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November 30, 2013

New reading program to start at Carnegie Library

The Washington Carnegie Public Library will kick off its new Winter Reading Program on Jan. 6 but coordinator Rick Chambon said people interested in participating can register now.

“This will be shorter than our summer reading program but we had a lot of people ask if we could do a program in winter,” Chambon said. “And we’ve had people already in to sign up and start with the reading.”

The program, which is centered around the theme “English Great Houses,” will feature the reading selection “Lady Catherine, The Earl and the Real Downton Abbey.” Chambon said last year he held a discussion on the Downton Abbey that drew quite the crowd. This book continues the story of the Carnarvon family and begins in the 1920s and ends around the time of the start of World War II.

“The real lives of those who live in Highclere Castle are as fascinating as those of the fictional Downton Abbey,” said Chambon. “This books, which was just released, picks up where ‘Lady Almina’ left off.”

According to a synopsis of “Lady Catherine” from the Highclere Castle, “Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story of the beautiful American girl who lived at Highclere Castle, the setting for Julian Fellowes’ award winning drama “Downton Abbey.” Glamorous and wealthy, Catherine became the toast of London society and married the son of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, Lord Porchester, or ‘Porchey,’ as he was known.”

Chambon has planned several special events for those that take part in the new winter reading program. On Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. a program on “Syon House” will be presented showcasing the magnificent estate of the Duke of Northumberland along the banks of the River Thames. “Chef Jeff will be preparing some gourmet delights for our guests so registration is required to come to this event,” said Chambon. “In case of bad weather, we may have to postpone or cancel and this will also allow us to notify participants of changes.”

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