Scarborough principal, librarian receive honors

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SCARBOROUGH — The Maine Association of School Libraries chose Kelli Crosby, principal of the Benjamin Wentworth School, as recipient of its Administrator of the Year Award.

The award is presented to school administrators who exhibit exceptional support of the school library program.

“I am proud and humbled by the award, and truly accept it on behalf of the school community,” Crosby said. 

She also commended librarian Barbara Merrill, who nominated Crosby for the award, saying she has helped create a thriving learning space. Merritt is retiring and was presented with a lifetime membership in the association to commemorate her dedication to school library programs.

“It is an honor to work with all of our dedicated staff to support students as they learn skills for information literacy and the ethical use of information as we help students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly with technology,” Crosby said. “I am very proud of our school and all the people who enter it each day who make it such a special place to be.” 

Superintendent of Schools Julie Kukenberger said Crosby “is an amazing leader and has so much potential.”

The Library Association said Crosby epitomizes the description of a very supportive school administrator.

“Her classroom experience, technology knowledge, professional drive and energy are remarkable,” the association said in a press release. “She makes a point of being on top of changes in the school library program with particular attention and knowledge of 21st Century Skills. She is the rare school administrator who truly walks the walk for the school library media program.”

Crosby and Merrill were honored at the MASL Spring Symposium May 5 at Hermon High School. 

Juliette Laaka can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or at or on Twitter @JulietteLaaka.

From left, Peggy Becksvoort, past president of the Maine Association of School Libraries Association, with Benjamin Wentworth School Principal Kelli Crosby and librarian Barbara Merritt, who were recognized by the association.