Author Talk with Jessica Horak Stout and William Horat: Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 11:00AM Brownell Library, Little Compton

“Neither Jessica Stout nor her father, Walter Horak, set out to publish this book, both authors wishing foremost and forevermore that there had never been a reason. Yet love for a little boy compelled them. FEEL ME BRAVE began as a blog by Jessica to keep her family and friends abreast of her young son’s struggle with an incurable disease. But the power of her prose-unflinchingly honest, piercingly insightful, and on occasion startlingly humorous-settled deeply into the hearts of people following Ryland Stout’s journey. Caught up in the same struggle, Walter began to write poetry as he groped for a way to express a grief that tormented his entire family, even as each day brought them closer to that inevitable moment of parting. Over time, the idea took hold to merge the words of father and daughter into unique, shared testimony. And readers urged that it find a wide audience, especially those facing serious life challenges or simply contemplating its difficult mysteries. The result is this remarkable book, a “treasure” in Dr. Ira Byock’s estimation. Heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure, FEEL ME BRAVE invites you to open your own heart and to dwell a while within those deep places that make us all more fully human.” From Amazon


The Rainbow Beard Show–Wednesday, August 7th at 6pm

Join us as we welcome Ricky Katowicz, the creator and host of a live theater production for children and their families called The Rainbow Beard Show. It is both a spectacle and a classroom.

Audience participation is encouraged and the shows feature recurring characters, special guests, minute long dance parties, and a celebration of authentic feelings. All ages welcome, no registration required.

Wednesday, August 7th at 6pm


Friends Annual Book Sale–Saturday, August 3rd from 9am to 3pm

Please join us on Saturday, August 3rd for the Friends of the Brownell Library Annual Book Sale. The sale will be held behind the library under our new Pavilion from 9am to 3 pm. There will be many wonderful hard and softcover books, music, movies, etc., come discover your perfect find! Everyone is welcome and there is free admission!

The Library building will be closed due to the book sale.


Win two free tickets to see Hamilton at PPAC August 4, 2019!

Two Tiverton residents are sponsoring an essay contest offering two free tickets to a performance of the play Hamilton at PPAC on August 4,2019.  The contest is open to public high school students residing in Tiverton, Portsmouth and Little Compton.

In order to win, students are required to write a one page essay on the topic “Seeing Hamilton in Providence this Summer is important to me because” and submit their entries via email  no later than July 21, 2019.  Tickets are not for resale and are not transferable.

The tickets are being offered by Celeste Ferendo and Lou Viola, who recently relocated to Tiverton after retiring from entertainment industry careers in New York City.  

A former costumer and personal assistant for Diana Ross and wardrobe supervisor at Radio City Music Hall and numerous New York based and international theatre and dance companies, Ms. Ferendo has donated her professional expertise to a number of local productions, including the local C.O.R.E. program and the annual Tiverton High School musicals.  

Mr. Viola, formerly a talent agent and later a producer of live events for  HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival and development executive and “scout” for NBC, was instrumental in the ascent of the careers of a large number of prominent comedians, including Steven Wright, Pee Wee Herman, NIGHT COURT’S JudgeHarry Anderson and Lewis Black.  He also produced off-Broadway in New York and Los Angeles.  Mr. Viola is originally from North Providence, RI and began his career in Boston in the late 60’s as a tour manager for many of the region’s prominent folk and folk rock performers of that era. 

Entires will be judged on the quality and clarity of the writing and adherence to the topic.  The decision as to the winners will be made by the sponsors and is final.  Those entering need to include their age and contact information.   Winners will notified by August 1, 2019.