- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
The causes of Whitney Houston’s death were announced last week – and cocaine abuse appeared to be a major contributing factor. Something else that happened last week while I was working at the Tully Community Library was that a representative of the nonprofit Asian American Recovery Services came into the branch bringing a stack of newsletters with Houston’s tragic death as one of its front page stories. It was filled with articles on all the ways that someone can come under the power of addiction: alcohol, prescription and illegal drugs, emotional abuse, smoking – but the one I knew the least about was problem gambling – which apparently can be a real problem for people and their families.
Our neighbors come into the library for a lot of reasons, of course, but one is that it is a clearinghouse for free and useful information for the entire community. Some of this helpful information can be found in the “Community Bulletin Board / Free for All” area in every library branch. For example, there are the services that Asian American Recovery Services offers, such as support, counseling, resources and education are either free, based on a sliding-scale or Medi-Cal paid. Their mission is to decrease the incidence of substance abuse and other addiction in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the Bay Area. You can reach them at (408) 271-3900.