During the year the PPL holds a series of Lunchtime Talks 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.
2015 LECTURE PROGRAMME
Thursday 12th March
Are Libraries White Elephants in the Digital Age?
Fr. Gregory Carpenter MA
The judges thanked all the entrants and commented on the high standard of the submissions. Each writer had approached the subject of St Valentine's Day in their own unique way and it had been very difficult to select the winners. See menu right for news about our Valentine's Day Exhibition and read the winning entries in full.
Full list of prize winners
Over the last few months the PPL has undergone a refurbishment to many of its rooms. Electrical contractors have rewired the whole building from top to bottom and updated our fire protection systems. So if you have not been to see us recently why not pop along and see the changes for yourself.
You may have also noticed that we have given our website a bit of a makeover as well including a new website address www.thePPL.org.uk a lot shorter to type than the Plymouth Proprietary Library and easier to remember!!
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. Next month we shall be tackling 'The Moving Toyshop' - A vintage murder mystery by Edmund Crispin.
Richard Cadogan, poet and would-be bon vivant, arrives for what he thinks will be a relaxing holiday in the city of dreaming spires. Late one night, however, he discovers the dead body of an elderly woman lying in a toyshop and is coshed on the head. When he comes to, he finds that the toyshop has disappeared and been replaced with a grocery store. The police are understandably skeptical of this tale but Richard's former schoolmate, Gervase Fen (Oxford professor and amateur detective), knows that truth is stranger than fiction (in fiction, at least). Soon the intrepid duo are careening around town in hot pursuit of clues but just when they think they understand what has happened, the disappearing-toyshop mystery takes a sharp turn...
Erudite, eccentric and entirely delightful - Before Morse, Oxford's murders were solved by Gervase Fen, the most unpredictable detective in classic crime fiction.
Due to Easter & Bank Holidays the next two Book Club meetings will be on the Second Monday of the month
Monday 13th April @ 2.00pm
Monday 11th May @ 2.00pm
New members always welcome.
Work continues on our project to produce an online catalogue of all the books in the library using 'The Library Thing'. With the help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, students from Plymouth University are working at the library now to catalogue our books. Click Here to see the progress we have made so far. We are also looking at increasing the number of different way that books can be searched for but more on this soon.