.

There isn’t much space to sit at Ben & Jerry’s so I thought it would be lovely to sit on the grassy area outside the library. Surrounding this grassy patch (fake astro turf) are many restaurants. There is a lovely tree planted in the corner which provides much welcome shade.

The Concourse Picnic Area
The Concourse Picnic Area

After we enjoyed eating our ice cream and watching children play catch, we walked over to the library. The library is below ground. You can either walk down the stairs or catch the lift.

It is a very large library. They have DVDs, CDs, books to loan. They also have many archives of newspapers. It really has an old library feel to it even though it is fairly new.

There are 2 checkout counters. One is meant for adults and another is specifically set up for kids. As you keep walking you’ll notice some computers with signs that say that they are for kids only, aged 14 and under. I didn’t have a chance to play with it to find out what is on it but I noticed some children playing a game.

Kids Computer Chatswood Library
Kids Computer

As you walk further you start to see the kids picture books. They are in 2 different sections. There is a room divider that is used when there is story/rhyme time. This wasn’t on when we went so it had been opened up.

Kids Section with Mat. This section can be closed off for rhyme time. Chatswood Library
Kids Section with Mat. This section can be closed off for rhyme time.

My favourite thing about this library is that there is a junior non fiction section. This is perfect for my preschooler who loves to “read” books about elephants and animals in general.

Junior Non Fiction Section Chatswood Library
Junior Non Fiction Section

Past the kids section, there are many large desks set up for people to study and for quiet reading. A large sign mentions that you cannot do paid tutoring at the library as it is against their guidelines.

Chatswood Library, Desks
Chatswood Library, Desks

The desks have natural light coming through from the windows next to them. This is possible as there is a large empty area just outside with a water feature. Those outside on the concourse can observe it from the top. Many throw some coins in as a wishing well.

Water feature at The Concourse, Chatswood
Water feature at The Concourse, Chatswood

Kids Programme

There are many kids program held at this library.

Baby Bounce

Baby Bounce is a program that introduces early literacy through the use of songs, rhymes, finger/toe plays and simple stories for babies and their parent/carer at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.

25 tickets per session will be available 30 minutes before each session starts (9.30am for the 10am session, and 10.30am for the 11am session).

Toddler Time

Toddler Time is a fun program designed for those children who are confident walkers, keen to be up and moving, but not yet ready to sit through the stories at regular storytime. Children will learn to enjoy reading, language and speech with lots of fun rhymes, songs, stories and movement. Toddler Time is limited to 45 children. Tickets are available at Chatswood Library from 10.30am on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Storytime for Preschoolers

Preschool Storytime involve stories, rhymes, songs and a simple craft activity. Storytimes are run by the children’s library team, are free of charge and do not require a booking. Held at Chatswood Library on The Concourse every week from February to December on Wednesdays 10-10.45am and Thursdays 10-10.45am.

Opening Hours

Monday9am – 9pm
Tuesday9am – 9pm
Wednesday9am – 9pm
Thursday9am – 9pm
Friday9am – 6pm
Saturday9am – 5pm
Sunday2pm – 5pm
Public HolidaysCLOSED

 


We thought this library was great and will definitely return.
Have you been? What do you think?


Finding Chatswood Library

Address: Lower Ground, The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Phone: 9777 7900
Email: [email protected]

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