Some months ago, two ILS staff decided to write to some publishers of mental health resources and ask them about the possibility of receiving donated materials. National Recovery Month is every September and their collections were sadly depleted from the demand for such materials. They hoped that one or two of the companies might respond with an offer of a few donations. Much to their amazement and profound appreciation three companies responded within weeks of the letters being sent.
Hazelden and New Harbinger are outstanding publishers of educational and inspirational literature about substance abuse and recovery. Their products are consistently of the highest quality, and highly sought for library collections. Sounds True produces wonderful spoken word and music CDs for relaxation, meditation and health & healing. The gifts received from these generous companies resulted in dozens of books and several multiple CD sets. The cost to buy these materials would have been hundreds of dollars.
Western State Hospital immediately processed and published a “hot list” of the new Hazelden titles. The books started flying off the shelves within hours. Eastern State hospital patients will benefit from these gifts as well as staff who can use these resources for treatment groups. This bounty will also be shared among the other ILS branches either directly or through the ILL program.