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!


frog king story time

Story Time

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

(best for children age 5)

Stories, songs, crafts.
No registration required!

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Beyond Beginning Guitar 

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

A class for adults and older teens. Learn chords, rhythms, finger style, tips, and plenty of songs. Bring a playable guitar. No registration required and it’s free!

willett fireplace

On Wednesday afternoons–when the weather’s cold–we light a fire in our fireplace and serve s’mores and cocoa to our patrons. Stop in on a cold Wednesday to relax, enjoy some time around the fire, and browse our great collection!

Movie Night
Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.


In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.
Dunkirk is a 2017 film written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan. Its ensemble cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy.  Dunkirk has been nominated for many awards, including eight Academy Awards.
Rated PG-13 1 hrs, 46 mins.; 2017

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Conversational Italian

Fridays, 4 – 5 p.m. 

Learn phrases, vocabulary, and sayings that will let you speak Italian right from the start. No experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. Classes are led by Dora Waters, retired teacher of Italian and Spanish with over thirty-five years’ experience. Space is limited for this  free class. Call, email, or stop by to register.


The next meeting of the Poetry Group will take place on Tuesday, March 6, 4-5 PM. Come share your writing in this supportive, self-directed group.

All welcome.

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Anna Karenina Reading Group

Thursday, March 8, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Join us for the fifth in our series of eight monthly meetings of the Anna Karenina Reading Group. Even if you haven’t attended the discussion before, it’s not too late to join. Stop by the library to let us know you’ll be coming and to pick up a copy of the novel, then come to the meeting of the group on March 8. The discussion is led by retired college literature teacher and librarian Keith Stavely.