Willett Free Library

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The Willett Free Library was founded as the Saunderstown Library Association in 1885. It has occupied its current building since 1903, with a complete renovation occurring in 2013. The smallest library open to the public in Rhode Island, the Willett is located in the heart of the historic village of Saunderstown. The library is part of Ocean State Libraries, the statewide network of public and private libraries. Find out about our hours, events, or search the catalog here.

Call us at: 401-294-2081 or email us at willettfree@gmail.com. Better yet, stop by!

holiday open house


Wednesday, December 19, 3-5 p.m. 

Join us for eggnog and cookies, and shop the Book Sale while you’re here!

We’d love to see you.



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Mondays (except holidays) 

3:45-4:30 p.m.

Stories, guitar-led singing and dancing, and crafts.

No registration required. Best for children under 5. No registration needed. Just come!

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Guitar Classes 

Mondays (except holidays), 5:30-6:30 p.m. Guitar for Complete Beginners. 

If you don’t know how to play guitar but want to learn, this is a perfect time to start. We’ll begin at the very beginning: how to hold the guitar and pick, form chords, strum in rhythm, and practice simple songs. Bring a playable acoustic guitar. Class material will be provided.

Tuesdays (except holidays), 5:30-6:30 p.m.

In a relaxed group setting, we’ll work on technique, rhythm, finger dexterity, and expanding our song repertoire. Class material will be provided. Bring a playable acoustic guitar and join the fun!

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Willett Poetry Group

Alternate Tuesdays. Next meeting: December 18, 4-5 p.m.

Do you write poetry or are you interested in sampling this exciting medium? Would you like to get feedback on the poems you write? Come to a meeting of the Willett Poetry Group! This supportive, self-directed group meets every other week for an hour of poetic exploration and inspiration.



Conversational Italian with Dora Waters

Fridays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

This is an ideal class for

beginners and those with just a bit of Italian.

Space is limited, so please contact the library for details.

(Class will meet this Friday, December 14, then take a two-week break for the holidays. Classes will resume on Friday, January 4.)


Writing for Children:

A Great Way to Spend January!

The perfect class for adults interested in writing for children

Award-winning author Barbara Mariconda, who led the highly popular fall Writing for Children series, has kindly agreed to offer the five-part writers’ workshop again this January.

Classes will meet on Thursday evenings, 6-8 p.m., from January 3-31. Barbara will cover such topics as genre, story creation, character development, and preparing your manuscript for submission. She will also provide individual critiques of manuscripts.

Barbara has designed this second Writing for Children series to be suitable both for those who took the first series and for newcomers. No prior experience is required, just a willingness to share. Barbara recommends that participants make a $10 donation to the library for each session.  Our sincere thanks to Barbara for this wonderful class–and for fundraising for our library! Space is limited to 15. Sign up soon at the library!


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