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LIBRARY FRIENDS TO SPONSOR USED BOOK SALE

     DECATUR - Avid readers looking for great deals on gently used books should look no farther than the Friends of the Van Buren District Library’s Used Book Sale, August 2 and 3.
    Shoppers can fill up a bag for just $5 on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, the price per bag drops to $3 between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Friends will supply bags on both days of the sale.
    The sale is held at VBDL Webster Memorial, 200 North Phelps Street, Decatur.  The Friends is a non-profit organization that works to create a better library system for all.
    For more information, phone the library at (269) 423-4771.

AUGUST FUN AT WEBSTER MEMORIAL

     DECATUR - Summer reading may be winding down at Webster Memorial Library, in Decatur, but there are still plenty of activities on the August schedule.
    The library’s nine-hole “Out of this World” mini golf course is open to the public, August 5 – 8, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The solar system themed course meanders throughout the library and all equipment is provided.
    Kids are cautioned to wear old clothes for Outdoor Art Day, Wednesday, August 7, at 10 a.m., as they will get messy. Young artists will work as a group to create one-of-a-kind pieces that will be displayed in the library. Attendees may also create smaller works that can be taken home.
    Webster Memorial is offering two sessions of School Supply Bingo, Tuesday, August 13. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. and 2  p.m. Children’s Services Librarian Emily Leestma promises that everyone will go home a winner.
    Programs are free and open to the public.
    For more information, phone (269) 423-4771, e-mail info@vbdl.org, or visit the library at 200 N. Phelps Street, Decatur.

RADIUM GIRLS TOPIC OF LIBRARY DISCUSSION

    DECATUR - The headline of the February 27, 1938, edition of the Chicago Herald Examiner was bleak: “Ghost Women Await Court’s Decision on Radium Poisoning: Hearing Brings Out Story of Fatal Metal.”
    The fatal metal was radium. The “ghost women” were the hundreds of young women who worked in radium-dial factories as documented in Kate Moore’s 2016 bestseller, The Radium Girls.
    VBDL Webster Memorial’s For the Love of Books discusses the fate of these doomed women, Monday, August 19, 6 p.m. The workers, such as Mollie Maggia, used radium paint to put glowing numbers on dials.  Maggia was taught to lick her paintbrush for accuracy. She was the first of the women at New Jersey’s United States Radium Corporation to die in agony.
    Moore’s true tale of insufficient worker protections, health care and compassion is an accurate portrayal of the violence of doing business in the early 20th century.
    Copies of The Radium Girls are available at the library. The discussion is free and open to the public.
    For more information phone (269) 423-4771, e-mail info@vbdl.org, or stop by the library at 200 N. Phelps Street, Decatur.
 

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