Book Club

The Morton-James Public Library Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm in the Kimmel Gallery. New members and visitors are always welcome. Some titles are available in print and CD as well as an ebook through OverDrive. The April 20, 2021 Library Book Club meeting will be held in person in the Kimmel Gallery. The meeting will also be offered by Zoom for anyone not comfortable with meeting in person. If you would like to be added to the reading list contact the library at 402-873-5609 or email mortonjameslibrary@gmail.com

The 2021 Book Club Reading List

April 20, 2021

Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. These “shining girls” are the luckiest alive—until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

The factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come.

May 18, 2021

Kindness & Wonder by Gavin Edwards

For more than thirty years, Fred Rogers was a beloved fixture in American homes. Dressed in his cardigan and sneakers, Fred Rogers offered a wholesome message of generosity and love that changed the landscape of television and shaped a generation of children. Kindness and Wonder pays tribute to this cultural icon: the unique, gentle man who embodied the best of what we could be.

Looking back at the history of the show and the creative visionary behind it, Gavin Edwards reminds us of the indelible lessons and insights that Mister Rogers conveyed—what it means to be a good person, to be open-hearted, to be thoughtful, to be curious, to be compassionate—and why they matter. Beautifully crafted, featuring dozens of interviews with people whose lives were touched by Fred Rogers.