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Dec. 6, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU’s Cornette Library to Offer Some Dog Gone Fun

CANYON, Texas—It’s not what you’d expect to see in a library, but come Monday, Dec. 9 wet noses and wagging tails will be among the books and computers at West Texas A&M University’s Cornette Library to give students a dog gone good time.

Six certified therapy dogs from the Amarillo Obedience Club will visit from 7-8 p.m. as part of the library’s “Kick Back @ Cornette Library” event. The “Kick Back” time runs from 7-10 p.m., and the dogs along with food, games and ornament-making will offer students a much needed break from studying for finals. WTAMU finals run through Dec. 12.

“A lot of libraries are doing this now,” Amy Pajewski, reference librarian, said. “We wanted to bring the dogs in, let the students play with them and unwind.”

Studies show that spending time with a therapy dog can increase happiness while offering a calming effect. Petting a dog also lowers blood pressure and reduces anxiety. Dogs of all shapes and sizes will be at the library, and students are invited to come enjoy some cuddle time with the wet noses and wagging tails.

Cornette Library has extended hours for finals. The library is open 7:45 a.m.-midnight through Dec. 11, 7:45 a.m.- 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 7:45 a.m.- 5 p.m. Dec. 13. For more information, call Pajewski at 806-651-2214.



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