Company: John E. Ewing Middle School
Location: Gaffney, South Carolina, United States
Janet Platt Sarratt, Volunteer Librarian at The Village School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in library education.
During her teens, Ms. Sarratt developed a particular fondness for reading and decided to join the library club at her junior high school. She later developed an inspirational relationship with her high school librarian and later worked as a student assistant at the high school library and at her undergraduate library as well. Soon thereafter, she earned a Bachelor of Library Sciences from Mansfield University in 1971. Four years later, Ms. Sarratt received a Master of Arts in Education from Winthrop University in 1974. Furthermore, she concluded her academic efforts with a Master of Library and Information Sciences from the University of South Carolina in 1980. Moreover, she became a certified library media specialist in South Carolina.
Ms. Sarratt worked as a library media specialist at East/Ewing Junior High and John E. Ewing Middle School in Gaffney, South Carolina from 1971 to 2006. Since 2012, she has volunteered as a librarian for The Village School in Gaffney. In the past, she dedicated her time to the school advisory council for John E. Ewing Junior High School for three years, as well as a founding member of the U.X.L Imprint advisory committee of the Gale Publishing Group in Farmington Hills, Michigan. An active member of her community, Ms. Sarratt volunteers with the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, the Girl Scouts, and the Blowing Rock (NC) Community Library Association.
For Ms. Sarratt, she is most proud of the committees that she has been involved with throughout her career. She was the originating chair of the Junior Book Award for the South Carolina School Library Association as well as a board member and various committees. The time she spent with the American Library Association within the youth divisions was a big achievement for her as well. She was presented various accolades and honors from the Association of Library Service to Children, the American Association of School Librarians, and the Young Adult Librarians Service Association. She was most proud of her work with numerous awards committees among them; the Michael Printz Award, Margaret A. Edwards Award, and Carnegie Award. Likewise, Ms. Sarratt was featured in the 23rd edition of Who’s Who of American Women. Outside of work, she enjoys horseback riding, reading, sewing, crafts, camping, gardening, and traveling in her spare time.
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