Articles by " Athena Flint"
24 May
2016

Hot Presses! New Books!

Two fab new books are hitting the shelves today! The Last Star by Rick Yancey and The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin! Both of these books are follow-ups to some pretty serious stuff, so fans of the first books will be wicked excited to get their hands on these guys! If you need to re-read the series, we can probably help you out!

30 Apr
2016

May 2016 Events and Holidays

MayWelcome to May! Time for flowers and spring time! And Pickles!
"What? Pickles?" you may ask. "Yes. Pickles," I say to you.

May is packed full of fun things, including but not limited to: Children's Book Week (May 2- 8), May the Fourth, aka Star Wars Day (May 4, clearly), No Pants Day (May 6), National Chicken Dance Day (May 14),  National Miniature Golf Day (May 21),  and Geek Pride Day (May 25) just to name a few! Oh, and let's not forget Mother's Day on May 8th! Do you have your card and gift yet???

Keep reading for a listing of all of the events and holidays in May!

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May is Get Caught Reading Month! What happens when you get caught reading? Do the lords of lore come and give you a shiny gold star? Maybe you get magical book powers like the girl from Ink Heart! Or maybe, really, every time someone catches you reading they think you're one very cool and well rounded individual. Shout out to all the friends and lovers who met their other half over the binding of a book! This month is for you!

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The first week in May is both Children's Book Week AND Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-8)!! So celebrate your favorite teacher by reading one book they taught you to love. And then maybe send them a note to say thanks!

Other holidays this week include May Day, Batman Day, and Mother Goose Day, all on May 1st! May 1st is also the Pittsburgh Marathon, so if you're not running or cheering, you may want to consider not leaving your house because all the roads will be closed. Just saying.
On May 3rd,  Court of Misty and Fury by Sarah J. Mass is being released.

This week is also host to May the Fourth (May 4) aka Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you! Next up is Cinco de Quatro (May 5) and  the Kentucky Derby, Tuba Day and No Pants Day (all on May 6). We're also SUPER EXCITED about CIVIL WAR hitting theaters on May 6!!! Oh my gosh! We already have tickets!

Birthdays this week include: 
Joseph Heller (May 1), Alice who went to Wonderland (May 4), Leo Lionni (May 5), and Sigmund Freud (May 6)

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First and Foremost this week, there is Mother's Day (May 8)! Make sure you give your mum as much love as she deserves! And if you've forgotten to buy your card and gift, we'll be open from 10 to 5 that day.
Also this week is World Bellydance Day (May 9), Limerick Day (May 12), and National Chicken Dance Day (May 14).

Birthdays this week include:
Katniss Everdeen (May 8), Peter Benchley (May 8), J.M. Barrie (May 9), Kermit the Frog (May  9), Lisa Simpson (May 9), Daphne de Maurier (May 13), Robert Pattinson (May 13), Steven Colbert (May 13), George Lucas (May 14)

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Okay, here's where we get to the PICKLES! I bet you were wondering when that would come up. It's International Pickle Week (May 14- 25)!!! It's also American Craft Beer Week (May 16 - 22), and National Backyard Games Week (May 18 - 25) so I sense a really good backyard party with lots of games, beer and cookies in our future!

Next up is National Chocolate Chip Day (May 14), National Sea Monkey Day (May 16), National Pizza Party Day (May 20) and Eliza Doolittle Day (May 20)!
We'll hopefully see you all at 3 Rivers Comicon (May 21-22) and Food Truck-a-palooza (May 21) this weekend. If you're not into comics or food (what is wrong with you but okay) you could celebrate National Miniature Golf Day (May 21) or join in the fun at Venture Outdoors Fest (May 21)!
Birthdays this week include:
The lovely owner of this fantastic store! Sir Boss-Lady Kristen celebrates her birthday on May 15th! Stop by and buy something! She'd love that!
Other birthdays are L. Frank Baum (May 15) and Tina Fey (May 18).

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Start your week off right at BOOK CLUB! Cards Unlimited Book club will be meeting at 6pm on May 22nd to discuss The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Coincidentally, may 22nd is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday, so we're super excited to be celebrating by reading this book.

Two books that we're pretty excited about come out this week: The City of Mirrors (The Passage Trilogy) by Justin Cronin and The Last Star of the Fifth Wave Series by Rick Yancey (both May 24). Geek Pride Day and Towel Day are both May 25. And then on the 27th, X-Men: Apocaplyse hits the theaters!!!!!!
If that isn't exciting enough for you, hit up the Pyro Fest over the weekend (May 28 - 29)!

Birthdays this week include:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (May 22), Scott O'Dell (May 23), Sookie Stackhouse (May 24), Cookie Monster (May 24), Dashiell Hammett (May 27) and Ian Fleming (May 28).

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It's Memorial Day (May 30)! AND THEN, NEIL GAIMAN IS RELEASING A NEW BOOK: The View From the Cheap Seats (May 31)!

Birthdays this week include:
Mel Blanc (May 30)

22 Apr
2016

Top 10 Gifts for that Earth-loving Hippie you know

Happy Earth Day! In honor of this wonderful holiday, we've compiled a list of things that you should buy some time for that friend of yours that really really loves green things!

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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!