Upcoming Events

The Age of Innocence


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.

September 17 

Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

Written in 1920, this novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921. It is a masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York, a time when society people "dreaded scandal more than disease" - a thought-provoking literary piece.


October 15

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.

From the New York Times best-selling author of The City of Z, comes a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history. In the 1920's the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions and sent their children to study in Europe. Then one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. More and more of the Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances and those investigating the killings were themselves murdered. The FBI entered the case with its young director, J. Edgar Hoover, along with former Texas Ranger Tom White, who tried to unravel the mystery.


November 19

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.


December 17

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.


February 18

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.


March 18

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.


April 15

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.


May 20

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.




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.

September 9

Paddington 2: Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop--the perfect present for his beloved aunt's 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy's big celebration.


Saturday, September 15

Adult and Children's Fiction Clearance Sale - Day 1. From 9 to 10 a.m. for members only. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the public.

Sunday, September 16

Adult and Children's Fiction Clearance Sale - Day 2. From noon to 3 p.m. for members  the public.

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.


September 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26

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.

September 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26

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.

September 5, 12, 19, 26

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.

September 24

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.

September 24

Michigan in WW1: Stories of the Home Front: Michigan's contribution to the World War was more than just its service people. For teens in grades 6-12 from 6 to 7 pm.

September 25

Don't Let the Pigeon Attend this Program!: Celebrate the works of author Mo Willems, creator of the award-winning Pigeon series, Elephant and Piggie and much more! For ages 6 and under from 10 to 10:45 am.

September 28

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 2:30 to 4:30 pm.


September 4, 11, 18, 25

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.

September 6

Apple Users Group: Not sure how to use your Apple device? Bring your own MacBook, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, etc. to the library to learn and share tips about everything from apps to iCloud. From 10 to 11:30 am.

September 10

String Circle: Bring your guitar, ukelele, mandolin, banjo or voice to join other novice string instrument players to practice, learn and enjoy your acoustical instrument in a casual and fun setting. From 7 to 8 pm.

September 10

KDaLe Book Club: Thornapple Brewing Co.: Combine your love of books and brews at the KDaLe Book Club. Enjoy a drink from Thornapple Brewing Co, while we talk about what we've been reading. For adults from 7 to 8 pm.

September 11, 25

Cascade Writers' Group: Aspiring writers looking to give and receive support and feedback are welcome. If you're interested please contact the facilitator, Dr. Lisa McNeilley, at lisa.hope@comcast.net. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. For adults from 7 to 9 pm.

September 13

Your DNA's Story: DNA tests have become a popular way to learn more about your ancestry, but how accurate are the results and which test should you take? From 6:30 to 8 pm.

September 17

DIY Basic Plumbing: Preregistration is required at ldl.org. Registration closes when the wait list is full. From 6 to 7 pm.

September 19

Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group: This group provides emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. For adults from 10 am to noon.

September 24

Michigan in WW1: Stories of the Home Front: Michigan's contribution to the World War was more than just its service people.