The library is excited to host a Take a Paws session on Reading Day. Thanks to the Center for Health and Wellness, therapy dogs will be in the library’s art gallery on Tuesday, December 15th, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Why have therapy dogs at the library? Studies have shown that interacting with animals can:
- improve our interpersonal interactions and mood
- reduce cortisol (the “stress hormone”), heart rate and blood pressure
- improve immune system functioning
- reduce anxiety
- enhance empathy
- improve learning
It’s posited that human-animal interaction activates the oxytocin system, leading to these positive effects.*
Don’t just take our word for it, come and see for yourself. Stop by the library Tuesday evening for your daily dose of dogs (and oxytocin)!