Staff Profile

Cecilia Cygnar

Adult Services Advisory Specialist

Patron Engagement

Cecilia works part-time at Skokie, as well as full-time at Niles Public Library as a librarian. She loves movies (especially the classics), crime fiction, chick lit, and traveling. When she is not in a library, she's often on a plane heading somewhere. She loves her job at Skokie because she gets to work her with favorite things: books and DVDs/CDs.


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Classic Commuter Conclusions

From buses to boats to trains to cars, each of these movies' final scenes will "move you" one way or another.

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British Women Investigate

Move over Inspector Morse, Lewis, Linley, Frost, etc. These police women mean business! Here are some terrific UK TV series which feature female leads.

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Underrated Performances

All of these films were nominated for acting Oscars but lost. I'm not saying that these actors and actresses were more deserving than the winners, but these are still some fabulous, though overlooked, performances.

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Oscars' Second Best Pictures

These films are all critically-acclaimed classics but they did not win Oscars' most coveted prize: the Best Picture of the year. Was the film that won better? You decide.

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And the Award Does Not Go To...

These actors never won acting Oscars, though some were treated to an honorary award later in their careers. Here are, in my opinion, are their best movies for which they should have taken home acting statues.

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An Evening with Harlan Coben

The wildly popular bestselling and award-winning author is coming to Skokie Library on Wednesday, September 21 2016 at 7pm. [Register here](/events/4742/an-evening-with-author-harlan-coben)! Here is a sampling of some Coben highlights, though it's by no means a full list of his works--he's published almost 30 novels! Use these titles as either a starting point to familiarize yourself with Coben or as a refresher of his past successes.

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Be an Author

Do you have a passion for the written word? Do you want to write? Try these books and DVDs by and about authors and become one yourself.

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Be a Movie Star

We all dream of being famous movie stars, right? Well, here are some resources that show the pros and cons of a career in show business.

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Stand-Out On-Screen Artists

There are many movies made about real-life creative visionaries, be they writers, musicians, or visual artists. Not all feature tour de force performances, however. Here are some films based on the lives of artists made special by tremendous performances.

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Classic Unsung Movies

We've all seen, or at least heard of, Casablanca, right? And Gone with the Wind? And Citizen Kane? Well, here are some movies that should be considered classics even though you may not have seen them yet.

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Out of this World Movies

Whether they are set in space or about the space race, these films are sure to get you ready for "take off." Since there are so many, I'm not including any alien-driven movies on this list. Or any series movies (Star Wars, Star Trek, etc.)

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Armchair Travel

Want to take a staycation? Try these movies set in beautiful, scenic, breathtaking locales while staying in the comfort of your home.

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Milos Forman and His Movies

The Czech director of two of my favorite films (Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) passed away recently. And even though he did not direct many films, his impact on the filmmaking world is considered legendary.

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More Hidden Gems N-Z

If you're craving even more unsung movies, here's more you can try.

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2017 National Film Registry Picks

Each year, the Library of Congress honors films that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically” significant. This year’s pool of films is as varied as ever, including historical classics, modern blockbusters, and riveting documentaries.

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More Hidden Gems A-M

If you're craving even more unsung movies, here's a few you can try.

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Best Hitchcock Films Not Directed by Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock was the Master of Suspense, but there are several films out there that even Hitchcock would like to take credit for directing. Here are some films incorrectly attributed to Hitchcock.

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Stellar Courtroom Dramas

Looking for a little legal drama to spice up your life? Well, look no further than these great films set in the world of lawyers and courts.

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Classic Rom-Coms by Classic Directors

Romantic comedies are hardly a recent addition to American cinema. Here are some oldies but goodies that are just as good—if not better—than today's rom coms.

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Hitchcocktober

I cannot take credit for the creative merge of The Master of Suspense with the 10th month on the calendar. I saw it in a BBC America email and it spurred me on to recommend some spooky Hitchcockian tales.

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Movies about Movies

Hollywood has been self-examining itself for years. Here are some of the best!

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Pairs Well with Wine

At home having a nice glass of wine and want something to watch? These films might go well with what you're sipping.

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BEST Best Pictures

Around "awards season," people often note the films that *shouldn't* have won Best Picture. Here, I'd rather highlight some of the best ones that did win...in my opinion.

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Modern Film Noirs

Think noir movies are only black and white films from the 1940s? Well, think again!

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Black History Month Documentaries

In February, in honor of Black History Month, check out these documentaries on the Black experience, from either a contemporary or a historical point of view.

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Recent Hidden Gems, Part 2

Even more "under the radar" films that might have come and gone without notice.

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Recent Hidden Gems, Part 1

Catch up on some "under the radar" films that might have come and gone without notice.

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Two Time Periods Are Better Than One

These engaging, captivating novels feature intersecting stories set in two different times.

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Non-Superhero Superheroes

These heroes do not need superpowers!

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