Willett Free Library


Willett Free Library


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 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 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!


Gentle Yoga

Yoga for health and happiness! Don’t miss Betsy Marcotte and Julie Andrews’ weekly yoga classes, Fridays, 9-10:15 AM, held at the Chapel of St. John the Divine, 10 Church Way, Saunderstown.

Summer classes will meet every Friday, now until August 31. Cost is $10 per session and all donations benefit the Willett Free Library! Please register at the library and, if you can, bring a mat to class.

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Story Time: Mondays (except holidays) 3:45-4:30 p.m.

Stories, songs, crafts, fun. No registration needed. Best for children under 5.

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Beyond Beginning Guitar Class: Mondays (except holidays), 6-7 p.m.

Chords, rhythms, finger style, and plenty of songs, for adults and teens 15 and up. Bring a playable acoustic guitar. 

Beginning Guitar Class: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

A small group class teaching open chords, strumming, and simple songs. For adults and teens 15 and up. Bring a playable acoustic guitar.

The Poetry Group welcomes new members. If you write poetry, used to write poetry, or are thinking about writing, come to a session!

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The Willett Poetry Group meets alternate Tuesdays.

Next meeting: Tuesday, June 26, 4-5 p.m.

Come share your poetry with other writers! Get feedback on your work in this supportive environment. All are welcome. 

All the Money

Movie Night: Wednesday, June 27, 7 PM

All the Money in the World

All the Money in the World tells the story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Directed by Ridley Scott, written by David Scarpa and John Pearson (based on Pearson’s book of the same title), starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, and Mark Wahlberg. 

Rated R; 2 hours, 12 minutes; 2017

Kids’ Movie!

Thursday, June 28, 4-5:45 PM


Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.


Rated PG; 1 hour, 45 minutes; 2017



Dora Waters’ weekly Friday Conversational Italian class continues. But enrollment is currently at full capacity. We’re so grateful to Dora for this great class! 

On June 13th, we had a great discussion of two short stories from James Joyce’s Dubliners. Discussion leader and Joyce expert Pam Floyd has agreed to host another conversation about more stories from the classic collection next month. We’ll set the date soon so stay tuned!


Novelist Paul Murray wrote in The Paris Review on the hundredth anniversary of the publication of Joyce’s masterful short story collection, “Dubliners is one of those books that tracks you through life, that you return to again and again, finding something new every time.”