News and Events

Children’s Summer Events 2017

Mountmellick Library

Celebrating 20 Years of Harry Potter!

Tuesday 27th June: Presentation on the life of JK Rowling, Harry Potter Quiz, Raven Haven Aviary, ‘Invent  A Spell’ Competition closing date.

Wednesday 28th June: Free Public Lecture, ‘The Word and the Wand: The magic of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by Dr Jane Suzanne Carroll, Assistant Professor of Children’s Literature Trinity College Dublin

Thursday 29th June: Wand Workshops

Friday 30th June: Presentation of prizes to winners of ‘Invent a Spell’ Competition

Contact 057 8644588 to book


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.

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


NEW Books & NEW Layout

Over 60 new titles arrived today.

Some highlights include; Paula Hawkins’ (author of Girl on the Train) new novel, the latest Charlie Parker novel by Irish writer John Connolly and the award winning The Three Body Problem  by Cixin Liu.

Also included are the reissues of two modern classics; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Stephen King’s The Gunslinger from his Dark Tower series and soon to be on the big screen.

Also new titles by James Patterson, Deidre Purcell, Sheila O’Flanaghan, Peter James, Karen Rose, Robert Goddard & many more.

Come in and check them out.

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.


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.

10th Birthday Celebrations:

Come join us on Thursday 15th June and help us celebrate our 10th birthday!

Visit by puppeteer Julie Rose McCormack at 12 noon. (School booking).

Afternoon Tea for Customers at 3-4pm.

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 Book Club:

The bookclub meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6.15pm. The group will discuss” The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

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

Author Visit

Local Author of ‘Treacherous Strand’, Andrea Carter will be visiting Portlaoise Library bookclub on Wednesday 7th June, 6.30pm.

Strolling through Ulysses

A comic tour through Joyce’s famous novel, not to be missed! written and performed by Robert Gogan, takes place in Portlaoise Library on Saturday 24th June, 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. next meeting takes place on Friday 16th June, 3.30pm. Spaces are limited so booking is essential: 057 8622333

New Genealogy Club

Connecting people, past and present. Next meeting will take place oThursday 8th June, 6pm. The club 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.

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.