Library bubble demonstration has kids' eyes popping

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By Hannah Hemperly

Littleton kids got the inside scoop on bubbles recently — by getting inside them.


Bubble Lady Nancy Winkler brought her "bubble-ology" presentation to Bemis Public Library on July 1, demonstrating how to make unbreakable bubbles, educational bubbles — and how to put a youngster inside a bubble. 

Winkler uses everything from granny curlers, pasta strainers, fly swatters and coat hangers to create her bubbles, eliciting “oohs and aahs” from the youngsters, who don't always manage to stay seated during the performance.

“Did you see that?” a boy shouted.

Still, the highlight of the show for the kids was being on the inside looking out. Each child waited in line to participate in the airy experience. 

“It felt like it was surrounding you, and you couldn’t pop it,” said Neharika Singh, 8.

Milo Miller, 5, said his favorite part of the show was being inside the bubble — before he even tried it. 

“I like when you go inside,” Milo said. “It feels like you’re floating. I wanna go again!”

Winkler, who lives in northern Colorado, has been bubbling professionally for seven years after learning the trade in North Carolina. 

She originally started doing bubble shows for charity before expanding the vocation into a business serving libraries and birthday parties. She performs for groups of 10 to 200. 

“By the way, you should have me as a grandmother,” Winkler tells the kids. “I can do bubbles for your school.”

She thinks of the kids as her own and likes to be creative. 

“These are all my adopted grandchildren,” Winkler said.

'They don't realize they're learning' 

Winkler incorporates the science of "bubble-ology" in her presentations, asking kids about humidity, what’s inside a bubble and other ways one can make bubbles. 

“I try to do it fun-wise so they don’t realize they’re learning a thing,” Winkler said. “I asked what humidity was once, and one little kid piped up and said, ‘New Jersey!' ”

She told the moms and dads to close their ears when she asked the kids if they ever made bubbles out of their chocolate milk. 

Throughout the presentation, Winkler encourages bubble safety by reminding children that bubbles taste terrible and don't belong in your mouth. 

“I think she’s been very creative in the things she’s learned to manipulate,” said Linda Downs, a mom who enjoyed the show.

Kylah Adams, 8, said the presentation was good, clean fun.

“The best part is, we’re having a bath at the same time,” said Kylah, who added that she liked learning about bubbles but that her mom would never let her try this at home.

Although the bubbles were sticky, Amy Frasl also liked that her daughter was getting clean.

“We’re going to have some clean kids,” Frasl said.

Milo Miller’s nanny, Ellen Wheat, likes bringing the kids to events at Bemis for a break from the summer sun. 

“Just to get the kids out for an hour is good,” Wheat said. “It’s the hot part of the day.”

The bubble presentation was part of the summer reading program sponsored by the Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum. Val Fetters, the children’s library supervisor, hopes the weekly programs get kids interested in summer reading. 

“It’s a big draw. Hopefully, they’re checking out the books, too,” Fetters said.