Willett Free Library

Willett Free Library

The Willett Free Library

45 Ferry Road, Saunderstown, RI 

Mailing Address: PO Box 178, Saunderstown, RI 02874

Phone: 401-294-2081; email: willettfree@gmail.com

Open hours: M-F 1-6; Saturdays 9-noon

The Willett Free Library was founded as the Saunderstown Library Association in 1885. The library has occupied its current building since 1903, with a complete renovation in 2013. It is the smallest library open to the public in Rhode Island and is located in the heart of the historic village of Saunderstown, Rhode Island.

The library is part of Ocean State Libraries, the statewide network of public and private libraries. Find out more, including holiday closings, here: hours, events; or search the catalog here.



The Willett Free Library will have a book sale table at Casey Farm on Saturday, May 18, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Stop by to say hello and browse the sale books!

No More Books

We’re sorry but we can no longer accept book donations for the Book & Bake Sale.

We’re out of storage space! Thanks for your cooperation.


it's storytime


Mondays, 3:45-4:30 p.m.

Picture book stories, guitar-led songs, crafts, and lots of fun!

Best for children under 5. No registration required. Just come!


Guitar for Beginners

Mondays (except holidays), 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Easy chords and songs to get you playing!

Beyond Beginning Guitar

Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

New techniques, rhythms, and fingerstyle, plus lots of songs!

Please bring an acoustic guitar to class; class materials provided. Classes are designed for adults and older teens.


Conversational Italian, Fridays, 4:00-5:00 p.m., is currently full.

We will advertise again if teacher Dora Waters is accepting new students.



Saturday, May 18, 10-11 AM

Join us for a discussion of Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery

All welcome!

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Willett Poetry Group

Alternate Tuesdays. Next meeting: May 28, 4-5 p.m.

For all who write poetry! If you’re looking for others who love the genre of modern poetry and want to give and receive feedback, this group is for you.

For adults and older teens.


Watercolor Workshop with Pam Santos.

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00-8:30 PM.

Learn the fundamentals of watercolor with local artist Pam Santos. By the end of the session, you will have a completed painting to take home.


Space is strictly limited to 12 for this popular workshop. Contact the library to register. For adults and older teens only.


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Save a Life: Learn to Turn Stories of a Loved One into a Memoir.

Wednesday, June 19, 7:00-8:30 PM.

Jennifer Shaker of Memory Lane Lifestories will talk about the importance of saving your family stories, and share strategies to turn them into books that will be treasured for generations. If you or someone you love has interesting stories – and we all do – then this is the program for you. Join us and be inspired to get started!

Contact the library to register.