Portlaoise Library News & Events


Join the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 at your library  

Summer Stars National Reading Adventure 2020

Summer Stars is the public library national summer reading programme for children taking place during the summer in public libraries and online throughout the country. Our goal, as always, is to promote every child’s right to read and to invite all children throughout the country to join the adventure and to enjoy the fun and pleasure of reading and writing over the summer. Summer Stars is non-competitive and every child who reads even one book is regarded as having completed the programme – and it’s all completely free!

How will Summer Stars 2020 work:

This has been a very challenging year for us all and so Summer Stars will look and work a bit differently from previous years.

The parents or guardians of each child who would like to register can contact their local library and request a reading card and book pack. 8 books will then be selected from the library’s stock and the book pack and reading card will be available for collection by appointment.

Each child can then complete the reading card with books they have read from the pack, from their own books or e-books if they wish.  They then return the completed reading card to the library to receive their reward.

Summer Stars BorrowBox: Browse, borrow and read and listen to the Summer Stars collection of children’s e-books and e-audio books through the library’s BorrowBox app. This is free for all members to use from anywhere, anytime. Non-members can join online for free at https://www.librariesireland.ie/join-your-library.

Summer Stars online storytime: Summer Stars storytime will be delivered by library staff including chapter-a-day readings from books, available through your local library social media laoislibraries facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/LaoisLibraries/

Story Competition: As well an enjoying the amazing worlds of books, Summer Stars is also celebrating children’s imaginations by running a short story competition, An Unexpected Adventure. There are three age categories with great prizes for all the winners and runners-up. https://www.librariesireland.ie/services/right-to-read/summer-stars/story-competition-an-unexpected-adventure

You can keep up to date with the library live videos, on Laois Libraries facebook page. Baby book club, 0-3yrs,Thursday, weekly at 10.30am.  Bookbugs club, 4-7yrs, Friday, weekly at 10.30am. Children’s craft, 4-7yrs,Wednesday, weekly at 11.30am.https://www.facebook.com/LaoisLibraries/

Updates will be posted on the library website https://laois.ie/departments/libraries/ and on library social media channels.
https://www.facebook.com/LaoisLibraries/

https://www.twitter.com/LaoisLibrary 

https://www.librariesireland.ie/news/online-services-during-coronavirus

Patrons can still access the full range of online services – eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines,  on the library website:https://laois.ie/departments/libraries/online-resources/

Laois County Library Service  apologise  for any inconvenience caused and hope to resume normal service as soon as possible.

All our regular groups and clubs are currently postponed. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Free Basic Computer Classes – Getting Citizens Online

Are you working in the rural community, farming, a senior citizen, unemployed or part-time employed? Irish Rural Link are holding classes in Portlaoise LibraryThe library is now taking bookings for new classes TBC. Booking essential.

Free Smart Phone Tutorial   

Would you like to learn a bit more about your Phone, Tablet, or Ipad? Then this class is perfect for you. Third Age is holding classes in Portlaoise Library every Wednesday afternoon, 2-4pm. The course is free of charge, Booking is essential. Bookings to be placed with Third Age Ireland, contact Number 046-9557766.

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. New members are always welcome.

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.

Baby Book Club

The baby book club is based on the “Every Child Ready to Read @ your Library”,  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 (0-3 years) 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, 10.30 am. Suitable for 0-3 years. Booking advised.

Bookbugs Club

The book club meet monthly on Friday, 3.30pm-4.30pm. Recommended for 4-7years. Booking essential.

Junior Book Club

The book club meet monthly on Friday, 3.30-4.30pm. Recommended for  8-12 years. Booking advised.

Adult Book Club

Portlaoise Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6.30 pm.  This month they are reading…

Board Games Club

Weekly meet -up to play board games with like minded adults in Portlaoise Library Wednesdays,  7.30pm. Scrabble, ticket to ride, chess and many more. Booking advised.

Ciorcal Comhrá

The Ciorcal meet each Wednesday at 5.30 pm 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 11 am until 1 pm. New members are always welcome to join.

For more information about any of our events, please feel free to contact the library at 0578622333 or you can email: laoislibrary@laoiscoco.ie.