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KNOXVILLE—The John C. Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be transformed into a relaxation center during finals week to help ease students’ stress as they prepare for their last exams of the semester.

Starting Monday, April 30, and continuing through Monday, May 7, members of the Knoxville Massage Therapy Center will be offering free chair massages in the Commons area on the second floor. Therapy dogs from Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT) will also be on hand to help soothe frazzled nerves.

Graffiti WalkA room stocked with games, sketch pads, and comics will provide a welcome diversion for students cramming for exams at the library. Those students who wish to express their angst in writing will be able to record their thoughts on the “graffiti walk,” a long sheet of butcher paper running the entire length of the library’s main hallway floor.

There will be an ice cream social at the beginning of that week, which the library has dubbed “De-Stress for Success.”

All activities are free to students. For a full schedule of events and activity times, visit the UT Libraries website.

“The UT libraries are trying to help students relax and recharge,” said Libraries Dean Steven Smith. “Students spend many hours in the library, so we have a unique opportunity to help students engage with campus life and forge the personal connections that are as essential to academic success as books and computers.”

The library, the UT Office of Alumni Affairs, the UT Parents Association, the School of Information Sciences, and the Graduate Student Senate are sponsoring the visits from the Knoxville Massage Therapy Center and HABIT.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the “De-Stress for Success” events should contact the dean’s office at or 865-974-0055.


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