Senator Mabini Introduces Bill for Public Library Café

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Guam – Senator Sam Mabini has introduced a bill that would allow a small mobile cafe to be set up along a portion of the frontage property of the N.M. Flores Library in Hagatna.

In a release, Senator Mabini says her bill will help generate some funds for the library.

Read Bill 182

Read Senator Mabini’s release in full below:

Senator Sam Mabini last week introduced Bill 182-31, “AN ACT TO AMEND AND ADD §80128, TITLE 5 GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, CHAPTER 80, RELATIVE TO AUTHORIZING TO THE GUAM PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM TO CONTRACT FOR LEASE OF A PORTION OF FRONTAGE PROPERTY AT THE NIEVES M. FLORES PUBLIC LIBRARY IN HAGATNA TO OPERATE A SMALL MOBILE FOOD ESTABLISHMENT.”

Considering the financial shortfalls of the government, Senator Mabini says Bill 182-31 enables the Guam Public Library System to create a new revenue-generating source to support our public library’s facility maintenance or improvement needs, while better serving patrons and visitors.

The bill allows the Guam Public Library System to lease a portion of frontage property at the N.M. Flores Public Library in Hagatna to a small, mobile establishment, which would be able to set up a café-type business, that the library, neighboring businesses and the general public can enjoy.

“I encourage our agencies to be more enterprising, given the government’s financial situation. Establishing an outdoor café-like experience may attract and increase patrons and visitors to their public library, and encourage all to benefit from their rich resources,” said Senator Mabini.

Cafés are commonly found at libraries or bookstores throughout the nation. If passed, the bill will help the Nieves M. Flores Public Library join the ranks of popular places for the community to meet, gather and enjoy on Guam.