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.
There are always things happening at Brownell Library, check back often.
Below, you will find a link to a letter from the board of the Friends of the Brownell Library, who through gracious donations make programs possible at the library! They also generously sponsor great additions to the library collection such as our popular T-Mobile Hot Spots. Become a Friend of the library today by donating […]
Join us at the library as we welcome former reporter and editor for the Boston Globe, Richard Higgins. Higgins will be speaking about his book entitled Thoreau and the Language of Trees. He will share with us an exploration of Thoreau’s keen observation of trees, his creative response to them as a writer, and trees […]
Join us at the library for a night with Rosemary Colt, former Little Compton resident who recently published a memoir. Her book, As Far As I Can See: A Memoir “began as an attempt to write about a beloved husband’s last year and his battle with dementia and illness. But it soon became the life story […]
Native RI author Ann Hood will join us to speak about her latest book, The Book that Matters Most, “an engrossing tale that reminds us of the power of the written word to comfort the soul” (BookPage). When: Wednesday, Oct 12th Time: 6:00 pm Where: Little Compton Community Center
Local photographer and comprehensivist, Jim Egan, will share known theories about the history and purpose of the famous Newport Tower (a.k.a. Stone Tower, Viking Tower and other names). Mr. Egan will share what he has learned about the tower over the years, and offer a new theory about who built this landmark, and more importantly, […]
Come join us for this thought-provoking talk that will analyze America’s current condition. Dr. Mihai Nadin’s book encourages us to think deeply about the current state of affairs and to take responsibility for our country by becoming more active in civic affairs. A long-time Little Compton resident, Dr. Nadin is a Professor of Computer Science […]