The October 20th meeting of the Riverton Area Book Club delves into "the dark story of America's shining women" in Kate Moore's book, The Radium Girls. The "shining women" suffered from the "glow" of poisoning as they painted watch hands and numbers to shine in the dark. Not surprisingly, this led to tragic and horrific deaths. The book chronicles their legal struggles for acknowledgement of wrong-doing and compensation, in particular against the Radiant Dial Company located in Ottawa, Illinois. Ms. Moore used the LaSalle County Historical Museum for much of her research.
The book club meets the third Saturday of every month from 10-11am at the Riverton Village Library. For further information please call the Library at 217-629-6353.
In the last decade book club topics have ranged from memoirs and thrillers to romances and politics. One of the chosen authors was "America's Historian- in-Chief" Doris Kearns Goodwin. Readers are invited to hear Goodwin talk about her 2018 book Leadership: In Turbulent Times at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Monday, October 29, at 6:30. Contact the ALPLM for tickets which are required.