Current Days, Hours, & Services
Now open for browsing and pick-up:
Monday – Thursday from 1-6pm.
Due to our size and the current phase of Reopening RI, there is a limit of six people at a time in the library. Due to current mandates, there is no entry without a mask. We are respectfully requesting that you limit your visit to fifteen minutes or less to reduce the potential for spreading the virus and allow us to accommodate more patrons. We appreciate your understanding during these difficult times and will do whatever we can to keep our community safe and healthy while allowing for maximum access to materials.
If you prefer, we are still offering curbside pickup. A great way to safely get books at any time of day.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
News & Activities
New & Fun!
For Children, Families, or Adults!
We will have a limited number of pumpkins available at the library for decorating. Pick one up (or use your own – real or faux are acceptable), paint or decorate it however you would like, and bring it back to the library.
No carving, please…but feel free to use paint, glue, buttons, fabric, or anything else you can think of! You can enter as an individual or a team.
Awards will be given in categories such as:
Best in Show
Best Book or Book Character
You can download the app on your device, sign up for an account, and then ‘search for free options.’ Enter your zip code, and select ‘Willett Free Library.’ Enter your card number. You will now have access to lots of language learning, including:
- Chinese, Mandarin
- or even Pirate!!
Book Discussion Group
The Golden Bowl by Henry James
Facilitated by Ann Ferrante, retired Distinguished Lecturer in English at RISD
Held via Zoom on the third Thursday of each month from October to January
Meeting Dates: Thursday, October 15th 3:30-5pm; Thursday November 19th 3:30-5pm; Thursday December 17th 3:30-5pm; Thursday January 21st 3:30-5pm
This group will read a section of the book each month at Ann’s direction, and meet to discuss it. To sign up, please email us at WillettFree@gmail.com. Need a copy of the book? We will have them available at the library for a $15 donation.
About the novel: Set in England, The Golden Bowl is Henry James’s highly charged exploration of adultery, jealousy, and possession that continues and challenges James’s characteristic exploration of the battle between American innocence and European experience. Maggie Verver, a young American heiress, and her widowed father, Adam, lead a life of wealth and refinement in London. They both become married: Maggie to Prince Amerigo, an impoverished Italian aristocrat, and Adam to the beautiful but penniless Charlotte Stant. But both father and daughter are unaware that their new conquests share a secret – one for which all concerned must pay the price.