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'Upstairs & Downstairs' is a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into an upper-crust English home of the Edwardian era. It is available at the Detroit Lakes Library.
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'Upstairs & Downstairs' is a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into an upper-crust English home of the Edwardian era. It is available at the Detroit Lakes Library. Submitted Photo

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"Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey," now in its third season, is creating quite a stir on both sides of the pond.

It has become one of the most watched television series in the world. If you have missed the two previous seasons, don't fret.

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Your library has copies of both for you to borrow, as well as books on the Edwardian era like the one highlighted below.

"Upstairs & Downstairs: An Illustrated Guide to the Real World of Downton Abbey," by Sarah Warwick.

This beautifully illustrated book takes readers on a guided tour of a single day in an upper-crust English home of the Edwardian era.

Starting with the servants hard at work while the family is still abed, and culminating in a lavish dinner party, "Upstairs & Downstairs" lifts the curtain on this fascinating period, as well as its historical bookends, the Victorian and post-World War I eras.

It includes accounts from actual masters and servants, along with feature spreads on famous figures like Winston Churchill and Virginia Woolf.

"Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Season 1," from Academy Award-winner Julian Fellowes.

Synopsis: Downton Abbey -- a sprawling, lavish Edwardian mansion nestled in the Yorkshire landscape -- needs an heir.

Dame Maggie Smith stars as Violet, the stubborn Dowager Countess of Grantham matriarch of Downton.

Hugh Bonneville stars as her son, the stoic, unflappable Lord Crawley. Elizabeth McGovern is his far-sighted American wife, Cora.

DL Library Happenings

• Wednesday, Feb. 6: Basic Microsoft Excel, 1 p.m.

Learn to use this spreadsheet program to track your budget, your collections, your contacts.

Call, email or stop by to pre-register.

• Thursday, Feb. 7: Teen Book Discussion, 3:45 p.m.

Join us for a smoothie bar and book discussion in the lower level library meeting room.

Book title for February's discussion is "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs.

• Thursday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 9: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

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