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.
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.
A regular monthly feature by Elaine Henderson featuring noteworthy authors born in this month.
Who? Christina [Georgina] Rossetti, English poet.
When? 5 December 1830
Why should I read her work? : Rossetti was widely regarded as the foremost female poet of her time.
Try: Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862), The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti (1979-85)
Interesting fact: Rossetti wrote one of the best-loved English carols, In the Bleak Midwinter, memorably set to music by Gustav Holst.
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. Next time we shall be looking at 'An Officer and a Spy' by Robert Harris
In January we shall be meeting on the 2nd Monday on 8th Jan due to New Year
Paris, 1895: an army officer, Georges Picquart, watches a convicted spy, Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of a baying crowd.
Dreyfus is exiled for life to Devil's Island; Picquart is promoted to run the intelligence unit that tracked him down.
But when Picquart discovers that secrets are still being handed over to the Germans, he is drawn into a dangerous labyrinth of deceit and corruption that threatens not just his honour but his life...
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