Lawn Library – Paddington Reservoir Gardens

Lawn Library has moved from the liveliness of Sydney Festival at Hyde Park to the tranquil Paddington Reservoir Gardens from 7am-7pm daily until April 6, 2014.

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“The pop-up library, which houses an ever-changing collection of over 1,000 books and is a hub for events and activities at the award-winning gardens.”

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Catching a bus from Hyde Park to Paddington was a bit out of the way for a North Shore/Hills girl like me, but Saturdays in Paddington are quite entertaining as there were the  fashion markets at Paddington Inn and Uniting Church.

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A sign to welcome those newcomers like me makes it pretty easy for me to find.

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Ok, I must admit I’m not from the area but my first thoughts going down the stairs was: The Grounds of Alexandria. Grey bricks and nice architecture, kind of like this cafe I went to in Melbourne..

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It generally is a very nice area and I wished there was something like this in mine. It’s spacious, with a kids table right next to a book shelf.

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I absolutely love sun chairs and I’m was quite content that there were still a few in the cage. Definitely attracting the sunny vibes!

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The green patch of grass is surrounded by arched ruins. The tall arches makes the space look larger than it is.

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The tea-fern trees and water fountain in the middle are beautiful amongst the 19th century ruins. Take in the oxygen!

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Remember guys: one book per person and please return it after your read.

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I wonder if you can borrow the books? Surely. Just ask the library assistant who will be there from 12-2pm on weekdays and 10am-3pm on weekends.

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Have a peep through the reservoir gates.

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Heading back upstairs you’ll have a chance to bask if the sun the out.

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The City is also hosting a number of Lawn Library events in the gardens, including a drawing class with artist Kathe Payne, a talk about the Sydney Artists’ Balls by historian Deborah Beck, and jazz afternoons with musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Review Rating: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Lawn Library at Paddington Reservoir Markets): =)

Ambience: =D

Service: =)

Value: =D

Would I go to the Lawn Library at Paddington Reservoir Gardens again? If I lived in the city, I definitely would because they’re just a nice way to chill. There’s also free wi-fi and it isn’t noisy so it was a great way to relax and possibly do some (work aka write blogs).

Would I donate the money I saved to my charity? Libraries are usually a free place to read books. Taking this outdoors is 10 times better but we have to bare in mind that it’s Autumn and Winter is approaching! Outdoor heaters would be amazing though.

Highlight: grabbing a sun chair and just sitting outside. There’s quite a lot to take in and a ton of photo opportunities if you’re keen for a 19th century setting. I saw a few photographers whip out their fancy cameras and take some shots. I also really liked how it’s family friendly and surprisingly very quiet compared to the busy shops close by.

Suggestion of Improvement: I really like how there are afternoon jazz sessions, kids activities and other workshops. It would be even better if there were section labels such as ‘fantasy’, ‘fiction’, ‘philosophy’ etc. I guess I was just browsing but if you don’t find anything, why not bring your own book and enjoy the scenery?

Ends: April 6, 2014

Link: lawnlibrary.com.au

Angela Bee

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