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Therapy Dogs Return to University Libraries October 11

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October 8, 2018

Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Outreach & Marketing Librarian,, (518) 442-3552; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries,, (518) 442-3568.

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Therapy Dogs Return to University Libraries

Photo of therapy dogs midterms fall 2018

The University Libraries will bring therapy dogs to the Science Library's atrium on Thursday, October 11, 2018, 12:30–2:00 pm. The program serves as an opportunity for students to take a break from studying for midterms.

A staple on college campuses during exam seasons, therapy dogs have developed a reputation for alleviating test anxiety. Recent studies indicate they also diminish feelings of depression and stress. [1]

“I look forward to the therapy dogs program each semester,” says Amanda Lowe, Outreach & Marketing Librarian. “I take great pride in this tradition. It's an event that brings the entire campus together.”

The program is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff.

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[1] Amber Lannon and Pamela Harrison, “Take a Paws: Fostering Student Wellness with a Therapy Dog
Program at Your University Library,” Public Services Quarterly 11, no. 1 (2015): 13-22, doi:10.1080/15228959.2014.984264.


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