Family Movie Night: The Santa Clause

Family and friends are invited to the library for a night of holiday fun as we screen the movie The Santa Clause on Wednesday, December 20th at 5pm.

We’ll have plenty of pizza, snacks, and refreshments available. Feel free to come in your pajamas!

Registration is required (so we know how much pizza to order!), so please contact the library at 401-635-8562 if you are interested. We hope you’ll join us for this festive event!

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Living Literature: A Christmas Story

Living Literature — the collective of RI-based artists and educators who teach literature through live performance — will visit the library for a presentation of Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30pm.

The 40-minute presentation recounts Shepherd’s Duel in the snow, or Red Rider Nails the Cleveland Street Kid, from which the 1983 classic movie, A Christmas Story was taken. The story relates the comic tale of a mid-western, Depression-era child who yearns for an official Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas.

Notice: Library Closed Thursday & Friday for Thanksgiving

The Brownell Library will be closed over the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will be closing early on Wednesday, November 22nd at 5pm and will remain closed all day on Thanksgiving as well as Friday, November 24th. The library will resume normal operating hours when it reopens Saturday, November 25th at 10am.

The staff of the Brownell Library wishes all of our patrons a happy and healthy holiday. We are grateful to serve you!

Notice: Library Closed Saturday for Veterans Day

The Brownell Library will be closed all day on Saturday, November 11th, in observance of Veterans Day.

The library will resume normal operating hours when it re-opens on Monday, November 13th.

We at the library wish all of our patrons a thoughtful and reflective Veterans Day and extend our sincere gratitude to all the service men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present.

Meditations for Inner Peace

Beginning November 7th, the Brownell Library will host a new series of meditation classes with Little Compton resident Katherine Brown, senior teacher at Atisha Kadampa Buddhism (AKBC) in Providence, RI.

Classes take place at the Brownell House Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9am. Each class  runs roughly 45 minutes and will explore a specific meditative concept, along with guided meditation techniques.

Class Schedule:
  • November 7th
  • November 14th
  • November 16th
  • November 28th
  • November 30th
  • December 5th
  • December 7th

Katherine has been studying Kadampa Buddhism since 2002 and meditation for 40+ years.  In 2000, inspired by the benefits of urban agriculture she retired from an academic career in health policy and ethics to help people grow their local food system. She is a former Director of Southside Community Land Trust.

Friends of the Brownell Library – Annual Appeal

October, 2017

Dear Friends;

By now, it seems everyone in the world is familiar with the term “path of totality.”  We would like to present an alternative version.  In Little Compton, this path of totality leads directly to a free experience available to all at the Brownell Library.  All roads converge to this wonderful building, where the world is at your fingertips, facilitated by an exceptional staff. No special glasses or good weather necessary (although free glasses were available at the library for safe viewing, no weather guarantees were available!).

The Friends of the Brownell Library exist to augment the funds received from the town budget.  We provide “the extras “, and take guidance from the librarians and the patrons of the library.  You have a say in how the funds we raise are spent.

The available Wi-Fi is well used, day and night.  The T-Mobile Wi-Fi hot spots, available for checking out a week at a time, have been extremely popular.  This is a very nice service whether visiting or using in lieu of a home provider.

New passes are added, as interest is indicated, and others not renewed as interest wanes. We provide a myriad of choices, whether you wish to visit museums, zoos, aquariums or historical societies.  There is something for every age and interest.

If a book you want is not available in town, the librarians will assist in obtaining it.  Free downloads are also an option. Fishing poles, telescopes, and cake pans are just a few of the items available to enjoy.

The programs for both children and adults span a vast range of interests.  If there is a topic you would like presented, or are willing to present, please let your ideas be known to the librarians.  They aim to please, and do it well.

We thank you for helping make our annual book sale a success.  Whether you contribute books for the sale or purchase books, it would not be possible without your support.  Many of you do both!

Our library is gem, but your help is needed in maintaining the standards to which we have become accustomed.  Your donations, in any amount, help us do just that.  All donations go directly to the library.  We are fortunate to have such wonderful volunteers who recognize the value of the library and work to maintain the standards they wish to provide.  We respectfully ask you to remember The Friends of the Brownell Library when you make your decision to contribute to organizations you wish to see flourish.  We promise to use all donations wisely, and keep your interests in mind in allocating the funds.

Thank you so very much for your support.  We look forward to seeing you at the library!

Sincerely,

Dee Holliday & Roberta Shaw

Co-Presidents