Benefit Planned For New Berlin Library

Renderings of the two-story brick building proposed to be the new Berlin branch of the Worcester County Library are shown. Renderings by The Design Group

BERLIN – Proceeds from a fundraising event scheduled for Sept. 16 will go to support the new Berlin Library branch.

The themed event, dubbed a “hotsy-totsy roaring 20s” party, will take place at the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. next Friday.

Although there is no set monetary goal for the evening, Worcester County Library Public Relations Manager Lisa Outten Harrison encourages the community to come and participate in the event.

As the deadline for the Humphreys Foundation matching grant inches closer, the library is taking every opportunity to raise funds. The foundation provides $2 for every dollar the library raises.

“We are about $88,000 from our ultimate goal,” Harrison says. “If we can make $10,000 [at the fundraiser], that would be lovely.”

The lawn party will have live jazz music from Frankie Nanna and the Dukes of Delmarva, along with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

A 1929 limo and photo booth will also be at the event for picture opportunities.

benefit1Although themed outfits are not required in order to attend the fundraiser, event organizers will be giving prizes for the best 1920s costume.

With donations from the community, the event will raise money through ticket sales and a silent auction, Harrison says.

The Worcester County Library Foundation also has one ongoing fundraiser for the new building.

The Bricks-for-Books program allows individuals to purchase engraved bricks to be used in the construction of the new library. The money, in return, will go toward the library’s fund.

The two-story, 11,000-square-foot building will have a brick exterior, similar to other buildings on Main Street, and will include a meeting space and technology area for the community to use.

The library, which will replace the current building, will be located on Harrison Avenue, where it can be seen from Main Street.

The new library will have a similar footprint and function as the current building, but with more space, accessibility and resources.

Plans are set to break ground at the new site in the spring of 2017.

Those interested can purchase tickets for $35 at the Atlantic Hotel or the libraries in Ocean Pines and Berlin.

For more information on the fundraiser, call 410-632-3970 or visit WorcesterLibrary.org/foundation.

About The Author: Bethany Hooper

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Bethany Hooper has been with The Dispatch since 2016. She currently covers various general stories. Hooper graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 2012 and the University of Maryland in 2016, where she completed double majors in journalism and economics.