Watch Author Angie Thomas’ (The Hate You Give) Keynote Lecture

Join us at the library as we host a livestream of author Angie Thomas’ lecture at Rhode Island College. Thomas is the author of “The Hate U Give,” this year’s book selection for Reading Across Rhode Island.

This event is hosted in partnership with the Rhode Island Center for the Book and the Open Books-Open Minds conference at RIC. The lecture will be displayed on the TV in the library’s media room, located in the back of the library.

Don’t miss out on one of the most anticipated author events of the year!

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Spring programs for children

The spring storytimes and drop-in playtime will run from March 19th through May 18th.

Toddler storytime is on Mondays at 10:30am, Preschool storytime is on Thursdays at 10:30am, and Drop-in toddler and preschool playtime is on Fridays at 10:30.

There will not be a Preschool storytime on April 19th because Casey Farm will be here for Project Chick.

All storytimes are drop-in, no registration required!

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Lamrim Meditation Series w/ Katherine Brown

With the New Year comes a list of resolutions. Why not start the year off right with some peace of mind?

Learn the ancient sequence of meditations known as The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim). Each week the class explores one meditation from this sequence.

Instructor Katherine Brown is a Little Compton resident and teacher at the Atisha Kadampa Buddhist Center in Providence, Rhode Island. She has been studying Kadampa Buddhism since 2000 and meditation for over 40 years.

Classes meet Tuesday mornings from 9-9:45am at the Little Compton Wellness Center. Space is limited, so visit or contact the library at 635-8562 to register.

Class Schedule:
• Jan 16 – Meditation on Life
• Jan 23 – Meditation on Death
• Jan 30 – Meditation on Rebirth
• Feb 6 – Meditation on Refuge
• Feb 13 – Meditation on Karma
• Feb 20 – Meditation on Buddhist Renunciation

The classes are free and made possible through a generous grant made to the library.

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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.

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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

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October is Amnesty Month!

Wipe out your late fees by donating to the Little Compton Community Food Bank.

Just bring in any unopened, non-perishable, non-expired food items and toiletries to the Brownell Library, all month long.

Only eligible donations will be accepted. No pet food.

Note: Waiver does not include late fees incurred from overdue fishing gear, telescope, or wi-fi hotspots. Waiver does not apply to lost or damaged library items.

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