In Memoriam

We are deeply saddened by the recent loss of a former staff member, Dawn Simmons. Dawn died on March 12, 2015 after a long illness. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

National Library Week
      —  April 12 to 18, 2015


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 their efforts to make the Lee Library a great place for our community.

New Young Adult Librarian

We would like to welcome Damon Vorce to the Lee Library. Damon will be in charge of the new Young Adult section of the library, which is looking great! Damon has worked as a young adult librarian in Brooklyn and Troy, NY, before moving into the area, and has an MLS from the University of Albany.

Grand Opening of Teen Space

You can meet Damon and see how the teen room is shaping up at the Grand Opening! Join us on Friday, 4/17 from 4 to 5pm. There will be snacks, refreshments and prizes. Open to all, teens highly encouraged!

Teen Space

Everything from the furniture to the colors of the room was selected by the Teen Advisory Board. If you are a teen and would like to be part of more decisions that the library makes you can come to the next meeting on Monday, 4/27 at 6pm.

Teen Book vs. Movie
      —  Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

On Wednesday, 4/29 at 4:30pm we will be discussing the book Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn.  Then on Saturday, 5/2 at 11am we will watch the movie (popcorn included!). To request a copy of the book follow this link or stop into the library and pick one up at the circulation desk.

Teen Poetry Contest

Submit a poem for the first annual Teen Poetry Contest! Students in grades 6-12 can submit a one-page poem before Thursday, 4/30 at 8pm.  All entries will be bound into a book to be put into the teen section of the library.  Grand Prize is a $25 Amazon gift card. Second and Third place will also receive a $10 gift card. For full submission rules  follow this link.

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.

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

  • Log into your Amazon account.

  • 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!

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

Quilt Show in the gallery for the month of April. The reception for the Quilt Show will be on Thursday, 4/9 from 6-8 pm The show is sponsored by the Lee Library and Pumpkin Patch Quilts.

FamiLEE Library Movies

Saturday, 4/11, 11am. The movie is Big Hero 6. Rated PG, 102 minutes.

Saturday, 4/25, 11am. (Vacation Break) The movie is Annie. Rated PG, 118 minutes.

Classic Cinema at the Lee Library kicks off Wednesday, 4/8 at 2 pm. This month's feature will be Adam's Rib starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. This new movie series and refreshments are generously provided by Kindred Health at Laurel Lake.

Free!   Please join us.

April is Poetry Month

Poetry Exhibit by students in Lee schools and home-schooled students, will be on display during April and May. Come and see the incredible local student talent.

Book Club

The Back to the Book book club meets Wednesday, 4/22 from 2-4 pm. New members are required to register by calling the library at 413- 243-0885. The book club will be moderated by Prof. Charles Haynes, Ph.D. (emeritus), N.Y.U. This event is free and open to the public.

Children's Programs
and Information

LEGO Club! The Lee Library through funding provided by South Berkshire Kids will be starting a LEGO Club for children ages 4-8. This will be a 10-week caregiver/child afterschool program from 4/23 to 6/25 on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Imagination Required! Drop-in, no registration required. For more information call 413-243-0385 or email

The Lee Library is looking for more LEGOs. Do you have any that you are no longer using and could donate to the library? We would greatly appreciate your donation.

Colored Sand Art Crafts, 4/24 from 1-3 pm. Lynne Fay will lead this craft program for ages 5-15 and all supplies will be included. Registration is required to ensure adequate supplies by calling the library at 413-243-0385.

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 from 4 to 5 pm.

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.