Willett Free Library

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.


story time possums

Story Time

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!

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.


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.

poetry in scripts

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

Next meeting: Tuesday, September 17, 3:30-4:30 PM.

Religion in America


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

Tuesday evenings, 7 PM

  • What Does Religion in the United States Look Like Today?Alan Cooperman September 17, 2019 LIVESTREAM
  • Catholicism in America Emma Green September 24, 2019 LIVESTREAM
  • Protestantism and the Rise of Evangelicalism Randall Balmer October 15, 2019 LIVESTREAM 
  • Judaism in America Dan Judson October 29, 2019 LIVESTREAM
  • Race and Religion Judith Weisenfeld November 5, 2019 LIVESTREAM
  • Religion and Politics in the United States Molly Worthen December 10, 2019 LIVESTREAM




This deeply personal documentary is both a memoir and an exploration of the Chesters’ quest to make their dream of living on a fully sustainable farm come true. 

Rated PG; 2018; 1hr, 32 mins


your heart my hands

Dr. Arun K. Singh

Your Heart, My Hands: An Immigrant’s Remarkable Journey to Become One of America’s Preeminent Cardiac Surgeons

“An absorbing account.” –Jhumpa Lahiri

An encouraging and inspiring true story of how a boy from India overcame a difficult childhood and devastating hand injuries and became one of the most prolific cardiac surgeons in U.S. history. Your Heart, My Hands won the gold medal in the 2019 Living Now Book Awards for Inspirational Memoir 

Wednesday, September 25, 7 PM

This event is free, accessible, and open to the public. No reservation required. Book sale and signing, plus light refreshments, to follow the talk. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Coming in October!


Join us for the first Kaffeeklatsch of the season.

Friday, October 4, 10 AM to Noon. 

Stop in for homemade treats, coffee, tea, and a time to socialize with neighbors and friends.

All welcome!

Authentic Portuguese Cooking

The Willett Cookbook Club

Friday, October 11, 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. October’s book is Authentic Portuguese Cooking by Ana Patuleia Ortins.

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

All welcome!