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.

The photo below is of The Passumpsic Club, on the grounds of Greenwater Pond, East Lee. In notes from The Berkshire Gleaner, at the annual meeting held on Sunday, August 5, 1908, a big dinner was held at the club house and officers were elected, namely, TA Boyne, president; EL Tinker, vice-presidents, Charles H. Pease, secretary and JW Bossidy, treasurer. Other organizations like the Italian Club and St. George's Church Sunday School used the space at the club to hold gatherings.

Photo Collection

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 Lee, and plans to join us in a couple of months. 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.

In Memoriam

The Lee Library mourns the passing of our dear colleague and friend, Josephine "Joey" Blache, who died on January 17, 2020. Joey started working at the Lee Library every afternoon as a high school student in the late 1930's, and continued until 1986 when she retired. She returned to the library and worked part time until 2010. She frequently returned to the library until just a few weeks ago. Her wonderful smile and visits will be missed by all.

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)

February Exhibit

An exhibit of Nikki Laudon Photography for the month of February in the J. Peter Scolforo Gallery.

FamiLEE Movie

The Addams Family, Saturday, 2/8 at 11am. The movie runs 87 minutes and is rated PG for some action and macabre, suggestive humor and mild peril.

Adult Programs

Wednesday, 2/12 from 2 to 4pm. Main Street Literary Society Book Club, hosted by Deidre Consolati. The February book selection is Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. New members are welcome but are required to register by calling the library at 413-243-0385.

Thursday, 2/13 from 6:30- 7:30pm. Local Author Talk/Book Signing. Serena Burdick will read from and talk about her just-published historical novel The Girls with No Names based on the real House(s) of Mercy. Q & A to follow and books will be available for signing and purchase for interested audience members.

Wednesday, 2/19 from 2 to 4pm. The Gateway Writer's group.

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

Saturday, 2/15 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!

Wednesday, 2/19 from 3 to 4:30pm. Audubon Winter Wildlife Family Program. Zach Adams a Teacher/Naturalist with Mass Audubon at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary will present this program geared for families as well as adults.

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.