My artistic career started in the library. I have held academic residencies in research libraries, artist residencies in children’s libraries, and worked in fine arts libraries. As an artist-in-residence in rural Southwestern Pennsylvania, I wanted to visit the local library and see the town’s history. I also wanted to donate an original illustration to the library to create a lasting relationship with the area. Of course, the library was bustling with visitors and children during my visit! I met the wonderful librarians and was given a grand tour by the library’s manager. Their art collection is stunning and full of local history along with internationally known artists. The library manager also took me to the headquarters of the Uniontown Art Club and I saw their newest display of art and craft. I even bought a hand-thrown ceramic cup for my mother made by the Club’s president!