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Downton Doldrums

Bleak, cheerless, desolate. Does this describe your life since you realized Season 4 of Downton Abbey has come to a close and you are facing months before the next installment? The library has it available on DVD if you missed the live broadcasts, but we also have plenty of other DVDs and books to help you survive the Downton Off-season; feel free to try some of these titles or post your own suggestions!


The Paradise – Denise has landed a job in a new department store, The Paradise, despite being a relative of the competing dressmaker across the street. With her keen business sense, Denise attracts the notice of the department store owner and is swept away in the drama of the store and its staff.

Lark Rise to Candleford – Tells the story of a girl from the small village of Lark Rise who is given the opportunity to work in the nearby town of Candleford. Follow her journey between the two towns as she navigates family, love and a career.  

Garrow’s Law – A period piece about a barrister in London who defended the accused.

Foyle’s War – Follows the story of a British police detective during World War II. Foyle’s War has great characters and seven seasons on DVD, which will get you a long way as we progress through the desert without Downton.

Upstairs Downstairs – Produced in the 1970’s, this series tells the tales of the residents of a London townhouse in the early 1900’s.

Call the Midwife – When Jenny Lee gets the position of midwife in one of London’s poorest neighborhoods, she must quickly get up to speed. Join her in this real-life look at birth, life and the friendship of some amazing women.  The library also carries the memoir of Jennifer Worth, the inspiration of the series.


Lady Catherine, the earl, and the real Downton Abbey – The Countess of Carnarvon writes this book as well as the sequel “Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey: the lost legacy of Highclere Castle” for fans of the Downton Abbey which is filmed in part at Highclere Castle. The books are available in print or online at Washington Anytime Library.

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey – Learn what happens when a group of apartment mates begin a group to watch Downton Abbey together.

Below stairs: the classic kitchen maid’s memoir that inspired “Upstairs, downstairs” and “Downton Abbey” – Margaret Powell guides up through her real life experience as a maid in the 1900’s.


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Do you know TED?

Do you know TED?

TED is the Internet’s answer to BPL: it’s your hub for information and ideas, online.  If you want a steady stream of inspiration, education, and subjects to bring up that will make you sound really cool, TED is your source.   TED began in 1984, and today offers over 900 videos of free talks by educators, scientists, performers and more: anyone with “ideas worth spreading.”

It’s known for the quality of its presentations and for the Ted Prize, “awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, the granting of “One Wish to Change the World.” After several months of preparation, the wish is unveiled at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference.”  There’s much more coolness, too: worth the time to explore the website and blog.

TED recently published a list of the top 20 most-watched talks to date.  It’s interesting to see what made the list; the #1 video was watched more than 13 million times.



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Unnecessary acts of delight

Libraries attract creative, playful minds.  Since you’re reading this blog, I’m going to assume you have one, too, and treat you to this: a video of a creative, playful library project which amazes me.  I can’t believe the time it had to have taken; I’m so impressed by the filming and editing; and I really like unnecessary acts of delight.  Hope you do, too.
–Mary Beth



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