Book discussions are held at 10:00 a.m. in the Wisner Center at the Cascade Library. We encourage attendees to read ahead of the schedule if possible since some titles may be in short supply near the discussion date.
Every Note Played by Lisa Genova.
From neuroscientist and best-selling author of Still Alice, this novel tells of a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom and what it means to be alive. An accomplished concert pianist, Richard,* received standing ovations all over the world, in awe of his emotional resonance and flawless technique. That was eight months ago, and he now has ALS. His right arm is paralyzed, his fingers are impotent and he knows his left arm will go next. While Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed, his estranged wife, Karina, becomes his reluctant caretaker.
The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash. Named a Best Book of 2017 by the Chicago Public Library and the American Library Association, the author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy returns with this eagerly awaited new novel. It is set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929. Intertwining myriad voices, Wiley Cash brings to life the heartbreak and bravery of the now forgotten struggle of the labor movement in early twentieth-America, and pays tribute to the thousands of heroic women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers.
January 21, 2019
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.
Wingate follows the interwoven storylines of Avery Stafford, a female lawyer from South Carolina and Rill Foss, the eldest of five children who were taken from their parents' boat by an unscrupulous children's home in the 1930's. This story line is seamlessly woven with that of the abuse and separation that the Foss children suffered at the hands of the Tennessee Children's Home Society.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
This Pulitzer Prize winner, National Book Award Winner and a #1 New York Times best seller tells a story chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. The Underground Railroad is a realistic depiction of slavery, featuring real underground railroads and many other historical elements.
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck.
Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to German high society, The Women in the Castle is an affecting, shocking and ultimately redemptive novel, a powerful story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined. The story reveals new truths about one of history's most tragic eras as three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold, assemble a makeshift family, along with their children--each woman with her own unique set of challenges.
Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett.
With many awards, this novel is listed as both a winner and a finalist in various categories, including Ten Top Novels of the year by Time and Wall Street Journal, and as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Adam Haslett is considered a talented writer who specializes in characterization. Told in alternating points of view by all five members of a family, this novel brings alive, with depth and poignancy, the love of a mother for her children, the often inescapable devotion siblings feel toward one another, and the lasting legacy of a father's pain in the life of a family.
Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin.
Mark Helprin's powerful new novel is set in present-day Paris caught between violent unrest and its well-known, inescapable glories. Jules Lacour, cellist, widower, Algerian war veteran and child of the Holocaust must find a balance between his strong obligations to the past and the attractions and beauties of life and love in the present.er Tom White, who tried to unravel the mystery.
The Cascade Township Branch brings eight concerts inside for Sunday Afternoon Live from October 2018 through April 2019. Concerts run from 2 to 3:30 pm and are free.
November 18: Fauxgrass
December 9: organissimo
January 20: Jimmy Stagger
February 10: CrossBow
February 24: Dave Palma Band
March 10: Mark Lavengood Band
April 28: Cabildo
Come and enjoy a free movie and popcorn on our big screen. For families with children from 2 to 4 pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cascade Library.
The Incredibles 2
Friday, November 2
Huge Fall Book Sale - Day 1. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for members only. From 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the public.
Saturday, November 3
Huge Fall Book Sale - Day 2. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for members and the public.
Sunday, November 4
Huge Fall Book Sale - Day 3. From 1 to 3 p.m. for members and the public.
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Huge Spring Book Sale - Day 1. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for members only. From 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the public.
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Huge Spring Book Sale - Day 2. From 1 to 3 p.m. for members and the public.
Monday, March 18, 2019
Huge Spring Book Sale - Day 3. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for members and the public.
October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
Toddler Time: Nurture your toddler's love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills. From 10 to 10:45 am.
October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
Preschool Storytime: Preschoolers enjoy stories, rhymes, music, movement and more as they build their early literacy skills and develop a love of reading. From 10 to 10:45 am.
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Babytime: Delight and engage your baby with songs, a story and playtime. Get to know other families and help baby develop listening and language skills. For ages 6 and younger from 11 am to noon.
Teen Zone: Teen-only fun for you and your friends at the library! Stop by for activities that may include board games, food and more. For teens in grades 6-12 from 2 to 4 pm.
October 23, 24
Fall Fest: Celebrate the season with Autumn crafts, games and "process art" activities that focus more on the process and less on the final product. For families with children from 10 to 10:45 am.
Teen Zone: Halloween Party: Come celebrate Halloween at the library! Enter the costume contest, snack on spooky treats and play fun games ahead of the holidays. For grades 6 to 12 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm.
Pokemon Club: Bring your Pokemon cards to trade or battle with friends. A few decks will be provided for players to learn to play. For ages 6 and older from 4 to 5 pm.
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sit-N-Stitch: Share ideas and skills while making new friends. Bring your own quilting, appliqué, knitting or crochet projects and supplies. This is not an instructor-led activity. For adults from 1 to 2 pm.
Kent County Women and WWI's Home Front Defense: Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council President Melissa Fox will illustrate how, in 1917, area women joined the largest wartime mobilization of their young country. From 6 to 7 pm.
CANCELLED: WWI at Home: Prohibition, Women's Suffrage and the Red Summer: Please visit kdl.org/events/alert-updated schedule for more World War One-related programs this fall.
If you have young children or know someone who does, you might want to consider enjoying family-friendly free movies and free popcorn at the Cascade library. It’s called Flix @ the Library, and it has been growing in popularity since its introduction more than a year ago by the Friends of the Cascade Library.
Enjoy Disney's Pixar Incredibles II
Its FREE and we provide SNACKS.