Blown away: Kids, adults enjoy bubble art in Athol

  • Recorder Staff/Domenic PoliVicky Deneault hoists her son, 2-year-old Tripp, so he can blow bubbles as part of a bubble art event at Athol Public Library on Friday, Aug. 4.

  • Recorder Staff/Domenic PoliChildren’s library page Emily Boughton helps Whitney Reeves, 6, at a bubble art event at Athol Public Library on Friday, Aug. 4.

  • Recorder Staff/Domenic PoliA bowl of blue bubbles used in a bubble art event at Athol Public Library on Friday, Aug. 4.

  • Recorder Staff/Domenic PoliA bubble art event at Athol Public Library on Friday, Aug. 4.

  • Recorder Staff/Domenic PoliA table of bubble-themed books made available at a bubble art event at Athol Public Library on Friday, Aug. 4.

  • Recorder Staff/Domenic PoliThe final products of a bubble art event at Athol Public Library on Friday, Aug. 4.

  • Recorder Staff/Domenic PoliElla Reeves, 8, blows bubbles in a bowl as part of a bubble art event at Athol Public Library on Friday, Aug. 4.

Recorder Staff
Published: 8/5/2017 4:36:53 PM

ATHOL — Tots and grown-ups in Athol weren’t going to let a little thunder burst their bubbles on Friday.

When unfavorable weather forced the Athol Public Library to postpone its Big Bubbles in the Park event, children’s library page Emily Boughton decided to tweak the activity and bring it inside. Instead of using wands to blow big bubbles in the Miller River Park adjacent to the library, children used bowls, straws, water and sheets of paper to make their own bubble paintings.

The youngsters used the straws to blow bubbles in a bowl with water and non-toxic blue or red paint and then placed paper over the bubbles to make one-of-a-kind art once the bubbles popped.

“I’ve seen this online before and I thought, ‘Let’s give it a shot. It’s bubble-related, easy to do.’ And it took me, like, five minutes to learn how to do it and we were on the road,” Boughton said. “They all get to have fun blowing bubbles, which is usually a no-no at the dinner table if you’re drinking milk.”

Boughton said she gets many library ideas from pinterest.com, which CEO Ben Silbermann has described as a “catalog of ideas.”

Roughly a dozen children took turns making their bubble art, under the watchful eyes of Boughton and their guardians.

Four-year-old Jacob Piscitello watched in awe as Riddick Deneault, 5, developed a colossal pile of bubbles that resembled transparent gelatin mold.

“That’s big!” Jacob exclaimed. “Can I try?”

Vicky Deneault hoisted her youngest son, 3-year-old Tripp, so he could dabble in the medium. Everyone got to take home their masterpiece once it dried. Boughton displayed five bubble-themed books on a folding table in case anyone was interested in reading more about bubbles.

Athol resident Katherin Reeves brought her three children after hearing about the event through the library’s summer reading program.

“It’s a beautiful new library,” she said of the building that opened to the public on Dec. 30, 2013. “We’re lucky to have it.”

Her daughters, Ella, 8, and Whitney, 6, took part in the bubble art. Ella said she was disappointed the Big Bubbles in the Park event was postponed, but she is looking forward to the rain date of Aug. 18. Call 978-249-9515 to register.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 258. On Twitter: @DomenicPoli




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