NYT Best-selling illustrator visits local youth

The Scioto Foundation Board of Governors awarded the Scioto County Public Library $5,000 for its “Books Build Bridges Literary Project”. The library requested the funds to partially cover the expenses of purchasing books, author fees, and art supplies. The project, which provides a copy of the book, “Fiona the Hippo,” for each participating 3rd grader, will promote literacy among Scioto County third graders and increase their interest in reading.

Yesterday, at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts, Richard Cowdrey, the New York Times best-selling illustrator, engaged local 3rd-grade students in an enlightening session. He delved into his popular Fiona the Hippo book series, captivating the young audience with his talents. As the presentation drew to a close, Cowdrey led the students through a step-by-step demonstration on how to draw Fiona, fostering creativity and inspiration.

For those who wish to meet the artist, Cowdrey will be at the Scioto County Library (Portsmouth Location), Today, April 18th from 5:30-7PM.

The Scioto Foundation annually awards grants on a quarterly basis in classifications of the arts, education, community development, social services, and health. Application deadlines are March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31.

SF grant applications and guidelines may be found on the Scioto Foundation’s website, www.sciotofoundation.org.

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