As the end of the year approaches so does the final season of Downton Abbey. The success of the show can be attributed to writer and creator Julian Fellowes, whose beautifully developed characters make us feel that their difficulties, triumphs, and everyday struggles are our own. Yet, at the core of the series lies a transition of customs, manners, and societal norms. In essence, Fellowes says the show depicts a bridge from the old world to the new for those living upstairs and downstairs during a time when the British Empire was at its peak. Take a look at some recommended reads to help you cope with the end of Downton and make plans to visit the Edmond Library for a proper Downton tea.
Due to a mechanical issue, Belle Isle Library has closed early for the evening (Tu, 3/19).