Friends Introduce New Version for More Mature Audiences


     Saturday, January 25 marked the debut of a new monthly Friends event—“Flix @ the Library…for Grown-Ups”—with the showing of Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture.

     Inspired by the popularity of the well established “Flix @ the Library” program and its family-friendly offerings, “Flix for Grown-Ups” will feature movies designed for patrons who enjoy a more adult-oriented experience. 

     Organizers Debbie Straub and Holly Sturges hope to showcase recently released films that appeal to audiences in search of “intriguing storylines, skillful writing, and exceptional acting,” as Straub explained. The majority will be English-language productions unless a particularly notable foreign film comes along that crosses international boundaries with its themes and/or cast. 

     Straub said that most will be rated PG-13, although an occasional R-rated movie is not out of the question. “They will be carefully evaluated for content and suitability, and their ratings--and the reasons behind them--will be clearly advertised in all publicity materials,” she said.

     Like its predecessor, “Flix for Grown-Ups” will be held monthly from January through April and then pick up again from September through November. All events are on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. in the Cascade Library’s Wisner Center, and just like our other Flix program, admission and snacks are free! 

     “We had wanted to schedule the movies in the evening so that it could be a “dinner and a movie” night for patrons who already had a babysitter lined up,” Straub said. “But, scheduling conflicts forced us to move it to the afternoon, instead. So, now patrons can attend the movie first and then go out to an early dinner.”

     For upcoming months, mark your calendars for February 15, March 14, and April 4. Specific movie titles will be publicized several weeks prior to the event, so be sure to look for a poster in the library or check out the Friends’ website ( and our Facebook page, as well as the Cascade Library’s Facebook page and Kent District Library publicity materials.

     Please plan to join us for “Flix @ the Library for Grown-Ups” for a brief, but wonderful, escape from winter in West Michigan as you immerse yourself in a recently released movie. For more information, contact the Cascade Library at (616) 784-2007.



Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture was featured at the inaugural Flix for grown-ups on January 25.