On Monday 4th December we shall be holding this years Festive Supper at the PPL. Food will be served between 7.00pm and 9.00pm and entrance costs just £10 per person. Admission is by ticket only and these are available to buy from the PPL from now. More details about this event will be posted nearer the time. Last years event was extemely popular, tickets are limited so early booking is recomended.
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.
QUARTET IN AUTUMN
by Barbara Pym
One did not drink sherry before the evening, just as one did not read a novel in the morning.
In 1970s London Edwin, Norman, Letty and Marcia work in the same office and suffer the same problem - loneliness. Lovingly and with delightful humour, Pym conducts us through their day-to-day existence: their preoccupations, their irritations, their judgements, and - perhaps most keenly felt - their worries about having somehow missed out on life as post-war Britain shifted around them.
Deliciously, blackly funny and full of obstinate optimism, Quartet in Autumn shows Barbara Pym's sensitive artistry at its most sparkling. A classic from one of Britain's most loved and highly acclaimed novelists, its world is both extraordinary and familiar, revealing the eccentricities of everyday life.
A regular monthly feature by Elaine Henderson featuring noteworthy authors born in this month.
Who? Margaret [Munnerlyn] Mitchell, American author and journalist.
When? 8 November 1900
Where? Atlanta, Georgia
Why should I read her work? : Her epic American civil-war era novel, Gone with the Wind, is a seminal work on the period, influenced by first-hand family information and experiences.
Try: Gone with the Wind (1936)
Interesting fact: When Mitchell was incapacitated with an ankle injury her husband, tired of bringing armloads of books back from the library, urged her to write a book herself. The result, Gone with the Wind, is still in print, with over 30 million copies sold worldwide.
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:-
Thursday 9th November 12.00 - 1.00pm
'The Cottonian Collection past, present and future' by Nicola Moyles.
This outstanding art collection, with Designated status, was assembled by Charles Rogers FRS FSA (1711 to 1784) and presents a fascinating glimpse into the achievements of an 18th century English connoisseur.
A portrait of a well dressed man in the late 1700sIt contains small groups of ceramics, bronzes and paintings, several hundred Old Master and English drawings and watercolours, and a substantial body of several thousand fine and rare prints. Though it is within the art collection, it is retained as a separate entity.
Together with a sizeable library of some two thousand tomes, this collection is of international importance. Initiated in the late 1740s by Charles Rogers, who amassed a substantial quantity of prints and drawings, it was passed through three successive generations of the Cotton family.
It was gifted ‘… for the purposes of amusement and instruction by the inhabitants of the Towns of Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport and their vicinity… ‘ in 1852 by William Cotton MA FSA (1794 to 1863). It finally opened as a public Collection in 1853 and was later transferred to Plymouth Corporation in 1915/1916 by an Act of Parliament.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no coffee morning in December
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.
Please Note: Due to the annual Festive Supper being on the First Monday in December our next meeting will be held on Monday 27th November
when we shall be looking at 'The Noise Of Time' by Julian Barnes
In May 1937 a man in his early thirties waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now. And few who are taken to the Big House ever return.
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.
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