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Reading for Adults and Children

In your library, you will find a wide range of books for all ages and friendly staff to help you find what you are looking for. We love books and are always happy to talk about them so ask us to recommend something new or find an old favourite. We have books in different languages for all ages. For people with visual impairments there is a wide selection of large print and recorded books available. If you are interested in talking about books then join one of the Readers’ groups. This is a great way to talk about your favourite topic and meet new friends. For children under five we have Storytime and Rhymetime in all libraries. There are regular events in libraries throughout the year. These include author visits and creative writing workshops to inspire your own creativity.

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year for children age 4 to 11, and there are loads of activities in the school holidays. All libraries have computers for internet access with Microsoft Office software. The cyberLibrary is a collection of recommended websites and includes access to many online services. As a member of the library, you are able to use the Reference Online Service which includes Newspaper archives, Encyclopaedias, Naxos Music Library and family history resources on any computer.

Central libraries

Central Library Drake Circus, PL4 8AL 01752 305923 Children’s 01752 305916 Lending 01752 305912 Local and Naval Studies 01752 305909 Music and Drama 01752 305914 Reference 01752 305907

Local libraries

Crownhill Cross Park Road, PL6 5AN 01752 306248 Devonport Welcome Hall, Fore Street, PL1 4DN 01752 306246 Efford Torridge Way, PL3 6JG 01752 308985 Eggbuckland Westcott Close, PL6 5YB 01752 786353 Ernesettle Horn Church Road, PL5 2TQ 01752 365522 Estover Miller Way, PL6 8UN 01752 306240 Laira Old Laira Road, PL3 6AF 01752 665737 North Prospect Wolseley Road, PL2 3JQ 01752 556778 Peverell Peverell Pk Rd, PL3 4QF 01752 305633 Plympton Ridgeway, PL7 2AA 01752 305630 Plymstock Horn Cross Road, PL9 9BU 01752 306606 St Budeaux Victoria Road, PL5 1RQ 01752 306237 Southway Southway Drive, PL6 6QR 01752 305636 Stoke Albert Road, PL2 1AB 01752 306239 Tothill Knighton Road, PL4 9DA 01752 667427 West Park Crownhill Road, PL5 2LJ 01752 306241

Music, Film and Theatre

For music lovers there are collections of CDs in most libraries with the largest held in the Central Library. There is music for all tastes from early classical to modern rock. Also a vast collection of sheet music from single scores to orchestral sets.

There is a wide range of DVDs from blockbusters to world cinema, children’s films and TV shows.

Other services

In the Local Studies department, you can discover the rich history of the city from early beginnings to plans for the future, even track down your ancestors or the history of your house. The Naval History department charts the seafaring history of the city. The Home Library Service works with the WRVS to deliver books and information to people who are unable to leave their homes. The Patent Information service has staff who can help you search and provide guidance on how to patent your invention.

Regular Events for children


Babies love rhythm so bring them along to Rhymetime at your local library. It‘s a fun way to help them learn new words and encourages them to join in. Sing along with Bookstart Bear and follow his adventures by reading Bear's blog. Rhymetime sessions are on in most libraries every week.


Children love stories and being read to so bring them along to your local library where they can join the Lighthouse Keeper for lunch or walk through the jungle with Handa. Help them find new favourite stories; Storytime for the under 5s every week at you local library.


Are you between 8 and 12 years old and like reading? Why not come and tell us about it. Chatterbooks is a reading group where you can talk about your favourite reads and find some new authors recommended by others. You even get some cool freebies when you join. There are groups at Stoke, Plympton, Crownhill, Peverell and Southway.

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The Basics : Borrowing

How many can I borrow? 8 books and audiobooks + 4 CDs + 4 DVDs + 4 music sets or playsets How long can I keep them? You can borrow most books and audiobooks for up to 3 weeks. You can contact us by phone, email, or online to renew the loan as long as no-one else wants them. You can renew books three times before you need to bring them back. Loan periods for CDs and DVDs vary, please ask. You can return any items to any library in the city. What does it cost? If you keep your books and don’t renew them, we make a small daily charge. If you damage or lose any items we will charge you for them. If you lose your library card we will charge you for a replacement.

The Basics : Using Computers

How long can I use them? From 15 minutes up to two hours a day, depending on your age. Can I book a computer? You can book most of our computers in advance. Are any websites blocked? Inappropriate ones, yes. But if you believe a site shouldn’t be blocked, please speak to a member of staff, email us or fill in a form. How do I store files? You can store files on the PC while you are using it, but they will be deleted automatically at the end of your session. You can attach a memory stick to the USB port on the monitor. Can I download? Yes, you can download anything if it is legal. You cannot download and install software. What does it cost? There is a small charge for printing.

What ’s on in your Libraries

February - April 2010

Fa m i l y H i s t o r y D a y

Fre e A c t i vi t i e s fo r ch i l dre n ‘S p o t t h e B a ll ’ H a l f - te r m

Join us for crafts and activities based around our favourite ball games and sporty books. You could meet Argyle's Pilgrim Pete!

Monday 15 February Central Library Devonport Library Stoke Library Estover Library

Tuesday 16 February


Want to know more about that skeleton in your grandmother's cupboard? Saturday 13th February 10am until 3pm The Central Library is holding its sixth Family History Day. Staff from the Libraries and Archives teams will be joined by experts from the Devon Family History Society and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This year's theme is adoption. As well as the chance to talk confidentially with members of the City Council's Adoptions Team, genealogist Delia Gleave will be describing her own fascinating experiences of growing up adopted and tracing her birth family.


'To celebrate the 85th anniversary of Laira Library we are putting on these events.

Tuesday 9 March, at Laira Green School 2.30 to 4.30pm Tea Dance - with music courtesy of Dougie Ligertwood and free cream teas provided by Europe Direct 7.30 to 8.30pm 'About Laira' - a look at Laira Green, the Laira and neighbouring communities an illustrated talk by Nigel Overton from Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. Followed by a coffee break and quiz. Sunday March 14, starting at 2pm Join us on a guided walk ‘The Lipson Lake Loop' – Local history on your doorstep. A guided walk from Laira Library to Lipson Vale, following the historic route to Plymouth from the east. Returning via Lipson College, recalling Lipson Creek, Civil War conflict, Laira Halt and Laira Depot.

Central Library shortly after it opened in 1910

Please note that some parts of the walk will be alongside busy roads and any young children joining in must be accompanied by an adult. We also recommend that you wear sensible footwear.'

Kn o wl e d ge i s Powe r: L o c a l S t u d i e s D ay 2 0 1 0

2pm under 11yrs 3 to 4pm under 11yrs 3 to 4pm under 11yrs 3.30 to 4.30 5 to 11yrs

Southway Library Peverell Library Tothill Library

10 to 11am 5 to 11yrs 2 to 3pm 5 to 11yrs 2.30 to 3.30pm 5 to 11yrs

Wednesday 17 February West Park Library Crownhill Library Plymstock Library Laira Library Eggbuckland Library

10 to11am 5 to 11yrs 10.30 to 11.30am 5 to 11yrs 10.30 to 11.30am 4 to 11yrs 11 to12 noon 5 to 11yrs 3.30 to 4.30pm 5 to 11yrs

Thursday 18 February

St Budeaux Library 2.30 to 3.30 5 to 11yrs

Friday 19 February Crownhill Library Ernesettle Library Efford Library North Prospect Library

10.30 to 11.30am 3 to 5yrs 2.45 to 3.45pm 5 to 11yrs 3 to 4pm under 11yrs 3 to 4pm 5 to 11yrs

Saturday 20 February Ernesettle Library

10 to 10.30 under 5yrs

Ea s te r Eggs t ravaga n za

Tuesday 6 April Central Library Southway Library

2pm under 11yrs 10 to 11am 5 to11yrs

Wednesday 7 April Plymstock Library West Park Library

Friday 9 April

Efford Library Ernesettle Library North Prospect Library

10.30 to 11.30am 4 to11yrs 10 to 11am 5 to 11yrs 3 to 4pm under 11yrs 2.45 to 3.45pm 5 to 11yrs 3 to 4 pm 5 to 11yrs

Saturday 10 April Ernesettle Library

Monday 12 April Central Library Devonport Library Estover Library Stoke Library

10- 10.30am under 5yrs

2pm under 11yrs 3 to 4pm under 11yrs 3.30 to 4.40pm 5 to 11 yrs 3 to 4 pm under 11 yrs

Saturday 8 May, 9am to 4.30pm

Tuesday 13 April

Local Studies Day celebrates the rich and varied history of Plymouth with a programme of talks and exhibitions. Speakers this year include Chris Robinson and Dr Todd Gray.

Wednesday 14 April

The Robbins Conference Centre, University of Plymouth, Gibbon Street

Tickets cost £14 (with lunch) or £10 (without lunch). Pick up a programme and booking form in your local library, download from the website or phone 01752 305909. Bookings close on Friday 23 April.

Peverell Library Tothill Library

Crownhill Library Laira Library West Park Library

3 to 4 pm 5 to 11 yrs 2.30 to 3.30pm 5 to 11 yrs 10.30 to 11.30am 5 to 11 yrs 11 to 12 noon 5 to 11 yrs 10 to 11am 5 to 11 yrs

Thursday 15 April

St Budeaux Library 2.30 to 3.30pm 5 to 11 yrs

Friday 16 April Crownhill Library

10.30 to 11am under 5 yrs

L o c a l H i s t o r y / A n i v e rs a r i e s Pepys Sh o w

Samuel Pepys, Naval Administrator, business man and Member of Parliament, is perhaps best known for his diary, kept for nine years and covering a momentous period of history.

Samuel Pepys, by John Hayls, 1666.

Events and A ctivities

Begun on 1 January 1660, the diary includes passages about General George Monck’s role to secure the Restoration of the Monarchy; the return from exile of Charles II; the second Anglo-Dutch War; the Great Plague and the Fire of London. The diary also includes accounts of Pepys’ public life working for the Navy Board, and his private life, including social engagements and extra-marital sexual liaisons.

To commemorate the 350th anniversary of Pepys’ Diary, during January to March libraries are displaying books and other material about Pepys and other famous diarists.

Libraries can save you money

Evan Davis, BBC Dragon’s Den presenter, said: “It would be quite an unusual person who couldn’t find something to stimulate the mind or interest them at the local library. The credit crunch is the perfect time to use the library to pursue a hobby, or take up an activity, that is either completely free or doesn’t cost very much money.

Plymouth Schools Library Service

Plymouth Library Services runs a specialist Schools Library Section to support schools in the City.

We have the largest showroom of titles for children and young people in Plymouth and provide a complete package of resources, training and advice to schools who subscribe to us. Books can be purchased from us (at competitive discount rates) as well as borrowed. New books arrive at our Centre on a weekly basis so we can always provide the latest “must reads” to keep reading fun, and schools know that our resources will always be up-todate and relevant to support the curriculum and learning. We also hold resources no individual school could source from its own budget ranging from local history titles no longer in print, an exciting range of resources in different formats (audio / tactile / widgets / storybags) for pupils with special educational needs and a wide-range of “seasonal” titles or books of specialist interest. Our aim is to make life easier and save time for school staff so that they have more time to teach. Pupils benefit from more top quality, up-to-date resources Teachers have more time to teach

The school gets more value for money

What's on in libraries February to April  

What's on in Plymouth Libraries February to April 2010