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Geoff Akins will perform his Bubble Wonders show.

Geoff Akins will perform his Bubble Wonders show.

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You’ll see incredible sights when Geoff Akins performs his Bubble Wonders show. But there’s more to Akins’ performance than blowing bubbles inside bubbles and encasing a kid in a giant bubble.

You will understand what we mean if you Ring in the New Year with Geoff Akins, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 at Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein.

Akins’ mantra is, “Anything is Possible.” He demonstrates that it’s just a matter of persistence.

Akins offers another lesson for children. “There’s a whole component about inspiring kids to read,” he said. “At one point during the show, I turn a bubble into a solid ball. I ask, ‘Who wants to know how I did that?’ ”

Of course, everyone does. At which point Akins explains that the answer to that secret trick is in a special collection. He then tells them, “We’re in that special collection now. We call it ‘the library.’ ”

Register in advance.

For details, call (847) 566-8702 or go to

Just in time

If your kids are short on cash, they’ll appreciate the chance to Create a Card, Friday, Dec. 21 at the Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Hwy. Bring them to the library anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to work on the project — while supplies last.

For details, call (847) 382-1300 or go to

Worldwide celebration

Children will help Kidworks Touring Theatre take the audience on a virtual tour of Holidays Around the World, 11 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at Indian Trails Public Library, 355 Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. The program is best for ages 4 and older with a parent. Reservations are required.

For details, call (847) 459-4100 or go to

All aboard!

A young boy wants to continue believing in Santa even though his friends don’t. A ride to the North Pole on “The Polar Express” restores his faith. The G-rated, 100-minute holiday film will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 at Cook Park Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be served.

For details, call (847) 362-2330 or go to

Ten, nine, eight ...

Kids ages 3-6, accompanied by a caregiver, will count down to noon at the Noon Year’s Eve Celebration, 11:15 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 28 at Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. There will be stories, songs, a craft project and sparkling cider. Registration is required and there may be a waiting list.

For details, call (847)
634-3650 or go to

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