Reading Day Stress Relief: Pet a Dog, Make a Button, Enjoy Coffee & Snacks

The staff of the Bentley Library invite you to three Reading Day stress relief activities on Wednesday, May 3rd. Please drop in to as many as you can throughout the day!

Study Break: Coffee, Tea & Snacks
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Coffee, tea and snacks will be available from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (or until supplies last) in the atrium in front of the art gallery. Take some time to refresh and refuel!
study break

Stress Buster: Make-Your-Own Buttons
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Take a break from studying to make-your-own final exams flair! The library has just purchased two button making machines and we are unveiling them for a little stress-relief session on Reading Day. We’ll have pre-made templates, magazines, and coloring books on-hand, or you can put Sharpie to paper and design your own.
button making

Take a Paws With Therapy Dogs
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

We are happy to host another therapy dog stress-relief session at the library. Stop in to the art gallery to “Take a Paws” with two lovable Bernese Mountain Dogs, Kodiak and Echo.

therapy dog
Kodiak

24-hour Library Access for Final Exams Starts Tuesday, May 2

The library’s 24-hour access for final exams begins at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2 (the day before Reading Day) and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 (the last day of exams), with one small weekend exception.*  The library will close at 9:00 p.m. Saturday night and reopen at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, because everyone should take a little break from studying!
open 24 hours

Tuesday, May 2 – Saturday, May 6:
24 hour access
Open at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2 and remain open until
9:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6

*Saturday, May 6:
close at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 7 – Thursday, May 11:
24 hour access
Open at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 7 and remain open until
6:00 p.m. on Thursday. May 11

What to expect during the extended hours:

  • The library is implementing card-swipe access during the overnight hours. Only Bentley ID card holders will be able to enter the library between midnight and 7:30 a.m. Please use the card-swipe box at the building’s front entrance.
  • Reference services will not be available during the extended late-night hours.

For more information about the library, café or help desk hours please view our full hours calendar online. Good luck with your final exams, papers and presentations. Have a wonderful summer break!

24-hour Library Access for Finals Starts Monday, December 12

Open 24 HoursThis semester the library’s 24-hour access for final exams begins at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, December 12th (the day before Reading Day) and ends at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21st (the last day of exams).

*Please note the weekend exception: The library closes at 9:00 p.m. Saturday night and reopens at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, because everyone should take a little break from studying!

Monday, December 12 – Saturday, December 17:
24 hour access
Open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, December 12 and remain open until
9:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17

*Saturday, December 17:
Close at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 18 – Wednesday, December 21:
24 hour access
Open at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 18 and remain open until
9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21

What to expect during the extended hours:

  • The Library is implementing card-swipe access during the overnight hours. Between midnight and 7:30 a.m. only Bentley ID card holders will be able to enter the Library, using the card-swipe box to the left of the building’s front entrance.
  • Reference services will not be available during the extended late-night hours.

For more information about the library or cafe hours please view our full hours calendar online. Good luck with your final exams, papers and presentations. Have a wonderful winter break!

Therapy dogs Kodiak and Athena visit Monday, December 12, 3-5pm

Kodiak

We are happy to welcome our favorite therapy dogs Kodiak and Athena back to the Bentley Library for a “Take a Paws” stress-relief session!  Thanks to the Center for Health and Wellness, you can enjoy some Bernese Mountain Dog love in the art gallery on Monday, December 12, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Studies have shown that interacting with animals can have positive impacts on our social, mental and physical well-being. It’s posited that human-animal interaction activates the oxytocin system, which can improve interpersonal interactions and mood, reduce cortisol (the “stress hormone”), lower heart rate and blood pressure, improve immune system functioning, reduce anxiety, enhance empathy and improve learning.*

Self-care is especially important during this stressful time of year. We encourage you to visit the art gallery on Monday for your daily dose of dogs and oxytocin!


"Take a Paws"

* Beetz, A., Uvnäs-Moberg, K., Julius, H., & Kotrschal, K. (2012). Psychosocial and psychophysiological effects of human-animal interactions: The possible role of oxytocin. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 234. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3408111/

Showing in the Art Gallery: Paintings by Linda Collins

On exhibit from May 2 – June 20 June 17 in the RSM Art Gallery is an installation of dog portraits and Cape Cod landscapes by artist Linda Collins.

The series of dog portraits on view includes Kodiak, one of the handsome and huggable therapy dogs that visited the library last semester. Kodiak and his canine friend Athena are returning to the library on Thursday, May 5 (Reading Day), from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., for another Take a Paws stress relief session

In lieu of a formal opening reception for the exhibit, Linda Collins will be present at Take a Paws on May 5.  If you would like to meet Ms. Collins or learn more about her artwork, please visit the gallery during that event.  You can also see more of the artist’s work on her website and her blog.

Linda Collins
Inspirations
May 1 – June 17, 2016

Painting of Kodiak, a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Painting of Kodiak, a Bernese Mountain Dog.

About the Artist

Linda Collins, a Cape Cod resident, has been painting for the past ten years. She began by taking portraiture classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. “If you are going to take up something new, why not start with the most challenging subject matter!” From people she moved on to painting pets, still life, and more recently, landscapes. “The dogs are always what I go back to though. If I am struggling with something else, painting a dog always gets me in a happy place.” This show represents the full range of her painting, with the large canvas landscapes being her most recent.

Linda, the Assistant Director of the Falmouth Public Library, is a member of the Falmouth Artists Guild and the American Impressionist Society. She has had her work in juried shows both locally and nationally, including the “6 Inch Squared Exhibit” at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA and the “Best and Brightest” at the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Scottsdale, AZ.

“I work full time as a librarian but it is wonderful to have found this creative outlet that has become a full time passion.”

24-Hour Library Access for Final Exams: Wed. May 4 to Thurs. May 12

open 24 hours24-Hour Library Access for Exams Period

The library’s 24-hour access for final exams begins at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4 and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 (last day of exams).

*Please note the weekend exception: The library will close at 9:00 p.m. Saturday night and reopen at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning  – because everyone should take a little break from studying!

Wednesday, May 4  – Saturday, May 7:
24 hour access
Open at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4 and remain open until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7

*Saturday, May 7:
Close at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 8 – Thursday, May 12:
24 hour access
Open at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 8 and remain open until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12

What to expect during the extended hours:

  • The Library is implementing card-swipe access during the overnight hours. From midnight until 7:30 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday (5/4-5/7) and Sunday-Thursday (5/8-5/12) only Bentley ID card holders will be able to enter the Library, using the card-swipe box to the left of the building’s front entrance.
  • Reference services will not be available during the extended late-night hours.

“Take a Paws” With Therapy Dogs – Thursday, May 5th, 4-6pm

“Take a Paws” Stress Relief Session at the Library

We are excited to welcome therapy dogs Kodiak and Athena back to the Bentley Library for another “Take a Paws” stress-relief session! Thanks to the Center for Health and Wellness, you can enjoy some Bernese Mountain Dog love in the art gallery on Thursday, May 5, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Kodiak the therapy dog
Kodiak
Athena the therapy dog
Athena

Also in attendance at this event is artist Linda Collins, whose paintings are currently on view in the art gallery. Dogs are one of Ms. Collins’ favorite subjects to paint, and her portrait of Kodiak is included in this exhibit. More information about the exhibit can be found in this blog post. You can learn more about the artist at http://www.dogfaceartwork.com/

Why have therapy dogs at the library? Studies have shown that interacting with animals can:"Take a Paws"

  • improve our interpersonal interactions & mood
  • reduce cortisol (the “stress hormone”), heart rate & 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 on Reading Day for your daily dose of dogs (and oxytocin)!

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* Beetz, A., Uvnäs-Moberg, K., Julius, H., & Kotrschal, K. (2012). Psychosocial and psychophysiological effects of human-animal interactions: The possible role of oxytocin. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 234. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3408111/

Extended Library Hours Monday, 12/14 – Tuesday, 12/22

24-Hour Library Access for Exams Period

open 24 hoursThe library’s 24-hour access for final exams begins at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, December 14 (the day before Reading Day) and ends at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22 (last day of exams).

*Please note the weekend exception:
The library will close at 9:00 p.m. Saturday night and reopen at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning  – because everyone should take a little break from studying!

Monday, December 14  – Saturday, December 19:
24 hour access
Open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, December 14 and remain open until
9:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 19

*Saturday, December 19:
Close at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 20 – Tuesday, December 22:
24 hour access
Open at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 20 and remain open until
9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22

What to expect during the extended hours:

  • The Library is implementing card-swipe access during the overnight hours. From midnight until 7:30 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday (12/15-12/19), and Sunday-Tuesday (12/20-12/22) only Bentley ID card holders will be able to enter the Library, using the card-swipe box to the left of the building’s front entrance.
  • Reference services will not be available during the extended late-night hours.

Take a Paws on Reading Day

paw-print-800pxOn Reading Day (Tuesday, December 15) from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., a Take a Paws team will be in the Library’s Art Gallery with huggable dogs for some stress-free moments as you prepare for final exams. Come by and enjoy some puppy love!

For more information about the library or cafe hours please view the full hours calendar.

Best of luck with your finals, and have a wonderful winter break!