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)
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.