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Family Fun & Art Day

In celebration of this year’s summer reading program for children, “Fizz, Boom, READ!;” the Athens-Clarke County Library is hosting an afternoon of free family-friendly activities beginning at 10 a.m. A public art dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. in the library’s plaza for “The Muse of Learning,” a new 15-foot high metal sculpture by UGA emeritus professor Robert Clements. Clements’ sculpture and the 60-foot mural by Nick Napoletano decorating the wall along Baxter Street were selected by the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission as public art installations. Highlights for children include animals from Sam’s Path Petting Zoo, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and crafts courtesy of ATHICA, Treehouse Kid & Craft and Arrow. Peter Hart of Atlanta Puppet and his marionettes will close out the event at 12 p.m. with a music-filled puppet show featuring polka dancing, singing unicorns and bluegrass fiddling.