At 11:59:50 am, the countdown began at the Norwalk Public Library on New Year's Eve. "5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Happy New Year!" children screamed as the clock struck 12 noon.
Instead of popping champagne, the Norwalk Public Library rang in 2014 early popping lots of bubbles.
Vicki Oatis, Director of Children's Services at the Norwalk Public Library said, "We decided since the library is open, we wanted to celebrate with everybody at the library. We know a lot of these kids don't get the chance to get out and ring in the New Year at midnight, so we thought we would bring it a little closer to them. We had a great bubble party with Keith Michael Johnson and then we counted down until noon."
Bubble artist Keith Michael Johnson taught kids the art and science of make bubbles before the countdown.
One of the lessons Johnson taught the audience was what makes a bubble pop. Johnson said, "This time my finger is...wet" As the kids answered his questions saying wet. "Dry things pop bubbles, wet things usually don't. You can try that at home."
Oatis says they look forward to bringing various events to the library that the community can enjoy in the New Year
"We want to be a community center. We really want the people to think of us as a place to go to meet other people, and as a discovery center really. Discover new things at your library. Discover new friends, discover adventures in books, discover science through bubbles. There's so many great things that can happen at the library." Oatis said.