Welcome to THE GALLERY where we invite you to browse some of the beautiful literature we have in stock here in the Plymouth Proprietary Library.
All of these books are available to borrow and you will be pleased to know we don't specify a date for their return, hence our policy of not issuing library fines.
Complimentary coffee, cake and a tour of the Library will be available at all of our Coffee Mornings on the second Saturday of each month for anyone interested in joining. Annual membership is £60 - payable by cheque or cash - with a reduced rate of £30 for under 25's or students.
by Florence L. Barclay
The Rosary is a novel by Florence L. Barclay. It was first published in 1909 by G.P. Putnam's Sons and was a bestselling novel for many years running, reaching the number one spot in 1910. Florence Louisa Barclay (2 December 1862 – 10 March 1921) was an English romance novelist and short story writer. She was born Florence Louisa Charlesworth in Limpsfield, Surrey, England, the daughter of the local Anglican rector. One of three girls, she was a sister to Maud Ballington Booth, the Salvation Army leader and co-founder of the Volunteers of America.
A regular monthly feature by Elaine Henderson featuring noteworthy authors born in this month.
Who? (Helen) Beatrix Potter, English writer, illustrator and conservationist
When? 28 July 1866
Where? Kensington, London
Why should I read her work? Her exquisitely illustrated little books fuse her love for animals and the English countryside with a sharp, observant imagination and appeal to adults as well as children.
Try: The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902), The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1904), The Tale of Two Bad Mice (1904), The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-winkle (1905)
Interesting fact: Potter bought a substantial amount of land in the Lake District and left it all to the National Trust in her will, thereby helping to form the Lake District National Park.
During the year the PPL holds a series of Lunchtime Talks on the second Thursday of the month that are open to both Members & Non Members. The talks start at 12 noon and last about an hour admission is £4.00 per person and includes light refreshments afterwards.
2017 Lecture Programme:-
The Spring season has now finished details of the new season to be announced shortly.
Regular Coffee mornings are held on the Second Saturday of each month between 10.00am and 12.00pm and are open to all. So why not join us for good coffee, good cakes (home made) and good company you will be made welcome. See events guide for upcoming dates.
On the first Monday of the month the Book Club meets between 2.00pm and 3.00pm when members get a chance to read and discuss last month's set book.
In August we shall be tackling 'The House of Silk' by Anthony Horowitz
THE GAME'S AFOOT...
It is November 1890, and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.
Intrigued, Holmes and Watson find themselves swiftly drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from the gaslit streets of London to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston and the mysterious 'House of Silk' . . .
Our enjoy poetry group meets at the PPL on the 3rd Monday of the month at 2.00pm for an hour or so. Tea and coffee will be available at 50p per cup. Initially the group will be looking at the poetry in the library including the Simon Curtis collection. All are welcome including non-members.
For three sessions now a group of about eight to ten people have met on the third Monday of the month from 2:00pm to 3:30pm upstairs near the main collection of poetry books.....
Every month the book selection group meets to choose new books to add to our collection.
Fiction - The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride. Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys. The Boy In The Dark by K. McKechnie. War And Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans and The Knives by Richard Kelly.
Non- Fiction - The Durrells Of Corfu by Michael Haag. Admissions by Henry Marsh. Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard. Bee Quest by Dave Goulson. Speaking Out by Ed Balls
OTHER RECENT ADDITIONS
Fiction - Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Roscoff. The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott. City Of Friends by Joanne Trollope. Marie by Madelaine Boirdouxhe. The Riviera Express by T.P.Felden. Date With Death by Julia Chapman and Miss Treadway And The Field Of Stars by Miranda Emmerson.
Non- Fiction - Lenin On The Train by Catherine Merridale. How The Hell Did This Happen by P.J.O'Rourke. The Raqqa Diaries by Christina Lamb and Wonderland by Christopher Hart.
Plymouth Proprietary Library has been given the poetry collection of the late Dr Simon Curtis. The collection, which is housed in the Travel Room is wide-ranging, including volumes of Simon Curtis' own work, signed and dedicated work of contemporary poets, poetry collections and journals.
The catalogue, compiled by Alan Munton, is available on the library's computer, our website and in a hard copy. Currently the books are for reference only.
We are delighted to have received this gift and hope that it will give great pleasure to all our members, amongst whom we were proud to have included Simon Curtis. Our thanks go to his friends and family who have facilitated this gift in memory of Simon.
The autumn series of Proofreading courses has now finished. Thank you to everyone who came along and tackled the exercises with such enthusiasm. And, of course, thank you to the ladies who made the delicious cakes we all consumed with such delight at the coffee break!
No further courses are scheduled for the moment but, if you are interested in coming on one of our workshops, then please leave your contact details with John or Chloe at the PPL, and stating whether you are interested in a Basic, Intermediate or Advanced course.
Elaine Henderson BA MPhil
The PPL and the Plymouth Athenaeum share a reciprocal arrangement so PPL Members can visit the Athenaeum during opening hours on production of their PPL Membership card. The Athenaeum host a regular and varied range of talks and activities that PPL Members may be interested in attending and the most up to date information can always be found on their website http://www.plymouthathenaeum.co.uk in the Members section.