April is Poetry Month

There is a poem for every time and every season ...

Long, too long America
Long, too long America,
Traveling roads all even and peaceful you learn'd from joys and prosperity only,
But now, ah now, to learn from crises of anguish, advancing, grappling with direst fate and recoiling not,
And now to conceive and show to the world what your children en-masse really are,
(For who except myself has yet conceiv'd what your children en-masse really are?)
          Walt Whitman
For You O Democracy
Come, I will make the continent indissoluble,
I will make the most splendid race the sun ever shone upon,
I will make divine magnetic lands,
With the love of comrades,
With the life-long love of comrades.

I will plant companionship thick as trees along all the rivers of America, and along the shores of the great lakes, and all over the prairies,
I will make inseparable cities with their arms about each other's necks,
By the love of comrades,
By the manly love of comrades.

For you these from me, O Democracy, to serve you ma femme!
For you, for you I am trilling these songs.
          Walt Whitman
I Worried
I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not, how shall
I correct it?

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,

Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
lockjaw, dementia?

Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
and sang.
          Mary Oliver

Thank You!

Thank you to the people who cleared their fines by bringing in non-perishable foods, as well as others who brought in donations for the Lee Food Pantry. We delivered many bags, boxes and non-perishables at the end of the month.

National Library Week — April 9 through 15

Please join the Board of Directors in extending a very special thank you to our wonderful staff during National Library Week. We are very grateful for their dedication and the efforts they put forth to make the Lee Library a warm and welcoming place for our community.

News from the Teen Space

Teen Space

Monday, 4/17 at 6pm.   Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting.

Wednesdays, 4/5, 12, 19, and 26, from 3 to 4pm.   Teen Chess.

Fridays, 4/7, 14, 21, and 28, from 3 to 4pm.   Wii Gaming.  Teens please join us to play the Wii in friendly games of competition.

Tuesday, 4/18 from 3 to 4pm.   Teen Knitting.

Thursday, 4/20 from 11am to 1pm.   3D Printing Program.

Email List for Adult and Children's Programs

If you would like to be added to our email list and receive notices of either adult or children's programs or both, please send your name to lee@cwmars.org

Gallery Exhibit Space

The J. Peter Scolforo Gallery is available to artists for a one-month period at no cost. Please check the Calendar for availability. Please call the library at 413 243-0385 to reserve the space or if you have any questions.

Support the Lee Library   —  while shopping at Amazon!

Amazon will donate .5% of your purchases to your library automatically.  Here's how to get started:

  • Go to smile.amazon.com

  • Log into your Amazon account.

  • If you need to, type Lee Library in the search box.

Now every time that you shop from smile.amazon.com you will be supporting the Lee Library.  More information about the Amazon Smile program can be found at this link.

Thank you for your support!


(See  Calendar  for event details)

April Gallery Exhibit

Quilt Show in the gallery during the month of April. The reception for the Quilt Show will be on Tuesday, 4/4 from 6 to 8 pm. The show is sponsored by the Lee Library and Pumpkin Patch Quilts. This year the Quilt Show is dedicated to Vibeke Wilder. Vibeke was a wonderful teacher and a gifted quilt artist. She is greatly missed.


FamiLEE Library Movie: Sing, Saturday, 4/8 at 11am. The movie runs 108 minutes and is rated PG for mild humor and action. Please join us.

FamiLEE Library Movie (school vacation week): Kubo and the Two Strings, Saturday, 4/22 at 11am. This Oscar-nominee for animated feature film runs 101 minutes and is rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril. Please join us.

Adult Programs

Wednesday, 4/5 from 2 to 3pm.   Adult Coloring Club. This new program meets on the first Wednesday of each month. Coloring supplies are provided.

Wednesday, 4/12 from 2 to 4pm. The Back to the Book book club. The book selection is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. New members are welcome but required to register by calling the library at 413-243-0385. For those wishing to get a head start, the selection for May is Maya Angelou's classic, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Monday, 5/1 from 5:30 to 7:30. Workshop on smartphone and portable device photography with Thad Kubis, local photographer.

Knitting and Crochet GroupTuesdays from 1 to 2:30 pm. This is an opportunity for knitters to gather and share patterns, information and the company of fellow enthusiasts. Please join in on the fun!

Children's Programs
and Information

Thursday, 4/6, 10:30 to 11:30am. STEM: Science! Technology! Engineering! Math! Theme is Patterns! Every 1st Thursday of the month. Each parent/child program will include stories, demonstrations, songs and tabletop activities. Questions please contact Jessica of South Berkshire Kids at 413-464-5095.

Tuesdays: 4/4, 4/11, 4/25, 5/2 and 5/9 from 10:30 to 11:15am. Every Child Ready to Read @ the Lee Library. Due to popular demand, another free 5-week session has been added for children ages from birth through 5 years old. The series includes a literacy workshop, story time and playgroup all in one! Each family will receive picture books, a book bag and helpful information and resources. Registration is required since space is limited. To register, please call the library at 413-243-0385 or email southberkshirekids@gmail.com. Our ongoing collaboration with South Berkshire Kids and CFCE Grant funding provided by the Mass. Dept. of Early Education and Care makes this program possible.

Wednesday, 4/19, 10:30 to 12:30am. LEGO Club. LEGOs are provided. This program for ages 3-8 is made possible with grant money provided by South Berkshire Kids.

Thursday, 4/20, 2:30 to 4pm. Spring Nature Program, Getting to Know Trees. Our February winter nature program was so successful that we have again collaborated with Mariah Auman, MassLIFT AmeriCorps member with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. She will read and talk about two books on trees then engage children in interactive activities about the life of trees. This program is intended for grades 1-4 but interested younger siblings are welcome. Caregivers must be present. No registration required.

Pre-school Story Time Thursday mornings, 10:30 to 11am. Ages 2 1/2 to 5 with caregivers in the Children's Room.

PLEASE NOTE: Toby on Tuesdays will be on hiatus during April, May and June. Check back for updates for July.

Free Music through the
Freegal Service

The Lee Library makes the free music service Freegal available to its patrons. Just follow the image link below:

If you are not familiar with Freegal music, please read first our Freegal page.