Wednesday, Sept 23rd, 6PM

Come to the Brownell Library in Little Compton on Wednesday, September 23rd, at 6:00 pm to hear Edward Lodi talk about his latest book, Who When Where in King Philip’s War. During his talk he will give a brief overview of the war, including its causes, its beginnings in Plymouth Colony, its rapid spread throughout New England, and its long-lasting effects on both the English and the Indians. He will focus on various individuals—men, women, and children, on both sides—who fought in the war, or were its victims, or who otherwise played significant or memorable roles.

Lodi, author or editor of more than a half dozen books pertaining to King Philip’s War, spent years researching material for his book, which includes an alphabetical Who’s Who of approximately 450 entries, with a brief biographical sketch for each; an almost day-by-day chronological listing that begins with events leading up to the war and continues until its tragic conclusion; and a listing of Indian Place Names. The book also features twenty-four illustrations.

He welcomes questions during and after his talk; a book signing follows.


(Write up provided by: Rock Village Publishing)


Wednesday, August 19 at 6PM

Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly present a wonderful program of traditional American and Celtic folk songs and percussive dance. This performance will feature a wide variety of instruments including the dulcimer, harmonica, banjo, and mandolin as well as a thrilling interpretation of freestyle Appalachian clog dancing.

Wednesday, August 26 at 6PM

Diane Edgecomb, author of A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Tales, will perform “One Thousand Doorways: Journey Among the Kurds of Turkey.” Ms. Edgecomb’s chance meeting with a young Kurdish refugee set her on a path of danger and discovery as she searched for the lost stories of an oppressed culture. Listen to her weave tales based on Kurdish culture, and share “anecdotes and tales of the people who shared their lives and stories with her.” (from:

Wednesday June 10- Reverse Book Club

The Wednesday Night Book Club will be wrapping up their season with a Reverse Book Club on June 10th at 6:00pm.

Any and all are welcome to bring a book suggestion or two for fellow members and attendees to put on their lists to read during the Summer.

Volunteer Recognition– A Big Thank You to Pat Christiansen



Saturday, April 11th, a crowd gathered at local restaurant, Crowther’s, for the annual Volunteer Recognition night put on by the Little Compton Community Center to honor nominees from various organizations for all of their hard work. These volunteers, among countless others, work diligently to ensure that these organizations can run efficiently to serve the people in our community, and we appreciate each and every volunteer for every thing that they do.


This year, roughly 15 staff, and friends of the Brownell Library showed to offer support and thanks to our own nominee, Pat Christiansen, former staff member of the Library that remained as a volunteer after her retirement in 2013. Pat’s tireless efforts have greatly impacted the function of the library, as she organizes and runs the Wednesday Nigh Book Club, covers the desk in times of need, and most notably to staff and patrons alike, creates beautiful and often elaborate decorative scenes within the children’s room walls.


We don’t know what we would do without Pat, and all thank her from the bottom of our hearts for the work that she has done and continues to do for us every week. THANK YOU, PAT!


December 10, at 6PM

Living Literature is returning to the library!!

Come to the library on December 10, 2014 to experience Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant (adapted from John Irving’s poem A Prayer for Owen Meany) from right off the page! Listen and watch as the story comes to life.

From Living Literature:

“Living Literature has created a funny and heartwarming half hour readers theatre presentation for the 2014 holiday season from John Irving’s seventh published novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany. This adaptation of Irving’s inspiring modern classic centers on the tale of two pre-teen-aged boys who are the center of this unorthodox and funny Christmas pageant held in the fictitious New Hampshire town of Gravesend in the mid-1950s.”

We are so excited to welcome Living Literature back through our library doors, and urge you to join us for a night you likely won’t forget!

December 10, 2014

6:00 pm

Brownell Library Front Room

Free for all ages


Wednesday, November 12 at 6:00PM

The Wednesday Night Book Club is set to discuss William P. Young’s The Shack for the month of November.

“When the imagination of a writer and the passion of a theologian cross-fertilize the result is a novel on the order of “The Shack.” This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” did for his. It’s that good!” –Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C. (

Join the book club on Wednesday, Nov 12th at 6pm to discuss the book. All are welcome– add yourself to the list to stay connected, or come as a one time member.

Call the library at 401-635-8562 to order a copy or for more information.

Friday, November 7th at 10:30AM

The Friday Morning Book Club will be discussing the novel Burial Rites by Hannah Kent  on Friday Nov 7th.

“Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question: How can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?” (

Event begins at 10:30am and takes place in the back room of the library.

Call (401) 635-8562 to reserve a copy or for more information.

Mondays in September, 3pm

Join us at the library to work on a project, or learn how to knit. Children in grades 5-8 of all skill levels are welcome to join in the good company of other knitters.

Light, after-school refreshments will be offered. Event will be held every Monday in September from 3pm to 4pm.


Call the Library at 401-635-8562 for more information.