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 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.

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

Eadrom Art class for 6 to 12 year olds. Next class will be announced here.

Junior Chess Club every Sat morning at 10am.

Knitting Club 10.30am each Wed.’

Juvenile Book Club for 9-12yr Tuesdays at 4pm.

Storytelling for 3-7 year olds, with Grace Kavanagh,  on Saturdays at 11am.

Mountrath Library

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 first and the fourth 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

Easter Storytelling for Children

Storytelling will take place on Wednesday 12th April at 11am for ages 3-9years.

Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt

Peter Rabbit has been busy causing mischief in Portlaoise Library! Help us find all the Easter Eggs which have been hidden, with an Easter Egg hunt on  Thursday 13th April from 4-5pm. for ages 3-9 years.


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. Introduction evening on Thursday 13th April, 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. Next meeting takes place on Friday 31st March at 3.30pm. for ages 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 film is Gun Crazy and will show  on Wednesday 29th  March, 5pm

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.