Kate Moore’s riveting true story of America’s “shining girls”, the young women employed as dial painters using the new miracle substance discovered by the Curies, “Radium”. As they painted radium on watch faces and military dials for use in The Great War, these young women believed what they were told; that radium was like a “mythological super being” and a boon to all humanity. But soon, one by one, these young women were plagued with horrific and deadly cancers. Read their story and how they fought the sexism, lies, and their employers’ dastardly and unconscionable cover-up. This story “Illuminates the courage and tenacity of these incredible women, whose determination to fight back led to life-changing regulation, advanced nuclear research, and ultimately saved thousands of lives.”
Hear Author Kate Moore talk about The Radium Girls; The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women. As part of our One Book program, Sarasota County Public Libraries & Historical Resources are bringing the author to Sarasota on January 31, 2020 for two special events:
Selby Public Library
NO REGISTRATION, DOORS OPEN ONE HOUR PRIOR TO PROGRAM START TIME.
Books will be available for purchase, and the author will be available to sign books after each presentation. We hope to see you there!
View our Calendar of Events for a list of upcoming One Book events!
Since that time the One Book program has been embraced by states, cities, and communities with much success. The Public Programs Office of the American Library Association has developed a helpful manual for providing guidance to communities interested in developing their own One Book program.
Historically, the One Book One Community Sarasota County project occurred almost annually and continued under the direction of the Sarasota County Libraries. During one year, the project had a slightly different name and was hosted in a partnership with Asolo Repertory Theatre.
In 2010, Sarabeth Kalajian, General Manager of Sarasota County Library Systems, introduced numerous changes to the project. A Steering Committee was formed to bring together people from organizations within Sarasota County to update the project’s mission and goals. Although the project’s oversight and budget continued with Sarasota County Libraries, programming ideas, communication, and support became a shared community initiative. Additionally, a Book Selection Committee made up mostly of representatives from the same participating organizations, convened to select an appropriate One Book. That same year, a dedicated project coordinator was assigned to this project.
- A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith
- Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
- Last Train to Paradise by Les Standiford
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Remembering Blue by Connie May Fowler
- Hurricane Punch by Tim Dorsey
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
- Muck City by Bryan Mealer
- Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
- The works of John D. MacDonald
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Sing for your Life by Daniel Bergner
- Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
- January – One Book author visits Sarasota County to talk about his or her book.
- February – Libraries and community partner organizations hold book discussions and present programs and events.
- Spring through summer – The next One Book is selected.
- Fall through winter – The One Book is announced, and the community begins reading.
There are many ways to enjoy and share One Book with your neighbors:
- Attend or host a Book Discussion Group.
- Serve as a book discussion group leader.
- Start a conversation about One Book.
- Attend a One Book program.
- Read another book by the same author or a book on a related topic.
- Research the author.
- Compare and contrast the One Book with a film.
- Host a film viewing.
- Host an online discussion.
- Develop activities that tie in to the themes of the book.
- Write the next chapter–what happened later, after the book ends?
- Join a book club and suggest the One Book.
- Follow #SRQCountyLibraries on Facebook and/or Twitter and join in the discussions