TOTOWA, NJ - Children at the Borough of Totowa Public Library, located at 537 Totowa Rd., practiced their reading skills this summer and avoided the “summer slide” by participating in “A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program.” 

The children read 2,470 books (111,832 pages) and attended 115 total programs, both of which were the most in our summer reading program history. The three children from each grade that read the most books won the grand prize of attending a special breakfast or luncheon with Totowa School District Superintendent Patricia Capitelli. For every book the children read, they got to vote for the literary character they wanted Ms. Capitelli to dress up as at the breakfast or luncheon. Their choices were Alice from “Alice in Wonderland,” Snow White from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” and Elsa from “Frozen.” In the end, Elsa was the winning character. School administrators also joined in the festivities by dressing up as the character Olaf, a snowman that periodically turns up during Anna’s quest to find her sister Elsa. 

The Totowa Library would like to congratulate the following students for winning the grand prize: Charlie Farrell and Aria Pereira (K); Emilia Nestorovski, Lilianna D’Amico, and Liam Avila (Gr. 1); Lyedia Gutekunst, Valeria Granados, and Kevin Puglise (Gr. 2); Jewel Heerema, Landon Britting, and Luca Jurlina (Gr. 3); Anthony Viola, Dylan Holmberg, and Mark Zalenski (Gr. 4); Jayden Gandhi and Shayla Hernandez (Gr. 5); Daniel Domiciano, Jean-Georges Nunez, and Gabriella DePalma (Gr. 6); Nicholas Caggiano, Alexa Viola, and Alex Carlo (Gr. 7); and Mary Reilly, Alex Roberto, and Daniel Pagano (Gr. 8).

The library is so proud of everyone who participated. It would especially like to thank the Totowa school system for their wonderful partnership and continued support of the library.