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My name is Sarah Thornbery and I serve as the teacher-librarian at Springboro Jr. High School.  I have been the teacher-librarian at SJHS for 22 years and I love my job! I have a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education with a minor in History from Miami University and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership with a focus in School Library Media from Wright State University.  Additionally, I also have a Master in Library and Information Science with a focus on Academic Librarianship (University Libraries) at Kent State University. I hold an Ohio teaching license in the following areas: 

  • PK-12 Library Media

  • PK-12 Computer/Technology

  • Social Studies 7-8

  • Geography 9-12

  • History 9-12

Besides reading, my other hobbies include traveling, exploring technology, playing music, and anything having to do with Disney! My favorite things to read are nonfiction, historical fiction, and fantasy.  I also love spending time with my niece and nephew. For a list of reading recommendations, please go to my reading resources page. If you need help or have questions, please feel free to contact me by email.


Awards & Honors:


2012 - Library of Distinction Individual School Category Award from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA). 


2012 - Library Leadership Ohio - Scholarship to attend Library Leadership Ohio, a competitive selection of 35 young leaders in the library field (academic, public, school, & special libraries).


2014 - Leadership-in-Action Award for leadership in local, state, and national organizations from OELMA.


2015 - Follett School Solutions for an Outstanding School Librarian from OELMA - This award recognizes a licensed school librarian that develops an exemplary school library program, collaborates with classroom teachers, implements technology-integrated instruction, & advocates for school libraries. 


Professional Memberships:

  • American Library Association (ALA) 

  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

  • Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) 

  • Freedom to Read Foundation

  • Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA)

  • Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA



Library Leadership:

  • 2022 - 2023 - OELMA Treasurer

  • 2017 - 2020 - At-Large Councilor for ALA

  • 2017 - AASL School Library Program of the Year Committee

  • 2016-2019 - ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee

  • 2011-2015 - Region 3 Director for AASL

  • 2010 - OELMA President

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