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!


story time possums

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

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

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Beyond Beginning Guitar 

Mondays (except holidays), 6-7 p.m.

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

guitar student

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

Beginning Guitar, a small group class teaching open chords, strumming, and simple songs. F adults and teens 15 and older. Bring a playable acoustic guitar to class.

Conversational Italian continues to meet Fridays, 4-5 p.m., but at the moment Dora Waters’ class is full. We’re so grateful to Dora for this great class!


A great Wednesday night lineup:

Phantom Thread

Wednesday, May 2, 7 p.m. Phantom Thread


Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m. The Post


Wednesday, May 30, 7 p.m. Call Me by Your Name

poetry word in mixed vintage metal type printing blocks over grunge wood

Poetry Group meet alternate Tuesday.

Next meeting: Tuesday, May 1, 4-5 p.m.

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


The Cookbook Club:

Friday, May 18, 12-1 p.m. 

Join us for the last meeting of this season as we cook from potluck cookbooks. We’ve got four from which to choose, so stop in to the library, pick up a cookbook, then join us for a fabulous shared lunch as we sample and discuss dishes. A cooking adventure awaits! All are welcome.

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Anna Karenina Reading Group

Thursday, May 10, 3:30-5 p.m.

This will be the final in our series of eight monthly meetings of the Anna Karenina Reading Group! The discussion is led by retired college literature teacher and librarian Keith Stavely.

Sourdough Sloan

OpenBk Saturday, May 12, 10-11 a.m.

All welcome to a discussion of Sourdough by Robin Sloan. Stop by the library soon to pick up a copy of the book.