UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Feb. 22


Starting Monday, February 22:

  • 25 of our 28 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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The Radium Girls


The Radium Girls

by Kate Moore


What is the value of a woman’s life? 

In 1925, many poor, uneducated women in Illinois worked in the dial painting factory, applying luminous paint to watches. Unbeknownst to them, the paint contained a radioactive material, radium, which would eventually kill them.

As they sickened and died, they sought medical help, and eventually, legal help.


The authorities, the medical community, their employers, and their communities were against them.  One attorney after another refused to represent them, until they eventually found two rare and principled men who agreed to take on their cases. Brave, determined and selfless, these women persevered in the face of the most tremendous obstacles, even while undergoing endless medical treatments.


Imagine having multiple cancers, suffering through repeated chemotherapy treatments and attempting to pursue your former employers in court at the same time.  It is beyond my understanding how they were able to persevere.

We often call women the weaker sex.  To those who say this, I invite them to read this book.  Moore depicts these women as heroines and this is a fair portrayal.  In their search for justice, their actions eventually brought about legal modifications that have protected workers to this day.


The author speaks plainly; it is painful to read and dreadful to imagine.  This is not just a chronicle of their ailments, however.  Moore brings these women to life, with details of their personal lives, their appearances, their habits and characters. The story is both horrifying and compelling in equal measure. I stand in awe of these women who, very simply, would not give up.


Radium Girlsby sonja_library


One of the best bio I have read.

Amazing story . Amazing strong women.
Very well written.
A most read.
Highly recommend this read.