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 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 runs weekly. 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.


It’s back for the new year and it’s a new LEGO Club. There is now 3 different age categories; 5-7 year olds, 8-9 year olds & 10 plus.

If you have joined last year, you will be contacted when a session is running. If you want to join the LEGO Club please call us at 057 87 30020 or email us at


Mountrath Library


Christmas Reindeer Craft:

Tuesday 19th December at 3.30pm for ages 3-6.

Please note that both crafts are free but that booking is essential due to expected demand.

Contact Mountrath Library at 057/8756378 to book 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. 

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

CAO Talk for Parents

Is your son or daughter a 4th, 5th, or 6th year Leaving Certificate student? In applying for third level colleges do you and they understand the whole process? School Principal and Guidance Counsellor Karl Hegarty will present an informative talk for parents in Portlaoise Library on Thursday 18 January, 6.30pm. Booking advised.

Literature at Eleven

Reading aloud, 11-12pm. The group meet fortnightly. 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? We will provide tea and coffee, if you would be interested in joining our group, participating or listening, feel free to come along to our next meeting on Thursday 18 January, 11am.

Genealogy Club

Connecting people, past and present. The club meets on the third Wednesday of each 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. the next meeting takes place on Wednesday 17 January, 7.30pm.

Junior Book Club

The book club meets monthly on Friday, 3.30-4.30pm. Recommended for  8-12 years. The next meeting takes place on Friday 26 January, 3.30pm. Spaces are limited so booking is essential: 057 8622333

Chess Club

The chess club will resume on Tuesday 16th January at 3.30pm. Recommended for 8-12 years, All skill levels are welcome.

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.


Library Book Clubs

The library hosts a  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.