Articles by " Athena Flint"
1 Nov

November 2016 Holidays

november-2016-2Well, Hal­loween is over so we might as well all go home. JUST KIDDING! IT’S TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!

Well okay, we’ll give you some time to adjust, how about for now we just cel­e­brate ALL the­se super fun hol­i­days that are con­tained in the mon­th of Novem­ber! This mon­th holds a slew of fun things! For instance: Sand­wich Day (Nov 3), Sesame St Day (Nov 10), I Love To Write Day (Nov 15) and Absur­di­ty Day (Nov 20). Birth­days this mon­th include Hel­lo Kit­ty (Nov 1), Neil Gaiman (Nov 10), James Bond (Nov 11) and C.S. Lewis (Nov 29). For even more rea­sons to keep the par­ty rollin’, keep read­ing!


Okay gents (and awe­some non-gen­der con­form­ing wom­en), it’s time to start grow­ing your win­ter upper lip scarf! It’s Mus­tache Mon­th! Oth­er­wise known as Movem­ber. It’s also Nation­al Mod­el Rail­road Mon­th. CHOO CHOO! Oh! And it’s Peanut But­ter Lovers Mon­th. Per­son­al­ly, peanut but­ter runs in my blood so this is MY MONTH. But I’ll share.


First up in the mon­th is All Saint’s Day and Nation­al Authors Day (both Nov 1). Get your paprika on for Dev­iled Egg Day (Nov 2)! Oh here is a great one: Men Make Din­ner Day (Nov 3)! Guys, if you need recipes, we have SO MANY awe­some cook­books. It’s also Cliché Day and Sand­wich Day (both Nov 3). Oh and then the FUN begins! The week­end of the 4th is both Sher­lock Holmes Week­end and also Punk­in Chunk­in Days! Who can solve the mys­tery of where all the pump­kins went???? I bet Myth­busters took them, guys.
Oh! Also Doc­tor Strange hits the­aters on the 4th.
Don’t for­get to Remem­ber Remem­ber the 5th of Novem­ber! And then you can cel­e­brate Marooned with­out a com­pass day on Novem­ber 6th.

Birth­days this week­end include:
Hel­lo Kitty(Nov 1)


It’s Dear San­ta Let­ter Week! Are you ready for that? I’m not ready for that, but it’s hap­pen­ing. If you’re not, there’s always Area Code Day and Sesame St. Day (both Nov 10) and Vet­er­ans Day (Nov 11) and World Kind­ness Day (Nov 13)!

Birth­days this week include:
Mar­garet Mitchell and Bram Stok­er (both Nov 8), Neil Gaiman (Nov 10), Kurt Von­negut and James Bond (Nov 11), and Mar­garet Atwood (Nov 13).


It’s time to dust off the old board games in your clos­et for Games and Puz­zle Week! And then there’s I Love To Write Day and Nation­al Bundt Pan Day (both Nov 15).
The cutest hol­i­day ever is up next: Have a Par­ty With Your Bear Day (Nov 16). .…I mean, it’s cute if you’re par­ty­ing with ted­dy bears. I guess it could get ugly if you try par­ty­ing with a wild bear.

Next up is Home­made Bread Day (Nov 17) and Mar­ried to a Scor­pio Sup­port Day (Nov 18). Then there’s Rocky and Bull­win­kle Day and World Toi­let Day (both Nov 19).
And of course, Absur­di­ty Day on Novem­ber 20th!

And HELLO DID YOU KNOW that the world of HARRY POTTER is return­ing to the sil­ver screen on Novem­ber 18th!!!! Do you have your tick­ets to Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them yet? ARE YOU SO EXCITED? We are. We SO are. <3<3<3


Start the week off right with the most TIMELESS HOLIDAY of ALL. Doc­tor Who Day (Nov 23)! And then, of course, there’s Turkey Day. Good ol’ stuff your face full of stuff­ing day! But did you know that this year Thanks­giv­ing and All Our Uncles are Mon­keys Day are the SAME DAY (Nov 24). So make sure to bring that banana pud­ding to Thanks­giv­ing din­ner for your Favorite uncle Har­ry. He will be so con­fused.

Of course, the day after Thanks­giv­ing day is so very well know! It’s You’re Wel­come Day(Nov 25)! Oh. And also Black Fri­day.

This Sun­day, Nov 27th, marks the start of Advent, so Christ­mas is offi­cial­ly STARTING. Are you ready?

Birth­days this week include:
Frances Hodg­son Bur­nett (Nov 24)


Only one hol­i­day this week, but it’s a great one! It’s French Toast Day on Novem­ber 28th, so Treat Yo’ Self.

Birth­days this week include:
Jon Stew­art (Nov 28), Made­line L’Engle and C.S. Lewis (both Nov 29)

31 Oct



Hap­py Hal­loween, every­one! I hope you’re spend­ing today doing some­thing super fun, like knock­ing on stranger’s doors and steal­ing their can­dy!

We are super excit­ed to see some cus­tomers in cos­tume today! Please! Stop by and show us your amaz­ing fun hal­loween per­son­al­i­ties! 

What’s that? You don’t HAVE a cos­tume? Well. we can’t solve that whole prob­lem for you, but we can get you start­ed. We have a mil­lion fun cos­tume hats that you can wear with nor­mal every­day clothes and still feel a bit fun and fan­cy! Stop by to put them all on your head!

We also have some beau­ti­ful spooky dec­o­ra­tions, so if you need that one last touch for your hal­loween par­ty tonight, we can absolute­ly help.

Have fun and be safe out there! Watch out for harm­ful spir­its and say hel­lo to old loved ghosts tonight when the spir­it world is so close to our own! And brush your teeth!

12 Oct

Finding Home: Shelter Dogs and Their Stories


This mon­th is Adopt a Shel­ter Dog Mon­th. We have lots of feels about that: we love pup­pies and we espe­cial­ly love when pup­pies find a safe and  love-filled place they call home! So when we got this par­tic­u­lar book in stock, we were all a-cry­ing, sigh­ing and full of warm fuzzier!  Find­ing Home: Shel­ter Dogs and Their Sto­ries by Traer Scott is chalk full of pic­tures of some real­ly amaz­ing dogs, all of whom Scott encoun­tered while vol­un­teer­ing at var­i­ous ani­mal shel­ters.

Scott com­bi­nes the amaz­ing pho­tog­ra­phy with sto­ries of the­se won­der­ful dog­gies: From Mor­ris­sey,  a pitt bull who strug­gled with anx­i­ety behav­iors while in the ani­mal shel­ter until he found a forever home with a fam­i­ly with four chil­dren, to Bin­g­ley, a dog made deaf dur­ing a drug bust who found a fam­i­ly will­ing to love and live with a dog who can’t hear. The sto­ries are all inspir­ing, although some can be a but heart wrench­ing.

This book makes a great cof­fee table book and con­ver­sa­tion starter for any and all dog lovers. Show all your vis­i­tors the­se beau­ti­ful sad-fun­ny faces and may­be you can help con­vince some­one to bring home their very own shel­ter dog friend! 

6 Oct


It’s Mad Hat­ters Day!! In hon­or of this glo­ri­ous hol­i­day, we bring you: HATS! Kards has a huge selec­tion of hats, so we thought we would show them off to you, read­ers! Many thanks to our beau­ti­ful mod­els. You are all now famous, because I’ve said so!

But seri­ous­ly, look how much fun the­se peo­ple are hav­ing with hats! You, too, could have that much fun! Stop by today to put a thing on your head!!

29 Sep

October 2016 Events and Holidays


Wel­come Octo­ber! Things may be cool­ing down, but there’s still plen­ty of fun to be had! Octo­ber is Nation­al Chili Mon­thNation­al Pop­corn Pop­ping Mon­th and Rap­tor Mon­th! We’re also cel­e­brat­ing Name Your Car Day (Oct 2), Nation­al Pierogi Day (Oct 8),  Be Bald and Free Day (Oct 14), Nation­al Franken­stein Day (Oct 29) and of course, HALLOWEEN (Oct 31)! Birth­days this mon­th include Mar­io Lemieux (Oct 5), William Penn (Oct 15), Sylvia Plath (Oct 27)  and Alf (Oct 28). Also! KU Book Club will be meet­ing on Octo­ber 9th to talk about Neil Gaiman’s Amer­i­can Gods! For more FUN FUN FUN, keep on read­ing!





Octo­ber is freak­ing PACKED with mon­th long cel­e­bra­tions. Seri­ous­ly. Look at this line-up. Octo­ber is Nation­al Chili Mon­thNation­al Apple Mon­th, Nation­al Cook­book Mon­thNation­al Field Trip Mon­th,  Nation­al Bak­ing Mon­th and  Nation­al Pop­corn Pop­ping Mon­th! And those are just the NATIONAL hol­i­days.  It’s also Piz­za Mon­th,  Adopt a Shel­ter Dog Mon­thSar­cas­tic Mon­th, and Rap­tor Mon­th! Seri­ous­ly, if you think Octo­ber is bor­ing, you CRAY.


Start your mon­th out on the right foot with Inter­na­tion­al Fru­gal Fun Day (Oct 1). All those fall fes­ti­vals can start adding up, so if you spend the first Sat­ur­day of the mon­th doing some­thing fun and free, you’ll have more mon­ey to spend on PUMPKINS. (This com­ing from the girl who spent $200 on pump­kins last year. TO BE FAIR I WAS BUYING THEM FOR MY WEDDING. Still. I love pump­kins. And Fall. And Octo­ber.)

Here’s a great FREE fru­gal fun idea: Doors Open Pitts­burgh (Oct 1 — 2)! A bunch of build­ings down­town will be open to the pub­lic for FREE behind the sce­nes tours! If you’re the type of per­son who likes to look in people’s bath­room cab­i­nets (face it, we’re ALL that type of per­son) then this event is for you!

Next up is Name Your Car Day  and Phileas Fogg’s Wager Day (both Oct 2). 10/4 is Ten-Four Day. Obvi­ous­ly. It’s also Vod­ka Day. I per­son­al­ly plan on cel­e­brat­ing both those hol­i­days HARD. Gonna bust out my Hamm Radio and get drunk off my butt and sing sea shanties to the truck dri­vers, TEN-FOUR, YOU HEAR ME?

After cel­e­brat­ing Vod­ka day, you might feel the need to reset your sys­tem. Which is super con­ve­nient, because Nation­al Kale Day is on Octo­ber 5th. And every­one knows that Kale is the best for a hang­over. When it is served with a side of a whole pig’s worth of bacon, of course.

Octo­ber 6th is Mad Hat­ter Day. Please come to Kards and try on all of our hats. I’m not kid­ding. We have a lot of hats. The Girl on the Train hits the­aters on the 7th and then the 8th is Pittsburgh’s all time favorite hol­i­day: Nation­al Pierogi Day!


While you’re mak­ing Pier­o­gis with your amaz­ing pol­ish grand­ma, make sure you ask her about her young life. It’s Nation­al Sto­ry­telling Week­end (Oct 7 — 9) and sto­ries about our grand­par­ents past are, in my hum­ble opin­ion, some of the very best sto­ries.

Birth­days this week include:
Snoopy (Oct 2), Anne Rice (Oct 4), Mar­io Lemieux (Oct 5), and Count von Count (Oct 9)


It’s Nation­al Angel Food Cake Day (Oct 10). If you don’t have a nice Angel Food Cake to eat, you can cel­e­brate by watch­ing this super cute awe­some car­toon from the 50s.  It’s My Par­ty Day is Octo­ber 11th! I’m cel­e­brat­ing ear­ly this year, per­son­al­ly.

Imma going to go ahead and say that Octo­ber 12th is offi­cial­ly Indige­nous Peo­ples’ Day. It was for­mer­ly known as Colum­bus Day, but the times, they are a chang­in’.


Inter­na­tion­al Skep­tics Day is on the 13th, fol­lowed by Be Bald and Free Day (Oct 14) and Nation­al Grouch Day (Oct 15)

Birth­days this week include:
H.J. Heinz (Oct 11), William Penn (Oct 14), Friedrich Niet­zsche and P.G. Wode­house (both Oct 15)


Take it nice and slow this week. There’s only two weird hol­i­days on our cal­en­dar, which is A-Okay, because Halloween’s on it’s way and we got­ta get ready! This week is Boss’s Day (Oct 17) and Caps Lock Day (Oct 22).


Birth­days this week include:
Oscar Wilde (Oct 16), Bela Lugosi (Oct 20), Car­rie Fish­er (Oct 21) and Ursu­la K. Le Guin (Oct 21).


Did you know that there’s a whole day ded­i­cat­ed to Bolog­na? Yes there is! Nation­al Bolog­na Day is Octo­ber 24th! You can have all the Bolog­na sand­wich­es you want! For me, that would be zero sand­wich­es, but I’m sure there is some­one out there who lives for this hol­i­day.

Over the week­end, check out the Pitts­burgh Pet Expo (Oct 28 — 30). And then you can par­ty it up for Nation­al Franken­stein Day (Oct 29). I sug­gest may­be throw­ing a Mon­ster Mash.

The 30th is a triple threat with Cre­ate a Great Funer­al Day,  Can­dy Corn Day and Devil’s Night!

Birth­days this week include:
Pat Con­roy (Oct 26), John Cleese and Sylvia Plath (both Oct 27), Alf and Eve­lyn Waugh (both Oct 28)


Why yes, I am ded­i­cat­ing a whole week’s space to one day! That’s because Octo­ber 31st is a VERY SPECIAL DAY. I mean first of all, it’s Nation­al Knock Knock Jokes Day. And sec­ond­ly, it’s Nation­al Mag­ic Day.


ahem. Caaaaan you tell that we love Hal­loween? Seri­ous­ly though, we’ve got of fun stuff in the store to help you get your spook on! Stop by to see our beau­ti­ful hal­loween dec­o­ra­tions and try on all the sil­ly hats!

Birth­days on Oct 31 include:
Wil­low Smith, Michael Collins, Peter Jack­son, Christo­pher Colum­bus, Vanil­la Ice, Juli­et­te Gor­don Low, and Ethel Waters.


25 Sep

Banned Books Week 2016

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Here at KU, we believe in your free­dom to read! We cel­e­brate Banned Books Week EVERY. YEAR. Some of you cus­tomers out there might be like, “Okay, KU, it’s get­ting a lit­tle over-done. This is Amer­i­ca, and we already have lots of free­doms, so you don’t real­ly need to get up in arms about banned books. Like what’s the big deal any­way?” And to those cus­tomers we say: BANNED BOOKS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Also, you’ve prob­a­bly read some already and you didn’t even know! FOR EXAMPLE! Did you read Har­ry Pot­ter and LOVE it?? Well guess what! That’s a banned book! Some­one in THIS FREE COUNTRY decid­ed that Har­ry Pot­ter was too dan­ger­ous for any­one to read. AND IN FACT SOME PEOPLE GOT TOGETHER AND BURNED A LOT OF HARRY POTTER BOOKS SO THAT NO ONE ELSE COULD READ THEM. WHAT THE HECK GUYS. book burning

Har­ry Pot­ter changed my life, per­son­al­ly. So did The Lorax. And I’ll be 100% hon­est, so did my child­hood copy of Our Bod­ies, Our­selves. In someone’s per­fect world, I would nev­er have read them. And in fact, TODAY IN THIS COUNTRY, some peo­ple are still with­out those books. And there are more impor­tant books hit­ting the shelves every day! Books about being free to be who you are, books about empow­er­ing your­self to over­come oppres­sion! And let’s be com­plete­ly hon­est and real here, the peo­ple who are oppressed are the peo­ple that often ACTUALLY are affect­ed by books being banned. They are the peo­ple who need access to the­se impor­tant and for­ma­tive books and while in the­se days of inter­net they might have bet­ter access to the­se books than there used to be, they still have to deal with angry peo­ple out there that tell them they shouldn’t read that crap because it will CORRUPT THEM. Yeah guys, peo­ple STILL ban books. Like today. It’s still hap­pen­ing.

So yeah. Here at KU we’re pret­ty pas­sion­ate about this top­ic. Clear­ly because this was sup­posed to be like super short blog here but I couldn’t help myself.

So please come cel­e­brate with us! In the store, we will have infor­ma­tion cards up with a lot of the banned books that explain where and why the book was banned. It’s real­ly inter­est­ing to see. I bet you’ll be sur­prised at some of the titles. For exam­ple, did you know that Charlotte’s Web is a banned book?? And so is Where’s Wal­do! Whhaaaaaat.

Any who. Check out this video of 2015’s most banned books. Just released this year.

And then come get your­self some illic­it and won­der­ful read­ing mate­ri­al. <3

Oh. On a lighter note, this oth­er video right here is a gem. And full of help­ful ways to pro­tect your books from strangers.


20 Sep

Happy Tolkien Week!


<3 This man.
Hap­py Tolkien Week, every­one! Over here at KU we are cel­e­brat­ing Tolkien week by lis­ten­ing to some Audio­books in the store. And also the music of Lord of the Rings! So stop in the store to lis­ten to beau­ti­ful sounds! In case you didn’t know, we are huge LOTR fans here. We have like 3 dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the books for sale forever and always, so if you find your­self in need of a new set of Tolkien books, you can prob­a­bly just stop by and we’ll help you out.

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