Willett Free Library

The Willett Free Library

45 Ferry Road, Saunderstown, RI, PO Box 178,

Saunderstown, RI 02874

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

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

*Please be reminded that our weather policy follows the town of North Kingstown. When school is cancelled the library is closed. Please check local listings.*

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.




Wednesday, January 22nd 7PM

Three Identical Strangers

Three Identical Strangers

Identical triplets become separated at birth and adopted by three different families. Years later, their amazing reunion becomes a global sensation, but it also unearths an unimaginable secret that has radical repercussions.


Saturday, February 1st 10-11 AM

For February, OpenBk will discuss These Truths by Jill Lepore. 

These Truths

A Saturday morning discussion of contemporary and classic literary fiction. Meetings occur every five weeks or so. Copies of the book to be discussed are available in advance at the library. Open to anyone who reads the book and would like to join in the discussion.

Copies of the book are available at the library. All welcome!



Author Visit:  Vanessa Lillie Little Voices

Friday, February 21, 2020; 2 PM


About the Book:

The voice in her head says he’s guilty. She knows he’s innocent.

Devon Burges is in the throes of a high-risk birth when she learns of her dear friend’s murder. The police quickly name another friend as the chief suspect, but Devon doesn’t buy it—and despite her difficult recovery, she decides to investigate.

Haunted by postpartum problems that manifest as a cruel voice in her head, Devon is barely getting by. Yet her instincts are still sharp, and she’s bent on proving her friend’s innocence.

But as Devon digs into the evidence, the voice in her head grows more insistent, the danger more intense. Each layer is darker, more disturbing, and she’s not sure she—or her baby—can survive what lies at the truth.

About the Author:

Vanessa Lillie is originally from Oklahoma, but she calls Providence, Rhode Island home with her husband and dinosaur-aficionado son. Her debut thriller, Little Voices, was an Amazon bestseller and number one psychological thriller for all of September 2019. Little Voices received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal as well as must-read lists in Real Simple, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan UK, and Bookish. It was also named one of the best debut thrillers of 2019 by Bolo Books. The Providence Journal review said, “Aficionados of mystery, thriller and horror will savor this intricately plotted page-turner that builds to a stunning denouement.” Lillie’s next thriller, For the Best, releases September 2020, and it will also be set in Providence.



Story Time with Miss Barbara

Mondays (except holidays), 4 PM

Winter Storytime

Picture book stories, singing and crafts.

Best children up to age 5. No registration required. Just come!

Willett Knits

Tuesdays at 2PM

Knitting image

If you are a beginner who would like to learn, or a lover of fiber arts, bring a project to work on and join us on Tuesdays to spend some time with fellow knitters. We will have books available for inspiration and education.

poetry in scripts

The Poetry Group meets biweekly to share work and encourage members in the writing process. All welcome!

Next meeting: Tuesday, January 7 & 21, 3:30-4:30 PM

Beyond Beginning Guitar: Tuesdays, 5-6 PM

Beginning Guitar: Tuesdays, 6-6:45 PM

guitar fingerss

Classes are designed for adults and older teens. Please bring a playable acoustic guitar to class; materials will be provided.

New students, please call the library to register.

Fireplace S’mores

Wednesdays, 3-6 PM

Willett Fireplace 2019

Grab a good book or magazine and enjoy one of our comfy chairs by the fire. We also have hot cocoa, s’mores, and friendly conversation to share.

Guided Autobiography Writing Group

Thursdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30 & February 6, 13, 20, 27

1:30 – 3:30 PM * Registration Required

(This group is closed. A new group will be starting in March, 2020. Call or email us to sign up for that group!)


Guided Autobiography is a semi-structured process for life review. In this eight week course led by certified instructor Jennifer Shaker, you will write two pages each week based on themes and writing prompts and then share them out loud with your fellow group members. This is an excellent course for anyone who has been thinking of writing a memoir for friends and family to enjoy. The focus is on sharing from your heart in a supportive environment and not on grammar and editing.

This course will be limited to six participants. Please register only if you can commit to attending all eight sessions.

Portrait of a Lady Book Group

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 20th, 3:30 – 5 PM

Portrait of a Lady Oxford World Classics

The Portrait of a Lady Book Group, led by Ann Ferrante, retired Distinguished Lecturer in English from RISD, will discuss 100 or so pages of the novel each month, from October to March.

The book group meets on the third Thursday of the month. Stop by the library to register and pick up a copy of the book.

***This book group is full! If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact the library.***

The Willett Cookbook Club

Friday, February 14th, 12-1 PM

The Africa Cookbook

The Cookbook Club shares lunch on the second Friday of each month from September to May, with dishes based on the book selected for that month. February’s book is The Africa Cookbook: Tastes of a Continent by Jessica Harris.

Contact the library to reserve a copy of the book and let us know you’ll be attending.

Conversational Italian

Fridays, 4 -5 PM


…with teacher extraordinaire Dora Waters!  The class is best for those with some knowledge of Italian. Please contact the library for details.

***Italian is still on break. Please contact the instructor or the library for more details or to be added to a waiting list***


Friday, February 7th at 10 AM

coffee and treats

Stop by to meet your neighbors and enjoy a warm drink and some treats on the first Friday of each month.

All are welcome!


no book donations

Thanks to your generous donations, our storage facility is temporarily at capacity. Please hold off on book donations until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation.