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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are many kids program held at this library.
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 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.
|Monday||9am – 9pm|
|Tuesday||9am – 9pm|
|Wednesday||9am – 9pm|
|Thursday||9am – 9pm|
|Friday||9am – 6pm|
|Saturday||9am – 5pm|
|Sunday||2pm – 5pm|
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]