News and Events


Mountmellick Library

Adult Colouring Group

Looking for a fun way to relax and de-stress? Our adult colouring group takes place every Thursday morning at 10:30am. Tea & coffee is provided!

Free Internet

We are having a Happy Hour on our internet services. All library members qualify for a free 15 minutes on the internet every morning from 10-11am.

Junior Chess Club

Our Junior Chess Club started on Saturday 22nd April from 10.30 – 11.30am and  caters for 7-13 years olds. Please contact the library to book your place.

Baby Book Club

Would you like to introduce your baby or young child to books and the love of reading? Our Baby Book Club started on Tuesday 2nd May from 11am to 12pm and  runs fortnightly. Babies from 0-18 months are welcome.  Please contact the library to book your place.

For more information about any of our events, please feel free to contact the library at 05786-44572. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook!


Abbeyleix Library


Basic Computer Course for Adults

Due to popular demand, we are running a second lot of classes, starting Thursday 26th October. These classes will help you learn the basics in computers. The sessions will run for two hours on Thursday evenings from 5pm. Abbeyleix library provides all equipment needed but patrons are welcome to bring their own laptops. Please call 057 87 30020 for more information and to book your place.

Art Classes

We run art and craft classes for kids on a monthly basis, Eadrom Art class for 6 to 12 year olds and Crafty Art for 4 to 8 year olds. Please contact us for details.


Chess Club

Junior Chess Club every Sat morning at 10am. This is for all skills levels and absolute beginners are welcome too! No need to book a place, just come along.

Knitting Club

This runs every Wednesday morning from 10.30am. Drop us a line for details.

Adult Mindfulness Colouring

Every Tuesday morning we have an adult colouring session that runs from 11 am. We provide the booklets but would ask if you could bring along your own colours.


Mountrath Library

Children’s Classics Literacy Project:
Art sessions with Caroline Keane :
“The Secret Garden”  by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Scoil Bhride N.S. on Tuesday 21st November at 1-2pm.
“The Little White Horse” by Elizabeth Goudge – Killanure N.S. on Tuesday 28th November at 1-2pm.
Basic Computer Course: (Laois Partnership)

A basic computer class for the local Men’s Shed group will commence on Tuesday 24th October from 10.30am to 12.30pm and will run for six weeks.

Digital Skills for Citizens Basic Computer Course:

This course will start on Thursday 26th October and will run for five weeks. Topics covered will include Microsoft Word, setting up an email account and online resources.

Adult Writer’s Group:

The group meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 11.30am. If you are interested in joining this group you can get in touch with us at 057/8756378.

Adult Book Club:

The bookclub meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6.15pm. The group will discuss ” The man who mistook his wife for a hat” by Oliver Sacks for the next meeting in November.

Local History Group:

The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6.15pm.

Ciorcail Comhra

The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6.15pm.

 Knitting Group:

The group meets each Friday morning from 10.30- 1.00pm.


Portlaoise Library

Author Visit

Irish Author and Journalist Michael McCaughan will be discussing his new book Coming Home, Michael invites you to join him on a journey into An Gaeilge. This is an Irish language event and will take place on Wednesday 15th November, 5.15pm. Booking Recommended.


Reading Aloud.

Shared Reading, Do you love poetry and literature, but do not have the time available to join a book club? Do you like the idea of listening to poetry and prose reading and discussing them with a group? ‘Shared Reading’ is a library-based project centred on listening to and discussing literature. if you would be interested in joining our group, participating or listening, please contact the library to sign up. This event begins Thursday, 19 October,    1-2pm.

Do you like old movies?

During the autumn, Portlaoise Library Film Club will begin our 2017 to 2018 season of classic films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. If you would be interested in seeing these films, or in joining our Film Club, Please contact the library.

Chess Club

The chess club meets weekly on Tuesday, 3.30pm-5pm.  Recommended for 8-12 years, All skill levels are welcome.

Junior Book Club

The book club meets monthly on Friday, 3.30-4.30pm. Recommended for  8-12 years. Spaces are limited so booking is essential: 057 8622333

Genealogy Club

Connecting people, past and present. The club meets on the third Thursday of the month in Portlaoise Library. New members are welcome.  Monthly meetings will offer the opportunity to chat with like minded family history enthusiasts, learning from their experiences and sharing your unique family history stories.

Ciorcal Comhrá

The Ciorcal meet each Wednesday at 5.15pm to chat about anything and everything through Irish.  All welcome along – beginners to advanced.

Knitting Group

The Knitting Group meets in the library on Wednesday mornings from 11am until 1pm. New members are always welcome to join.

Book Clubs

Portlaoise Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6.30pm. This month they are reading…

For more information about any of our events, please feel free to contact the library at 0578622333 or you can email:


Portarlington Library

Knitting Group

The Knitting Group meets in the library on Friday mornings from 10:30am until noon. New members are always welcome to join.

Children’s Storytime

Children’s Storytime with Fiona takes place in the library on Wednesday afternoons at 12:15pm. Children of all ages are welcome!

Library Book Clubs

The library hosts a Classics Book Club for adults and Junior Book Club for children, which meet on a monthly basis. For further details contact the library. Please note that available spaces within the book clubs are limited.

Stradbally Library

Adult Textile and Craft Club

This club meets every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm to 8pm.