A freelance writer and academic, living in Brisbane.
Published September 12th 2014
Magazines, cuppa, wi-fi, what more could you want?
I've discovered a little gem in suburban Ashgrove. Here you can enjoy the latest magazines, relaxing on a shaded deck with a cuppa and free wi-fi. You can even let the kids play nearby on the playground while you keep one eye on them and the other on the latest new release novel or a national newspaper. What is this gem? The Brisbane City Council's Ashgrove Library.
Monday to Saturday, 9.00-1.30, a coffee van operates on a covered deck of the library that overlooks a park and playground. Hot drinks and juices are available plus the standard biscuit fare, such as choc chip and shortbread. There are tables and chairs and colourful striped deck chairs. Power points are available to charge up your laptop or iPad.
It was quietly busy on a weekday I visited for a hot chocolate and a quick flick through some of my favourite magazines. You can choose from the very latest editions of well-known and not-so well-known magazines on the rack on the deck, or you can pick some up from the extensive collection inside. Then if you haven't finished reading the ones chosen from inside, you can take them home for a one month loan, using your library membership. Alternatively you could download some from the online magazine or book collection for later reading.
The library runs regular workshops in the library's meeting room including sessions on internet use and iPad apps and hosts groups such as mah-jong and book clubs and storytime for two to five year olds. Check the website for dates and times and everything on offer, usually for free.
I am sure Mums with bubs love the combination of coffee, books and a shaded playground all in easy reach for entertaining their little folk. So, the secret is probably out about this gem - right there in the suburbs.