Winter storytime and drop-in playtime

The winter session of storytimes and drop-in playtime will run from January 29th through March 16th.

Toddler storytime is on Mondays at 10:30am for kids 3 and under.

Preschool storytime is on Thursdays at 10:30am for kids 3 to 5 years old. Join us for stories, songs, and flannel board tales.

Drop-in toddler and preschool playtime is on Fridays at 10:30am. Come join other parents and caregivers for friendly conversation while the little ones look at books and play with toys, puzzles and games.


All storytimes are drop-in, no registration required!


Notice: Holiday Library Closings

The Brownell Library will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Monday, December 25th and will remain closed the following day, Tuesday, December 26th.

The library will return to normal operating hours on Wednesday, December 27th when it re-opens at noon.

The library will be closed again for New Year’s Day on Monday, January 1st. The library will return to normal operating hours when it reopens on Tuesday, January 2nd at 10am.

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 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.

Thank You from the Friends of the Brownell Library

Dear Friends,

We would like to thank all those who helped make The Friends of the Brownell Library annual book sale on Saturday, August 5th, such a success. We were blessed with a wonderful group of volunteers who moved a mountain of books on Friday, and helped with the organization of the tents.  Although the weather was cloudy with showers on Saturday, we thank our wonderful turnout of book-lovers who purchased a wide variety of the expansive collection – literally something for everyone. Last, but certainly not least, we are so grateful to the Little Compton Boy Scouts who came to our rescue at the end of the sale to help with the cleanup. All the money raised directly benefits the Brownell Library.  We are so fortunate to have such a gem in our community. Thank you so much for your support.


Dee Holliday & Roberta Shaw


Notice: Library Closed Saturday, August 5th, for Friends’ Book Sale

The Brownell Library will be closed all day Saturday, August 5th, in order to host the annual Friends of the Brownell Library book sale.

While the book sale takes place out back under the library’s tent, library facilities will be closed to the public. However, wi-fi access will still be available outside the building.

For more information and details on the book sale — including donation and volunteer opportunities — click here.