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All avid readers are welcome to join the Museum and Bloomington Public Library on Tuesday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m. for the second installment of the History Reads Book Club. We will meet online via Zoom to discuss Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore. Visit bit.ly/historybookclubreg to register for this free, online discussion.
As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories (including one located in Ottawa, Illinois) where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” were considered the luckiest alive—until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights.
A rich, historical narrative written in a sparkling voice, The Radium Girls is the first book that fully explores the strength of these extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind.
Radium Girls is available as an eBook and as an eAudiobook on both Hoopla and Digital Library of Illinois / Libby. (You will not have to place a hold on Hoopla. The title will be immediately available.) Some print copies may be available by request to firstname.lastname@example.org.