Reading Day Relief! Snacks, Therapy Dogs & Make-Your-Own Buttons

You may think you’re being productive when you work for long stretches at a time on a single task (like cramming for an exam or writing a paper), but taking frequent breaks will actually improve your focus, attention, and performance! The library is hosting three events on Reading Day to encourage you to take some time off from studying to reboot your mind and body. Please drop in to as many as you can throughout the day.

Tuesday, December 12

Study Break: Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate & Snacks
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. |  library lobby

Refuel and recharge! Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks will be available in the lobby from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (or until supplies last). Bring your own reusable water bottle to refill at one of our three water bottle filling stations.

Stress Buster: Make Your Own Buttons
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  |  art gallery

Take a break from studying to make your own buttons using the library’s button makers. We’ll have pre-made designs, magazines, and coloring books for you to use, or you can put markers to paper and create your own design. This activity is sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Take a Paws: Meet Therapy Dogs Kodiak and Echo
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  art gallery

Our furry friends Kodiak and Echo (and their humans Marty and Karl) and are returning to the library! Studies have shown that interacting with animals can improve our interpersonal interactions and mood, reduce cortisol, lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce anxiety, enhance empathy, and improve learning. Don’t just take our word for it, come and see for yourself!  Drop in to the art gallery to hang out with these two giant, lovable Bernese Mountain Dogs.

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

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/

“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/

“Take a Paws” at the Library! Visit With Therapy Dogs on Reading Day.

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:pawslogo

  • 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)!

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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!