Chadron Library Book Discussion Program
 
  • The Book Discussion Program of the Chadron Public Library was started in 2007 by Rosella Tesch, Library Director.

  • We meet the third Saturday of each month at 2:30 pm in the newspaper/ magazine section of the library.

  • You are welcome to participate as long as you have read the book up for discussion.

 
  • Members of the Reading Group take turns leading the discussions, and refreshments are usually served at each meeting.

  • Books are chosen by a democratic vote of the Reading Group members.

 
 
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February
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kieran

At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, and consumed more electricity than New York City, yet it was shrouded in such secrecy that it did not appear on any map. Thousands of civilians, many of them young women from small towns across the U.S., were recruited to this secret city, enticed by the promise of solid wages and war-ending work. What were they actually doing there? Very few knew. The purpose of this mysterious government project was kept a secret from the outside world and from the majority of the residents themselves. Some wondered why, despite the constant work and round-the-clock activity in this makeshift town, did no tangible product of any kind ever seem to leave its guarded gates? The women who kept this town running would find out at the end of the war, when Oak Ridge’s secret was revealed and changed the world forever. Drawing from the voices and experiences of the women who lived and worked in Oak Ridge, The Girls of Atomic City rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of World War II from obscurity. Denise Kiernan captures the spirit of the times through these women: their pluck, their desire to contribute, and their enduring courage.

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