The Washington Times-Herald

November 30, 2013

New reading program to start at Carnegie Library

BY Lindsay Owens Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald

---- — 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.”

On Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. participants can take part in a books discussion on “Lady Catherine, The Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey.”

Another book discussion will be held on Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. No registration for the discussion is required.

The film the “The Secrets of Manor House” will be shown on Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

The film will detail how the staff of the great Edwardian houses lived as well as the vital role that the homes played at the time. No registration is required.

Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. participants will get a glance of “Eltham Palace,” one of the most unusual homes in England.

The palace is uniquely divided, part Tudor and part art deco style and has been featured on several television shows and in many films. Refreshments will be served by Chef Jeff and registration is again required.

The final book discussion will be held on Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Participants do not have to register.

The library has 10 copies of the book in circulation and due to the limited numbers, Chambon said he hopes when people are finished with the book, they will promptly return it so others can enjoy the reading. “We’ve had people come in already and have started reading,” he said

For more information or to sign up for the program, contact the Washington Carnegie Public Library at 254-4586 or email Chambon at