When it comes to travel, there's no better place to get started than Worthington Libraries.

When it comes to travel, there's no better place to get started than Worthington Libraries.

First, pinpoint your destination of choice by browsing books, magazines and DVDs. Second, check out more materials to plan your trip. Need to pick up some phrases before you leave? A library card is all you need to access both Mango Languages and PowerSpeak Languages.

However, if time constraints and costs are keeping you at home, don't worry, upcoming library programs will send you around the globe -- if only in your imagination.

By way of Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, visit the Yorkshire countryside and its most famous fictional country estate, Downton Abbey, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Join fellow fans for a spot of tea, trivia and a chat about all the show's romance, scandal, politics and drama.

Considering a move to the U.K. in order to catch season six of Downton Abbey this fall rather than next winter? Before packing your steamer trunk, consider checking out "read-alike" novels such as Rutherford Park, The American Heiress or Snobs (written by Downton creator Julian Fellowes), or "watch-alike" DVDs such as The House of Eliott and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. A resource list full of suggestions to ease your DA withdrawal will be available at this event.

On March 24, get a detailed look at the history and culture of the world's most populous country when the Two Wandering Women -- Carol Gray and Nancy Staley -- take you on a multi-media tour through the sights and sounds of China.

Your China Adventure, presented in partnership with the Worthington International Friendship Association, starts at 7 p.m. at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. In Beijing, you'll visit Tiananmen Square as well as the Forbidden City, a complex of more than 950 buildings that served as the country's political center from 1420 to 1912, and take side trips to the Great Wall, Yangtze River and beyond.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.