News and Events

Mountrath Library

The newly formed writer’s group meets on Wednesday  at 11am. If you are interested in joining this group you can get in touch with us at 057/8756378.

The Adult Book Club will meets on Thursdays  at 6.15pm. The book chosen for discussion is “The Herbalist” by Niamh Boyce. New members welcome.

The Local History Group  meets on Thursdays at 6.15pm.

The Knitting Group meet each Friday morning from 10.30- 1.00pm. All are welcome.

Contact Mountrath Library for further details.

Mountmellick Library

Adult Coloring Group

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

Computer Classes

We are currently taking expressions of interest for Adult Computer Classes in the library. So, if are interested in learning more about email, social media, exchanging photographs, tablet computers and smart phones, or if you would like to learn how to use Microsoft Office to complete projects, then please register your interest by contacting the library.

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.

Focal ar Fhocal (Word by Word)

A six week beginners course in Irish will begin in March for those who wish to refresh their skills, or for parents who would like to be able to help their children with their homework. The course will commence in the second week of February. 

Leaving Certificate English Exam Workshops

Exam workshops in English, based around key mistakes made in this year’s Mock Exams, will commence on 28th February. The workshops are suitable for 5th & 6th year students. Places are limited so book early by contacting the library!

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!

Portlaoise Library

Storytelling for Children

Storytime for 3-9years. Takes place on Thursday 23rd February, 5pm.

Irish Night

An evening of Irish dancing, poetry, song and music with refreshments and an opportunity to use your cúpla focal. Takes place Wednesday 1st March, 4.45pm.

Irish Movie Night

A selection of Irish language short films will show Thursday 2nd March, 5.30 – 6.30pm.

Tráth na gCeist

Table quiz for secondary schools takes place Wednesday 8th March, 11am.

Am Scéalaíocht

Storytelling through Irish for 7-8 years.  Takes place Thursday 9th March, 11am.

Children’s Craft

St Patrick’s Day Craft for 6-9years. Takes place Wednesday 15th March, 4pm.

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.

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.

Junior Book Club

The book club meets monthly on Friday, 3.30pm. Spaces are limited so booking is essential: 057 8622333

Chess Club

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

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 film is The Spiral Staircase and will show  on Wednesday 8th March, 5pm

Portlaoise Book Club

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.