About the Brownell Public Library
The Brownell Library, built in 1929, was bequeathed to the people of Little Compton by Mr. Pardon Brownell when he died in 1921. In 1963 the stack addition was added and the town’s public library was removed from the town hall and physically combined with the Brownell Library. Since that time the Trustees of the Brownell Trust provide maintenance and repair of the building. Through the town annual appropriations, the taxpayers provide the funds for staffing, books and supplies.
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Annual Appeal from the Friends
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Library Database Addition!
Ancestrylibrary.com allows patrons to access the Ancestry.com database for free from inside the library. Come down to the library today to start your family searches!
There are always things happening at Brownell Library, check back often.
Long time correspondent for the “Chronicle” in Boston, Ted Reinstein has been throughout New England, and has documented some of his more notable and unusual stories throughout the region in his book The New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories. Join us at the library to welcome Ted and his many inspirational, intriguing, […]
Library patrons of all ages are invite to spend a morning with RI native Joe Theroux as he presents an exciting and engaging character driven performance of tales from folklore, personal experiences, and imagination. When: Saturday, February 20th Time: 11:00 AM Where: The Brownell Library
Join us at the Brownell Library for the second in a series of movie nights to bring you back in time. February’s movie event will be the original, 1963 edition of The Pink Panther. Tuesday, February 23rd 5:30pm at the Brownell Library
Long-time Little Compton resident, Nate Atwater, will share information on his extensive, and still growing, collection of locally found Native American artifacts. Sure to be an exciting and informative lecture about our small town’s big history. Wednesday, February 24th 6:00 pm at the Brownell Library
Muscians and storytellers Phil Edmonds, Kevin Fallon, and Mary King will keep the Celtic soul alive with this all Irish program that embraces and celebrates Irish history and culture in story and song. Tuesday, March 8th 6:00PM at the Brownell Library
Kevin Gardner, a stone wall builder of over 40 years, will touch on some of the topics in his book, The Granite Kiss. He will speak about the history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics of stone walls as well as explaining their significance to the New England landscape. There will be a generous Q&A period […]