Pets, in normal everyday interactions, keep people happier and healthier.

Therapy animals, while not necessary a pet type of animal, are used in hospitals, schools, even courts for the benefit of the people in these settings, calming, bringing joy. And it’s a win-win for all involved, because the animals benefit from the interactions with humans.

One other place therapy animals visit, and for the purpose of enabling readers to practice reading, is the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library

Books on pets, and animals in general, are popular. Starting with a fiction book part of a mystery series, “Outfoxed,” by David Rosenfelt, revolves around a dog rescue foundation.

Dogs, cats, and horses are the most popular animals, because of their long history of close association with humans.

The personality of certain dogs has been celebrated in literature. The latest offering from the library is “Let Me Tell You About Jasper: How My Best Friend Became America’s Dog,” by Dana Perino.

For those who wonder how cats became pervasively popular, reading “The Lion In The Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World,” by Abigail Tucker will supply the answer.

Horses have been pets and work animals, and performers, and have been valuable through the centuries. An interesting piece of history is in “The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis,” by Elizabeth Letts.

For younger readers, the tongue-twisting “A Greyhound, A Groundhog,” by Emily Jenkins is a fun challenge.

This week at the library.

The Writer’s Support Group meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday to untangle plot lines, and act as first readers for those who want to share their work in a friendly setting.

Valentine’s DIY takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday with crafting original cards for loved ones.

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