For immediate release | August 9, 2011

ALA commends N.C. school librarian, winner of Coast Guard national leadership award

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) issues its congratulations to Chief Petty Officer Abigail Rainey Scrocco of Station Oak Island in N.C., this year’s recipient of the Coast Guard's Master Chief Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership Award.

Scrocco is a school librarian and computer teacher at St. Mary's School in Wilmington, N.C., and volunteers extensively with a local social outreach ministry through her church and serves as the communications director of Touched by Suicide, an organization that provides support to those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

“The ALA is immensely proud to see someone from the library community receive this esteemed award,” ALA President Molly Raphael said. “This national award was established by the Coast Guard to honor individuals who exemplify the branch’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. The ALA congratulates Officer Scrocco for earning this recognition, and we thank her for representing not only the best of what our country hopes for in our men and women in uniform but also for our librarians in our schools.”

Read the Coast Guard announcement.



Jennifer Terry