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.
Special Event: Coffee with the Author
Local author Jean Vanderlaan, who is also a past president of the Friends of Cascade Library, and Chair of the Booked-For-Lunch events, will share her memoir, A Good Life, and her father's biography, The Lives and Times of J.N. Albers - both published for family only. She will also be sharing a few children's books for young children that she wrote and published: So Many Names, How About Soccer? What is Special About Me? and Talk, Talk, Talk. Jean is a retired elementary teacher, mother of three and grandmother of four, who always loved reading to young children and dreamed that one day she would write her own children's books. She will talk about the process of writing each of these genres and the inspiration behind them.
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.
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.
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.
Come and enjoys 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.
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.
July 24, 31
Kids Club: It's a special time for fun, interactive programs just for school kids! Join our KDL Kids Club programs for crafts, story times, games and other activities. For ages 6 and older from 10 to 11 am.
Art Attack!: Exercise your creativity! Create a variety of art projects to take home with you For ages 6 and older from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.
July 24, 25, 31
Toddler Time: Nurture your toddler's love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop language, motor and social skills. For ages 6 and younger from 10 to 10:45 am.
July 24, 25, 31
Preschool Storytime: Preschoolers enjoy stories, rhymes, music, movement and more as they build their early literacy skills and develop a love of reading. For ages 6 and younger from 10 to 11 am.
Babytime: Delight and engage your baby with songs, a story and playtime. Get to know other families and help your baby develop listening and language skills. From 11 am to noon.
Ruff Readers: Ruff Readers is a unique, read-aloud program in partnership with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. that pairs kids with a trained therapy dog and its handler. For ages 6 and older from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.
Teen: Sweets Decorating Techniques!: Learn some tips and tricks for decorating cakes, cookies and other sweet treats, Hands-on fun is included. Pre-registration is required online at kdl.org. For teens grades 6-12 from 2 to 3 pm.
Minecraft Club: Get your Minecraft fix and show off your world-building skills. For ages 6 and older from 2 to 3:30 pm.
Pokemon Club: Bring your Pokemon cards to trade or battle with friends. A few decks will be provided for played t learn how to play. For ages 6 and older from 4 to 5 pm.
Pet Rock Art: Turn an ordinary rock into a one-of-a-kind pet! Rocks are perfect pets. They don't eat shed or move. For ages 6 and older from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.
July 24, 31
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. From 1 to 2 pm.