(BERLIN, Md.) - A new library is coming to Worcester County's coolest small town this summer.
The new 11,000 square foot state-of-the-art learning facility is under construction Harrison Avenue behind the current library on Main Street.
Longtime patrons say they can't help but feel equally nostalgic and excited.
"Oh my goodness, since my children were little we started coming here," said Sally McCabe, a Bishopville resident who was at the library Tuesday morning with her grandson.
"We fear change. I like the smallness, the intimacy, and I'm used to it because of my own children coming here. But the new library, I can't wait to see what the new children's section is going to be about," McCabe added.
Paula Isaac, a Berlin resident, shares the same sentiments.
"I had six boys and I brought all six boys to the library. I remember when it was just the little library and I'd be reading and I'd be like, 'I think I've read every book this library has,'" Isaac joked while making crafts with her grandson.
The new library will offer cozy reading areas, study rooms, more technology access as well as new programs for both kids and adults.
Some say the brick-and-mortar library is a great investment to encourage not just hands-on reading but social skills.
"That kind of [socialization] is not going to happen virtually. They happen because people come into a building and they have the opportunity to share with other people, to meet their friends, to bring their little children, and their grandchildren, and come back and do that," said Isaac.
The old Berlin library has served the community since 1970. The new the library is scheduled to open in July.