Holiday Greetings

The Staff and Board of Directors of the Lee Library wish everyone a New Year filled with peace, good health and happiness. We are very grateful for your continued support.

The Lee Library is Hiring

The Lee Library is seeking a part-time Young Adult Services Coordinator. This grant funded position is 10 hours a week, and includes after school and weekend hours. Duties include assisting teens and tweens with research, planning and implementing programs and meetings, and communicating with local schools and teachers. Candidate must possess good communication and customer services skills, a working knowledge of computers and current technology, and an interest in working with teens. Prior library experience preferred. Click HERE for a full job description. Send resume and cover letter to the Lee Library Association — Attn: Daniel Paquette, 100 Main St. Lee, MA 01238 or online to The deadline for applications is Friday, January 16th, 2015.

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

  • Log into your Amazon account.

  • If you need to, type Lee Library in the search box.

Now every time that you shop from 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!


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 Rick Costello, artist and amateur astronomer. The exhibit will be on display for the month of January in the J. Peter Scolforo Gallery.

Tuesday, 1/20 at 7pm: Talk by Rick Costello: How elements are formed in stars.

FamiLEE Library Movie

Saturday, 1/10, 11am. The movie is How to Train Your Dragon 2. Rated PG, 102 minutes. Free!   Please join us.

Children's Programs
and Information

Every Child Ready to Read @ the Lee Library — New sessions will be offered in 2015.  Ages are birth through 5 years old. This very popular parent/child workshop series will be 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. For more information, please contact Rosemarie Borsody at:

January's installment of the Thursday Story Time STEM for Little Scientists will be Thursday, 1/22 from 10:30-11:30a.m. Theme will be M for Math! 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 January Guessing Jar contest is What was your favorite book of 2014?.

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.