Community Interest

Are you Ready to Read with Us?

By Tiffani Stewart, St. Charles City-County Library

The days are a little shorter and it’s getting chilly outside. Maybe it’s time for a good book - that all of us can read together! Students and readers of all ages are invited to take part in a shared community reading experience, happening right now at the Library. We are pleased to partner with area high schools to offer a One Read initiative featuring The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, a true account by Kate Moore. 

Voted a “Best Book of 2017” by, The Radium Girls is about the hundreds of young women who work in radium-dial factories during and after World War I. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe, lighting them up at night like jack o’lanterns. These “shining girls” feel fortunate to have their jobs - until the work begins to poison them. When they discover that they are employed by corporations that already know the dangers of radium, they find themselves in a fight for workers’ rights that will have repercussions for generations. 

Intrigued? Read The Radium Girls and join One Read events coming virtually to the Library. If you’re a lifelong learner, don’t miss the opportunity to participate! Join area students to explore the lives of the radium girls and discover Library resources that provide insight and further information about the events described in the book.

-Participate in the One Read Challenge by registering online at for a chance to win a $20 gift card. 

-Check out The Radium Girls, available at the Library as an eBook, audiobook, or print copy. 

-Watch Atomic Homefront: The Toxic Effects of Nuclear Waste on Communities on Kanopy to explore how local residents have been impacted by illegal dumping of radioactive waste in North St. Louis. Attend the virtual event “Updates from the Atomic Homefront” on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7pm with local advocacy group, Just Moms STL. Register at

-Visit to discover other classes and resources related to The Radium Girls. Plus, listen to your favorite librarians read summaries for each chapter! 

Learn something new and join other readers of all ages in a shared learning experience. Discover The Radium Girls. Are you ready to read with us? 

All Library facilities are open to the public for limited hours and offer curbside/drive-up services (except the Kathryn Linnemann Branch). Room reservations, passport services, and in-person classes & events are temporarily cancelled, but virtual programming is happening now. Get the details here: