Wednesday April 6th, 6pm: Lizzie Borden on Trial

Author Joseph A. Conforti, distinguished Professor of American and New England Studies Emeritus will give a talk on his new book. Mr. Conforti grew up in Fall River and introduces us to Lizzie, her father and step-mother, and he shows us why who they were matters almost as much to the trial’s outcome as the actual events of August 4, 1892.


Wednesday, April 6th

6:00 PM

at the Brownell Library

Sunday, April 17th, 4pm: The Belle Of Amherst at the LCCC

The Belle of Amherst is a beautifully woven one-woman portrait written by acclaimed playwright William Luce tells the story of Emily Dickinson, in the first person, from her poems, diaries, and letters. Actress Linda Monchik will pull you into Dickinson’s wondrous world as she weaves and stitches together the mere glimpses Dickinson left in word.


This program is co-sponsored by the Brownell Library and the Little Compton Community Center, where it is to be held.


Sunday, April 17th at 4pm


Little Compton Community Center

34 Commons

Little Compton, RI 02837

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Wed. April 20, 6pm — Woven in Time: The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve

Rhode Island filmmaker, radio host, and storyteller, Marc Levitt, will present his latest short documentary, “Woven in Time: The Narragensett Salt Pond Preserve.” The film focuses on the story of the Narragansett tribes’ origin place and its journey through time, and unlikely alliances, to remain ‘untouched.’

A Q&A/discussion period will follow the film.

More information regarding the film can be found at:


Wednesday, April 20th at 6pm


Brownell Library

44 Commons

Little Compton, RI

Wednesday, Sept 23rd, 6PM

Come to the Brownell Library in Little Compton on Wednesday, September 23rd, at 6:00 pm to hear Edward Lodi talk about his latest book, Who When Where in King Philip’s War. During his talk he will give a brief overview of the war, including its causes, its beginnings in Plymouth Colony, its rapid spread throughout New England, and its long-lasting effects on both the English and the Indians. He will focus on various individuals—men, women, and children, on both sides—who fought in the war, or were its victims, or who otherwise played significant or memorable roles.

Lodi, author or editor of more than a half dozen books pertaining to King Philip’s War, spent years researching material for his book, which includes an alphabetical Who’s Who of approximately 450 entries, with a brief biographical sketch for each; an almost day-by-day chronological listing that begins with events leading up to the war and continues until its tragic conclusion; and a listing of Indian Place Names. The book also features twenty-four illustrations.

He welcomes questions during and after his talk; a book signing follows.


(Write up provided by: Rock Village Publishing)

Wednesday, August 19 at 6PM

Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly present a wonderful program of traditional American and Celtic folk songs and percussive dance. This performance will feature a wide variety of instruments including the dulcimer, harmonica, banjo, and mandolin as well as a thrilling interpretation of freestyle Appalachian clog dancing.

Wednesday, August 26 at 6PM

Diane Edgecomb, author of A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Tales, will perform “One Thousand Doorways: Journey Among the Kurds of Turkey.” Ms. Edgecomb’s chance meeting with a young Kurdish refugee set her on a path of danger and discovery as she searched for the lost stories of an oppressed culture. Listen to her weave tales based on Kurdish culture, and share “anecdotes and tales of the people who shared their lives and stories with her.” (from:

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!