Come See the Infamous History of the Radium Girls with Author Kate Moore


The DeKalb Public Library is hosting a free talk about fascinating and forgotten history on Friday! With a mantra of lip…dip…paint, the dial-painters of Ottawa, Illinois, were reassured that their company’s radium based paint was safe for ingestion. But, when the girls began to fall ill, they had to ban together and fight for not only their legal rights, but their lives.

Author Kate Moore’s meticulously researched non-fiction book paints a powerful portrait of the women whose struggles changed the landscape of workers’ and women’s rights. A UK native, Moore conducted research visiting archives and surviving relatives of the Radium Dial Company workers in northern Illinois.

The event will be held this Friday, May 12, 2017 from noon to 1pm and is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring your lunch. Books will be available for purchase. The library is located at 309 Oak St. in DeKalb. For additional information, contact Gillian King-Cargile at