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.

Pictured below is a photo — dated 1908 — from the Library's Historical Collection. Mary Stallman was the first person to serve as the librarian in the present Lee Library building. Mary Stallman was librarian for 27 years. The pictures on the wall behind her still hang in the front reading room. One picture is of Harrison Garfield, the first president of the Lee Library Association and the other of Elizur Smith, who was a member of the Board of Trustees.

Photo Collection

New Flooring and Carpeting for the Library!

New flooring and carpeting will be installed in the library in October. As you can see, this needs to be done very badly. In the gallery, new flooring, rather than carpeting, will be installed so that it will be cleaner and easier to maintain.

This is a huge job and will require closing for a number of days in October. We ask your patience while things are moved in and out so the carpeting can be installed. We will give you more details as we get closer and we are looking forward to seeing our library look better than ever. Thank you for your continued support.

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, 9/4, 9/11, 9/18 and 9/25 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)

September Exhibit —
CreativeLEE XIX

The Lee Library Association invites you to visit our 19th annual exhibit for the month of September. The opening reception will be held during Founder's Weekend, Friday, 9/13 from 3 to 5 pm. The Gallery will also be open on Saturday, 9/15 from 10am to 2pm.

FamiLEE Movie

The Secret Life of Pets 2, Saturday, 9/7 at 11am. The movie runs 86 minutes and is rated PG for some action and rude humor.

Adult Programs

Wednesday, 9/11 from 2 to 4pm. Main Street Literary Society Book Club, hosted by Deidre Consolati. The September selection is The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce. New members are welcome but are required to register by calling the library at 413-243-0385.

Thursday, 9/12 from 6:30 to 8:00pm with Thad Kubis. Caring for your camera and more! When was the last time you cleaned your lens, wiped down your camera body and did more than change your batteries? If you have to think about the date, it has been too long. Join Thad Kubis for a lecture that will cover all types of camera systems; smartphones and tablets, point and shoot systems, legacy film-based cameras and the most advanced digital systems available. Subjects to include: cleaning tools needed, protection gear from weather, and more!

Monday, 9/23 from 6:00 to 7:30pm. Old and Rare Books Talk & Appraisals by Brattle Bookshop Owner & Antiques Roadshow Guest Appraiser Kenneth Gloss. Kenneth Gloss will discuss and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the "hunt," as well as explain what makes a book increase in value. He will also talk about the history of this historic bookshop which dates back to circa 1825. There will also be a Q&A session followed by free verbal appraisals of books that attendees have brought with them.

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

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.

Saturday, 9/21 from 10:30 to 11:30am. Kiwanis Krafts and Reading with Kids. Please join us for story, craft and healthy snacks presented by the Lee Kiwanis Club

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.