Dear Friend of the Lee Library,

The Lee Library is in great need of replacing the chairs around the large oval table in the front reading room. These chairs are the original chairs to our library and after more than 100 years of use and repeated repairing, they need to be replaced for the safety and comfort of our patrons.

We have selected a very traditional chair that should last the library for a long time. The cost of each chair is $300. Each donation of that amount or more will have a plaque on the back of the chair inscribed with the donor's name. We hope that you will contribute to our efforts to replace these chairs through Share - A - Chair. Donations in any amount are most welcome, and those donations will be combined with others to help purchase these chairs. Your contribution is tax deductible. The Lee Library has 501 (c) (3) status.

Please stop by the library if you haven't done so in a while. The Lee Library is a very vibrant place with services and programs that may be new to you. Our staff will be very happy to help you learn about our offerings.

Thank you in advance for any support that you can give to the Lee Library.


Mary Philpott
President, Board of Directors
Lee Library Association

Dan Paquette
Lee Library Association

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)

In the Gallery

Paintings by Sharon DeLorme during the month of November in the J. Peter Scolforo Gallery.

Monday 11/10, 6pm to 8pm, Sublime Sunflowers — a pastel art workshop with Greg Maichack. FREE! Space is limited to ensure that adequate art supplies are available. To register either call the Lee Library at 413-243-0385 or email to with name, email and phone number.

FamiLEE Library Movie

Saturday, 11/8, 11am. The movie is Planes - Fire & Rescue. Rated PG, 100 minutes.

Free!   Please join us.

Children's Programs
and Information

Every Child Ready to Read @ the Lee Library will be held again on the following Tuesdays: Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 10:30 to 11:15 am in the gallery. This program is for children from birth through 5 years old. The series includes a literacy workshop, story time and playgroup all in one! Each family will receive picture books, a book bag and helpful information and resources. Registration is required since space is limited. To register, email or call the library at 413-243-0385. This very popular parent/child workshop series is being held again thanks to our ongoing collaboration with South Berkshire Kids and CFCE Grant funding provided by the Mass. Dept. of Early Education and Care.

Thursday, 11/20, 10:30 to 11:30am — STEM for Little Scientists. This is a pilot program that will be held at the Lee Library every 3rd Thursday as a supplement to our regular Thursday Story Time. November's STEM theme will be S is for science: Fun with Colors!!! about mixing and blending colors. Each month's STEM (Science! Technology! Engineering! Math!) curriculum will include stories, demonstrations, songs and table top activities. Ages 1-5. For questions and additional information please contact Jessica Maloney of South Berkshire Kids at 413-464-5095.

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.

Children's November Guessing Jar will be an autumn nature theme.

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.