Mrs Toonen Highly Commended at SBT Awards

Mrs Toonen is Highly Commended in Scottish Book Trust Learning Professional of the Year Award 2018

Mrs Toonen travelled to Edinburgh on Tuesday 6 March to the Scottish Book Trust Awards Reception at Dovecot Studios.

It was great to see so many people there to celebrate an incredible and inspiring group of award winners.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs opened the event and talked about the value of school libraries and the launch of the National School Library Strategy later this year, before announcing all the winners of the awards. She also said:

“The evidence tells us that reading for pleasure is the best way to improve young people’s attainment in education, and emotional wellbeing”

It was good to bump into and share stories with Mr Alan Clark, from Kincorth Academy, who was shortlisted for Learning Professional of the Year Award.  Also, the author Debie Gliori, who said she would be interested in visiting Elgin Academy.

Mrs Toonen was Highly Commended in the Learning Professional of the Year Award.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “The judging panel was particularly impressed with how she has made the library a hub for cross-curricular activities, using the pupils’ own cultural interests to engage them in books and reading.” Head teacher for the Academy, David Barnett, said: “Shelagh is an outstanding asset to our school and is a passionate advocate of the power of reading. Her innovative work, drive and enthusiasm has rightly been once again recognised at national level.”

Scottish Book Trust said:

Find out more about the transformational work of the highly commended learning professional in the #ScottishBookTrustAwards, Shelagh Toonen from @LibraryatEA



Moray Council said: