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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!

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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:

  1. Go to OSLRI.org,
  2. Type the name of a book in the search bar at the top right,
  3. 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.

SRP dates
Willett Free Library
Summer Reading Program
Monday, July 6th – Friday, August 14th, 2020
Ages 0-100
*NEW this year: Willett Free Library has a subscription to Beanstack. This is a fun way to tally up how many books you read, leave reviews, and earn badges and raffle tickets towards fun prizes!

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 www.willettfree@beanstack.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!


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • The Scarlet Letter Book Discussion: Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 from 3:30 – 5pm; email willettfree@gmail.com 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.

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WFL Annual Meeting


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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 willettfree@gmail.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!

Beginning Guitar virtual 8 week class


Ebook and Audiobook Update:

Our partners at Ocean State Libraries are working hard to ensure that everyone has access to ebooks and audiobooks during this time. 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

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puzzle swap!

Puzzle Swap:

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.

Some requests:

  • 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.