The Lee Library is planning for the future and we are looking for your input. The survey will be available from July 1 through August 1, both online (follow this link) and on a paper form available at the circulation desk.
Please take the time to answer the survey so that we can better serve you and the community. The results of the survey will also be part of our Long-Range Plan as we set our goals for the next five years.
New Digital Microfilm Reader
Our new digital microfilm reader, purchased with funds generously donated by the Berkshire Bank Foundation, is now up and running. The new machine allows our patrons and staff to do something we did not have the capability to do before: scan and email our microfilm. While the new microfilm reader has some slight similarities to the old reader in the way it looks and works, it is quite different to operate. The end result though can be very nice, more versatile and a great resource.
The Lee Library has the following on microfilm: Berkshire/Valley Gleaner 1857-1944; Berkshire Eagle, Berkshire Record and a few genealogy books on prominent Lee families.
Please stop in to give it a try or to get a quick demo.
Lee Library Patrons Can Now Access
10 Western Mass Newspaper Archives
Through the generosity of several western Massachusetts libraries and organizations, the Lee Library now has access to the digital archives of 10 local newspapers, including the Advocate (2/10/2010 — current), the Berkshire Eagle (12/31/2003 — current), and the North Adams Transcript (11/25/2003 — current).
To start using the database, follow this link.
Once on the NewsBank site click on "Massachusetts". If you are connecting from outside the library you will need to enter your library card number.
The Lee Library also has microfilm of the Berkshire Eagle (starting Jan. 1993), the Berkshire Record (Jan. 2000 — current), and the Valley/Berkshire Gleaner (1/1/1857 — 6/2/1944).
(See Calendar for event details)
In the Gallery
Artists from the Gloria Malcolm Arnold Studio for the month of July. Opening reception Thursday, 7/10, 5:30pm to 8:00pm..
STEM at the Library
This is a FREE 4-week program for children ages 3-7 with their caregivers focusing on age-appropriate science, technology, engineering and math activities for children. Every Monday in July from 10:30 to 11:30. STEM at the Library is supported by South Berkshire Kids with grant money from the Mass Dept. of Early Education & Care.
Summer Reading Program (SRP) 2014
The general theme for the summer reading program is Science. The program begins 6/23 and runs through 8/2. The program will have weekly book prizes, special programs and an end of summer party with prizes.
The Children's programs are sponsored by the Marjorie C. Wickham Fund for which we are very grateful.
SRP Children's Programs
Thursday, 7/17 11am - noon. Ed the Wizard will be here sharing his magical secrets in his travelling "Alchemy Laboratory".
Saturday, 7/26 11am - noon. Join us for a "Children's Sing-a-Long with Old Mac-JOHN-ald". John McKinstry is back for an encore performance.
Wednesday, 7/30 11am - noon. "Dinosaur Story Time and Craft with Lynne Fay.
Saturday, 8/2 11am - noon. Lee Ambulance Squad will have one of their ambulances parked in the library parking lot for a tour and demonstrations.
Wednesday, August 8/6 - Children's Grand Finale Party from 2 - 4pm. Guest performer will be Meredyth Babcock from Marmalade Productions. Reading certificates and prizes will be presented. The grand prize again this year will be a pair of tickets to the Big E. Ice cream sundaes after the party for all.
SRP Adult Programs
Tuesday, 7/15 at 6:30-7:30 pm. Author Talk & Book Signing. Susan Dworkin will talk about and read from her new novel The Commons. Q & A to follow.
Tuesday, 7/22 at 6:30-7:30 pm. Author Talk & Book Signing. Bette Isacoff will discuss her memoir Star Crossed: An Interfaith Memoir. Q & A to follow.
Tuesday, 7/29 at 7 pm. Poetry Reading & Book Signing. Sherman Cohen accompanied by actress Arlene Perlman will read from Mr. Cohen's books, Many Colors of Love and his newest book, Collage.
Monday, 8/4, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. "Margaret Bourke-White: Courageous Photographer". Sally Matson performs as Margaret Bourke-White in this one-woman show about the ground-breaking photographer of the 1930's, 40's and 50's.
Thursday, 8/14 at 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Robert Welcome talk, "Relativity Simplified".
FamiLEE Library Movies
Saturday, 7/12, 11am. The movie is The LEGO Movie. Rated PG, 101 minutes.
Free! Please join us.
Other Children's Programs
Pre-school Story Hour. Thursday mornings at 10:30 to 11:00am in the Children's Room. Ages 2 1/2 to 5 with caregivers.
Toby on Tuesdays. Our reading dog Toby will be here on Tuesday afternoons from 4 to 5 pm.
Free Music through the
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.