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Buckeye Library bursts with bubbles

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    Medina residents Danny McComsey, left, and Matthew Reichelt, both 7, play with bubbles Wednesday at Buckeye Library’s Splash Day.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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    At Splash Day on Wednesday, 3-year-old Zoey Bishop, right, and her brother, Theo, 1, of Brunswick, experiment with different bubble makers at Buckeye Library.

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    Kids of all ages find relief from the heat Wednesday with kiddie pools, pool toys and water guns at Buckeye Library’s Splash Day.

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    Laurel Coven, left, 3, and Adelynn Flagner, also 3, of Medina, play a relay game Wednesday called “A Shark Bit My Cup,” at Buckeye Library’s Splash Day.

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    Three-year-old Medina resident Laurel Coven tries to throw water-soaked sponges into a bucket while 12-year-old York Township resident Dani Wiley stands ready to catch any stray ones.

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Medina residents Danny McComsey, left, and Matthew Reichelt, both 7, play with bubbles Wednesday at Buckeye Library’s Splash Day.

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YORK TWP. — Three-year-old Laurel Coven made several attempts to throw wet sponges into a bucket full of water while 2-year-old Zoey Bishop and her brother, Theo, 1, sat nearby in the shade blowing bubbles.

A few feet away, a group of older kids huddled around a pool and filled up water guns and sprayed water into the sky.

Welcome to Buckeye Library’s Splash Day, which was open Wednesday to children of all ages and their parents.

Some kids made their own bubble wands using two straws threaded with a string of yarn and tied in a circle. They then dipped their creation in bubble mix and waved it around, creating bubble magic.

Medina resident Elaine McComsey came to Splash Day with her three grandchildren, Matthew Reichelt and Danny McComsey, both 7, and John Thomas McComsey, 4.

The kids ran around the library lawn with their homemade bubble wands, giggling and talking about their cool creations.

In honor of “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel, “The Shark Bit My Cup” game involved participants running with a water-filled plastic cup with holes in it on their head and dumping what water remained into a bin.

“I stole the idea! It’s from Pinterest. … We do a lot a lot research online and try and find new things,” Buckeye librarian Regina Bell said.

Other children played a soggy version of corn hole, tossing water-soaked sponges from one bin to another.

There also was a bubble machine and hand-held bubble wands, pools filled with water and pool toys, and sidewalk chalk.

Bell said a lot went into planning Splash Day. The staff had to devise age-appropriate activities, plan and buy supplies — and provide lots and lots of water.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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