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One Read

St. Charles County Reading Challenge featuring
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
A true account by Kate Moore.
St. Charles City-County Library is pleased to partner with area schools to offer a One Read initiative featuring The Radium Girls. Students and readers of all ages are invited to take part in a shared community reading experience.
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Radium Girls by Kate Moore

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Classes & Events

If you’re a lifelong learner, don’t miss the opportunity to participate! Read The Radium Girls and join One Read events coming virtually to the St. Charles City-County Library that will offer learning opportunities for everyone.
Join students in the area to explore the lives of the radium girls and discover other resources that provide insight and information about the events described in the book


Articles to Learn More
  Brilliant Science, Bitter Scandal: The Life of Marie Curie
A routine experiment in 1907 led Marie Curie to fame that included two Nobel Prizes and eventually illness and premature death.
  The Great Radium Craze
With claims of magical health properties, radium made its way to all kinds of products using tactics that are still familiar to skeptics.
  The Dark Side of the Glow
In the early 1900s, advertisers attempted to capitalize on the radium craze with ads like one for Radium Radia, which supposedly cured everything from lumbago to pneumonia and featured a fanciful script font with adorned R, sunbursts, and stars.
  For That Healthy Glow, Drink Radiation!
In the early 1900s, radioactive water was all the rage. Hard to believe smart people could fall for such twaddle--right?
  Marie Curie's Mess
Eight decades after her death, France is still cleaning up Curie's lab. The radiation levels at the laboratory, along with the cleanup costs associated with Curie's facility are examined.


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Special Note: Dark WatersRead “Rob Bilott vs. DuPont”, the New York Times Magazine article that inspired the hit movie!




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Podcasts (external sites) - Intended for adult audiences.


Participating Schools
Students will use the book at school for critical thinking through book discussions, as a starting point in a study of workers’ rights, and to explore local environmental issues.

Fort Zumwalt North High School

Fort Zumwalt South High School

Fort Zumwalt East High School

Fort Zumwalt West High School

Liberty High School (Wentzville School District)