If you feel like you need to de-stress a bit, why not try 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..


If you're a teen or know a teen, there is plenty of activity in April for this group too.

Start with Level Up!, a program designed to stretch your reading habits by offering a sampling of genres and subjects. On Monday, April 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. the group will be exploring 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.

In addition, you can make friends as you learn to play the premier fantasy and strategy trading card game, "Magic the Gathering." Come to the Elkridge Branch 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.

Don't forget, for you creatives out there, there is the Teen Fiction Writing Workshop to be enjoyed. Celebrate the power 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.

I have a correction to make. For those of you who prefer to do your traveling through books, the Elkridge Library's "Tales of the Tudors" may be right for you. However, the date was misprinted. You will be able to participate in this program on Thursday, May 21, from 7 to 8 p.m. 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.

Before you travel too far, however, it is always a good idea to get a health check. 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.