Willett Free Library

The Willett Free Library will be closed on Monday, May 28,

in honor of Memorial Day. 


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!

it's storytime

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.

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

The Willett Poetry Group meets alternate Tuesdays.

Next meeting: Tuesday, May 29, 4-5 p.m.

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

Movie Night!


Wednesday, May 30, 7 p.m.

Call Me by Your Name

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.

Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Screenplay written by James Ivory and André Aciman. Based on the novel by André Aciman. Starring Armie Hammer,  Timothée Chalamet, and  Michael Stuhlbarg.

The American writer André Aciman is a distinguished professor at the Graduate Center of City University of New York, where he teaches the history of literary theory and the works of Marcel Proust. He is the author of several novels, including Call Me by Your Name (winner, in the Gay Fiction category, of the 2007 Lambda Literary Award) and a 1995 memoir, Out of Egypt, which won a Whiting Award.

The film received numerous accolades and praise for its performances, screenplay, direction, and music. At the 90th Academy Awards, it won for Best Adapted Screenplay, and was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Chalamet) and Best Original Song (“Mystery of Love“). James Ivory is best known as part of the famed movie production company, Merchant Ivory, producers of the films A Room with a View and Howards End, among others. For this screenplay he also won awards at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards, the 70th Writers Guild of America Awards, and the 71st British Academy Film Awards. Chalamet was also nominated for a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actor.

Rated R; Drama, Romance; 2 hours, 12 minutes; 2018

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The last KaffeeKlatsch of the season!

Friday, June 1, 10:00 am – noon.

Join us for coffee, tea, homemade treats, and a good chat. Catch up with neighbors and friends. All are welcome. We hope you’ll come!


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! 



A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Short Story Writer: A Book Discussion of Two Stories from James Joyce’s Dubliners.

Wednesday, June 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Bloomsday, celebrated each year on June 16, is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce. This year in honor of the occasion, English professor Pam Floyd will lead a discussion here at the library of two of Joyce’s short stories from Dubliners, “The Boarding House,” and “Eveline.” 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.” Join us for an hour’s journey into the world of Dubliners. All welcome. Stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book.

Saturday, June 16, 10-11 a.m.

In June, OpenBk will meet to discuss James Gleick’s Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman. Raised in Depression-era Rockaway Beach, physicist Richard Feynman was irreverent, eccentric, and childishly enthusiastic—a new kind of scientist in a field that was in its infancy. His quick mastery of quantum mechanics earned him a place at Los Alamos working on the Manhattan Project under J. Robert Oppenheimer, where the giddy young man held his own among the nation’s greatest minds. There, Feynman turned theory into practice, culminating in the Trinity test, on July 16, 1945, when the Atomic Age was born. In this sweeping biography, James Gleick captures the forceful personality of a great man, integrating Feynman’s work and life in a way that is accessible to the layperson and fascinating for the scientists who follow in his footsteps.

Stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book. All are welcome.