Bubbles a magical experience as LPL Summer Reading winds down
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[July 28, 2017]
- Bubble Guru Geoff Akins asked his audience at the Lincoln Public
Library on Thursday morning if they had ever played with bubbles,
and every one, kids and adults, raised their hands. Chances are,
though, that those who raised their hands did not create the size,
shape, and effects with bubbles that Geoff Akins did.
Akins, aka the Bubble Wonder, was the final
entertainment program of the summer reading program. He hails from
Woodstock and travels the country giving over three hundred shows a
year for libraries, schools and corporations.
Bubbles are special to him in two ways. He was a special education
teacher in a former career. One day while trying to reach an
autistic child who seemed completely closed off, he turned away in
frustration and picked up a small bottle of bubble liquid. While he
was blowing bubbles as a diversion, he noticed the autistic child
focused, following the floating shiny bubbles with his gaze. This
was the first chance that Geoff had to be invited into the closed
off world of the child. This small moment made a difference in both
Geoff decided to take his life in another direction and the rest is
history. “You never know when a moment will change your life,” he
The second way bubbles changed his life was when he was volunteering
in orphanages in Viet Nam and Cambodia entertaining with his bubble
act. He met a young woman from Canada who was volunteering, singing
to the children. They connected and eventually married. The Akins
now have two children and a third on the way.
Akins’ wife composed and performs the Bubble Wonders theme song
“Everything is Possible.” And Geoff truly believes the theme of the
song. How else to explain how a bubble reached into the inner world
of an autistic child, and created a moment on the other side of the
world when he met the love of his life.
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With bubble wands of various
sizes, Geoff created a shower of bubbles, a bubble within a
bubble, bubbles filled with fog that when burst filled the
library with a white haze, and even enclosed some of his
volunteers within giant bubbles. But the one thing he could not
do was create a square bubble, try as he might. He even had
square bubble wands. Nothing doing.
The teacher has never left him
though. He taught his audience the word “persistence.” “If you want
something enough, be persistent in attaining your goal,” he said to
the young audience of summer readers.
Then he tried to create a square bubble one more time. He asked his
young audience what was really important, and they shouted back
There was some manipulation with lots of bubbles and lo and behold a
square bubble floated in the air. He even filled it with white fog
so it stood out.
Yes, you can accomplish anything.
The summer reading program at the Lincoln Public Library is almost
over, but there are still many fascinating programs for kids of all
ages. Check out the lineup on the Lincoln Public Library website
www.lincolnpubliclibrary.org or contact Youth Services Librarian
Melissa Oxborrow 217-732-5732.