Our Library is Going to the Dogs

Personally, I’m more of a cat person, however:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Beware of Stress!

Therapy Dogs in the UGL Oct. 29-Oct. 30

Miss your dog at home? Research shows that interaction with dogs reduces stress by decreasing the level of cortisol and increases happiness by releasing endorphins. The Undergraduate Library, partnering with the International and Area Studies Library, has a bone-afied solution to your pet-less situation. The library will be hosting registered therapy dogs for students to walk, pet and play with as part of its ongoing stress reduction initiatives during midterms and finals.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 29, students will have the opportunity to spend time with therapy dogs and their handlers from the CU Registered Therapy Dog Group in the Undergrad Library. All dogs are available for petting, cuddling and short walks, and some dogs also are trained to play with toys during the therapy sessions. Among the dogs that will be available for sessions will be an Australian cattle dog mix named Hunny, a standard poodle named Raven, and an Alaskan malamute named Sam.

Students, faculty and staff may come to the collaboration rooms on the upper level of the UGL on Monday, Oct. 29 between 2pm-5pm and on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 2-5pm and 7pm-9pm to visit with the dogs. UGL and IAS librarians and graduate assistants will be on hand to answer questions and provide voluntary assessment surveys for those who spent time with the dogs. You can also follow the action on Twitter: add @askundergrad and watch for the #UGLBFF hashtag.

UGL and IAS will reprise the event in December for finals week, dates and times TBA.

For more information: David Ward dh-ward@illinois.edu Undergraduate Library http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl; Mara Thacker mthacker@illinois.edu International and Area Studies Library http://www.library.illinois/edu/ias; CU Registered Therapy Dogs Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CURegisteredTherapyDogs/

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