Willett Free Library

Willett Free Library

The Willett Free Library was founded as the Saunderstown Library Association in 1885. It has occupied its current building since 1903, with a complete renovation occurring in 2013. The smallest library open to the public in Rhode Island, the Willett is located in the heart of the historic village of Saunderstown. 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. Better yet, stop by!





Mondays (except holidays) 

3:45-4:30 p.m.

Stories, guitar-led singing and dancing, and crafts.

No registration required. Best for children under 5.

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Fall Guitar Classes 

Mondays (except holidays), 5:30-6:30 p.m. Guitar for Complete Beginners. 

If you don’t know how to play guitar but want to learn, this is a perfect time to start. We’ll begin at the very beginning: how to hold the guitar and pick, form chords, strum in rhythm, and practice simple songs. Bring a playable acoustic guitar. Class material will be provided.

Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

In a relaxed group setting, we’ll work on technique, rhythm, finger dexterity, and expanding our song repertoire. Class material will be provided. Bring a playable acoustic guitar and join the fun!


Willett Poetry Group

Alternate Tuesdays. Next meeting: September 25, 4-5 p.m.

Do you write poetry or are you interested in sampling this exciting medium? Would you like to get feedback on the poems you write? Come to a meeting of the Willett Poetry Group! This supportive, self-directed group meets every other week for an hour of poetic exploration and inspiration.


Conversational Italian Class with Dora Waters

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

This is an ideal class for

beginners and those with just a bit of Italian.

Space is limited, so please contact the library for details.


Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison

Saturday, September 29, 10-11 a.m.

For Mike Muñoz, a young Latino living in Washington State, life has been a whole lot of waiting for something to happen. Years out of high school and still doing menial work, just fired from his latest gig as a lawn boy on a landscaping crew, he knows that he’s got to shake things up if he’s ever going to change his life. But how? This funny, angry, touching, and inspiring novel takes us into the heart and mind of a young man on a journey to discover himself.

All are welcome. Stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book.

Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit Book Group

First Meeting: Thursday, October 11, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Join now and start reading for the October 11 meeting!

Join retired college literature teacher and librarian Keith Stavely every second Thursday from October through May for 90 minutes of animated discussion of Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens. At each session, the group will zero in on 8-10 chapters (100+ pages) of this 800+-page work.

Sign up for the book group and obtain a copy of Little Dorrit at the library. Each person who signs up will be sent an email with the suggested reading for the first and subsequent meetings.



Writing for Children with Award Winning Author Barbara Mariconda

Thursday Evenings, October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Have you ever dreamed of writing a children’s book? This overview course with Barbara Mariconda, an award-winning author of over 40 books, will walk you through everything you need to know to get started! Five two-hour sessions will cover such topics as genre, audience, plot, character development, common writers’ mistakes, and preparing a manuscript. Participants will join in work-shopping manuscripts in process. Class is limited to 10 participants. A $10 donation to the library for each session is recommended. Registration is required. Sign up at the library.


HC-Banner 2018

Live-streaming of the 2018 URI Honors Colloquium: 

Reimagining Gender: Voices, Power, Action. September 25-December 4 

Come listen to the lectures in our comfortable library!

Lectures begin at 7:00 PM.


(Please note: The lecture on November 6 by Pamela McCauley will not be live-streamed. And because of the holiday, there are no lectures on November 13 or November 20)


  • Gender, Power, and the Future of Feminism Jessica Valenti – September 25, 2018
  • Transgender Identity and Resistance: The Power of  Story Jennifer Finney Boylan – October 2, 2018
  • Contemporary Black Women Artists: Intertextuality and Counter-Narratives Claudia Rankine – October 9, 2018
  • Reproductive Justice, Intersectionality, and Human Rights for the 21st Century Loretta Ross – October 16, 2018
  • The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems Nancy Folbre – October 23, 2018
  • Reimagining Masculinity, Sports, and Resistance Dave Zirin – October 30, 2018
  • The Power of the Collective Transforms: Women Migrants Raise Their Voices and Take Action Mily Treviño-Sauceda – November 27, 2018
  • Gender in Politics: Voices, Power, Action Panel Discussion – December 4, 2018


Wednesday Night Movie

October 10, 7:00 PM

The Testament of Youth


A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I in a personal story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times.

Directed by James Kent

Based on an autobiography by Vera Brittain 

Screenplay by Juliette Towhidi

Starring Alicia Vikander, Kit Harrington, Taron Egerton

PG-13; 2 hours, 9 minutes; 2015


Cookbook Club

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

Join the Willett Cookbook Club! Every month, we choose a cookbook to read. Club members prepare one dish each from the book to share at our luncheon meeting. Stop in to the library to sign up and borrow a copy of this month’s book: Rachel Ray 30 Minute Meals.

30 minute meals