West Essex Regional School Libraries Host "Divergent Party"

Alex Burrowes, a seventh grader from Fairfield, won a prize at the party. Credits: Catherine Spinella
Freshmen Lisa Giuffre of Fairfield and Sam Schwarz of North Caldwell  enjoy the "Divergent" party at the library. Credits: Catherine Spinella
Samantha Luk, an eighth grader from Fairfield, and Isabelle Wenzke. a seventh grader from North Caldwell, enjoy the party. Credits: Catherine Spinella
Christian Caggiano, a seventh grader from North Caldwell, tries archery at the party. Credits: Catherine Spinella
Some of the "Divergent" cupcakes enjoyed by students. Credits: Catherine Spinella

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The West Essex High School and Middle School Libraries celebrated the movie debut of the Veronica Roth book "Divergent" with a party March 18 after school in the High School Library. More than 35 middle and high school students participated in activities with a "Divergent" theme, including a trivia contest, "archery," fitness, tattoos, "Pin the Protagonist to the Ferris Wheel," Fact or Fiction, and paper flower making.

In addition, West Essex students donated over 40 non-perishable food items to CUMAC Food Pantry in Paterson, in honor of the book’s "Abnegation" faction. Students also entered a raffle for a variety of items, including movie posters, journals and even tickets to the movie.
"I had a lot of fun, being with my friends, and fellow "Divergent" fans, especially playing the trivia game," said eighth grader Sarah Candido. 
Librarians Rosemary Rich and Catherine Spinella, who organized the event, said the event was a huge success.
"West Essex students are enthusiastic readers and Ms. Roth’s "Divergent" series has definitely captured the interest and imagination of many of our students," the librarians said.

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