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

LEGO Animation

This is a award winning joint venture by Abbeyleix & Durrow Libraries. During the course of the year both libraries will be running LEGO Animation classes for ages 10 and up. This is aimed at anyone between the ages of 10-18.

The aim is let them become creators and not just consumers of media, to use their smartphone, tablet & laptop constructively.To tell their story, whatever it may be.

So like any film project, we need writers, voice actors, artists, designers and LEGO builders. This is not just for LEGO enthusiasts.

So if you think you have someone who might be interested in this project and would like  to take on one of these roles, please contact us at lllanimationstudios@gmail.com

Art Classes

We run art and craft classes for kids on a monthly basis, Eadrom Art class for 6 to 12 years old and Crafty Art for 4 to 8 years old. 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.

The LEGO Club is back. Ages 5-9

If you want to join the LEGO Club please call us at 057 87 30020 or email us at abbeyleixlibrary@laoiscoco.ie.

Tech Workshop 

Starting April 17th, Abbeyleix Library will have a drop in tech workshop. If you are having trouble with your laptop, phone, tablet, Nintendo Switch or mini-call – drop in and we will try and help you out.

We do e-mails, texts, web security, apps & more!

If possible, bring your phone or laptop along with you so we can help! No registration needed, walk-ins welcome!

It will run every Tuesday from 12-1.

 

Mountrath Library

 

ADULT WRITING WORKSHOP:

Sign up for a FREE Adult Creative Writing workshop with Arthur Broomfield commencing shortly at Mountrath Library. Learn some new writing techniques and develop your writing skills. Contact Mountrath Library at 057/8756378 to reserve a place.

 

BEALTAINE EVENT:

A Straw Craft Workshop for Adults with Melanie Lorien will take place on Wednesday 9th May from 10 am – 1pm. Booking Essential. Call 057/8756378 to reserve a place. €10 charge for materials).

 

“FAIRY FORTNIGHT” (15th-31st MAY)

See below for our full lineup of events:

Please note that all events are free to attend but that booking procedures will apply due to expected demand. Phone Mountrath Library at 057/8756378 to reserve a place.

Fairy Fortnight Events

 

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

History Lectures 

A series of lectures taking place in Portlaoise library in the month of May, August and October. The Library service value the history of our county and endeavour to celebrate it and create opportunities for learning. We are delighted to welcome such respected speakers and host the lectures outlined. We hope you will be able to join us for some of these lectures that are taking place in May.

Migration and the Making of Ireland by Bryan Fanning. Bryan will explore accounts of migrant experiences across more than four centuries and discuss his book on this subject. He will make special reference to Laois and the midlands. This event   takes place on Tuesday, 15 May, 7.30pm.

The forgotten revolutionary women of Laois by Sinead McCoole. Takes place on Tuesday 22 May, 7.30pm.

For further details of all our lectures, see top of the page.

Bealtaine

Portlaoise library are delighted to host some events for the Bealtaine festival, celebrating creativity in older age.

Mosaics Workshop, Artist Caroline Keane will show participants how to craft and design mosaic artwork. Friday 11 May, from 3-5pm.

Interpretation of Place in Modern and Contemporary Art, Artist and Art Historian, Paula Lynch will discuss the interpretation of ‘place’ in modern and contemporary art with a focus on Laois artists. Thursday 17 May, 6.30pm.

Oil Painting Demonstration, Painter Tom Joyce will join us in the library for a painting demonstration and talk on Wednesday 23 May, from 10.30-12.30pm. No materials required.

Please be advised, all the above events are free of charge. Booking Essential.

Baby Book Club

The baby book club is based on the “Every Child Ready to Read@ your Library” programme. This is an American programme which was developed by the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children with the aim of libraries having a greater impact on early literacy through an approach that focuses on educating parents and caregivers. Everything within the programme is evidence based. We have adapted this programme for an Irish setting but the content remains evidence based and backed by research.

The premise behind it is very simply that children are learning to talk & read from the moment they are born through interactions with their carers and the 5 components which help boost early literacy (0-3years) and help to get children reading-ready are Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, & Playing. Each Baby Book Club session is based on these 5 components. The baby book club will meet weekly on Thursday, 11am. Suitable for 0-3 years. Booking advised.

 

Free Computer & Internet Classes for Beginners & Farmers Are you working in the rural community, farming, senior citizen, unemployed or part-time employed? Irish Rural Link are holding classes in Portlaoise Library, The classes will commence on Saturday 9 June from 11-1pm. for total of 5 weeks. Booking Essential.

Life: Map (Elements)

Exhibition of Life: Map (Elements) by Jayne Louise Kelly & David Delaney in Portlaoise Library. Please feel free to come in and take a step back and look at their own journeys and influences over 30 years including faith, music, writing, family, fertility and the fragility/strength of these.  Life: Map was created in 2011  and has appeared in various locations and forms, including empty retail spaces, heritage centres and three standalone installations at Electric picnic. The exhibition is now on display and will be for the month of April.

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 16 May, 7.30pm.

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. Next meeting will take place on Thursday 24 May, 11am.

Junior Book Club

The book club meet monthly on Friday, 3.30-4.30pm. Recommended for  8-12 years. Next meeting takes place Friday 25 May, Spaces are limited so booking is essential.

Chess Club

The chess club meet weekly on Tuesday, 3.30pm. Recommended for 8-12 years, All skill levels are welcome. Spaces are limited so booking is essential.

Ciorcal Comhrá

The Ciorcal meet each Wednesday at 5.30pm to chat about anything and everything through Irish.  All welcome along – beginners to advanced.

Knitting Group

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

Adult Book Club

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: laoislibrary@laoiscoco.ie.

 

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.

Durrow Library

LEGO Animation

Durrow Library on March 20th at 4.00 pm will host an Animation Workshop for the LEGO Animation Project.
Joining us for this discussion will be Maurice Joyce from the Academy Award nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon.
Director Maurice Joyce began his career at Murakami Wolf Studios, where he worked on the 90s pop culture sensation, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, and he currently works on the Cartoon Saloon world renowned animated series Puffin Rock.
Please call 0578730020 or  0578736090 to book a spot or to join the LEGO Animation Project

This is a award winning joint venture by Abbeyleix & Durrow Libraries. During the course of the year both libraries will be running LEGO Animation classes for ages 10 and up. This is aimed at anyone between the ages of 10-18.

The aim is let your youngsters become creators and not just consumers of media, to use their smartphone, tablet & laptop constructively.

To tell their story, whatever it may be.

So like any film project, we need writers, voice actors, artists, designers and LEGO builders.

So if you think you have someone who might be interested in this project and would like  to take on one of these roles, please contact us at lllanimationstudios@gmail.com