Calling all area residents and bibliophiles everywhere. You are cordially invited to join the County Commissioners and the Library Board of Trustees, as we cut the ribbon and dedicate the new home of the Berlin Branch of the Worcester County Library. The celebration will take place Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the Berlin Branch, which is located at 13 Harrison Avenue, just off Main Street in Berlin.
There will be plenty of special events that are sure to delight those of all ages, following the dedication. A fun community art project, history of the Berlin Library slideshow, and kid-friendly photo booth are being planned. Staff will host tours of the new 12,000-square-foot library, highlighting the two-story structure’s expanded children and teen reading areas, spacious community meeting room, art gallery, and local history room. Interspersed throughout these areas are plenty of cozy seating areas, and a section for public computers and laptop use.
The structure’s façade complements the historic architecture of the Town of Berlin. Outdoor spaces include a covered children’s patio, on the first floor, and an open-air deck, located off the meeting room on the second level, which invite library patrons to take advantage of the natural setting. The new location also includes an expanded community garden, in keeping with the beloved fixture that graced the former branch library.
The building has many energy efficient features, including geothermal loop system, LED lighting, triple pane windows, and foam insulation to improve performance and reduce energy costs.
Funding for the new facility was provided courtesy of the Worcester County Commissioners, Worcester County Library Foundation, and the County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Department of Education, and Division of Library Development and Services.