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

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.



Holiday Decorations Sale

December 2 – December 7

Christmas Ornaments

Thanks to a donation by a patron, we will be having a sale of gently used holiday ornaments and decorations the first week of December. For just $10, you can take home a reusable bag full of goodies! Stop by any time we are open and get in the holiday spirit.

Drop In Holiday Crafts

December 2 – December 7Holiday Crafts Tree

We will be hosting Drop In Crafts the entire month of December! Stop by at your convenience to make something home made. You can keep your handiwork or give it to someone as a gift. Perfect for children with supervision, teens, or adults!


Friday, December 6th at 10am

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!


Saturday, December 7th 10-11 AM

For November, OpenBk will discuss Dubliners by James Joyce. 

Dubliners OpenBk 3

Dubliners is a collection of fifteen short stories, but not in the usual sense of an author’s myriad writings being collected—this is one complete manuscript. In these short stories (which also include his novella “The Dead”), Joyce, moving from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, examines small but significant moments in lives lived in Dublin (hence the title) around the turn of the century. Girls ponder leaving home; boys fail to impress beautiful girls; mothers meddle to the detriment of their reputations; and married couples fail to connect, among other things.” -The Literary Omnivore

This event is free, accessible, and open to the public. 

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

Special Story Time!

Monday, December 9, 2019 3:45PM

Brady’s Bog

Brady's Bog 2019

Join local author Jean Poirier-Green as she reads her first published children’s book, Brady’s Bog, and leads a related craft.

Fireplace S’mores

Wednesdays, beginning December 11th

During Open Hours

Willett Fireplace 2019


Wednesday, December 11th 7PM


Elf image

Synopsis:  After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.

Come and join us for some stress-relieving laughs right in the middle of the holiday season!

Cookie Swap

Friday, December 20th 2PM

cookie swap

Cookie Swap Participation:

  • Please bring enough homemade (if possible) cookies to share, A suggested amount is about six dozen
  • Please bring enough copies of your recipe to share
  • Please bring a container (or containers) large enough to bring all of your cookies home with you
  • Optional: you may bring several smaller tins or boxes to put cookies in so that you can deliver them to friends and neighbors
  • Optional: you may bring candies to put in with the cookies, and ribbons and tags for the boxes


We are asking that you call or stop by the library and provide us with your email address and the type of cookie you plan to bring. Once we have enough people signed up, we will send a group email letting everyone know how many there will be and what kinds so that everyone knows how many recipe cards and containers to bring.

Whoville Family Party

Friday, December 20th 4PM

Whoville Party

Join us for a Whoville Holiday Party!

  • A reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  • Treats
  • A grinchy craft
  • Come in your pajamas if you wish
  • Fun for the whole family!


Story Time with Miss Barbara

Mondays (except holidays), 3:45-4:30 PM

Winter Storytime

Picture book stories, singing and crafts.

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

Religion in America


The library will present all talks that are available for livestreaming.

Tuesday evenings, 7 PM

  • Religion and Politics in the United States  Molly Worthen December 10, 2019 LIVESTREAM

poetry in scripts

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

Next meeting: Tuesday, November 26th, 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.

Portrait of a Lady Book Group

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 19th, 3:30 – 5PM

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, December 13, 12-1 PM

Everyday Dorie

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. November’s book is More Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan.

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 will be on holiday break for the month of December. See you in January!***


Knitting Group

Knitting image

We are looking to start a knitting group at Willett. If you are a beginner who would like to learn, or a lover of fiber arts, please contact us by phone at 294-2081 or email at willettfree@gmail.com so we can get a conversation going!

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.