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Local illustrator Cox returns to Magness for reading
Childrens book illustrator and author Russ Cox will visit Magness Library Wednesday at 10 a.m. to read his book Faraway Friends to the children. He will also share his drawings and explain the steps to putting a book together.

Warren County native Russ Cox will be returning to Warren County to visit the Magness Library and Community House. The accomplished children’s book illustrator has just recently written and illustrated his own book, “Faraway Friends.”
He will be reading the book to youngsters at the library today at 10 a.m.
“I realize this is short notice, but just want to let folks know that Russ is a Warren County boy that has done very well in the industry,” said library director Brad Walker.  “We are also working on our young adult room upstairs, which we hope to officially open on April 14. There are some major changes that I think people will enjoy.”
Cox will share his experiences with the children and do some actual drawings with the kids. He will follow with a presentation of his work and show how a picture book is put together.
According to children’s librarian Mary Albritton this is the day for the regular children’s storytime and usually has a good crowd of youngsters.
“This would also be a good opportunity for home schooled children to experience,” said Albritton. “In fact, all ages would enjoy this presentation.”
He has illustrated numerous children’s books, such as the “Puppy Pirates Stowaway” series, “Freddy the Frogcaster” series, “Merry Moosey Christmas” and many others.
“I just always remember drawing as a little kid,” said Cox. “I spent a lot of time at my grandfather’s house on Pike Hill, and was so impressed when we sent in one of my drawings to a magazine and they published it.”
Cox worked as a graphic designer for many years, relocated to Maine, and started illustrating books for children from his Smiling Otis Studio.
“I've been writing for 3 ½ years, and it is not as easy as you might think it is,” said Cox. “Now I am starting to write more of my own stuff, have a publisher, and slowly turning into a writer, which is a scary process for me.“
Cox is looking forward to visiting folks in the area, as he still has several Cox and Graham family members residing here.