Scout, a Golden Retriever, and Zed Leppelin, a Great Dane, interacted with ECU students in Joyner Library as part of the library's study break to help students manage exam stress. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

Joyner Library program helps students manage exam stress

Dec. 12, 2014

ECU News Services

During finals, ECU’s Joyner Library is hosting a study break for students with a unique twist.

The library teams with Pet Partners to present three pet therapy sessions, which means bringing animals into the library area to interact with students.

Library marketing director Dawn Wainwright said that research shows interactions with dogs and cats help students unwind, providing a good option for helping them deal with the stresses of the final exam period. The study breaks include refreshments and an opportunity to send a free postcard home or to a friend.

This year, library staff are encouraging participants to share their experiences in pet therapy on social media, using the hashtag #GiveABook. Each time #GiveABook is used through Dec. 25, Penguin Random House will donate a book to Save the Children, up to 25,000 books.

Visiting campus for furry hugs on Thursday, Dec. 11 were Zed, a 3.5 year old Great Dane owned by Heidi Leder and Scout, a Golden Retriever owned by Sean Greenlaw. Some of those encounters are pictured above.

Additional events are set for Monday, Dec. 15 from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 5 – 6 p.m.

- Dawn Wainwright contributed to this report.