The Maine Association of School Libraries has honored a South Portland elementary school librarian with its 2021 Librarian of the Year award.
Jennifer Stanbro, 50, has been with Skillin Elementary School since 2004, and now serves as teacher librarian and the district's K-12 libraries coordinator.
Stanbro's work goes well beyond helping kids check out books. She teaches classes in research and technology, focusing on skills such as how to do research online, how to use critical thinking to identify facts, proper usage of social media and even how to identify copyrighted works online.
The Walter J. Taranko School Librarian Award is given annually to a school librarian "in recognition of excellence in school library work within the State of Maine." In a statement, the MASL wrote: "The support and advocacy efforts made by Jen demonstrate the exemplary qualities of a School Librarian that MASL seeks to honor each year."
In early April district administrators met with Stanbro at the Skillin library, while students, staff and Stanbro's family joined via Google Meets to congratulate her.