Portlaoise Library News & Events


Puppet Workshop

A puppet workshop, with puppeteer Julie Rose Mc Cormick as part of Cruinniú na nóg, will take place in Portlaoise Library on Saturday 15th June at 11am. Booking advised.

Crafty Time

Parent & Child craft will take place in the library on Fridays in July recommended for 6-12 years.

Slime Workshop

Slime workshop for children 8-12years, will take place on Wednesday 10th July at 2.30pm. Booking essential from 25th June.

Family Reading Time

Family reading will take place in the library on Wednesdays, in July & August, 11am. All are welcome.

Teen Games Club

Carcassonne board games for teens 13-17 years, will take place on Wednesdays, in July & August from 6-7pm. Booking advised.

Midnight Gang

Meeting of the Midnight Gang,  Enter the wonderfully wacky world of David Walliams at Portlaoise Library with and exclusive meeting of the midnight gang. Only invited members, can join the adventure so be sure to book a place for 8-12 years, Friday, 12th July at 3.30pm. Booking essential from 25th June.

Treasure Hunt

Pirate Treasure Hunt for 3-12 years taking place in Portlaoise Library on Thursday, 11th July from 3-5pm (time slots on booking). Booking essential from 25th June.

Super Summer Movies

A season of Disney Pixar films, will take place in Portlaoise Library on Thursdays from 11th July – 8th August at 5pm. Booking essential.

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. The Literature group is taking a break for the summer and will resume in September.

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 Bookbugs Club meet monthly on Friday, 3.30 -4.30pm. Recommended for 4-7 years. Next meeting takes place on 21st June, booking essential.

Junior Book Club

The book club meet monthly on Friday, 3.30-4.30 pm. Recommended for  8-12 years. Next meeting takes place on 28th June, 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…

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 19th  June at 7.30pm.

Free Computer & Internet Classes for Beginners

Are you working in the rural community, farming, senior citizen, unemployed or part-time employed? Irish Rural Link are holding classes in Portlaoise Library. The classes are held on Saturdays, from 11-1 pm and run for a total of 5 weeks. New class will begin in September. Booking essential.

Board Game Club

Weekly meet -up to play board games with like minded adults in Portlaoise Library starting Wednesday 12th June,  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.