Lee Library Awarded NEH Grant

The Lee Library received notice in December 2017 that we were awarded a Preservation Assistance Grant of $6000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This grant will support a preservation assessment of the Lee Library Historical Collection and the purchase of archival supplies to rehouse items documenting the history of Lee. The Lee Library was the only institution in Berkshire County to receive a grant in this round.

The National Endowment for the Humanities was created in 1965 as an independent federal agency. NEH supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.

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.

Happy New Year from the Lee Library Association!

The Staff and Board of Directors of the Lee Library wish everyone a year filled with peace, good health and happiness. We thank you for your continued support.

News from the Teen Space

Teen Space

Monday, 1/22 at 6pm. TAB meeting.

Wednesdays, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24 and 1/31 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Teen Chess.

Thursdays, 1/4, 1/11 ,1/18 & 1/25 at 3:30pm. Dungeons & Dragons.

Fridays, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19 & 1/26 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Wii in the Gallery.

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.

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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)

January Gallery Exhibit

Colleen Surprise Jones Art Show. Paintings and fabric arts in the J. Peter Scolforo Gallery.


FamiLEE Library Movie: LEGO Ninjago Movie, Saturday, 1/13 at 11am. The movie runs 111 minutes and is rated PG for some mild action and rude humor.

Adult Programs

Monday, 1/8 at 7pm. Meet the Artist, Ken Packie. Program begins with a screening of Leo Mahoney's award-winning short documentary, SAWDUST, the art of ken Packie. Q & A session with Ken Packie after the film.

Wednesday, 1/10 from 2 to 4pm. Main Street Literary Society Book Club. Meetings will continue to be held on the second Wednesday of each month and book club members are encouraged to bring book titles that they would like to have selected in future months. The book selection for January is The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, and the meeting is hosted by Deedee Consolati. New members are welcome but are required to register by calling the library at (413) 243-0385.

Saturday, 1/20 at 1pm. Talk by Thad Kubis on Walker Evans. Walker Evans was an American photographer and photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration documenting the effects of the Great Depression. Many of his works are in the permanent collections of museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the George Eastman House.

NEW: Grown-up Game Night! Get together with a group of friendly board game enthusiasts every Thursday evening from 6 to 8pm. For adults 18+, no registration required, for more information call us at 413-243-0385.

Knitting and Crochet Group (we will continue throughout the fall/winter!)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!

Children's Programs
and Information

Saturday, 1/20 from 10:30 to 11:30am. Storytime and Craft. Please join us for a Story and Craft presented by the Lee Kiwanis Club. Snacks will be 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 birth 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.

Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30am. American Sign Language for Kids! Beginning January 5 to February 9. Ages 4-10 with an adult caregiver. Registration is required. To register please call 413-243-0385.

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.