Lee Library Historical Photograph Collection

The visual record of the town and its evolution is found in our photo collection. Photos document all aspects of life--education, religion, disasters, individuals, sports, leisure activities, buildings, and businesses (especially the papermaking and marble industries).

The collection is now online in the Digital Commonwealth repository. You may view it by following this link.

New Library Director

Amanda Merk has accepted the position of Director of the Lee Library. Amanda has a Masters of Science in Library and Information Studies from Simmons and a BA in English Literature from McGill University. She has been a library director at the Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock Vermont, and at the Wilder Memorial Library in Weston, VT. Amanda has library experience in Massachusetts as well.

Amanda will be relocating to the Lee area, and plans to join us April 1. She said she was honored to be coming to our community and looked forward to working to meet the needs of our patrons.

Thank you to Jodi Magner, who is presently serving as our Acting Director until Amanda Merk arrives. We appreciate Jodi's and the staff's help during this transition period.

Jose Garcia, Tech Services Librarian, Retiring

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the library, I'm sorry to tell you that Jose Garcia has decided to retire on March 17.  Jose has been a very valuable member of the staff for more than 12 years and will be sorely missed.

Jose has made substantial contributions in the area of collection development and in the technology areas.  He has helped us through the changes in Evergreen software and trained our staff ahead of time so that we would be ready for a smooth transition. Jose presented a wonderful program on the poet Mary Oliver and shared his passion for her work.

The Board and staff wish Jose all the best in his retirement years with time to pursue his many passions.  Please stop by the office before Jose leaves to share your thoughts and say good bye.

The Valley & Berkshire Gleaners are now digitized!

The Lee Library Association is very excited to announce that we have digitized the Valley Gleaner (1857-1902) and Berkshire Gleaner (1902-1944). Now patrons of Lee and from all over the world will have access to these very important papers from Lee. You will be able to use the database in the library or at your home by following this link. We would like to thank the town of Lee and all of our patrons for their continued support. We hope you enjoy searching.

News from the Teen Space

Teen Space

Wednesdays, from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Teen Chess.

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)

March Exhibit

It's Our Lee Business! An exhibit of photos and memorabilia from early Lee business to the present from the Lee Library Historical Collection will be on display in the J. Peter Scolforo Gallery through the month of March. The photo above is of Rossi's Restaurant on the corner of Main and Franklin Streets.

Quilt Show Invitation —Again this year we will have a Quilt Show in the gallery in April. Members of the community are invited to display a quilted item that can be brought to the library or to Pumpkin Patch Quilts, the co-sponsor of the show, on Saturday, 3/28 or Monday, 3/30.

Registration forms are available at the library, at Pumpkin Patch Quilts, or follow this link. For more information, please call Mary Philpott, 243-2733.

FamiLEE Movie

Frozen II, Saturday, 3/14 at 11am. The movie runs 103 minutes and is rated PG for action/peril and some thematic elements.

Adult Programs

Monday, 3/2 through Thursday 3/26 from 1:30 to 3:30pm. — A Matter of Balance.   This FREE 8-session series sponsored by Berkshire Health Systems will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30pm, beginning on Monday, 3/2 and ending on Thursday, 3/26. This program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Space is limited with registration required by calling 413-445-9242.

Wednesday, 3/11 from 2 to 4pm. Main Street Literary Society Book Club, hosted by Deidre Consolati. The February book selection is The Sellout by Paul Beatty. New members are welcome but are required to register by calling the library at 413-243-0385.

Wednesday, 3/18 from 2 to 4pm. The Gateway Writer's Group in the Gallery. If you love to write, please put this date on your calendar! Come and join us as we share our efforts in a friendly and encouraging environment.

Whether you are a writer of memoir, short stories, screen plays, poetry — whatever genre —  all are welcome, so please come by. Our numbers are swelling, so make sure you grab a seat before they're all filled!

Feel free to contact us for more details:
Suzanne Winnell Hughes
Linda Buttery

Wednesday, 3/16 at 6pm (Snow Date 3/23). Declutter Your Home Once and For All With the KonMari Method(TM). Are you feeling overwhelmed by the clutter in your life? You are not alone and the KonMari Method(TM) can help you! The KonMari Method(TM) was created by Japanese organizing guru, Marie Kondo, and has helped people across the world to win the war against clutter. Millions of people have been drawn to this philosophy not only due to its effectiveness, but also because it places great importance on being mindful, introspective and forward-looking.

In this 90-minute workshop, you will learn how to apply the KonMari Method(TM) in your home to create an organized home, not just for a day or a week, but for good. Presented by Maile Shoul, the owner of Cloud Eleven Organizing and a Certified KonMari Consultant in training.

Thursday, 3/26 at 6:30pm. Part Two of the Railroads of Lee, presented by Brent Bette of the Berkshire Scenic Railroad. Presented by the Lee Historical Society.

Knitting and Crochet Group — Tuesdays 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!

NEW!: Craft Circle — Fridays from 10am to noon in the Gallery. Bring your craft, sewing or needlework and join the fun. It's a time for working on a new project or one that you have wanted to complete!

Children's Programs
and Information

Thursdays, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 and 3/26, 3:45 to 4:30pm. Mindfulness for Children. Join us for this 4-week caregiver/child class teaching simple ways to reduce stress, build self-awareness and other ways to increase mindfulness into your child's life. Best for children 3-8 years old. Free. Registration is required by calling Jessica at 413-464-5095.

Saturday, 3/21 at 10:30am. Kiwanis Krafts and Reading with Kids. Please join us for a holiday-themed story and craft presented by the Lee Kiwanis Club. Healthy snacks provided!

Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30am. Babies and Books. Join us for this weekly program for families with infants, ages birth to 12 months. We will learn new songs, finger plays and share the joys and challenges of new parenthood! This program is free and no registration required.

Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30am. Brain Builders. Join us for this weekly playgroup for families with young children ages 2 1/2 to 5. This program is free and no registration is required. This program will include a circle time with stories, songs and group fun, followed by tabletop activities.

New Microfilm Reader!

The library has a new microfilm reader. You can now send articles to your email or transfer them to a flash drive and print them.

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.