“The Public”: An Evening with Emilio Estevez

Hi Friends!

Last week while looking at Oscar nominees, I learned that the Houston Public Library had extended us five tickets to an exclusive premiere of The Public. The film doesn’t actually hit theaters until April, so why did we get invited? We took a look at the trailer for the film:

It’s suddenly more clear why we were invited to the premiere.

Written, directed, starring and produced by Emilio Estevez? “That’s a modern day Madea”, as my coworker said. The theater was packed with librarians from all over the area – city libraries, county libraries, everywhere.

Synopsis

Starring Emilio Estevez, Christian Slater, Taylor Schilling, Alec Baldwin, Gabrielle Union, Jena Malone and Jeffrey Wright, the film follows Cincinnati Public Library’s librarians and the patrons they care for. During the coldest part of the year, several homeless people freeze to death because the local shelters are at capacity or an hour walk in zero degree weather. Middle manager Stuart Goodson (Estevez) is just trying to get by and survive his workplace: an overzealous staff member, an apathetic director, homeless patrons fighting in the bathroom, people trying to sue the Library, and of course…silly questions like “Do you have a life-sized globe?”. Regardless of what comes his way, Stuart always tries to do the right thing to help people in need.

On a particularly cold night, the local homeless community comes over and asks to stay the night. When the library director (Wright) denies this request, the homeless patrons respond by barricading themselves in part of the library which snowballs into a stand-off with the police. At the helm of the police are negotiator Bill Ramstead (Baldwin) and the “just trying to do my job but totally the bad guy” district attorney, Josh Davis (Slater), who just wants to tear gas the room and arrest everyone. In the mix are Stuart’s neighbor (Schilling), a sleazy reporter who keeps trying to make things look like a hostage situation for ratings (Union), and Stuart’s underling (Malone) who keeps complaining about how she has to get home to her mom, but never leaves when she gets the chance.

While I won’t give away the ending, I can say that does a great job of addressing homelessness, mental health, and where librarians stand in the battle to help everyone. To read more about the film itself, have a look here on IMBD.

To make the night even better, we had a Q&A session with the man himself, Emilio Estevez to discuss his film. While we were all the way in the back, I was still able to film some of his discussion!

(If you have trouble seeing it here, trying watching it directly from my Facebook Page)

Also in attendance was Ryan Dowd, author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness. Previous to this screening, I had made his interactive website required reading for my staff because of how important understanding homelessness and mental health is in a library setting (and in general).

Thoughts

I really liked how accurately Estevez portrayed not only the public, but the librarians as well. The film opens Estevez’s character (Stuart) being put in the hot seat because a patron sued the library; the patron was kicked out for smelling bad enough to cause others to complain, and he felt he was being discriminated against. Despite doing everything correctly, documenting the complaints and handling it professionally, Stuart was still in trouble. Many librarians face these kinds of challenges every day where someone is put in trouble for enacting library policies and following the rules. Every day, we walk a fine line and have to make judgment calls; Estevez makes a great reference to the Connecticut Four as an example of protecting patrons. It was easy to see myself in his shoes: middle management, trying to help people, making the most of outlandish situations. Every time somebody tells me “it must be so nice to just read all day”, I think back to the patron who pulled a knife on me over $8 in fines. Stuart and I even wear lanyards!

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Don’t pretend, it took you a second to figure out who’s who.

However, Stuart’s judgment calls seem to become exceedingly erratic as the film moves forward. I won’t go into details or spoilers, but I can’t say for certain that I would have made the same choices as Stuart. At some moments, I feel like the movie doesn’t go far enough and kind of painted itself into a corner at the end with no solid resolution. However, Estevez states in his Q&A that the film was only meant to start a conversation about homelessness and mental health, not present the answer. To that end, I will say the ending was fantastic.

Will it start a discussion and really get Americans to review public libraries, mental illness, veterans, joblessness and homelessness? I certainly hope so. We’ll find out April 5th when it hits theaters.

Also, I hereby ask that The Joker On The Sofa review this movie. If you don’t read his stuff, you should be!

Got any thoughts or feelings on the film? Seen the film already? Let’s talk about it! Hit me up on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and we’ll talk. Have a great week, everyone!

Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian

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Happy New Year!

Hey Friends!

It’s a Happy New Year kinda week! I hope everyone is enjoying this past limbo of a week or two. You know what I mean – that pocket universe/alternate reality/purgatory of a week where most of us lived off candy waited until January 1st to start our New Years resolutions. I know I’m not alone in this thinking, right?

The internet knows what’s up.

Why did I wait until 10 days into the new year? Let’s just say my limbo week lasted a little longer than I expected. I’ve had several staff off due to various reasons, I worked most of the Saturdays in December, classes haven’t started back up for me…and I basically forgot what the sun looked like for a moment. But it’s all good!

Did I plan on having some resolutions this year? Well, I think I’m still doing well from last year’s resolutions. Fitness is still on the agenda, though my injuries from my car accident have made it more difficult. Still working on the eating right and exercising parts when I can.  Gonna keep trying to get that superhero body!

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Thor looks how I feel after a workout.

Last year, I worked to improve my entire self. People have told me that I’m too humble, that I don’t take enough credit, that I push myself too hard, that I shouldn’t settle – you get the idea. There was a time in undergrad when I was way more arrogant, cocky, etc and people suggested that I might have over-corrected and swung too far back in the opposite direction. I’m inclined to agree with them on certain things, but I worked to put a little more “Brash” back into Brash Librarian this 2018.

If turning your desk into a New Years disco space ship isn’t brash, then I’m not sure what is.

I’d also like to finish my MBA, do more in the library community, maybe even join a round table or present at TLA this year! Basically, I’d like to be Captain Picard. If you’ve never seen Star Trek, Patrick Stewart’s iconic character was unflappable but emotional, strong but gentle, accepting of all lifeforms but ready to call some aliens out on their nonsense, and ready to defend freedom at the cost of his own life. Basically, the most rad boss of all time with many great pearls of wisdom.

No lie, I’ve told this to my staff before when they’ve made a mistake.

As my mom always says to me when I talk about all the people I’m helping and the stress work and school can take on me: “That’s great, but have you been good to Justin?”

Yeah, Mom. I’ve been okay to me! I tried to be a little better to myself this year and will make this a year to be comfortable with myself. Even if I don’t get to 6 pack abs status, I’ll eat another spoonful of peanut butter and laugh about it. Many friends and family members have adopted the mantra “Do no harm, but take no crap” – I can’t say I’ll adopt it exactly, but it’s hard to not think of it as Picard-ish.

I’ll continue to be good to me in 2019. Eat the thing you’ve never eaten before! Go to the place you’ve never been! Read the book you’ve been meaning to read! Use that moisturizer! Eat that cookie dough without self judgment! Use that mint face wash you rarely use! Launch nuclear missiles over the planet and exterminate humanity!

Wait, wait…that last one was The Terminator. Sorry, got carried away!

That’s all for this week, I hope everyone is having an okay start to the New Year. Follow along on FacebookTwitter and Instagram if you want to live your best 2019!

Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian

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Happy Holidays From Brash Librarian

Hey Friends!

I hope everyone had a good Turkey Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, post-Cyber Monday, post-post-Cyber Monday, and all the other things related to the holidays. Sorry retailers, but you can’t expect us to take you seriously if you’re telling me “the Cyber Mondays are still here!” on Thursday or Friday. (I’m looking at you, Groupon.)

It’s been awhile since my last post, but the sands have been shifting. This past month, our director announced his retirement, and there has been a fair amount of uncertainty: what will happen next? Who will be the next director? What will happen on next week’s episode???

ALL THE SUSPENSE.

This week, I thought it would be nice to slow down, smell the gravy & leftovers, and take a moment to appreciate the great things in life. So, what am I thankful for this holiday?

A Great Job

As much as my job might be filled with angry patrons who want to rip my face off or a DVD machine that requires the job skills of Tony Stark, I still work with talented people who make it enjoyable to work there. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, my evening shift people had a small Thanksgiving dinner together. While I was not slated for the evening shift that night, they were kind enough to invite me to join them.

 

Shopping Deals

This year, I didn’t do much shopping but I enjoyed what I got. A stylish polo shirt, a nice blue fleece sweater, a three-pack of kitchen knives, a new electric razor…By the end of the evening, I had to ask myself the hard questions: Am I really 90 years old, or am I just that frugal a shopper?

“You’re a frugal shopper, Justin! You don’t get out of bed anything less than 40% off!”

You’re right, talking wallet! I’m not boring, I just have highly effective spending habits and know when/where the best deals are.

Public service announcement: Don’t buy TVs during Black Friday, wait until the first 20 days of January! It’s when stores start clearing out their stuff to make room for the newest TVs right in time for Superbowl Sunday.

School

Another semester, another step closer to getting my MBA. I’m not thrilled to be in school, but I’m thrilled about the doors it can open up and thankful for that. I’ll be honest, I was rather surprised by how laser-focused I was this semester. To give you an idea, I could have skipped the final exam and still get a B. Obviously, I didn’t and got a 95! Well, 95.549% but who’s counting?

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Loved Ones

Family, friends, and those we hold dear are the most important part of the year. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am – or more importantly, who I am – for better or worse. My family, Dylan, Ashley, Nigel, Caitlin, Suzie, Yaika, and about 800 other people who make my life better.

I loves you all.

Readers Like YOU!

Yes, you! The fact that you’re here reading my stuff means I didn’t write it in vain! I’ll admit, it’s gotten tough there a few times. I’ve even considered once or twice closing my doors because I feel like I don’t provide enough content. I look at someone like my best friend over at Joker on The Sofa who’s cranking out stuff constantly and feel like I can’t keep up. Sure, he’s got a little more free time than me, but STILL – even if we had the same amount of free time, he’d still out-write me any day of the week. Nevertheless, he still tells me how much he enjoys my work and I continue on! BTW, go check out his site – he binges on shows movies so you don’t have to!

Coming up in the future: Either thinking of leaning more into the Brash Jobs or reviews for library products/services. Let me your thoughts about which one I should do in the future!

 

Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian

 

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Post-Class Update

Hi Friends!

Boy, am I glad summer finally closed up. Summer reading is finally done, kids are back in school, and I completed my Social Media Networking/Marketing class. Whooo-WHEE! That was the longest but shortest 5 weeks of my life. Paper after paper, quiz after quiz, a group presentation, and all that jazz.

Come hang out with us, Justin!

Sorry guys, I have two papers, a quiz, an assignment and I have to work on my group project.

Whaaaat? I thought you were only taking one class.

I AM.

What’s that? You want a free weekend? *Free time goes KABOOM*

I learned quite a bit about the world of social media. Some nuggets of wisdom I can pass along:

  • Never host a contest on Twitter – use Facebook, it’s way easier to control and contain damage if things start getting out of control
  • Sometimes, things go viral for the craziest reasons. Sometimes, for no reason at all (or at least it feels that way)
  • No social media presence is better than a lame/infrequently updated/etc presence (a habit I am occasionally guilty of)
  • When bad stuff happens, confront it head on before the problem gets any bigger.
  • It’s not just about the Likes or follows. Follows and likes that don’t convert to sales are not worth very much.
  • It’s not just about the Shares, Retweets and replies, either.
  • It’s amazing how much content is simply people sharing/retweeting/reposting other people’s stuff. I need to stop trying to make so much content and just rely on the hard work of others every now and then!
  • The balance between quality and quantity is tough to accomplish.
  • As always, group projects are a joy. Especially when group members are in different time zones…or continents, for that matter.

So I’m back in class, this time taking regular marketing. Why? Kinda like how I took Finance 101 and Finance 9000 back to back, I might as well take it while it’s still retained in my brain (as opposed to learning all over again). Signing up for this semester was kinda mind blowing. The super nice registration lady asked me what I’d be taking next. I had no idea, so of course I waved my arms in the air and screamed for help.

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Like, is that a trick question?

“Well, you can take one of these three classes.”

As in, those are my choices for next semester?

“No, those are your last three classes before you take your Capstone class and graduate.”

wait what

GAAAAAH I COULD BE GRADUATED BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR!!!

So, we’ll see how that goes. In the meantime, this semester already is giving me a run for my money. Papers, case analyses, narrated marketing videos…I’ll admit, I’m actually rather excited to be narrating a power point. What tone do I use? Friendly and earnest? Smooth jazz station DJ? Tony Stark-ish? Stay tuned.

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As always, check in on my FacebookTwitter and Instagram for fun photos, videos and update between posts. Have a great Monday out there!

Brash Librarian, Justin Brasher

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Amazon Replacing Libraries? Not On Our Watch.

Hi, Friends.

This week, I was hoping to talk about Prime Day or my social media class. However, something a bit more urgent came up: some guy who thinks Amazon should replace libraries.

For those of you who hadn’t heard over the weekend, an economics professor named Panos Mourdoukoutas wrote an article on Forbes welcoming the idea of Amazon replacing libraries. Needless to say, the article started a gigantic backlash from pretty much anyone on Earth who isn’t named Panos Mourdoukoutas.

The backfire was so bad, Forbes took it down.

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Don’t worry, Panos ole buddy! I’ve got a copy here but I’ll also post it in its entirety to save everyone the trouble. We librarians like to provide information like that.

“Amazon should open their own bookstores in all local communities. They can replace local libraries and save taxpayers lots of money, while enhancing the value of their stock.
There was a time local libraries offered the local community lots of services in exchange for their tax money. They would bring books, magazines, and journals to the masses through a borrowing system. Residents could borrow any book they wanted, read it, and return it for someone else to read.

They also provided residents with a comfortable place they could enjoy their books. They provided people with a place they could do their research in peace with the help of friendly librarians. Libraries served as a place where residents could hold their community events, but this was a function they shared with school auditoriums. There’s no shortage of places to hold community events.

Libraries slowly began to service the local community more. Libraries introduced video rentals and free internet access. The modern local library still provides these services, but they aren’t for free. Homeowners have to be financed by taxpayers in form of a “library tax.” It is usually added to school taxes, which in some communities are already high.

Meanwhile, they don’t have the same value they used to. The reasons why are obvious.
One such reason is the rise of “third places” such as Starbucks. They provide residents with a comfortable place to read, surf the web, meet their friends and associates, and enjoy a great drink. This is why some people have started using their loyalty card at Starbucks more than they use their library card.

On top of this, streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime have replaced video rentals. They provide TV and movie content to the masses at an affordable rate. Actual video rental services like Blockbuster have gone completely out of business.

Then there’s the rise of digital technology. Technology has turned physical books into collector’s items, effectively eliminating the need for library borrowing services.

Of course, there’s Amazon Books to consider. Amazon have created their own online library that has made it easy for the masses to access both physical and digital copies of books. Amazon Books is a chain of bookstores that does what Amazon originally intended to do; replace the local bookstore. It improves on the bookstore model by adding online searches and coffee shops. Amazon Go basically combines a library with a Starbucks. And expanding into the local library space will be an opportunity for the technology giant. At the core, Amazon has provided something better than a local library without the tax fees. This is why Amazon should replace local libraries. The move would save taxpayers money and enhance the stockholder value of Amazon all in one fell swoop.”

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Shortly before Forbes took this dumpster fire of an article down, he added the following:

“To be fair, library surveys do not seem to confirm the idea that public libraries don’t have the value they used to.  A Pew Research Center survey finds that Millennials are the most likely generations to use public libraries. Though it isn’t clear whether “public libraries” are community libraries or school libraries. And what the trend is among this group.
The survey also finds that “In-person library use in the US remains fairly stable” for the period 2012-16. At least that’s the title of one of their charts. But a reading of the chart is different: Library usage dropped from 53% to 46% over the same period.

Apparently, more data are needed to confirm a trend. But the opportunity for Amazon to enhance shareholder value remains.”
Oh, hey! I wasn’t the only one who noticed while he tried to use bogus numbers.

Mr. Mourdoukoutas just kept digging himself a bigger and bigger hole.

Aww, come on, just a few more tweets? I know y’all are enjoying this.

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Me scrolling through Twitter the other day.

You know it’s bad when even actual libraries step in.

Or, you know…The American Library Association.

Who is Panos Mourdoukoutas?

According to his bio on Forbes, he is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at Long Island University Post in New York while also teaching at Columbia University. Apparently, he’s been published in Barron’s, The New York Times, Japan Times, European Management Review, Management International Review, and Journal of Risk and Insurance, and a couple of others that have nothing to do with libraries.

He also claims he’s published several books, including:

  • Collective Entrepreneurship
  • The Ten Golden Rules
  • WOM and Buzz Marketing
  • Business Strategy in a Semiglobal Economy
  • China’s Challenge: Imitation or Innovation in International Business
  • New Emerging Japanese Economy: Opportunity and Strategy for World Business

Correct me if I’m wrong, but none of those sound like library-related books. Mourdoukoutas also writes “I’ve traveled extensively throughout the world giving lectures and seminars for private and government organizations, including Beijing Academy of Social Science, Nagoya University, Tokyo Science University” and half a dozen other colleges. Did you tell these schools that they could save their students tuition if they replaced their academic libraries with Amazon?

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I’m guessing that’s a no?

Should we work for Amazon?

Maybe you don’t see the problems just yet with letting a corporation run a library, but that’s why you’re here today. Let’s look at Amazon’s track record, shall we?

    • Amazon keeps most of their employees on food stamps. The Intercept submitted public records requests to five states for a list of their top employers of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, “Amazon cracked the top 20 in four”. For a company that makes so much money, why can’t they pay living wages?Do they pay too many taxes to do that? (Spoiler: nope)
    • Amazon paid ZERO taxes in 2017. Not only did Amazon avoid all taxes in 2017, but the new Trump tax laws will put an extra $789 million dollars in their pocket. So…they have the money to pay their people, but don’t do it? Maybe they have a really awesome work environment like Google does. FYI, Google will pick you up for work on a bus, has a cafeteria and gym on site, and they’ll even do your laundry.
    • The working conditions are so bad at Amazon, they won’t even let them use the bathroom. I’m going to say that again, because it sounds vaguely important: Amazon employees cannot go to the bathroom. An undercover investigation in April showed that employees feared being punished for being sick, pregnant, or even taking bathroom breaks. The investigation politely calls it a “bottle system”, but euphemisms do not make it any more humane. Amazon denies this, but come on – if I’m rated on speed and the nearest bathroom is down four flights of stairs, how am I supposed to use it?
  • Amazon really doesn’t like it when people try to fight back, especially unions. Amazon has hired law firms that specialize in “fighting off organized labor” so they can pay less to get away with more.

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Who would lose?

The Homeless and Underprivileged

Those who can’t afford computers, internet, or books would be helpless. The homeless who have nowhere else to go certainly wouldn’t be welcome. If Amazon is willing to make their own people urinate in bottles to keep their jobs, what makes you think they’re going to care about the community?

Home Schools

Many parents home school their children these days. More often than not, these families are part of cooperatives where the kids come together and learn in a classroom setting. Where do you think these families get the books they use for projects and homework? Where do you think they get their e-books and movies? Surely, you don’t think they buy every single book and movie. Replacing a library with Amazon will destroy home schooling – as a professor, how can you support destroying education systems?

Librarians

While I would really like to not be replaced by Amazon, this part isn’t just about self preservation. It’s about the quality of information. The minimum wage worker isn’t going to provide you the same quality of information that an actual librarian will. I know you believe that Google can replace librarians, but who’s going to tell them which search results are accurate and not just an ad? As the famed author Neil Gaiman says, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.” With the amount of misinformation out there, we’re pretty much the only chance you have.  My friend Yaika Sabat’s recent article used an analogy of using WebMD to replace doctors that seemed fairly apropos.

Victims

When hurricane Harvey hit Houston, our library was packed with people. Every computer was being used to file with FEMA, dealing with insurance companies, arranging places to stay until they return home (if they had a home to go back to), we were a digital disaster relief station. We even had FEMA workers come in and help people file. On a more day-to-day basis, I’ve helped countless people find the paperwork to divorce their abusive spouse, get custody of their kids again, report their crooked boss or unfair apartment complex…who is going to help them if we are not there? Chuck gets it.

The public in general

People in general use the library for more than just books. Need to use a computer but can’t afford one? Library computer. Got a laptop but can’t afford internet? Library wi-fi.  Want to print something out, but can’t afford a printer? Library printer. Faxing? Scanning? It’s hard to see at first, but there’s an oh-so-subtle pattern. How about DVDs and Blu-Rays? I pay pennies on the dollar to watch the new Avengers movie, or any other film. We could even have a movie night with those big public spaces we have…or some of our programming.

What would we lose?

Programming

Let’s think of just some of the programs offered at libraries:

  • Children’s programs (Story Time, Baby & Me, all that fun stuff that exposes children to books, other kids and cultures)
  • Classes (art, coding, film, GED, 3D printing, computers, knitting, quilting, baking, acting, hair braiding, this one could go forever)
  • After school programs for children and teens
  • Adult programs
  • Senior programs
  • Outside presentations (like if a professor wanted to give a lecture, for example)

Just this past week, we lunar scientists bring their mobile planetarium over. Where else are you going that kind of stuff besides going to a planetarium?

Meeting Space

People like using the library as a “third place”.

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Exposure to technology

Computers, books, e-books, tablets, there’s so much techie goodness I can pull from a library! What about more advanced or niche stuff? Virtual reality, coding, Raspberry Pi computers, robotics, 3D printing – you ain’t going to find this stuff at Office Depot.

THE MONEY!!!!!

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If dolla bills is your language, then I will speak your language. First, we got those handy computers people use to apply for jobs. Where else you can walk in without a job and walk out an employed (and tax paying) citizen? Aside from a few select places, we’re the only game in town. What about the return on your investment (ROI) with a library? Back in Florida, one of the library systems I worked with calculated their library system produced $8.32 in value for every dollar they received. How much is your stock portfolio’s ROI, Mr. Mourdoukoutas? 3% on average, maybe? How about an investment with an 832% return? Amazon can’t promise you that.

Companies that privatize libraries exist on a simply formula:

  • Fire everyone in the library
  • Hire back only the few you want to keep
  • Pay them much less than before you fired them.

Often times, they’ll hire them on as an independent contractor so they don’t have to pay benefits. How would you like it if LIU Post fired you, rehired you at 40% lower than what you were making, and give you zero benefits?

Mark Ritson, “If you really want to support your community, pay your f**king taxes.”

Closing notes?

I only have one. In the event that Mr. Mourdoukoutas himself is reading this, you’ve probably established that we’re really good at finding information. You know what else we can find?

The guy who lives in Long Island with over a million dollars in assets can’t be bothered to pay $495? You don’t know where that $495 is going. Most of it probably isn’t going to books, more likely to the salaries of people trying to keep communities literate. I’m trying to find the right word to suit this. Out of touch? Tone deaf? Snobbish? Elite? Inhuman? Sociopath? Entitled? Misinformed? Maybe I’ll just stick with “dangerous”, because ideas like this threaten everyone. You probably dropped $495 on dinner last Saturday night, don’t pretend like this is a giant chunk of money for you.

My overall note would be to take a good, hard look in the mirror and understand that the public needs libraries more than you want Amazon.

Alright, I’m done for now. Comments? Questions? Share all and let me know your thoughts.

Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian

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Amazon Prime Day(s?) Today!

Hey Friends!

It’s that time of the year again where Amazon celebrates its anniversary and tries to get everyone shopping: Prime Day! I first covered it when they started Prime Day back in 2015. Ah, it nearly felt like yesterday. Several other companies are having sales right now to counter it (Cyber Monday in July, etc) and it’s kind of fun watching them all fight for our dollars. Given that Amazon’s site has already crashed a couple of times in the last few hours, I’m going to take a wild guess who is winning.

Given that it was the first time, there were a few problems that made it a bit of a flop – mostly related to the deals and giveaways, but Amazon has mostly recovered and figured out what people want (and don’t want) out of Prime Day. However, I noticed a few things that seem a little different this year:

  • Prime Day is now 36 hours. I noticed that a few deals and offers stretch over into tomorrow, July 17th. Maybe this is something they did last year that I just didn’t notice.
  • The actual Prime Day deals don’t start until 3 p.m. Eastern time. Again, I don’t recall them waiting until 3 but maybe I just didn’t notice. In previous years, Prime Day started at midnight and ran for 24 hours.
  • There’s way more prizes being given away this year. Multiple big screen TVs, video game systems, super expensive cameras and tech gadgets. I’m still waiting to see an Instant Pot on there, but hey.
  • There’s also A LOT more furniture giveaways this time around. Living room sets? Sofas and love seats? Dining room table/chair sets? I’m not sure who asked for this, but wish granted!
  • Also, lots of designer shades and purses. Gucci bags, Fendi bags, Prada bags, Tom Ford sunglasses. I don’t know who asked for those either, but I’m cool with it. I entered to win all of them because a $1200 purse should really impress a girl! (Just kidding, I’m selling it on eBay.)

Why do you care about Prime Day, and why are you telling us?

Because I’m a kind and caring guy, that’s why! Like any savvy shopper, I want to check it out for any good deals on stuff I’ve been needing or wanting. Nothing has really been jumping out at me, so I’ll probably sit this one out…but that doesn’t mean you have to. Though if you see an Instant Pot for like 50% off, let me know.

That’s all for today! Let me know if you guys buy anything, and I’ll do the same!

 

Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian

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Summer Updates

Hey Friends!

Just taking a few minutes to let you all know that our Summer Reading Program (SRP) is going very well. As usual, I got to do my renowned magic show at our branches and had record attendance. This year’s theme for summer reading is Libraries Rock!, which is pretty cool!

It’s not as cool as the year we had superheroes in my opinion, but most of you know I’m a little obsessed biased when it comes to superhero stuff. Right?

If you haven’t seen it, Thor: Ragnarok is fantastic.

However, we do have some super-charged prizes for summer reading. Sure, there’s cool things like guitars and stuff, but an Asus Chromebook? A Mini Super Nintendo? Samsung tablet? Go Pro? We got the good stuff this year!

 

Summer reading aside, I’ve had my hands full with school. I was looking at what class to take during the summer and a class on Social Media Marketing and Networking popped up that caught my attention. Well, it isn’t offered in the Fall or Spring, so I’d have to take it now…I do my own social media, so it wouldn’t hurt to learn things and up my social media…

So good news! I’m learning alot.

Bad news! ALL THE ASSIGNMENTS ALL THE TIME. You kinda forget how compressed a 5 week class is until you’re approaching week 5.

I wouldn’t call myself a social media guru yet, but I’m feeling like I know a great deal more than I did a few weeks ago.

Me learning the social media secret formula for success.

Alright, time to get back into my finals/papers/group projects. I’ll be finishing up next week, so I’ll have a post-class update to follow! In the meantime, I’ll be working to keep my FacebookTwitter and Instagram updated with stuff when I have a free moment here and there.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian

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