A Community Gathering Place
Open Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday 7 - 9 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.​​
Main Floor
Accessible by lift
Community bulletin board and calendar
Welcome desk staffed full-time by a volunteer
Card rack display for local businesses, and nearby tourism and           conservation destinations
Local business map and information
Featured business display (rotating every two weeks)
Self-serve coffee and tea, bottled water and juices
Self-serve snacks, sandwiches, and desserts
Restored antique 1918 potbelly stove (propane) heat source
Art showcased on the walls and shelves on a rental basis (juried)
Community table and café-style tables
Live acoustic music evenings
Friends of the Library books for sale; newspapers/magazines for      public use
Rotating historical display
Games and puzzles
Free WiFi
Partnerships are established with:
*Berlin Council on Aging
*Friends of the Berlin Public Library
*Berlin Food Pantry
*Teen Advisory Council of the Berlin Public Library
*Perkins - a Human Service Agency
*Berlin Public Library
*Berlin Lions Club
*Berlin Art & Historical Society
*LINK- Berlin Memorial School PTO
*Berlin 1870 Town Hall
*Flyleaf Theater Company
Current weekly schedule for Lower Level
Open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and

Saturdays 10:00 am-1 pm
       
     Monday                    2:00 pm        Tea Time
     Tuesday                    noon             Soup
     Wednesday          9:00 am        Community Coffee
                                       6:30 pm       SkipBo/Cribbage evenings
      Thursday                2:00 pm        Tea Time
      Friday                   9:30 am        Kids Playgroup 
                                       7 pm             Monthly music night
      Saturday              10 am             Community Coffee
 Staff:
The lower level is open 43 hours per week and staffed by 10 rotating volunteers.
Extra activities during continue renovations have included:
*Travelogue slide shows
*Family Games and Pizza Nights
*Technology Help for Seniors
*Cupcake Decorating Workshop
*Make Your Own Valentine
*Toddler Playgroup
*Minecraft (computer game) Group 
*Paint a Picture Fundraiser
*Donor Reception
*Community Forums
*Meet the candidates
*Special activities for Christmastime in Berlin and Berlin Home Day(s)
* Multigenerational Veterans celebration/thank-you
Lower Level
Polished concrete floor – radiant floor heat
Carpeted area with toys for toddlers
Foosball and ping-pong tables
Accessible walkway to entrance from parking on Carter Street
Kitchen and two accessible bathrooms
Free WiFi
Self-serve ice cream and snacks for purchase
Couch area for visiting and reading
Bookcase with a “Take It or Leave It” book exchange
Youth and art/craft class artwork on the walls
Work tables for art/craft classes, games, homework, etc.
Volunteer staff member always on duty while the building is open


Background
In 2008 a few Berlin neighbors formed a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to buy and renovate the charming Old Methodist Episcopal Church building in the town center.  Our mission is to restore this beautiful 1887 Gothic Victorian structure and to open it to the public for daily use.

 It is a new kind of community place, a place for enjoying art and music, a place for teens to meet and do homework, a place for seniors to gather and visit, a place for toddlers to play while their parents or grandparents visit, a place for people to gather on Saturday and meet their neighbors, a place to get information about the area - events, happenings and businesses.

Mission
Our mission reflects two important goals – first, to renovate this beautiful 1887 historic structure and second, to operate the restored building as a not-for-profit community center to serve and welcome everyone in our greater community.

Lower Level - open for public use and delight since January 2015
The amenities and activities in italics below are currently being offered on the restored lower level of the building. Once all renovations are complete and the main floor is open to the public, we will separate the services and functions of each floor as detailed in the plan below and add to the plan as other community needs become apparent.

​​Plan for Use