Friends of the Ponca Carnegie Library invite the community to join in reading:

The Girls of Atomic City:

The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II.

At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents and was using as much power as New York City … but to most of the world, it was as if the town didn’t exist. Thousands of workers (many of them young women from small towns across the South) were recruited to work in this secret city, enticed by good wages and the promise of war-ending work. But most of them never guessed what was really being made in those enormous factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains – until the end of the war, when Oak Ridge’s secret was revealed. In The Girls of Atomic City, Denise Kiernan traces the astonishing story of these unsung World War II workers through interviews with dozens of surviving women workers and other Oak Ridge residents. Like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, this is history and science made fresh and vibrant –  a beautifully told, deeply researched story that unfolds in a suspenseful and exciting way.

Click the link below to get an in-depth view of this extraordinary time in our history: