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.



iPhone photography

The Art of the iPhone Camera

 with Jan Armor * Friday, November 15, 1 – 3pm

It’s a new age. “It’s been said that the best camera is the one you have with you.” and the phone in your pocket does indeed offer a spontaneous new way to make good pictures. In this three session workshop you will learn how to create artistic photographs with the camera in your iPhone. There’s more to this camera than just pushing the button, way more. You will also learn how to edit and process your images using the Apple “Photos”  app that came with your phone.

If you have an iPhone and/or an iPad, you have a convenient and powerful tool for creating unique imagery. Jan will help you  unlock the potential in this little phone. Be inspired wherever you are. Learn how the portability and connectivity of these mobile miracles allow you to shoot, edit, and share your creations wherever you go. Join us for an inspiring photography experience. iPhones only!


Wednesday, November 20th 7PM

Maiden: The Movie

Maiden Movie

In 1989, the very idea of a competitive all-female sailboat crew was nearly inconceivable to the manly world of open-ocean yacht racing. They’d never make it to the start of the Whitbread Round the World Race, much less survive to the finish. They’d never find funding. They didn’t have the strength or skill. They’d die at sea. Did that many professional female sailors even exist?



fall storytime critters

Story Time with Miss Barbara

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

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 Medicine  Jeremy Sugarman November 12, 2019 NO LIVESTREAM
  • Spirituality, Atheism, and Religion Outside Institutions Christel Manning November 19, 2019 LIVESTREAM
  • 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.

guitar fingerss

Beyond Beginning Guitar: Tuesdays, 5-6 PM.

Beginning Guitar: Tuesdays, 6-6:45 PM.

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 Oxford World Classics

Portrait of a Lady Book Group

Next Meeting: Thursday, November 21, 3:30 – 5PM.

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.***

Everyday Dorie

The Willett Cookbook Club

Friday, December 13, 12-1 PM

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.

coffee and treats


Friday, December 6th at 10am

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

All are welcome!


Conversational Italian

…with teacher extraordinaire Dora Waters! Fridays, 4 -5 PM. The class is best for those with some knowledge of Italian. Please contact the library for details.

Dubliners OpenBk 3


Saturday, December 7th 10-11 AM

For November, OpenBk will discuss Dubliners by James Joyce. 

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!


Knitting image

Knitting Group

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.