Visitors to Bundaberg Regional Library will be able to enjoy a new experience with the opening of an expresso cafe operated by a local charity.
As part of the recent Library upgrade, customer surveys identified that visitors wanted a coffee outlet. The Bundaberg Health Services Foundation has been working with the Acting Library Manager Sue Gammon since January to establish an expresso barista coffee service staffed by the Foundation’s volunteer baristas.
Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the new cafe would not only meet an identified need of library users, it also would support the Foundation’s work which is to raise funds to make a difference in the community and improve patient services at Bundaberg Hospital.
The Foundation already runs a very successful expresso coffee outlet at the Bundaberg Hospital Staff Dining Room and is very excited to extend this barista service to the local Library.
“We raise funds locally in the community to provide the extras that are not provided by state government budgets – which meets our vision statement Local People Helping Local Patients,’’ she said.
“Now locals and visitors to the Library who buy a coffee can help us support our vision and know they are helping local patients in their time of need,’’ she said.
“We wouldn’t be able to do this without the wonderful support of our volunteer baristas who will continue to dedicate their time between this new cafe and at our existing Code Blue Coffee bar at the hospital.’’
The project is also possible thanks to a successful application by the Foundation for a Community Development Grant provided by Bundaberg Regional Council.
“Being a charitable entity it would be difficult for the Foundation to find the funds to purchase the equipment items needed for the cafe and we are very grateful to have received $3570,’’ Ms Burnet said.
Initially the library cafe will operate Monday to Friday from 9.30am to midday.
Acting Manager Sue Gammon said the cafe would value add to the existing services provided at the library and would also create a social interactive area for people to meet and interact.
“The cafe area is a lovely, open and relaxed area to sit and talk while enjoying a coffee and the companionship of other library users,’’ she said.