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)

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!

1 Feb
2016

February 2016 Calendar of Events

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Welcome February! Thank goodness January is OVER! Jan 2016 was definitely a bit choppy there for a bit. But time keeps moving, and it a new month full of new things! Exciting things! Keep reading to hear about the hot stuff happening in the cold of February.

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This month is Library Lovers Month, National Condoms Month and Marijuana Awareness Month! You can probably celebrate those all at once... just saying.

 

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On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil has his say for Groundhog Day. On the 5th, get your freak on for Working Naked Day! It's probably best to get permission first though. The 5th is also Bubble Gum Day and the release of the MUCH ANTICIPATED(here, at least) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in theaters!! Buy your tickets now, kids!

Celebrate on the 6th with a pint of Ben & Jerry's! It's Ice Cream For Breakfast Day! It's also a great day to visit I Made It! Market in the Waterfront! They'll be selling so many hand-made goodies. You just have to stop by and see!

Birthdays this week: Ayn Rand and James Joyce (February 2), George Romero (February 4), and Arthur Weasley (February 6).

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I'm sure everyone has already put the Super Bowl in their calendars, but just incase you need the reminder, it's on the 7th! The 8th is Opera Day, so make sure to save your vocals! The 9th is Mardi Grass and Read in the Bathtub Day. You might want to choose between the two, because eating massive amounts of pancakes and drinking all the booze will probably make it really hard to read in the tub. The 9th is also the release day for Morning Star by Pierce Brown AND Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard!!  We are so ready to continue the Red Rising and Red Queen Series, JUST LET US TELL YOU. OMG.

On the 12th, we would celebrate Darwin Day, but we will be super busy SEEING DEADPOOL IN THEATERS.

Birthdays this week: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Charles Dickens (February 7), Seth Green and John Williams (February 8), and Judy Blume and Charles Darwin (February 12).

 

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Are you ready for this? ARE YOU READY????

 

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Of course, we all know that the 14th is Valentine's Day. But did you know that it is also Ferris Wheel Day? Followed, on the 15th, by National Gumdrop Day and the Westminster Dog Show on the 15th and 16th!

Birthdays this week: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (February 17), and Bruce Wayne (February 19).

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Heartbreak of all heartbreak, Alan Rickman would have turned 70 on the 21st. However, you can distract yourself from that pain by getting tickets to the Steel City Roller Derby Game on the 21st. It's the Allegheny Avengers vs. the Mon Monsters! It's also BOOK CLUB! Join us to talk about T.H. White's The Once and Future King. <3

The 22nd is National Margarita Day! It's a NATIONAL holiday, so you should probably celebrate. On the 23rd, we celebrate the ancient art of throwing stones with Curling is Cool Day, as well as the release of A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab!

National Chili Day is on the 26th. The 26th is also the first day of Texas Cowboy Poetry Days, but more importantly, it's day one of Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest! Beerfest closes out on the 27th, which is also, conveniently, Open That Bottle Night.

Birthdays this week: Alan Rickman (February 21), and Edward Gorey (February 22).

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Start off the week by watching the 2016 Oscars on the 28th! This week also has a BONUS ROUND day, because Leap Day is on the 29th!

Birthdays this week: Superman (February 29)

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1 Jan
2016

January 2016 Events and Birthdays

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Welcome 2016! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL OF OUR LIVES? We're pumped to start a fresh new year here at KU. And what, with all of these awesome holidays and birthdays to celebrate? Even more better-er! Read on to find out why you should be drinking hot tea, eating soup, tossing your fruitcake, and writing letters this month!

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1 Dec
2015

December 2015 Calendar of Events

 

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Hello and welcome, December! HANUKKAH IS HERE! CHRISTMAS IS HERE! KWANZAA IS HERE! We've been waiting for December since, well, January, and we're delighted that it's here again! December is more than the usual holidays, though. Just to name a few, we've got National Cotton Candy Day (December 7), Cat Herders Day (December 15), National Chocolate Covered Anything Day (December 16), and Bacon Day (December 30) and they all make this month even more magical! Read on to find out all of our awesome celebrations this month! Read more >>

1 Nov
2015

November 2015 Calendar of Events

 

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Hello and welcome, November! Fall is in full swing, the days are shorter, and we'll be dreaming of thanksgiving dinner for the next 26 nights.  PASS THE CRANBERRY SAUCE! Here are all of the exciting things we'll be celebrating this month from Sherlock Holmes Weekend, to Homemade Bread Day, Dr. Who Day, and everything in between.

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30 Sep
2015

October 2015 Calendar of Events

Hay girl hay, October has arrived! It's FALL! It's the month of chili, apples, pizza, popcorn, sausage, and baking. Essentially, just another awesome Friday night, that goes on for a whole month, amirite? Put down your pumpkin spice latte and read about the REST OF THE THINGS you should be celebrating this month!

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31 Aug
2015

September 2015 Calendar of Events

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Ah, September, it leads a double life. Some people are CLINGING TO SUMMER FOR DEAR LIFE, while others are counting down the days until pumpkin spice lattes are available and they can begin carving pumpkins. No matter which way you swing, September probably has a holiday you'll like whether it's bourbon (Bourbon Heritage Month), Lord of the Rings and J.R.R. Tolkien (Tolkien Week September 20-26), or  coffee (National Coffee Day September 29). Read on to see all of the good stuff we're crazy about this month! Do it you won't.


 

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Month-long holidays are the best because you get a whole month to savor them. Bourbon Heritage Month means drinking all the bourbon! Children's Good Manners Month is a great time to educate the children in your life how to behave. If you don't have a library card, you're in luck because September is Library Card Sign-up Month. See also: 
The only thing better than honey is National Honey Month! Honey forever. Shameless Promotion Month allows us to say HEY ARE YOU FOLLOWING US ON FACEBOOK AND ISNTAGRAM AND TWITTER? WE LOVE YOU. Last but certianly least, September is Pleasure Your Mate Month. Butter them up with a cute card, get some massage oil, light some candles, and hopefully that works out for you. Wink.

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INTERNATIONAL ENTHUSIASM WEEK is September 1 through the 7. What do you get enthusiastic about? May we suggest everything this week? GET FIRED UP. Salami Day (September 7) is a good time to get re-acquainted with some salami.

Birthdays this week: Jack Daniels and Werner Herzog both on September 5. Here are Werner Herzog's hilarious thoughts on chickens.

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On September 8, 1966 Star Trek Original Series premiered. So today we are getting all 'live long and proposer'. Roald Dahl Day is on September 13 and we're probably going to be eating chocolate, peaches, taking RED WAGONS of books from the library, and so on and so forth. We love Roald Dahl! (You can get the print of the quote below here.)

Birthdays this week: Leo Tolstoy (September 9) and Bella Swan (September 13).

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Do you know any greeting card writers? If so, you're in luck on September 18, because it's Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day. On Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), drink your grog with your beauty, play your hornpipe, and RAISE THE JOLLY ROGER, you land lubber. Tolkien Week is back (September 20-26) and betta than eva. We'll have books on tape playing through the store, a Tolkien quiz to take and general enthusiasm all week. National Dog Week (September 20-26) is a great time to sneakily pet other people's dogs while they're not looking. And maybe adopt a dog. Or take your own dog for a walk. WhatEVER. DO A THING!

Birthdays this week: Sophie DahlMontgomery Burns, and Agatha Christie (September 15), H.A. Rey (September 16), William GoldingHermione Granger, and Arthur Rackham (September 19), George R.R. Martin and Malcolm Reynolds (September 20), Bill Murray, Stephen King, and H.G. Wells (September 21).

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Dear Diary Day (September 22) is a great time to get back to journaling. And don't hold back. For example, "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. Gretchen my friend, got her period. I'm so jealous, God." #JudyBlume. MOVING RIGHT ALONG. Hobbit Day (September 22) means throwing a Bilbo Baggins birthday party! Yay! Celebrate Bisexuality Day (September 23) is a holiday close to our hearts. No matter who you're into, we love you just the way you are. On Punctuation Day (September 24), you can finish every sentence with an exclamation point! And double question marks after all questions. National One Hit Wonder Day (September 25) you can pore over this list and reminisce. On Love Note Day (September 26), write someone you love a love note. And yes, it can be your pet. KU Book Club meets on September 27 at 6 PM to discuss Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked this way Comes. Bring  your book and a friend! Banned Books Week (September 27 - October 3) IS OUR FAVORITE! Come on in to see the banned books we sell, because damn the man! Get ready for Ask A Stupid Question Day (September 29). While you either believe in stupid questions or you don't, you're bound to get asked one today. On what is likely the most productive day of the calendar year, National Coffee Day (September 29) is a great excuse to pound that coffee! Caffiene forevar. Blasphemy Day (September 30) encourages individuals and groups to openly express criticism of religion and blasphemy laws. So get to gettin.

Birthdays this week: Frodo and Bilbo Baggins (September 22), Arthur GuinnessJim Henson, and F. Scott Fitzgerald (September 24), Mark Hamill and Shel Silverstein (September 25), Johnny Appleseed (September 26), T.S. Eliot and Scott Pilgrim (September 27), Truman Capote (September 30).