Welcome to the world of Samuel Johnson, famous author of our first most influential dictionary.
We invite you to come into the Proprietary Library and enjoy complimentary seasonal refreshments, a browse of our interesting reference books and of course a browse of Dr Johnson's two volume dictionary first published in April 1755 and containing many words now obsolete in our everyday speech.
Dr Johnson's dictionary was written in the eighteenth century under challenging circumstances as you will see from the film we will be showing during our opening hours every Thursday, Friday and Saturday between now and Xmas. So relax in one of our armchairs on the first floor and let us take you back to the eighteenth century.
Who? Edith Wharton (nee Jones), American novelist and writer
When? 24 January 1862
Where? New York
Why should I read her work? The first female writer to win the Pulitzer prize for fiction in 1920, Wharton’s novels are sharply observed and witty examinations of the wealthy American upper class and nouveau riche societies, their morals, hypocrisies and materialism at the turn of the 20th century.
Try: The House of Mirth (1905), The Custom of the Country (1913), The Age of Innocence (1920)
Interesting fact: A staunch supporter of the Allies in World War I, Wharton established hostels, schools and employment for impoverished French and Belgian women; she reported from the front lines and urged America to join the Allies.
On Monday 4th December we held this years Festive Supper at the PPL. It was a really entertaining event and everyone commented how much they enjoyed it and the food was delicious. A big thank you to the ladies who provided the catering.
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. Next time we shall be looking at 'The Book of Lost and Found' by Lucy Foley.
Sweeping, escapist and heartrending – the perfect read for fans of Victoria Hislop and Kate Morton.
LONDON, 1986: Bequeathed an old portrait by her grandmother, Kate Darling begins to unpick the tapestry of her family’s secret history in a journey that takes her to Corsica, Paris and back to the heady days of the Roaring Twenties where it all began.
PARIS, 1939: Alice Eversley and Thomas Stafford meet once again in the City of Light. Tom is now a world-famous artist, Alice is much-changed too – bruised from the events of the last decade. Perhaps they can lose themselves in the love story that ignited by a moonlit lake all those years ago?
But sometimes there’s no place for happy endings – and there’s no hiding from the shadow of war . . .
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.
We are a mixed bunch, men, women, library members and friends and we've read aloud and listened to poetry from the collection. We've laughed, chatted, puzzled over, agreed and disagreed over poetry text and really enjoyed ourselves.....
Every month the book selection group meets to choose new books to add to our collection.
Fiction - 'Autumn' by Ali Smith, 'The Travelling Bag' by Susan Hill, 'The Three Daughters Of Eve' by Elif Shafak, 'The Frozen Woman' by Jon Michelet, 'The Valentine House' by Emma Henderson and 'Death Of An Airman' by Christopher St.John Sprigg.
Non Fiction - 'Ma'am Darling' by Craig Brown, 'Citizen Clem' by John Bew, 'Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy' by Tim Harford and 'Air Force Blue' by Max Hastings.
OTHER RECENT ADDITIONS
Fiction - Swing Time by Zadie Smith, After The Crash by Michel Bussi, At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison, Tell Tale by Mark Sennen, Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Melody, Rather Be The Devil by Ian Rankin, My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry and The Vets At Hope Green by Sheila Norton. Best Wishes John.
Non- Fiction - Angel Dorothy by Jane Brown, The Last Wolf by Robert Winder and Jo Cox by Brendan Cox.
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.
2018 Lecture Programme:-
Dates to be announced
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 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.