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Before you begin your spring cleaning, take care of your body and come to the Elkridge Branch Library on Tuesday, April 14, from 1 to 3 p.m., for a free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital, which is a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

After you check your health, do something for your soul and check out Appreciating Art Through Fiction, a program for adults at the Elkridge Branch Library. Explore the fiction collection's artistic side with novels about Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, and Édouard Manet, which feature colorful works of art. Discover the lives of artists, their subjects, and specific art styles and techniques. Come join the fun on Thursday, April 23, from 7 to 8 p.m..

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Teens! Stretch your reading habits by sampling a variety of genres and subject in the "Level Up!" group. On Monday, April 13, from 7 to 8 p.m., the group will explore the graphic novel. Gain XP (experience points) by participating in discussions and hands-on activities. XP exchanged for prizes in last session.

You need to register for this program and refreshments will be provided. Call 410-313-5077 for more information.

If the graphic novel isn't enough for you, you can make friends as you learn to play the premier fantasy and strategy trading card game, "Magic the Gathering." Come to the library on Tuesday, April 14, from 7 to 8 p.m., to become a Plainswalker, build decks and duel other wizards. Cards and refreshments will be provided.

Maybe you have discovered the power of the pen? Celebrate the impact of stories and your imagination in this fun series. Learn to craft well-developed characters, settings, and real dialogue. Create conflict and explore the basics of plotting in your writer's notebook. Hone your skills through peer coaching.

Registration is required. Call 410-313-5077 for more information.

Lastly, adults, on Thursday, May 21, from 7 to 8 p.m., the library will present "Tales of the Tudors." Go immerse yourself in a good story and discover several novels written about Tudor England through the eyes of notable women, such as Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I. No registration is required; but, you can get more information by calling 410-313-5077.

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