31 May
2016

New book from Neil Gaiman hits the shelves!

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Here at KU, we get wicked­ly excit­ed any time a new book comes into the world from the mind of Neil Gaiman! This time is no dif­fer­ent! While this one is a non-fic­tion com­pi­la­tion, we’re still head over heels excit­ed! this book will give Neil Gaiman lovers some new and won­der­ful insight into the brain and thoughts of our god.

Stop in the store to pick up your copy! We’ll have it along with all of the oth­er books NG’s ever writ­ten. Which we car­ry on our shelves at all times. Because all times are good times to read your first Gaiman book, and we are here to help that hap­pen!

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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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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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20 Mar
2016

To the Friendliest Man on TV: Happy Birthday

fredDear Mr. Rogers,

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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5 Feb
2016

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies THE MOVIE

pride-prejudice-zombies-poster-2016Today is a pres­ti­gious day in the uni­verse! Today the long-await­ed film, Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies hits the big screen!!!!!!
Okay, may­be that was a bit of an exag­ger­a­tion. I actu­al­ly only know one per­son who is eager­ly await­ing this par­tic­u­lar movie. But I swear, she’s excit­ed enough for like 3  peo­ple, so there’s that.

If you’re won­der­ing what the hack I’m talk­ing about, well let me catch you up on the new lit­er­ary move­ment: adding mon­sters to clas­sic sto­ries! Seth Gra­hame-Smith has ‘upgrad­ed’ a num­ber of clas­sic tales by adding vam­pires or sea mon­sters. The sto­ry of Abra­ham Lin­coln (he fights Vam­pires, now), for instance. The gospel of Luke(The Wise men are actu­al­ly mur­der­ous thieves appar­ent­ly?)!   .… and Pride and Prej­u­dice (And Zom­bies!)
So in hon­or of the movie being released today, I went ahead and asked my friend who is super excit­ed about this movie just why exact­ly she is super excit­ed. Because I feel like we all real­ly need to know.
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This is Sara. She real­ly likes hand san­i­tiz­er.

My friend and room­mate is Sara. No ‘h’. This is an impor­tant dis­tinc­tion for Sara(h)s.
She loves Jane Austen and so does her mom, and she’s def­i­nite­ly plan­ning on mak­ing her mom go to the movie with her. Here’s what she has to say about Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies:

So, you’ve read the book, right? Can you tell us what about it you like?

I have actu­al­ly not read the Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies book itself.   I’m a huge fan of the orig­i­nal work though, and I real­ly like any­thing that keeps it in people’s minds.  I feel like this refresh­es and revi­tal­izes the work and so peo­ple care about it ‚which keeps it rel­e­vant.  As for the orig­i­nal book, I love it because of the char­ac­ters.  Peo­ple talk about the brood­ing Mr. Dar­cy and com­plain that he’s  how we end up with char­ac­ters like Edward Cul­len.  But what peo­ple miss is that Dar­cy doesn’t find hap­pi­ness until he lets that go.  Jane Austen’s char­ac­ters usu­al­ly have some­thing to learn before they can find hap­pi­ness, and Dar­cy and Eliz­a­beth Ben­net are no excep­tion.
So how do you feel about the fact that the guy who’s play­ing Mr. Dar­cy in this par­tic­u­lar ren­di­tion looks like a whiney, wet sock?
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Matt Smith <3

I usu­al­ly prefer to avoid too much hype about things I’m already going to watch, so I hadn’t been pay­ing any atten­tion to the cast­ing. Then I found out that Matt Smith (the 11th Doc­tor from Doc­tor Who) was in it and I was like, well clear­ly he’s going to be Mr. Dar­cy and that’s going to be real­ly inter­est­ing. THEN I found out that he’s Mr. Collins??? Who is SUPPOSED to be a wet sock. Why would you get the DOCTOR and then cast him as not a major char­ac­ter, and an inten­tion­al­ly unlike­able one at that! And you know what wor­ries me much more? The actu­al Mr. Dar­cy actor has got like may­be a dozen cred­its on his IMDB page.
So I’m not feel­ing too great about it! But hope­ful­ly we’ll all be proved wrong and he’ll be amaz­ing.

Haha I sure hope so. Matt Smith is a pret­ty amaz­ing actor, so he’ll prob­a­bly steal the show. Okay. Final ques­tion! Which the­ater snack will you be enjoy­ing dur­ing this very strange Zom­bie movie? 
Well pop­corn obvi­ous­ly, and then prob­a­bly cook­ie dough bites! A friend intro­duced me to them and now I total­ly love them. I’ll also def­i­nite­ly be sneak­ing my own water bot­tle in because they only sell water in hilar­i­ous­ly huge bot­tles.
Thanks Sara! I sure hope the movie is a fun watch!
Want to read the book before you head to the the­aters? We def­i­nite­ly have it, and most of Mr. Grahame-Smith’s oth­er books as well. 
2 Feb
2016

Gifts for your Favorite Librarian

Feb­ru­ary is Library Lovers mon­th! I’m pret­ty sure that there is no one who loves your library more than your local librar­i­an, so we thought we’d list a few great ideas of ways to say thank you to your favorite Librar­i­an. <3

As a kid, I was mes­mer­ized by the enor­mi­ty of my local library and how the store was rou­tine­ly stocked with all of my favorite books. My librar­i­an as a child was a sweet, elder­ly wom­an named Nan­cy.  Every time I would enter the library, she would greet me with fresh­ly made cook­ies and a rec­om­mend­ed new book. She intro­duced me to the book that would lat­er mold my career aspi­ra­tions. By encour­ag­ing me to search for com­fort in books, Nan­cy inspired me to read with an open mind and think crit­i­cal­ly.

Jobs as a librar­i­an are very reward­ing. Librar­i­ans encour­age all indi­vid­u­als, regard­less of social and eco­nom­ic back­ground, to embrace their book­worm qual­i­ties. In some ways, libraries serve as the gen­er­al people’s uni­ver­si­ty while librar­i­ans act as the pro­fes­sors. Plus, it must be nice as a librar­i­an to have first dibs on hot titles and ear­ly released books.

As perusers of libraries, we con­stant­ly ask for rec­om­men­da­tions and assis­tance in the quest to find our books. Why not give back by pur­chas­ing a fab­u­lous present for your favorite librar­i­an? Even your librar­i­an needs some lov­ing in Feb­ru­ary.  Here’s a list of our top five favorite gifts.

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Book Lover’s 2016 Cal­en­dar

This jam-packed page-a-day cal­en­dar is filled with hun­dreds of book rec­om­men­da­tions.  The cal­en­dar also includes fas­ci­nat­ing quotes and triv­ia. Book rec­om­men­da­tions are bal­anced between gen­res from clas­sic love sto­ries to his­to­ry dra­mas.  Your librarian’s read­ing list will def­i­nite­ly length­en with this great gift. Plus, all cal­en­dars are cur­rent­ly 50% off!

 

 

 

 

Book­marks!

bookmarkWhile librar­i­ans have an incred­i­ble job, it can be fast-paced. Los­ing their place in their cur­rent read­ing mate­ri­al would be the last thing they want to hap­pen in the leisure time. Why don’t you make sure your favorite librar­i­an nev­er los­es their place ever again by gift­ing a pre­cious book­mark?  Our col­lec­tion of book­marks is cute and hip.  Each book­mark includes a unique phrase proud­ly announc­ing the reader’s love of read­ing. My per­son­al favorite is the “My work­out is read­ing in bed until my arms hurt” book­mark.

Re-Used Book Jour­nals

Here at our store, we have a large col­lec­tion of price­less re-used book jour­nals. The jour­nals are fash­ioned from the cov­ers of old books.  The­se cov­ers range from clas­sics like “The World of Mice” to books from the Nan­cy Drew series. Now your librar­i­an can write her thoughts in style with the­se unique jour­nals.  Who said some­thing old could not be some­thing fab­u­lous?

 

 

 

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In this cold weath­er, try to give your librar­i­an a way to sip her pre­ferred hot bev­er­age.  Search our mug sec­tion for stand-outs like our Mark Twain inspired mug and Jane Austen inspired mug.  May­be try some­thing comedic like our Mr. Rogers Sweater Chang­ing mug?  Your librar­i­an will be thank­ful once the weath­er hits the sub­ze­ro tem­per­a­tures.

Jew­el­ry!

With Valentine’s Day creep­ing around the cor­ner, what’s a bet­ter gift than a book inspired necklace/earrings?  Our Voz jew­el­ry col­lec­tion is the per­fect fit for any book­worm.  With selec­tion from the dark Edgar Allen Poe to the cheer­ful Win­nie the Pooh, your librar­i­an can be acces­sorized with flairs of clev­er­ness and style.

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23 Nov
2015

Gifts for Doctor Who Fans

One of my favorite Christ­mases of all time was when my dear moth­er found out I liked Doc­tor Who. That Christ­mas every sin­gle gift was Doc­tor Who relat­ed. I got mugs, and t-shirts and books and DVDs and all of it was Doc­tor Who. All of it.

If you’re shop­ping for some­one like me, some­one who loves all things Doc­tor Who, we’ve got you cov­ered. We have every­thing from stock­ing stuffers to seri­ous tell-them-you-love them gifts, all themed around the infa­mous Doc­tor. Check it out!

If you’re not entire­ly sure what kind of gifts to get, you can always keep things simple(but still fun!) with any of the­se mugs or glass­es! Seri­ous­ly, who wouldn’t want a mug with a dis­ap­pear­ing Tardis or a pint glass with a Dalek?!?dwmugs

Does your who­vian hate being cold or wet? We can help with our Tardis or this umbrel­la that’s def­i­nite­ly big­ger on the inside.umbrellafulll

If you hap­pen to know their t shirt size, we have some options!tshirts

May­be your Who­vian love to read! We have a num­ber of Dr. Who books, includ­ing the incred­i­ble gor­geous Dr. Who Vault book. Seri­ous­ly, it is so amaz­ing.dwbooks

Still not sure what the best gift would be? Get­ting a gift card to our store is total­ly not a cop-out, espe­cial­ly if you give it to them in one of the­se amaz­ing Dr. Who cards.DWcards

Good luck hunt­ing, guys!

21 Nov
2015

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Boxed Christmas card time!

Now is the absolute best time to buy your box cards, and you should get ‘em before the eggs get nogged. Mean­ing, before the best ones are gone!

Whether you’ve been send­ing hol­i­day cards out for decades or are new to this whole busi­ness, we’re here for you! We have a ton of beau­ti­ful boxed hol­i­day and Christ­mas cards to make your sea­son mer­ry and bright. Plus, it’s fun to send snail mail to the peo­ple you love who are far away. Yes, your love can fit into an envelope!

Birds wear­ing hats is the absolute cutest route you can go. And we have a bunch to choose from. So cute. So cud­dly.

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If you’d like the pro­ceeds fro your pur­chase to go to a wor­thy cause, look no fur­ther! Sier­ra Club, Good Cause Greet­ings, and Unicef cards all get the job done, and quite beau­ti­ful­ly.

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Sier­ra Club

Good Cause Greetings

Good Cause Greet­ings

Unicef

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If you’re into reli­gious sce­nes, here are a few to choose from! The Lion and the Lamb design is adorable.

Religious Varities

If you want to impress your hip­ster friends and rel­a­tives, Edward Gorey is the way to go. Just the right amount of quirk.

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Hark! The her­ald angels sing…” An angel motif is great for hol­i­day cards!

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If your deal is joy, and joy to the world, we hear that!

Joy!

We have a ton more designs of boxed cards and you should get your­self in here while the get­tin is still good (and there’s still ample time to get the­se in the mail!)