Wednesday June 10- Reverse Book Club

The Wednesday Night Book Club will be wrapping up their season with a Reverse Book Club on June 10th at 6:00pm.

Any and all are welcome to bring a book suggestion or two for fellow members and attendees to put on their lists to read during the Summer.


Volunteer Recognition– A Big Thank You to Pat Christiansen



Saturday, April 11th, a crowd gathered at local restaurant, Crowther’s, for the annual Volunteer Recognition night put on by the Little Compton Community Center to honor nominees from various organizations for all of their hard work. These volunteers, among countless others, work diligently to ensure that these organizations can run efficiently to serve the people in our community, and we appreciate each and every volunteer for every thing that they do.


This year, roughly 15 staff, and friends of the Brownell Library showed to offer support and thanks to our own nominee, Pat Christiansen, former staff member of the Library that remained as a volunteer after her retirement in 2013. Pat’s tireless efforts have greatly impacted the function of the library, as she organizes and runs the Wednesday Nigh Book Club, covers the desk in times of need, and most notably to staff and patrons alike, creates beautiful and often elaborate decorative scenes within the children’s room walls.


We don’t know what we would do without Pat, and all thank her from the bottom of our hearts for the work that she has done and continues to do for us every week. THANK YOU, PAT!



December 10, at 6PM

Living Literature is returning to the library!!

Come to the library on December 10, 2014 to experience Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant (adapted from John Irving’s poem A Prayer for Owen Meany) from right off the page! Listen and watch as the story comes to life.

From Living Literature:

“Living Literature has created a funny and heartwarming half hour readers theatre presentation for the 2014 holiday season from John Irving’s seventh published novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany. This adaptation of Irving’s inspiring modern classic centers on the tale of two pre-teen-aged boys who are the center of this unorthodox and funny Christmas pageant held in the fictitious New Hampshire town of Gravesend in the mid-1950s.”

We are so excited to welcome Living Literature back through our library doors, and urge you to join us for a night you likely won’t forget!

December 10, 2014

6:00 pm

Brownell Library Front Room

Free for all ages



Wednesday, November 12 at 6:00PM

The Wednesday Night Book Club is set to discuss William P. Young’s The Shack for the month of November.

“When the imagination of a writer and the passion of a theologian cross-fertilize the result is a novel on the order of “The Shack.” This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” did for his. It’s that good!” –Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C. (

Join the book club on Wednesday, Nov 12th at 6pm to discuss the book. All are welcome– add yourself to the list to stay connected, or come as a one time member.

Call the library at 401-635-8562 to order a copy or for more information.


Friday, November 7th at 10:30AM

The Friday Morning Book Club will be discussing the novel Burial Rites by Hannah Kent  on Friday Nov 7th.

“Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question: How can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?” (

Event begins at 10:30am and takes place in the back room of the library.

Call (401) 635-8562 to reserve a copy or for more information.


Mondays in September, 3pm

Join us at the library to work on a project, or learn how to knit. Children in grades 5-8 of all skill levels are welcome to join in the good company of other knitters.

Light, after-school refreshments will be offered. Event will be held every Monday in September from 3pm to 4pm.


Call the Library at 401-635-8562 for more information.


Wednesday, August 27 at 6PM

Bobbi Carrey-Vocalist

Singer Bobbi Carrey along with Doug Hammer on keyboard joins us to present “Between the Wars: Music from 1981-1941”. This performance will explore American life and culture from the “square” rhythms of 1918 to the hot Charleston rhythms of the 20s, then on into the “Golden Years” of the 30s, where we discover swing and follow it to the smooth, powerful sound of the early 40s.


Wednesday, August 20 at 6 PM

msp storrs 2.jpgEdward Lodi-  The Angel of Hadley: a legend of King Philip’s War and the Strange Story Behind It

Join us for an account of the Indian attack on Hadley on September 1, 1675, when a mysterious stranger appeared to save the day and then vanished causing the settlers to believe that he was an emissary sent by God. Find out who that mysterious stranger really was and what happened to him.


Wednesday, August 13 at 6 PM

Mr PenumbraLiving Literature-Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store

Living Literature will present Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store, Reading Across Rhode Island pick for 2014.

This year’s book combines elements of fantasy, mystery, and adventure and looks at the modern conflict and transition between technology  (electronic) and old (print books).