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Mount Vernon Library Book Club Discusses 'The Girls Of Atomic City'

The next meeting of the Brown Bag Book Club will discuss 'The Girls of Atomic City,' at the Mount Vernon Public Library.
The next meeting of the Brown Bag Book Club will discuss 'The Girls of Atomic City,' at the Mount Vernon Public Library. Photo Credit: Mount Vernon Public Library

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- The Mount Vernon Public Library will hold its monthly Brown Bag Book discussion on Thursday, Jan. 28.

This month's selection -- "The Girls Of Atomic City The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II," by Denise Kiernan, tells the incredible story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tenn., who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in U.S. history - the development of the atomic bomb..

At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians — many of them young women from small towns across the South — were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war—when Oak Ridge’s secret was revealed.

Residents are invited to bring their lunch and join the book discussion from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the library in the Trustees Room, 28 South First Ave.

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk for checkout. For questions, email Nishan Stepak at nstepak@wlsmail.org .

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