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Victoria Dilly

Victoria DillyVictoria Dilly, The Book Activist.

Victoria has been a school librarian for nearly ten years and prior to this, worked in events management and marketing. She has always been an avid reader.  Her experience working with students, school staff, in middle management and in teaching, has enhanced her understanding of how best to integrate reading into the curriculum and work towards establishing a reading culture in schools. 

Having studied at the University of Brighton and with a huge amount of professional training, Victoria has a wide knowledge of children and young people's literature.  She has worked across the age ranges of 2 - 18 years, in state and independent schools, regularly teaching reader development and information literacy skills.

Victoria recently founded The Book Activist  and offers services to actively promote and support children & young people's reading through schools, the local community and at home, throughout the South East.  She utilises her experience to positively impact the reading habits of children and young people, encouraging teachers and parents to do the same.  With a wide network of contacts including fellow information professionals, librarians, suppliers and authors, she can access a range of resources to support her work.

Victoria is well-versed in the requirements of school library design, ensuring the library meets the needs of all its users and is reflective of school policy and planning.  Having worked with all age ranges she is fully aware of the differing requirements from EYFS – KS5.  Advice can be given on design, library collection, areas for investment, promotion & marketing, staffing, training and reading engagement.  A hands-on approach is offered to support school staff with effective implementation.  Advocacy days are also offered to encourage and inspire the staff running the school library.

"Victoria was the inspiration and driving force behind the creation of our school library.  Our Library was dull, poorly stocked and unused by staff or children. Victoria came in and completely redesigned the library secured funding for new shelves and books to completely restock. She worked ceaselessly and in a shorter time than expected we had a warm and vibrant library filled with books to children love right in the heart of the school. Victoria has a genuine passion for getting children to read and they respond to her with enthusiasm. She is an inspiring person to work with who helps you to go beyond expectations and create a really great library.  There is no one I would trust more to get every child reading for life."

Hilary Nawrocka, Head of Pre-Prep, Ardingly College

"Victoria began working with us just over a year ago to help improve the quality and provision of our school library. With her expert guidance, we created an action plan and soon got to work culling the out of date, unappealing and tatty book stock. Following building work our library was relocated. Victoria was on hand to help us make the best use of the new space considering the layout of shelving, positioning of the different book categories and ensuring there was ample front facing display shelving. She happily got stuck in to re-shelving the books and advising us on areas in which we have less suitable reading materials. She has supported us in instigating a much better purchasing strategy so we are not only able to support the children’s learning more effectively, but also provide age appropriate, high interest reading materials to suit all of our readers! We are also about to start new a reading support scheme following her suggestion to get the children in and choosing books regularly. Victoria is very knowledgeable, has loads of great ideas to help encourage reading and we would not hesitate to recommend The Book Activist to help you to create a child centred, inviting and engaging reading space to help promote reading for pleasure!"

Liz Cousins, Literacy Co-ordinator, Warden Park Primary Academy

Visit the website www.thebookactivist.com or email thebookactivist[at]gmail.com for more information.

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