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Announcing the winner: Learning Professional Award 2020

Scottish Book Trust Awards: Learning Professional Award 2020.

We are delighted to announce Yvonne Manning has won the Learning Professional Award 2020.

Video Learning Professional Award 2020

The winner of the Scottish Book Trust Learning Professional Award 2020 is Yvonne Manning, Principal Librarian of Children’s Services for Falkirk Council.

Yvonne was nominated for the award by her colleagues, who have described her as an "inspiration to all who work with her". Yvonne manages the Learning Resource service which supports schools to develop a reading for pleasure culture. Despite cuts to the Falkirk Library service, Yvonne’s passion and hard work has had a significant impact on every educational establishment in the Falkirk Council area.

Yvonne is well-known for establishing and running the RED Book Award for Falkirk high schools. As Bookbug Coordinator, she models Bookbag gifting events for nurseries and trains staff and parents on storytelling. As former CILIPS President, Yvonne is a well-respected member of her sector, trusted to lead the children’s library services through difficult times.

Across all of the different areas of her role, Yvonne has had an incredible impact on children of all ages, inspiring even those who do not typically engage with any type of reading.

Chris Newton, Head of School Communities at Scottish Book Trust, said:

"Scottish Book Trust is extremely proud to announce Yvonne Manning as our 2020 Learning Professional Award recipient.

Yvonne’s energy, enthusiasm and expertise in developing readers and getting the right book into the hands of children and young people shines through on a daily basis. She was nominated for this award by two of her colleagues which is a testament to the outstanding support, guidance and leadership that she has shown to learning professionals over her career.

In Falkirk she has championed literacy and reading for pleasure at every turn and supports families of all ages to use their local library and discover their own passion for books and storytelling.

We’ve witnessed first-hand the impact of Yvonne’s work on programmes such as our own Bookbug, as well as initiatives that she has run in Falkirk such as the RED Book Awards, but her impact also extends across Scotland and beyond through her work CILIPS and other agencies.

Congratulations to Yvonne and we know you’ll keep up the brilliant work. Thank you also to Browns Books for Students for making this award possible.”

Highly commended

Scottish Book Trust would also like to highly commend Emma Phillips, English teacher at Dunfermline High School.

Described as the “bookend” of Dunfermline High School’s reading culture, Emma is an incredibly passionate and creative member of staff, known for her beautiful reading displays and an infectious love of reading which has inspired even the most reluctant of readers. Emma leads an enthusiastic team of pupil reading ambassadors who arrange competitions, events and more to promote a love of reading in school. Her work expands beyond just the pupils she teaches, through arranging community events with families, and ensuring that staff across the school engage with the First Ministers Reading Challenge and create a reading culture at school.

Shortlisting panel

Previous winner Deena Wren; Rob Pearson, Senior Learning Producer BBC Scotland and Dr Vivienne Smith, lecturer in Primary Education at The University of Strathclyde

Browns Books for Students

Scottish Book Trust would like to thank Browns Books for Students(this will open in a new window), who kindly sponsor the Learning Professional Award. Browns Books for Students is the UK’s leading supplier of books, eBooks and DVDs for Schools, Colleges, Universities and Businesses.

In association with Browns Books for Students