The Lee Library is planning for the future and we are looking for your input. The survey will be available from July 1 through August 1, both online (follow this link) and on a paper form available at the circulation desk.
Please take the time to answer the survey so that we can better serve you and the community. The results of the survey will also be part of our Long-Range Plan as we set our goals for the next five years.
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 of the Planets by Lloyd Johnson during the month of August.
Monday, 8/11 - Kindergarten Pop-up. 11am - noon. This free event is open to any child accompanied by caregiver who will be entering kindergarten this fall. Activities are designed to make children familiar with kindergarten setting. Presented in collaboration with South Berkshire Kids, and made possible through funding from the Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care.
Summer Reading Program (SRP) 2014
The general theme for the summer reading program is Science. The program began 6/23 and runs through 8/2. The program will have weekly book prizes, special programs and an end of summer party with prizes.
The Children's programs are sponsored by the Marjorie C. Wickham Fund for which we are very grateful.
SRP Children's Programs
Saturday, 8/2 11am - noon. Lee Ambulance Squad will have one of their ambulances parked in the library parking lot for a tour and demonstrations.
Wednesday, August 8/6 - Children's Grand Finale Party from 2 - 4pm. Guest performer will be Meredyth Babcock from Marmalade Productions. Reading certificates and prizes will be presented. The grand prize again this year will be a pair of tickets to the Big E. Ice cream sundaes after the party for all.
SRP Adult Programs
Monday, 8/4, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. "Margaret Bourke-White: Courageous Photographer". Sally Matson performs as Margaret Bourke-White in this one-woman show about the ground-breaking photographer of the 1930's, 40's and 50's.
Thursday, 8/14 at 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Robert Welcome talk, "Relativity Simplified".
Monday, 8/18 at 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Book Talk & Signing. Local author Lydia Rosner will read from her new book, Building Becket: A Love Story. This is the story of a New Yorker (the author) reluctantly being brought to Becket by her husband and together building by their own unskilled hands a house. That house is now home and Becket has had three generations of Rosners living in it.
FamiLEE Library Movie
Saturday, 8/92, 11am. The movie is Rio 2. Rated G, 101 minutes.
Free! Please join us.
The Lee Library Association invites you to display your art in our 14th annual exhibit for the month of September. The item must be brought to the Lee Library on Friday, 8/29, 10am - 5pm or Saturday, 8/30, 10am - 2pm.A maximum of 2 items per artist will be accepted due to space limitations. Items must be ready to hang or display in a case.
Registration forms will be available at the Lee Library circulation desk or call Mary Philpott 243-2733 for more information. A reception will be held Founder's Weekend, Sept. 19th from 3-5 pm.
Free! Please join us.
Other Children's Programs
Pre-school Story Hour. Thursday mornings at 10:30 to 11:00am in the Children's Room. Ages 2 1/2 to 5 with caregivers.
Toby on Tuesdays. Our reading dog Toby will be here on Tuesday afternoons from 4 to 5 pm.
Free Music through the
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.