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!

Poetry Connects

We are hoping to hold an informal evening of poetry readings on Tuesday 25th April at 7pm. We are looking for volunteers to read selected poems, and anyone who would like to read some of their own work or a poem of their choosing on the theme of poetry connects are also welcome. Please contact the library if interested.

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 will start on Saturday 22nd April from 10.30 – 11.30am and will cater 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 starts on Tuesday 2nd May from 11am to 12pm and will run fortnightly. Babies from 0-18 months are welcome.  Please contact the library to book your place.

Art Demonstration & Coffee Morning with Tom Joyce

Local Artist Tom Joyce will host an art demonstration on Landscape Painting Techniques on Saturday 8th April from 11am to 1pm. Please contact the library to book your place. He will also host a coffee morning in order to launch his most recent exhibition ‘The Beauty of Water’. The coffee morning will take place on 6th April from 10:30-11:30am. The exhibition runs throughout April.

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

Spring into Storytime: Storytelling and Crafty Arts

“SPRING INTO STORYTIME” is a national library initiative taking place in all counties in the coming weeks.

It is a celebration of the importance of families reading together and sharing stories, which lays the foundation for little ones to become readers. Listening to stories at an early age has a major impact on your child’s development.

Abbeyleix Library will hold a SPECIAL STORYTIME on Friday 21st APRIL at 12am for ages 3-5 and 2.45pm for ages 6-8. These sessions will also include Crafty Art for both ages groups.

All children and their parents/carers are very welcome.

Did you know that library membership is FREE for both adults and children?

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

Bealtaine Events:

Computer Course:

A free 5 weeks Beginner’s Computer course starts on Tuesday 16th May from 10.30am – 12.30 pm. This course is funded by Irish Rural Link.

Let’s Talk Gardening:

“Tips, tasks and plants for the summer season” , a gardening talk by Mary Keenan from Gash Gardens, Castletown is on Thursday 18th May at 6.15pm.

Intergenerational Colouring session:

Come along to Mountrath Library and have fun colouring on Thursday 25th May at 6.15pm. This event is suitable for all ages. Materials provided.

Dogs Trust Talk for Adults:

Come meet Education Officer Paul Cleary and his dog Magic and learn  everything you need to know about looking after your pet dog. The talk will take place on Wednesday 31st May at 2pm.

Please note that it is essential to book for all Bealtaine events. Contact Mountrath Library at 057/8756378 to reserve a place.

Adult Writer’s Group:

The group meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 11am. If you are interested in joining this group you can get in touch with us at 057/8756378.

 Adult Colouring Group:

The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 11am.

Adult Book Club:

The bookclub meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6.15pm.

Local History Group:

The group meets on the second 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

Book Sale

Sale of withdrawn stock will take place in the library 19th May 10.00am-4.00pm.

Adult Drawing Classes

To Celebrate Bealtaine Portlaoise Library are delighted to host a drawing class led by artist Frida Nel. Learn techniques to allow yourself to draw, anything from landscapes to portraits to animals. TBC.

Intergenerational Colouring

Join Portlaoise library for our intergenerational colouring. Grandparents are invited to bring their grandchildren to the library for a little bit of colouring on Wednesday 3rd May from 5-6pm to celebrate Bealtaine.

Colour Me Beautiful Makeup Demonstration

Makeup Demonstration with Beautician Clodagh Finlay will take place on Thursday 4th May from 10.30am-12pm.

Talk on Nutrition

A Nutritional talk will take place on Tuesday 30th May at 11.30am. The talk will include nutritional advice and tips to help keep you active and stay active.

Booking is essential for all above events as places are limited to make a booking you can contact the library on 057 8622333 or email: for further details.

New Genealogy Club

Connecting people, past and present. Next meeting will be held on  Thursday 11th May, 6pm. The club will meet in Portlaoise Library every second Thursday of every month at 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.

 E-Resource Clinic

e-resource clinic will take place every Tuesday in April from 4-5pm. The Clinic will include an overview of resources available online through the library and we will give you all the assistance you need to get started.

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

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.

Classic Film Club

The film club shows classic films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. A new movie is scheduled every three weeks on Wednesday evenings at 5pm. The next showing is ‘Written on the Wind’ on Thursday 27th April.

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 Club meet monthly on Friday at 11.00 am.For further details and booking: 057 8622333.

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.