Articles by " Athena Flint"
1 Jul
2017

Bingo 20017 Book Suggestions


If you don't have a stash of coloring books at home, we have SO Many! Here are just some of the ones we have in stock. 
Pro tip: If you're the type of person who doesn't want to color in the book over those pretty pages, photocopy a page! Then you can color it over and over again until you GET IT PERFECT.

- American Gods Coloring Book
- Narnia Coloring Book
- Swearword Coloring Book
- Star Trek Coloring Book
- The Enchanted Sea Coloring Book
- The Pittsburgh Coloring Book
- The National Parks Coloring Book
- Color Me Jane
- The Serenity Coloring Book (as in, Firefly!)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Coloring Book

 

We're not asking you to, like, go and learn another language here. (Although everyone should maybe at least try?) There are plenty of options to check off this box, but here are a few ideas!

- The Litte Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
- The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
- Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Visit us in the store to see our full "Read without Borders" collection! Just ask at the counter and we'll show you the way. For those of you that can't make it in, here are a few choice selections.

- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
- I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin and Raoul Peck
- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
- The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
- When We Rise: My Life in the Movement by Cleve Jones
- An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

 

Dystopia is, like, so fetch right now. There are some pretty great classics that fit in this box, but plenty of new things as well!

- Utopia by Thomas More
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
- Divergent by Veronica Roth 
- 1984 by George Orwell 
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 
- The Giver by Lois Lowry 
- The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau 
- The Circle by Dave Eggers
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
- The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

Here are some of the books that we know and love! For the rest of the award winners, visit their website!

- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
- On Beauty by Zadie Smith
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
- A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- Invisible Man Paperback by Ralph Ellison 
- The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman
- Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon

It doesn't have to be a comic or a graphic novel, and we're pretty stretchy on the definition of Superhero....

- Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Brandon Montclare and  Amy Reeder 
- Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Sara Pichelli -                                                                                             --    -Black Panther by Ta Nehisi Coates
- The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- Huck by Mark Millar

 

We're going to be pretty darn flexible about this square. Gardening books, yoga books, organization books, they all count! Step out of your comfort zone and read something that will enrich your mind AND spirit.

- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
- Zen and Tonic by Jules Aron
- Cosmos by Carl Sagan
- The Book of English Magic by Philip Carr-Gomm and Richard Heygate
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
- The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
- The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux
- Johnathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

You know the ones. They're the books that you're kind of embarrassed about reading, but also really can't stop yourself. We swear we won't judge. Most of us have probably read all of these books already.

- 50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James
- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
- One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
- The Tommyknockers by Stephen King                                                                                                                           -The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Don't discount these books just because they're for a younger audience! There are some really amazing books in here, and they're probably a quick read too! Which means more time for more Bingos!

- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
- Holes by Lois Sachar
- The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
- The High King by Lloyd Alexander
- The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil by E. L. Konigsburg
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

It doesn't have to be a ROMANCE book. It can be any book that talks about LGBTQ+ love!

- Far From You by Tess Sharpe
- Y; The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan
- Luna by Julie Anne Peters
- Every Day by David Levithan
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
- The Fifth Season  by N. K. Jemisin
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Orlando by Virginia Woolf
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Parrotfish Ellen Wittlinger 

Don't forget to take a picture of your yummy food!!! We want to see your fab food creations!

- A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer
- Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes by Sophie Dahl
- Jamie at Home by Jamie Oliver
- The Redwall Cookbook by Brian Jacques
- The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
- Leon: Baking & Puddings by Henry Dimbleby
- The Bob's Burgers Burger Book by Loren Bouchard
- My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart
- Big Gay Ice Cream by  Bryan Petroff, Douglas Quint, and Anthony Bourdain
- Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient by Jennifer McLagan

We don't necessarily know how YOU grew up, so here are a whole bunch of different life stories. Surely one of them is dissimilar to your own!

 

- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- Anne of Green Gables by  L. M. Montgomery
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
- Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
- Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
- American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
- The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain
- The Secret Garden by E. White
- Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Here are some graphic novels that we LOVE!!!! Incidentally, we carry all of these and EVEN MORE in the store.

- Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis
- Lucifer Vol. 1: Cold Heaven by Holly Black
- Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham, James Jean, and Alex Maleev 
- Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith, and Mike Dringenberg
- Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow
- Wonder Woman: War of the Gods by George Perez
- Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze
- Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
- 100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
- Spider-Gwen: Greater Power y Jason Latour and Robbie Rodriguez

Here is a list of books that cross a variety of genres. We don't know what you're usually into, but there's probably something on this list you never thought you'd try to read.

- The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
- Little, Big by John Crowley
- Good Poems by Garrison Keillor
- The Adventures of Tin Tin by Hergé 
- The Once and Future King by E. B. White
- A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
- Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
- Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
- I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin and Raoul Peck
- Twenty Poems of Love by Pablo Neruda

The definition of Minority: a group that is different racially, politically, etc, from a larger group of which it is a part.

- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
- Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Beloved by Toni Morrison                                                                                                                                                   -The book of Night Women by Marion James

We SAID anything from 2000 on, but we're not actually going to get that picky.

- Anything by Chuck Klosterman
- I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
-Bossypants by Tina Fey
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

You're sure to be able to pick a book that you've been meaning to read from the list of Pulitzer prize winners. Here are some of the ones we think are gems!

-  A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
-Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

There are SO MANY CHOICES!!! Here are some that we highly recommend and probably have on our shelves!

- The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
- The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
- The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon

 

1 Nov
2016

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!

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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.

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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)

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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).

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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

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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)

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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
2016

THIS IS HALLOWEEN

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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
2016

Finding Home: Shelter Dogs and Their Stories

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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
2016

Top Ten HATS TO BUY for MAD HATTERS

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
2016

October 2016 Events and Holidays

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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!

 

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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.

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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!

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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)

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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'.

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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)

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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).

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

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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)

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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.

But MOST IMPORTANTLY! It is Halloween! Hallow 'een! THIS IS HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN.

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
2016

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.

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