National Library Week — April 7-13, 2019

National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

Please join the Board of Directors in extending a very special thank you to our wonderful staff during National Library Week. We are very grateful for their dedication and the efforts they put forth to make the Lee Library a warm and welcoming place for our community.

April is Poetry Month

There is a poem for every time and every season ... celebrate Poetry Month!

Sabbath Poem, 2015, VI
Now comes the overflow
not to be imagined but in time,
in season, in presence.  This is
the splurge of beauty, transcending
every need we know.  In her
greater knowing, great dame Nature
has called them, and they come,
the flowers in their thousands
under the still bare trees, over
the dead leaves rising, moving
lightly as the air moves:
twinleaf, bloodroot, anemone,
violets purple and yellow and white,
bellwort.  And the bluebells, whose perfume
cannot be recalled until
they are called back again.  Who
would refuse this joy, this gift,
because in time it cannot last?

          Wendell Berry

Computer and Gadget Help

NEW DAY and HOUR Tuesdays, 4/2, 4/16 and 4/30 from 3 to 5pm and Saturdays, 4/13 and 4/27 from 10am to 12 noon. Looking for help with a new computer, phone, tablet or any other gadget?  Stop in and get help from one of our teen computer and gadget helpers.

   In April, we will accept non-perishable donations as payment for library fines. The donations will be given to the Lee Food Pantry. Donations should be of roughly equal value to the amount of your fines.

Please Note: We cannot accept donations as payment for lost library items.

Exciting News!

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.

Lee Library Historical Photographs

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.

News from the Teen Space

Teen Space

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

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

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Community Television for the Southern Berkshires, CTSB , will offer $1000.00 scholarships available to graduating seniors who will be entering college in September 2019 from the following schools served by CTSB: Monument Mountain High School, Mount Everett High School, Lee High School, Lenox High School. Look for Quick Links/Forms on the CTSB web site for more information and applications.

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

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

  • 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!


(See  Calendar  for event details)

April Art Exhibit

Quilt Show — The 9th annual Quilt Show is on exhibit in the gallery for the month of April. The reception for the Quilt Show will be on Thursday, April 4th from 6 to 8pm. The show is sponsored by the Lee Library and Pumpkin Patch Quilts. (Shown above: Deep Purple Fish, by Marty Gottron, photo by John Felton).

Cheerful Birds! Paintings by John McKinstry in the display cases in the Children's Room and near the Reading Room for the month of April.

FamiLEE Movies

Mary Poppins Returns, Saturday, 4/13 at 11am. The movie runs 131 minutes and is rated PG for some brief action and mild thematic elements.

Adult Programs

Wednesday, 4/10 from 2 to 4pm. Main Street Literary Society Book Club, moderated by Deidre Consolati. The April selection is The Visionist by Rachel Urquhart. New members are welcome but are required to register by calling the library at 413-243-0385.

Monday, 4/29 from 5:00 to 8:00pm with Thad Kubis. An Introduction to Smartphone Photography from 5 to 6:30pm and an An Introduction to SLR/DSLR Photography from 6:30 to 8pm.

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.

Wednesday 4/17 from 2 to 3pm. I am NOT Silly! Danna Banana's free-form, participatory, crowd-pleasing silliness gets kids and parents laughing, dancing, singing and clapping along.

Saturday, 4/20 from 10:30 to 11:30am. Kiwanis Krafts and Reading with Kids. Please join us for a holiday-themed 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.