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)

Banned Books Week:
Celebrating the Freedom
to Read

September 21-27, 2014 Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information.

In the Gallery

CreativeLEE XIV for the month of September. A reception will be held Founder's Weekend, Friday, 9/19 from 3-5pm.

FamiLEE Library Movie

Saturday, 9/13, 11am. The movie is Muppets Most Wanted. Rated PG for some mild action, 112 minutes.

Free!   Please join us.

Program for
Children and Adults too!

Saturday, 9/20 at 2pm (Founder's Weekend). Author Jason Lefebvre will read from his book Too Much Glue. This free event is open to any child accompanied by a caregiver. Autographed books will be raffled off after the program.

Children's Programs
and Information

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, but will not be here on Tuesday, 9/2.

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.