Angela Thornton comes to Henderson Libraries from Oklahoma City

HENDERSON, Nev. – After an extensive search, Henderson Libraries has selected a new executive director. Hailing from Oklahoma City, Angela Thornton will officially take over on May 20. In her new position, Thornton will work closely with the library board, staff, customers, and community partners to establish a long-range vision for Henderson Libraries that meets the needs and expectations of the people of Henderson.

Thornton comes to Henderson Libraries from Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, where she has served as manager since 2010.

“After managing public libraries of all sizes over the past 10 years, I was ready to move up to a directorship,” Thornton said. “I was searching for library systems that were small but had room to grow. I like being connected to the customers and staff I work with, but I also like to take on challenges.”

Thornton said Henderson Libraries appealed to her for a number of reasons.

“I have family in Las Vegas, so I was familiar with the area,” she said. “Henderson Libraries also had been through some challenges, but has weathered financial losses really well; the atmosphere was very positive when I met with the staff during the interview. Also, Henderson seems to have a great sense of community, which is really important to me.”

She added that she has heard nothing but good things about Henderson since she announced that she was accepting a position in Henderson and that she is looking forward to continuing and building on the good work Henderson Libraries is already doing.

Thornton graduated from Valdosta State University with her master’s in library and information science, from Northeastern State University with her master’s in communications and from the University of Georgia with her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a member of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association.

Established in 1943 as a single library in Downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries operates four locations throughout Henderson. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Clark County School District and all other libraries around the state to provide quality service for Nevada’s residents.

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