Community Center with all of the features and benefits Lee needs ...

Quiet areas ...

to read and study.

A children's area

... that is colorful,spacious and right-sized.

Meeting Rooms ...

that are comfortable and available to the community, even after hours!

With space ...

to properly display the work of local artists

With room ...

that allows us to expand our collection to meet the changing needs of the community.

A place ...

that offers special programs just for teens!

Accessible ...

a place everyone can visit and enjoy.

Energy Efficient,

green and sustainable.

Thanks to the Lee Energy Committee for helping to Warm Up the Library, December 5, 2012

Why Lee needs a Library Community Center

Lee needs a Library Community Center that is right-sized for the community

  • The modern library is much more than a warehouse for books - it’s a community gathering place which offers opportunities for all the citizens of Lee to connect with neighbors and the world. At 3200 square feet, the existing library is too small to fulfill this mission. According to national guidelines, given the current population of Lee, the Lee Library building should be 5,300 -13,000 sq ft.
  • The basement meeting room can seat no more than 25 and is not available for public use when the library is closed.
  • We need a building that is sustainable, uses solar and geothermal options, meets LEED criteria and has energy efficient materials, windows and entryways.
  • The children’s space is cramped; many of the shelves cannot be reached by small children; there is no activity area.
  • There is no dedicated space for young adults. 
  • There are no quiet study areas.
  • Parking is limited.

Lee needs a Library Community Center that is available to everyone

  • The only meeting room in the library is in the basement, down a steep flight of stairs. If you cannot navigate those stairs, you cannot attend a meeting in the Lee Public Library: the monthly book club discussions, the craft workshops, community group meetings – or even the children’s storytime.

  • There IS a ramp leading to the library – with help, a person who uses a wheelchair or a walker can enter the building. But they’re not going to be able to really USE the library – not only will they not be able to attend a meeting, they can’t browse the stacks, or even glance through the displays of new arrivals, looking for a book to check out – the doorway into the 1996 addition is too narrow as are many of the aisles. There is no room in the stacks for a wheelchair to turn around. There’s just no room.

  • Because the library is not handicapped accessible, the town is not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

Working together, Lee can build it