CBI Award 2018 – Eve Molony

L to R: Scoil Ailbhe student, Eve Molony, Scoil Ailbhe Principal Bríd Ryan and CBI Director Elaina Ryan.

The CBI Award is made to an individual or organisation in recognition of an outstanding contribution to children’s books. The recipient is nominated by the members of Children’s Books Ireland in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the reading lives of children in Ireland.

Eve Molony with boys from the Scoil Ailbhe student council.

Our CBI Award 2018 winner is Eve Molony, a volunteer school librarian from Scoil Ailbhe in Thurles. Eve’s sons went to Scoil Ailbhe in the Nineties and Eve set up the school library back when they were in school. Sadly Eve’s husband passed away suddenly, and she moved back to Dublin to be closer to family. Astonishingly, Eve never cut her connection with Scoil Ailbhe. She has spent the following 20 plus years travelling down week in, week out to take the entire school for library classes over two days. In their application, Scoil Ailbhe said ‘Eve has the astounding ability to make each child feel special and has fostered a love of reading in the thousands of boys who have passed through the school. Her influence is evident over the generations of boys who have left Scoil Ailbhe with a firm love of reading and a belief that is a treasured skill they will hang on tightly to for all their lives.’

Congratulations Eve, a very worthy winner of our 2018 CBI Award.