DUBLIN -- Wanted: a business to operate a snack cart selling food and beverages at the city's public library. How to apply: send your pitch to Dublin City Hall before an early November deadline.

The City Council has decided to seek concession proposals to run a snack cart in the Dublin public library to make it more appealing to visitors -- and more like newer libraries elsewhere that sell food and beverages.

Bringing in a mobile cart to sell prepackaged snacks and beverages would be an interim measure for about five years until the city adds a cafe during expansions of the library at the Civic Center, council members said.

"I'm all for giving people options to eat so they can stay longer at the library and enjoy it," said City Councilman David Haubert.

After riding their bikes to the library, Elaine and Richard Leeda, of Walnut Creek, treat themselves to a pastry at the new Library Cafe in Walnut Creek,
After riding their bikes to the library, Elaine and Richard Leeda, of Walnut Creek, treat themselves to a pastry at the new Library Cafe in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.The cafe features freshly made salads, baked goods, cold drinks, coffee and free Wi-Fi in an outdoor/indoor setting. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Staff)

He and other council members agreed unanimously Aug. 20 to proceed with the request for proposals to find out if there are operators willing to run a snack cart either near the library lobby or just outside the library. City employees said they inquired if Dublin High School culinary arts students could operate the snack cart, but school officials said they could not afford to have school staff oversee students for the small business.

The cart would stay open perhaps four weekdays and two evenings per week plus weekends, said Jacqui Diaz, Dublin's special projects manager. The city would restrict what could be sold.

"It's unlikely we will be selling gum," Diaz said.


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If a concessionaire is hired, it would begin operation in early 2014. City council members determined last year it would be too expensive to add a cafe to the library until the expansion in five years.

"It (the snack cart) is a good first step," said Councilman Kevin Hart. "We've been talking about this for two or three years, and it's still five years off. It's like the baseball field of dreams: build it and they will come."

Council officials noted that Livermore and Walnut Creek libraries have cafes.

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