Willett Free Library

Willett Free Library

The Willett Free Library

45 Ferry Road, Saunderstown, RI, PO Box 178,

Saunderstown, RI 02874

Phone: 401-294-2081; email: willettfree@gmail.com

Open hours: M-F 1-6; Saturdays 9-noon

Founded as the Saunderstown Library Association in 1885, the library has occupied its current building since 1903, with a complete renovation in 2013. It is the smallest library open to the public in Rhode Island and is located in the heart of the historic village of Saunderstown, Rhode Island.

The library is part of Ocean State Libraries, the statewide network of public and private libraries. Find out more, including holiday closings, here: hours, events; or search the catalog here.



Story Time with Miss Barbara

Mondays (except holidays), 3:45-4:30 PM

Picture book stories, singing and crafts.

Best children up to age 5. No registration required. Just come!


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Beyond Beginning Guitar: Tuesdays, 5-6 PM.

Beginning Guitar: Tuesdays, 6-6:45 PM.

Classes are designed for adults and older teens. Please bring a playable acoustic guitar to class; materials will be provided.

New students, please call the library to register.

Religion in America


The library will present all talks that are available for livestreaming.

Tuesday evenings, 7 PM


  • Protestantism and the Rise of Evangelicalism Randall Balmer October 15, 2019 LIVESTREAM 
  • Judaism in America Dan Judson October 29, 2019 LIVESTREAM
  • Race and Religion Judith Weisenfeld November 5, 2019 LIVESTREAM
  • Religion and Politics in the United States Molly Worthen December 10, 2019 LIVESTREAM


Conversational Italian with teacher extraordinaire Dora Waters! Fridays, 4 -5 PM. The class is best for those with some knowledge of Italian. Please contact the library for details.


poetry in scripts

The Poetry Group meets biweekly to share work and encourage members in the writing process. All welcome!

Next meeting: Tuesday, October 29, 3:30-4:30 PM.



Portrait of a Lady Oxford World Classics


The Portrait of a Lady Book Group, led by Ann Ferrante, retired Distinguished Lecturer in English from RISD, will discuss 100 or so pages of the novel each month, from October to March.

The book group meets on the third Thursday of the month. First meeting: Thursday, October 17, 3:30-5 PM. Stop by the library to register and pick up a copy of the book.

***This book group is full! If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact the library.***



Saturday, October 19 

10-11 AM


For October, OpenBk will discuss Anna Burns’ MILKMAN, winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize. The novel, set in the 1970s, has just one narrator, an unnamed 18-year-old woman living in Belfast during the Troubles. NPR described it as “a wildly good and true novel of how living in fear limits people.” Suspicions reign, trust is nonexistent, and the ingredients for an excellent discussion are abundant!

This event is free, accessible, and open to the public. 

Copies of the book are available at the library. All welcome!


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Movie Nights, some Wednesdays, 7 PM. Relax and enjoy a free movie in the comfort of the library! Next film: Wednesday, October 23rd, Yesterday. A struggling singer-songwriter’s dreams of fame come true when he performs Beatles’ songs for a world in which the greatest band in history never existed!



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Halloween Party! Thursday, Oct. 31, 5 PM. Enjoy our (just a little) spooky library,  non-candy treats and family fun!

All welcome.

coffee and treats



Friday, November 1st at 10am

Stop by to meet your neighbors and enjoy a warm drink and some treats. All are welcome!



The Willett Cookbook Club

Friday, November 8, 12-1 PM

The Cookbook Club shares lunch on the second Friday of each month from September to May, with dishes based on the book selected for that month. November’s book is More Mexican Everyday Cooking by Rick Bayless.

Contact the library to reserve a copy of the book and let us know you’ll be attending.

All welcome!