News & Updates
Now open for browsing by appointment:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1-5pm.
Call us at 294-2081 and a librarian will make an appointment for you. Limit of two patrons at a time in the library. Due to current mandates, there is no entry without a mask.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
We are now open for curbside pickup of materials currently in the library, or materials delivered through interlibrary loan!
Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1-5pm. Call us at 294-2081 and a librarian will help you select books (maximum of 3 per person and 5 per family), check them out to your account, and leave them on the porch for you. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing…no more than one person on the porch at a time.
To look for books currently in the Willett Library:
- Go to OSLRI.org,
- Type the name of a book in the search bar at the top right,
- Click the title of the book (in blue) and it will show you all copies of the book in RI and their status. You will be looking for books at Willett Free and listed ‘available.’
Please be patient if you call and the phone is busy! There is only one line and limited staff during this time. Keep trying and eventually you will get through and someone will help you.
How to join: (You can join now, but you won’t be able to see the challenge until July 6th)
On the Beanstack app:
- Touch ‘find your school or library’
- Type in Willett Free Library
- Touch ‘sign up’
- Enter your information, and follow the prompts to register
- Touch ‘add a reader’ for additional family members
- Touch ‘challenges’ at the bottom of the screen and register for the 2020 Summer Reading Program
- Touch the plus sign to log your reading and activities, earn badges, and qualify for raffle prizes!
On the Beanstack website:
- Go to email@example.com
- Click ‘register an individual or family’
- Click ‘I am registering myself’ and fill out the form
- Click ‘next’ to add family members
- Register for the 2020 Summer Reading program
- Begin tracking your reading and activities, earning badges, and qualifying for raffle prizes!
HOW IT WORKS:
- Kids ages 0-12 earn a badge for each book they read (or have read to them). If they read 6 books in 6 weeks, they earn a special badge and also receive a raffle ticket for the prize drawing. Every 6 books is another chance to win.
- Teens ages 13-17 earn a badge for each book they read. If they read 3 books in 6 weeks, they earn a special badge and also receive a raffle ticket for the prize drawing. Every 3 books is another chance to win.
- Adults ages 18 and over earn a badge for each book they read. If they read 2 books in 6 weeks, they earn a special badge and also receive a raffle ticket for the prize drawing. Every 2 books is another chance to win.
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND YOUNG ADULTS:
- Drop by stories for kids: Visit Willett Free Library during open hours and request a story. You can bring a favorite book for a librarian to read to you, or request a librarian favorite. Available one at a time and socially distanced.
- Pick up crafts: Call 294-2081 to request a craft, and it will be waiting for you on the porch.
- Bedtime stories for kids: Get cozy in your PJ’s and join Miss Jeannie for a virtual bedtime story at 7pm on Tuesdays. Please call or email to register.
- Reader’s Theatre: Join Miss Jennifer for a fun virtual experience. Participants will be emailed a script. Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory – be creative! What do you have around the house? We will gather virtually and everyone will read their part.
VIRTUAL PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS:
- The Scarlet Letter Book Discussion: Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 from 3:30 – 5pm; email firstname.lastname@example.org to join
- Join discussion facilitator Ann Ferrante for this one-time virtual book discussion of The Scarlet Letter. There are ebook and audiobook versions of this title available in the Libby app or on Overdrive for you to access remotely with your library card.
- The Scoop Book Group: A virtual book group. Bring along a book you are currently reading or an old favorite, and be prepared to tell the rest of the group a little bit about it (without giving too much away, of course!) A fun way to add to your must-read list.
A Special Fundraiser for Our Library
The Willett Free Library’s Annual Book & Bake Sale had to be canceled this summer, but all is not lost! Our wonderful volunteer bakers are still eager to break out their mixing bowls for a good cause, and so we present you with our first-ever online bake sale. Just order, pay online, and pick up your purchases at the library—it couldn’t be simpler. The hardest part will be deciding which delectable treat you want to bring home. (Pro tip: you can buy as many items as you like! You can also make a donation to the library and renew your membership on this page.)
*Link to the ordering page coming soon!*
To make your purchases, just click the “Sign Up” button next to the items you’d like to buy, click the blue “Submit” button, and then pay online with your credit or debit card. You have until midnight on Thursday, July 16, to order. (Note: quantities are limited, so please order early!)
On Saturday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., your order will be ready for curbside pickup outside the library. Please remember to wear a face mask!
Want to give a little sugar back to the library? Help us reach our donation goal of $1,000 by clicking on the “YES, I WANT TO SWEETEN THE DEAL!” sign-up button.
Thank you, as always, for your generosity!
If you haven’t tried virtual programming, now is the time to be adventurous and give it a try! It is a safe way to stay connected to our community. Simply email email@example.com with the program you are interested in attending, and a link will be emailed back to you. You can click on the link on any computer, phone, or tablet with a camera to join.
You can also email for a tutorial, and Jennifer will set up an appointment to get you connected and comfortable with the technology.
See you online soon!
NEW AND VIRTUAL!
Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 from 3:30 – 5pm
email firstname.lastname@example.org to join
Join discussion facilitator Ann Ferrante for this one-time virtual book discussion of The Scarlet Letter.
There are themes in this novel that are applicable to this time of the pandemic: separation from society; enduring stigma because of societal judgment; experiencing solitude; the role of art in enforced aloneness; the nature of community. The discussion will deal with Hawthorne’s place in literary history but will consider his special relevance today.
There are ebook and audiobook versions of this title available in the Libby app or on Overdrive for you to access remotely with your library card.
If you haven’t read the book recently, you are still welcome to join in and listen…perhaps you will be inspired.
This is an event to look forward to!
Ebook and Audiobook Update:
Our doors may be temporarily closed, but Willett Free Library is still here to serve you however we can. Our partners at Ocean State Libraries are working hard to ensure that everyone has access to ebooks and audiobooks during this time. Due to the conflicting information about how long the virus can live on paper, cardboard, and plastic, using your e-reader, phone, or tablet is safest right now. If you have a question about the Libby app or accessing digital materials, call and leave a message or email us…someone will call you back and talk you through the process.
Below is part of a press release issued by Ocean State Libraries. Read the full article at oslri.org:
AskRI [www.askri.org] provides free online resources for Rhode Islanders. Mango Languages has courses to learn over 70 languages, and 19 English as a Second Language courses. Learning Express includes free test preparation – for SATs, various graduate school entrance exams, professional certification, and citizenship (in English and Spanish).
New digital resources are on the way, too! Stay tuned for news at oslri.org and AskRI.org about exciting new resources that will become available statewide soon. Many individual public libraries are also working on new digital resources, too. Check your local library website to see what’s available today and what’s on the way!
To find online learning and enrichment resources from Ocean State Libraries and AskRI, visit https://olis-ri.libguides.com/online/home
If you have a gently used puzzle in good shape, please put the pieces in a plastic ziplock bag and return them to the original box. There is a bin on the porch of the library where you will be able to swap your puzzle for another one.
- Please practice social distancing. If another patron is on the porch, please wait at least six feet back for them to finish.
- Please be aware that others have been handling the items and bins, and we are unsure how long the COVID-19 virus can live on paper and plastic. Use gloves if possible, and wash your hands before and after handling the materials for your own safety and that of all our patrons.
- Be sure that the plastic covers are securely attached when you are finished.
Our guitar classes are now being offered virtually. Please call us at 294-2081 or email us at email@example.com for more information. You can also check the ‘Virtual Resources’ tab for video instruction.