Willett Free Library

Willett Free Library

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 about our hours, events, or search the catalog here.

Call us at: 401-294-2081 or email us at willettfree@gmail.com. 



March 18-23, during open hours.

Great finds at great prices: $2 for hardcovers; $1 for paperbacks, or $10 a bag!



Generation Zapped

Thursday, March 21, 7PM

If you are wondering about the health and property value effects of the rollout of the 5G network, come see this film. Generation Zapped is an eye-opening documentary that reveals what health risks wireless technology can pose and how to reduce your exposure and protect your family.  

Documentary; 74 minutes running time; 2017; brief Q&A to follow film.


story time possums


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

Stories, songs, and crafts. It’s fun!

For children under 5. No registration required.


Guitar for Beginners

Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Easy chords and songs to get you playing!

Beyond Beginning Guitar

Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Learn new finger style and rhythm techniques, plus lots of songs!

Please bring an acoustic guitar to class; class materials provided.


Treats by the fire! Wednesdays, after 2:30 p.m., through April 10th.

Stop in for s’mores and hot cocoa. Relax, enjoy the fire, and browse the collection!


Conversational Italian with Dora Waters.

Fridays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

This is a great class for those with a little knowledge of Italian. 

Contact the library for details.


Willett Poetry Group

Meets alternate Tuesdays. Next meeting: April 2, 4-5 p.m.

Do you write poetry? Share your work in a supportive environment. Try the Willett Poetry Group for an absorbing hour of poetry.






Winner of the 2019 Oscar for Best Picture; starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, winner of the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Dr Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.

PG-13; 2 hours and 10 minutes; 2018.

Waiting for the Holiday Turkey

Cookbook Club

Friday, April 12, 12-1 p.m.

For April, we’ll be sampling dishes from A Gift of Southern Cooking by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock.


 Copies of the book are available at the library. If you love to cook, consider joining this monthly group, which meets from September to May.

edna lewis

Edna Lewis