Our Library has a brand-new website, and all of our discussion group blogs have moved!    We will leave this WordPress blog up, so that readers may read our archived posts — but starting on March 1, 2014, you may find this book group in our new home: http://www.lislelibrary.org/justbetweenframes.

We will continue to have information on the group, and what we’re reading, on that website.   So please update your information if you have this particular site bookmarked or in a feed reader.    We look forward to seeing you visiting our new site!


We were sorry to learn that Shirley Temple has recently passed away, and wanted to acknowledge this by sharing a clip with some of her famous performances:

Click links below to read more about her.
Her web site

Shirley Temple Dead at 85 ABC News

Shirley Temple Black Hollywood’s Biggest Little Star, Dies at 85 – NY Times



Warm up this winter with our hottest film event: Lisle Library’s “Pick The Oscar Winners” 2014 contest! The challenge is on for patrons to see if they can guess who the Oscar winners will be in 5 main categories: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Picture. We will be picking 5 winners who come closest to getting all 5 categories correct.

Winners will get our Oscar Movie Package: a bag of gourmet popcorn, a box of theater candy, and their choice of a free DVD from 5 of the films nominated for Best Picture! (5 of the nominated “Best Picture” DVDs).

Here are the details:

  •        Ballots and ballot boxes, will be available at both the Connection desk & Reference desk on Sunday, February 2nd.
  •        One ballot per person please!
  •        Balloting will end Saturday, March 1st at 5:00 p.m.
  •        The 86th Oscars broadcast will be on Sunday, March 2nd on ABC at 8:00 p.m. CST.

·       Picks should be made based on who you think will win, not necessarily what you think should win.

·       Winners will be announced on Monday, March 10th.

So put on your game face, and drop off your ballot for your chance at both the prizes and the bragging rights!

We will not be meeting tonight for “Being John Malkovich” due to the hazardous weather conditions today. If there is a way to reschedule this film later in the year, I’ll.try to do so. In the meantime, everyone please stay safe & warm.

Our last major award ceremony before the Oscars is this Saturday’s Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards. In addition to the categories for Feature Film (our focus for pre-Oscar input!) the DGA’s also honor Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series on TV, as well as Documentaries and Commercials. The awards for directors of Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regular, and Reality programs helped remind me that these forms are often where tomorrow’s hottest film directors make their start. So click on the DGA graphic below to go to these award nominees, and see if they affect your choices for Oscar winners! Click to go to DGA nominees

Link to the Critics' Choice Award Winners & Nominees

Click to go to the list of nominees & winners!

The 19th annual Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, January 16th. These awards are selected by the Broadcast Films Critics Association, so they offer a different perspective on this year’s best films. Our link to these winners & nominees is on the association’s awards graphic above.

Next up, is the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards (the SAGs), which will be presented tonight! More on these awards to come… for now, here’s the link to the guild’s site and nominee list –>

Link to SAG award nominees

Click to go to the SAG nominees!

OscarContest graphicEarly this morning the Oscar nominees for 2014 were formally announced to the press. Not only is it the first step in the Oscar award process – for Lisle Library’s Oscar Contest Participants, it is our first look at who will be on the Pick The Oscar Winners! ballot!

Each year we feature five of the Oscar categories and offer patrons a chance to figure out who the winners will be. The categories are: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Picture. Five lucky participants  can become contest winners and receive the following movie fan prizes: a theater-sized box of candy, a bag of gourmet popcorn, and their pick of 5 DVDs the library selects from among the Oscar-nominated films. (Each winner’s DVD pick, is on a first come, first choice basis.)

Our Pick The Oscar Winners!  contest will begin on the first Sunday in February, 2-2-2014, and will end on the first Saturday in March, 3-1-2014 at 5:00 p.m. The Oscar broadcast is scheduled for Sunday, March 2nd on NBC. We will announce our contest winners on Monday, March 10th. Click on our Oscar Contest graphic above to go to the official list of Oscar nominees. And don’t forget: our last post about the Golden Globes has a link to these award winners – often a predictor for Oscar winners – so don’t forget to check them out! Good luck!