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Children’s Summer Events 2017


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

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

Magic Science Show for ages 10-13. (Wednesday 26th July at 11am.)

Harry Potter Drawing Workshop with artist Conor Brennan for ages 10-15. (Wednesday 2nd August at 3pm).

Dog Safety Workshop with Paul Cleary from Dogs Trust for ages 7-12. (Tuesday 8th August at 11am).

Lego Fun  for ages 5-12. (Friday 28th, August 4th & 11th at 2.15-3.30pm).

Heritage Week Events:

A talk by zoologist and writer Juanita Browne titled “An Introduction to Irish Wildlife” for under 12’s will take place on Wednesday 23rd AugustShe will introduce the children to our wonderful Irish wildlife through a presentation and interaction with wild props, animal images and sounds.

Dr. Arnold Horner will deliver a fascinating presentation on the story and development of the town of Mountrath through historical maps. (Thursday 24th August at 7pm).

Please note that all events are free but that booking is essential. Phone 057/8756378 to reserve a place.

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 Secret History” by Donna Tartt for the next meeting in August.

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

Heritage Week 19-27th August 2017

Fingal Living History Society (Children/Family)

The Society’s first visit to Laois Libraries will see their interpreters display life in the Viking period through topics such as commerce and trade, weapons and warfare and general life in the household in an interactive setting that can be enjoyed by all the family. This event will take place on Wednesday 23 August, 12.30-1.30pm.

Maryborough’s Crimean War Cannon  (Adult)

Dr. Paul Huddie will deliver a presentation on a little-known facet of Portlaoise town’s history: Its Crimean War Cannon. Dr. Huddie will trace the cannon’s history from a Finnish foundry, through to the Crimean War itself and its installation afterwards in the town as well as giving the story of the cannon up to the present day. This event will take place on Wednesday 23 August, 7.00-8.00pm.


Genealogy Workshop (Adult)

Archivist Sinead Holland will present a workshop outlining the resources that are available for those who are looking to trace their ancestors and create their families. Sinead will pay particular attention to the wide-range of online resources that have become available in recent times. This workshop will take place on Thursday 24 August, 3.00-5.00pm.

Booking is essential for all the above events as places are limited.

Dogs Trust

Free Dog Safety Workshop, Children’s workshop, 7-12yrs Wednesday 9 August, 11am. Learn how to ‘Be Dog Smart’ with Dogs Trust’s Education and Community Officer Paul and his lurcher Magic.

Storytelling for Children

Gather around as Jean brings your favourite stories to life Saturdays in August, 11am.

Junior Chess Club

The chess club meets weekly on Thursday, 4-5pm.  Recommended for 8-12 years.

Junior Book Club

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

Genealogy Club

Connecting people, past and present.  The club meet in Portlaoise Library every second Thursday of every month at 6pm. The next meeting is Thursday 14 September, 6pm. 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…

‘A Novel Bunch’ Book Club

The book club meets monthly on Friday at 11am.

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.