Therapy Dogs Return for Stress-Free Zone Event, Library Extends Hours for Finals

A therapy dog and a Kent State student take a close look at each other during the Stress-Free Zone event held in the lobby of the library.

The school year is coming to an end and finals, along with the stress that comes with them, are quickly approaching. 

Kent State University students, faculty and staff can melt their stress away at the Stress-Free Zone event held by University Libraries on May 5 and 6 from 3-5 p.m. Therapy dogs will return to the first floor of the University Library to help reduce the pressures of finals week and offer a study break to students. 

Stress-Free Zone Available Monday & Tuesday

Kent State students gather around to pet a dog during the Stress-Free Zone event held in the lobby of the library during finals week.

Kent State University Libraries will host its Stress-Free Zone event in the library’s lobby on Monday and Tuesday, May 6-7, from 3-5 p.m. The Stress-Free Zone offers members of the university community the opportunity to unwind and ease the stress of finals week.

“It’s a nice distraction from finals,” said Karen Hillman, director of marketing at Kent State University Libraries. “It’s been very successful in the past, and we expect nearly 400 students to attend this semester.”