Portlaoise Library News & Events


Heritage Week Events at Portlaoise Library  17-25th August 2019

Wildlife Art Workshop

Aga Grandowicz, artist & co-creator of  ‘Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals’, and wildlife author Juanita Browne, invite children aged 6-10yrs on a wildlife adventure! This will be a fun zoology lesson combined with a wildlife art workshop & scavenger hunt. A hands-on art and a learning experience, the event aims to teach children that animals are important part of our lives and ecosystem. This event takes place on Friday, 23rd August, 11am – 12.30pm. Booking Essential.

 Vintage Games Night

Cormac Bowell will be Investigating and then playing with, a whole stack of period children’s games covering several centuries. Recommended for 9-13 years. This event takes place on Friday, 23rd August, 4.30-7.30pm. Booking Essential

Who Do You Think YOu Are?

Explore your ancestry and climb the family history tree with Portlaoise Library Genealogy Club on Thursday, 22nd August, 7pm. Booking advised

The History and Heritage  of Bridge

Damien Nee will give a talk on the history of the game of Bridge, and he will discuss the benefits to the community and the individual. There will also be an opportunity to play bridge with an experienced player after the talk. This event takes place on Thursday, 22nd August, 2-3pm. Admission Free, Booking advised.

Light Tales Photography History

Explore the history of photography with renowned photographer Veronica Nicholson. Please bring along old photographs and cameras, Veronica will explore how photography began and how it has developed over time both as a process and as a past-time. so we can explore photography and how it relates to our lives. join us for heritage week with a science twist in Portlaoise Library on Wednesday, 21st August, 4pm.

Laois and Laois People In the War of Independence

Laois and Laois People In the War of Independence,   Jim Fleming will speak about the part played by Laois people during the War of Independence with a particular emphasis on the roles played in the republican movement  by his uncles Paddy and Eamonn. Jim will also display some memorabilia from the period. Michael Rafter will concentrate his talk on the various activities of the Laois IRA, in the county, during the period 1919-1921.This event takes place on Wednesday, 21st August, 6.30pm. Booking advised

Irish History Live show

The Tudors and the Plantation of Laois and Offaly by Michael Moylan this is a children’s event and will take place on Tuesday, 20th August, 10.30am. Booking Essential

The changing face of Kevin Christopher O’Higgins, Sinn Féin Rebel to Cumann na nGaedhal Conservative.

Regina McGinley, Heritage House, Historian,  will present a talk on Kevin O’Higgins, who served in the Cumann na nGaedheal Government from 1922 until his assassination in 1927. O’Higgins was a member of the well known political family from Stradbally  Co. Laois.  This event takes place on Saturday, 17th August, 2pm. Booking advised

Genealogy Clinic

Would you like to do your family tree but don’t know where to start? Have you started your family tree but need help moving forward with your research? if so, the Genealogy Clinic could be for you. Book in for a free thirty minute one- to -one advice clinic with Laois Genealogy Club members, who will provide guidance and pointers on your specific research problems. This event takes place on Saturday, 17th August, 10am-1pm. Admission Free, Booking Essential.

For further details for any of the above events please contact the library on 057 8622333 or email: laoislibrary@laoiscoco.ie

Essay Writing Workshop

Portlaoise Library will be running a one hour talk outlining the secrets for successful academic essay writing and research skills. Learn how to locate research material, present a thesis, master the conventions of academic writing, structure an essay, negotiate referencing systems and excel in your assignments! A handout of essential essay-writing tips will be made available at this event! This event will take place on Friday 16th August, 3pm. Booking advised as places are limited.

Family Reading Time

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

Lego Workshop

Join us at the library for Lego club for ages 8-12 years. Just bring your creativity!  Taking place on Saturday 10th August, 11-12pm. Please note: The Lego club will take a break and possibly resume in September.

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 12th September, 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 Bookbugs Club  meet monthly on Friday, 3.30 -4.30pm. Recommended for 4-7 years. Next meeting is Pyjamas party  and will take place on Friday 23rd August, 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  27th September, 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.

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 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.