Portlaoise Library News & Events

Leaves Festival of Writing and Music at Portlaoise Library

Laois Writers Group is hosting the launch of Laois Author, Arthur Broomfield’s new poetry book, ‘The Giant’s Footsteps on the Rock of Dunamaise’. Arthur, will be joined on the evening by Ballyfin sean nós singer Paddy Fitzpatrick. Paddy’s ballads are honest and beautiful depictions of life in the Slieve Blooms. This event takes place on Thursday 7th November at 8pm in Portlaoise Library. Entry is free, All welcome. Booking advised.


Séan Ó Tuathaigh Author of ‘Outlanders’,  Stories of the Displaced. Séan Ó Tuathaigh has brought us gripping and beautifully written stories of refugees to Ireland and the USA. These are ordinary people from Somalia to Burma, from Palestine to Afghanistan who have fled extraordinary situations. Séan will discuss the situations he writes about and how he came to gather these stories. This event takes place on Friday 8th November, 11am. Portlaoise Library. Free Admission, booking recommended.

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. Next meeting will take place on 16th October, 7.30pm.

Film Club

“Portlaoise Library’s Classic Film Club, autumn season of tense thrillers, hard-boiled film noir and gripping political dramas! Featuring films by Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Frank Capra and Jules Dassin, with stars such as Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, our film season mixes well-loved movies with overlooked classics. Next meeting, 17th October at 5pm. Booking is advised.

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 24th October, 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 18th October. 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 25th October, 3.30pm, 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.