Portlaoise Library News & Events


Festive Cake Decoration Demonstration

Sarah Walsh from Miscellany Cakes, Main Street, Portlaoise, will give a demonstration of a fondant festive wreath on Thursday 12th December at 6.30pm.  This event is free of charge, Booking advised.

Film Club

Christmas Movie for children on Saturday 14th December at 2pm. Booking Essential

Parent and child Craft 

Christmas craft table will take place in the library on Friday 20th December from 2-4.30pm or until stock lasts.

Festive Bookbugs Club

Christmas story time and carols will take place in the library on Friday 6th December at 3.30pm. This event is recommended for 4-7 years. Booking essential.

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 Library,  New classes to begin in January 2020. Booking essential.

Free Smart Phone Course  

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. Next meeting will take place on 15th January 2020. 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. Next meeting will take place on 12th December, 11am.

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. Next meeting takes place on 6th December. Booking essential.

Junior Book Club

The book club meet monthly on Friday, 3.30-4.30pm. Recommended for  8-12 years.  Next meeting takes place on 31st January 2020. Booking advised.

Adult Book Club

Portlaoise Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6.30 pm. Next meeting will take place on Wednesday 8th January, 2020. 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.