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.

Stories, songs, crafts, and loads of fun.
No registration required. Best for children 5 and under.

guitar fingerss

Beyond Beginning Guitar 

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

Learn a few new chords, along with new rhythms, finger style, and plenty of songs. This class if for adults and older teens. Bring a playable guitar. Free! And no registration required.

poetry blue

The Willett Poetry Group: Alternate Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m.

The next meeting of the Poetry Group will take place on Tuesday, April 3, 4-5 PM. Come share your poetry and listen to other poets in this supportive, self-directed group. For adults and older teens.

guitar student

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

Beginning Guitar, a small group class, is now accepting new members! If you’d like to learn the basics of acoustic guitar, such as open chords, strumming, and simple songs, this free class is for you. Beginning Guitar is for adults and teens 15 and older. No registration is required (but the teacher is away for two Tuesdays, so the next class meets on Tuesday, April 10). Bring a playable acoustic guitar to class.

willett fireplace

On chilly Wednesday afternoons we light a fire in our fireplace and serve s’mores and cocoa! Stop in to relax! 

italy balcony

Conversational Italian

Fridays, 4 – 5 p.m. 

(No class this Friday, March 23, because our teacher Dora must be away. Classes resume Friday, March 30.)

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.

New Date!

darkest hour

Movie Night
Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.

Darkest Hour


During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler or fight on against incredible odds. Stars Gary Oldman (winner of Golden Globe and Academy Award for best actor), Kristin Scott Thomas, and Lily James. Directed by Joe Wright.
Rated PG-13; 2 hr, 5 mins; 2017

new anna karenina

Anna Karenina Reading Group

Thursday, April 12 , 3:30-5:00 p.m.

This will be the seventh in our series of eight monthly meetings of the Anna Karenina Reading Group. Even if you haven’t attended the discussion before, you are welcome to join in. Stop by the library to pick up a copy of the novel. The discussion is led by retired college literature teacher and librarian Keith Stavely.

ATK Complete Make-Ahead

The Cookbook Club:

Friday, April 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

For the next meeting of the Cookbook Club, we’ll be cooking from America’s Test Kitchen The Complete Make-Ahead Cookbook. At this monthly lunchtime club, we discuss our experiences cooking from the selected book while enjoying a splendid array of dishes from the book. Stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book, then tell us what you’ll be bringing, and join us!