News from the Teen Space

Teen Space

Wednesdays, 7/8, 15, 22, 29 from 3 to 5pm.   Teen Chess Club.

Fridays, 7/10, 17, 24 from 3 to 4:30pm.   Teen Gaming.   Teens please join us to play the Wii in friendly games of competition.

Monday, 7/13 at 6pm.   Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting.

Saturday, 7/18 at 11am.   Please join us as we outline some quick ideas for our summer photography contest.

Monday, 7/27 from 10 to 11am.   Teen Graphic Novel Workshop with Jeff Mack. Teens please join us as acclaimed illustrator Jeff Mack goes over some of the basic techniques on how to create a Graphic Novel. Ages 12 and up

Friday, 7/31 from 3 to 4:30pm.   Teen Anime Movie. Teens please join us as we show Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Blood Prison! Ages 13 and up

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.

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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)

July Gallery Exhibit

Artists from Gloria Malcolm Arnold's Studio through the month of July. Opening reception, Monday 7/6, 6 to 8pm.

Summer Reading Program 2015

The program will have weekly book prizes, special programs and an end of summer party with prizes.

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM: This year's theme is Every Hero has a Story.

Wednesday, 7/15 from 11 to 12noon.   Captain America visits the Lee Library! Captain America reads from some of his favorite books. Have a photo taken with him afterwards.

Thursday, 7/30 from 3 to 4pm.   Digging to New York: The Building of the Hoosac Tunnel. With song and explanations, Anne O'Connor will explain how the Hoosac Tunnel, a Wonder of the World, was built right here in the Berkshires in the 19th Century! Kids will get to practice how a drill works, do hands-on digging and tunnel-making while "working on the railroad".

ADULTS' PROGRAM: The theme is Escape the Ordinary.

Monday, 7/13 at 6:30pm. Artist Gloria Malcolm Arnold,   painting demonstration.

Thursday, 7/16 at 7pm.   Mike Harney Talks about Tea. Talk and tea tasting from Harney & Sons, Master Tea Blenders.


FamiLEE Library Movie: The movie Paddington will be shown Saturday, 7/11 at 11am. Running 95 minutes, rated PG. Please join us.

Classic Cinema at the Lee Library: The movie An American in Paris, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron will be shown Wednesday, 7/8 at 2pm. This monthly movie series and refreshments are generously provided by Kindred Health at Laurel Lake.

Adult Programs

Tuesday, 7/7 at 6:30pm.   Rescued from Slavery: The Story of Solomon Northup.   David Fiske, author of two books and expert on Mr. Northup will talk about the man whose story was told in the Oscar-winning movie 12 Years a Slave.

Tuesday, 7/14 at 6:30pm.   Author Talk and Book Signing.   Local author and journalist Bob Reiss writing as James Abel will read from and discuss White Plague, a thriller novel set in the US Arctic, and the first in a series featuring Marine doctor and bio-terror expert Joe Rush.

Wednesday, 7/15 from 2 to 4pm.   Back to the Book book club. This month's book selection is When She Woke by Hillary Jordan.  New members are required to register by calling the library at 413-243-0885.

Monday, 7/20 at 6pm.   A Free Woman On God's Earth, The True Story of Elizabeth Mumbet Freeman, The Slave Who Won Her Freedom.   Jana Laiz, Writer-In-Residence at Herman Melville's Berkshire home, Arrowhead, will talk about this 1750s Berkshire woman who history has mostly overlooked. This program is a combined adult/teen offering. Funded by the Lee Cultural Council.

Thursday, 7/23 at 7pm.   Boom and Bust Sing-a-Long,  a program of vintage American songs from the 1920s, 1930s and 1949s. Doug Schmolze, on guitar and vocals with Eric Martin on violin/viola and vocals, with audience vocal participation! Funded by the Lee Cultural Council.

Thursday, 7/30 at 6:30pm.   The First Big Dig: The Hoosac Tunnel. Learn more about this historical engineering feat with historian and author Anne O'Conner. Funded by the Lee Cultural Council.

Children's Programs
and Information

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.