Articles by " Athena Flint"
12 Apr
2016

Drop Everything And Read Day!

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Today is one our very very very FAVORITE holidays! It's D.E.A.R. Day! Otherwise known as Drop Everything And Read Day! Every year there's one day when you can just do nothing but read all day long. Drop everything else on the floor and don't clean it up until tomorrow! Today is a day for Reading!

What books are you reading today?

11 Apr
2016

Book Club Wrap Up: The Once and Future King Part 2, 3 & 4

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Last night we hosted our April Book Club and talked (again) about The Once and Future King by T.H. White! A big thank you to everyone who joined us. We're still munching on the left-over cookies.
(Yeah, we had cookies. Jealous?) :D

General consensus was that we really like this book, guys. I mean, it has some issues, like the lack of solid female characters, but it is a truely fantastic book to read if you want to familiarize yourself with the story of King Arthur.

If you missed book club and would like to gab about the book with someone, tweet at us, yo! We'll tell you all the feels.

Next up we'll be reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle! We'll be meeting on May 22nd, so stop by soon to get your copy!

2 Apr
2016

Top 10 Gifts for Someone who Really Loves Dragons

Yesterday was Anne McCaffrey's birthday. And I was sitting in my reading chair, thinking to myself, what would Anne McCaffrey want to get for her birthday? Probably lots of books, right? Even better, books about dragons?

In honor of my dear Anne McCaffrey, I've compiled this list of the TOP TEN GIFTS for someone who really loves dragons! Not surprisingly, most of the things on this list happen to be books.

All of these lovely wonderful things are available here at Kards! Stop by to look at them in person, or send us a message if you would like more information!

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1 Apr
2016

April Events and Holidays

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Welcome, dear Readers, to the beautiful month of April. It is the month of flowers, of Tricksters and of Grilled Cheese! This month is absolutely packed with fun spring things! Highlights include:  National Peanut butter and Jelly Day (April 2), Tekko (April 7 - 10), National Library Week (April 10-16), Drop Everything and Read Day (April 12) and Talk Like Shakespeare Day (April 23)! There are PILES more holidays and events, so keep on reading!

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April is the month of many things! It's Alcohol Awareness Month, Grilled Cheese Month, Knuckle Down Month and STDs Month! What an interesting combo! Basically, knuckle down, and educate yourself. Then celebrate with Grilled Cheese! Sounds good to us!

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April starts off string with like 6 holidays in the first TWO DAYS! On April 1st, you can choose to celebrate April Fools Day or National Fun at Work Day! Or you can be everyone's favorite trickster-coworker and celebrate both! On April 2nd, it's International Children's Book Day, Tweed Day, National Peanutbutter and Jelly Day, and International Pillow Fight Day! If you feel like traveling a wee bit, you can hit up the 39th Annual Maple Syrup Festival in Meyersdale, PA. It's fab-tactic road trip weather, right?

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This week is National Robotics Week (April 2 - 10)! So grab your WD-20 and get chugging! Wait. What?
On April 6th, we're pretty interested in the Speak Freely with John Fetterman event. World Health Day is on April 7th, the same day as the start of Tekko!! Celebrate National Siblings Day (April 10th) hanging out with your favorite sibling! Make sure to Instagram all those pics you take so your other siblings know what's up!

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It's National Library Week! It's like the BEST WEEK OF THE WHOLE YEAR. This week is also jam-packed full of things: Barbershop Quartet Day (April 11), Drop Everything and Read Day (April 12), Scrabble Day (April 13), National That Sucks Day (April 15), Record Store Day and National Wear your Pajamas to Work Day (both April 16).

There are a number of fun things happening around the city, also! The Jungle Book (the new version) will be hitting theaters April 15, the same night as Carnegie Science Center's 21+ Night, themed SCI FI!  <3
The International Festival of Colors is on the 16th. Or, if you're looking for more Rough and Rowdy events, check out the Steel City Roller Derby Game (also April 16)!

Shadyside people will be excited to know that on Saturday, April 16th the 4th Annual Bark Shadyside Pup Walk, the 6th Annual Great Shadyside Yard Sale and the second Shadyside appearance of The Neighborhood Flea is happening from 9am - 2pm in the Liberty School Parking Lot (corner of Ivy & Ellsworth)!!!!

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Start the week off on a high note: It's 420 (April 20) and National HIGH Five Day (April 21)! Earth Day is April 22, but Pittsburgh will be celebrating Earth Day from the 21st to the 24th. 
Talk Like Shakespeare Day is April 23. Passover starts on the 23rd as well, and goes on through the 30th.
Need your film fix? Huntsman: Winter's War opens April 22nd!

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It's Administrative Professional Day and Morse Code Day on April 27! Say a big old thanks to the people who keep the world running smoothly with some beeps and bops and boops! Plant a tree on Arbor Day (April 29)! And then, the National Pie Championships happen! And International Jazz Day! Pies and Jazz! Both on April 30th! You can also get your spring-time Halloween fix and celebrate Walpurgis Night (also April 30).
We are ridiculously excited for one movie in particular this weekend: Keanu hits theaters April 29! It's a funny John Wick with a kitten. Seriously. So. Excited. Check out this trailer.

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That's it folks! Happy April!

31 Mar
2016

Harry Potter Midnight Release Party!

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!!!!! WE ARE SOLD OUT OF MIDNIGHT BOOKS !!! 
If you still need a copy of the Cursed Child, we will be getting more books in stock on Monday, Aug 1st.
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We are SO EXCITED about this guys.

On July 30th at 10:30pm, we will be hosting a MIDNIGHT RELEASE PARTY for the new and upcoming Harry Potter book: The Cursed Child. 

All you have to do to get an invite is Pre-Order The Cursed Child through us! For just the cost of the book, you will get the book AND an invitation to bring how every many people you would like to our Midnight Release Party. 

There will be plenty of fun at the party: we promise costumes, atmospheric music, Harry Potter Trivia and silly games like 'Guess How Many Every Flavor Beans Are In This Jar!"

If you're interested in getting more information send us an email today. Or stop in the store, even! Or give us a call! We don't recommend sending Owls, as we've recently lost a few in our rafters.

SO EXCITED!

 

25 Mar
2016

Superman vs Batman

bat1Well, guys. It’s here! The next/new/current/redo version of the SUPERMAN and BATMAN STORY.

It hits theaters TODAY.

I’m not going to lie to you, personally, I’m going to wait to see what other people say about it to see it myself. I’ve been burned out by new batmen. Also, I still have my doubts about the bat-suit.

I am, however, VERY …. excited is the wrong word. interested? about the portrayal of WonderWoman! !!! !!!!!! !!!!!!!!

Please dear god of everything Superhero, please let her be totally kick-ass.

Anyway. Think about seeing the movie, I guess. I’m sure we’ll all have opinions in the next few days here in the store. So when you stop by to check out all our amazing Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman merchandise, feel free to ask us if we’ve seen it yet!

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20 Mar
2016

To the Friendliest Man on TV: Happy Birthday

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When I was little I was all about watching your show. You were just so calm, and kind, and loving. I learned a lot from you. I think you were probably my second best example of patience and kindness in my young life. (My mother was number one of course.)

It may have just been a TV show, but Mr. Roger's Neighborhood helped me become the person I am today. I am pretty sad that kids these days might grow up not knowing who you are. Who will be their example of unending patience and kindness?

Thanks for everything you taught me,
Athena

 

Today we Celebrate Won't You Be My Neighbor Day, which is also Mr. Fred Roger's birthday.
Check out the video below to learn some fun facts about dear ol' Fred.

If you or someone you know is just as in love with this man as we are, make sure you stop in to see our rather size-able collection of Mr. Roger's gift items and books!

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16 Mar
2016

Easter Is On Its Way!

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We have tons of Easter gifts and goodies, so stop by today to fill your Easter Basket!