The Summer Reading Program!

The 2016 Summer Reading Program (SRP) begins on June 27 and will run for six weeks ending on August 6th. Each group will have weekly book prizes and special events through the summer. Please check the calendar and email notices.

Children's theme:  On your Mark, Get Set ...  READ!

All children are reminded that we need to see your reading logs of books read to post them on the window boards and be included in the raffles and prizes. Please help us get all of you busy readers counted and included!

Tuesday, 8/9 from 2 to 4pm, Magic by Bowey, the children's SRP finale program. After the show, we will hand out SRP reading certificates, prizes and we'll end the afternoon with our annual make-your-own-sundae tradition!

Teens/Tweens theme:  Get in the Game.  READ!

Saturday, 8/6 from 11am to 1pm. Makerspace 3D Printing Program with Arthur and Peter Evans. Makerspace Party is the Teen/Tween Summer Reading Program Finale. Everyone will design and print 3D toys or objects with the Makespace 3D printer. Ages 8 and up welcome!

The funding for the Teen Space and programs comes from a federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Adults theme:  Exercise your Mind.  READ!

Read a book and submit the title to be eligible for the week's book prize.

Tuesday, 8/2 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Author Talk by local author Bob Reiss writing as James Abel returns to the Lee Library to read from Cold Silence, the third novel in the popular series featuring bio-terror expert and former Marine Colonel Joe Rush. The book follows the success of White Plague and Protocol Zero, both set in the Arctic. Bob will talk about the way journalism feeds fiction, and the way thrillers reflect real world issues. Author Q&A and book signing to follow.

Tuesday, 8/9 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Author Talk. Rockachusetts: An Explorer's Guide to Amazing Boulders of Massachusetts by local author and photographer Christy Butler. While the book covers all of Massachusetts, this multi-media presentation will focus on the glacial boulders, balanced rocks and waterfalls to be found in Berkshire County.

The author events are a part of the 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program Exercise Your Mind. READ! All programs are free and open to the general public. For more information, contact the library at (413) 243- 0385 or email

News from the Teen Space

Teen Space

Wednesdays, 8/3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 3 to 4pm.   Teen Chess.

Fridays, 8/5, 12, and 26 from 3 to 4pm.   Wii Gaming. Teens please join us to play the Wii in friendly games of competition.

The funding for the Teen Space and programs comes from a federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Museum Passes for 2016

Lee Library patrons can use their library cards to reserve and borrow one-day passes for museums, nature reserves and Massachusetts state parks. This year we added the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst to our list. For a list of museums and more information please follow this link.

Do you know about OverDrive?

OverDrive is a free service offered by the CWMARS library network that lets you borrow eBooks, Audiobooks, streaming videos and more. OverDrive makes digital lending simple on your iPad, iPhone, Android, Chromebook or Tablet. Visit the CWMARS Overdrive Digital Books Catalog at  All you need to login is your library card number.  The Lee Library has a step-by-step brochure to walk you through the process of using the catalog. Enjoy this great resource!

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

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:

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

Now every time that you shop from 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)

August Gallery Exhibit

Artists from Gloria Malcolm Arnold's Studio in the J. Peter Scolforo Gallery. Opening reception, Thursday, 8/4, 6 to 8pm.

CreativeLEE XVI

The Lee Library Association invites you to display your art in our 16th annual exhibit for the month of September. The item must be brought to the Lee Library on Thursday, 9/1, 10am to 8pm or Friday, 9/2, 10am to 5pm. A maximum of 2 items per artist will be accepted due to space limitations. Items must be ready to hang or display in a case.

The opening reception will be held during Founder's Weekend, Friday, 9/16 from 3 to 5pm.

Registration forms will be available at the Lee Library circulation desk or call Mary Philpott 243-2733 for more information.


FamiLEE Library Movie: Finding Nemo, Saturday, 8/13 at 11am. The movie runs 100 minutes and is rated PG. Please join us!

Adult Programs

Wednesday, 8/10 from 2 to 4pm. The Back to the Book book club. The book selection is Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels. New members are welcome but required to register by calling the library at 413-243-0385. Please Note: the book selection for August is Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Children's Programs
and Information

Tuesday, 8/16 from 10:30 to 11:30am. Kindergarten Pop-up. Program of circle time with stories and songs followed by table-top activities and crafts focused on Kindergarten transition for children starting K in the fall. Children leave with lots of books and handouts to take home. Sponsored by grant funding through South Berkshire Kids.

No STEM in August

Pre-school Story Time Thursday mornings, 10:30am. Ages 2 1/2 to 5 with caregivers at 10:30-11:00am in the Children's Room.

Toby on Tuesdays. Our reading dog Toby will be here on Tuesday afternoons at 4pm (except 6/14 —See above).

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.