The Winner’s Circle

All participants in the Healthy Libraries, Healthy Communities project are Winners! Join us in our Wellness wrap-up event to learn how animals influence our health and to win prizes like pedicures, books and gift cards.

You’ll get first-hand knowledge of the benefits of animals on human stress when we’re visited by certified therapy dogs between lunch and the presentation. Prepare to de-stress by petting dogs while the handlers share their typical activities in school, nursing homes and hospitals.

Friday, October 18 1:00-2:00
Dr. Sandra Barker, Director of the Center for Human-Animal Interaction (CHAI) at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, NY

In the library world, some public libraries  are inviting carefully chosen, certified dogs to help children practice reading  in a non-judgmental, comfortable setting.  Academic libraries have hosted therapy dogs during exam time as a very popular service to help students deal with stress levels.  Although still a relatively new field of inquiry, the human-animal interaction is receiving more and more research attention.  The accumulating results of this research support the contention that interacting with companion animals has health benefits.  Dr. Sandra Barker will explain the health outcomes most supported by human-animal interaction research internationally, summarize the VCU Center’s research on the health benefits of human-animal interaction, and provide an introduction to the Center for Human-Animal Interaction at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical School. Come learn about this exciting new ‘frontier’ in human-animal relationships and how some libraries are creating innovative services. Man’s ‘best friend’ is even better than we realized!


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