News and Events

Mountmellick Library

Adult Colouring Group

Looking for a fun way to relax and de-stress? Our adult colouring group takes place every Thursday morning at 10:30am. Tea & coffee is provided!

Free Internet

We are having a Happy Hour on our internet services. All library members qualify for a free 15 minutes on the internet every morning from 10-11am.

Junior Chess Club

Our Junior Chess Club caters for 7-13 years olds. Please contact the library to book your place.

Baby Book Club

Would you like to introduce your baby or young child to books and the love of reading? Our Baby Book Club runs weekly. Babies from 0-18 months are welcome.  Please contact the library to book your place.

For more information about any of our events, please feel free to contact the library at 05786-44572. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook!


Abbeyleix Library

LEGO Building Competition

The 2nd Annual LEGO building competition takes place on the 8th December at 2pm in Abbeyleix Library.

For ages 5 & up.

All entries much be dropped into the library between the 1st December and 12 noon on the 8th December.

Entry forms can be downloaded below.

LEGO-Rules-Entry- 2018


Poison & Potions: the science of Toxicology

On 6pm Thursday 13th December the Just One More Line Bookclub will be hosting Dr Craig Slattery for a talk on the science of toxicology.

All are welcome to come along but places are limited, contact the library on 0578730020 or at to book a spot.

The Just one more line Adult Book Club with Aideen

The book club is now up and running, with some great books all ready devoured. So, if you’re also addicted to reading and need just one more line, contact us at 0578730020 or email us at and we’ll fix you up.

It runs once a month on a Thursday evening after 6pm.

Chess Club

Junior Chess Club every Sat morning at 10am. This is for all skills levels and absolute beginners are welcome too! No need to book a place, just come along.

Knitting Club

This runs every Wednesday morning from 10.30am. Drop us a line for details.

Adult Mindfulness Colouring

Every Tuesday morning we have an adult colouring session that runs from 11 am. We provide the booklets but would ask if you could bring along your own colours.

The LEGO Club is back. Ages 5-9

If you want to join the LEGO Club please call us at 057 87 30020 or email us at

Tech Workshop 

Starting April 17th, Abbeyleix Library will have a drop in tech workshop. If you are having trouble with your laptop, phone, tablet, Nintendo Switch or mini-call – drop in and we will try and help you out.

We do e-mails, texts, web security, apps & more!

If possible, bring your phone or laptop along with you so we can help! No registration needed, walk-ins welcome!

It will run every Tuesday from 12-1.


Mountrath Library

Adult Book Club:

The bookclub meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6.15pm. 

Local History Group:

The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6.15pm.

Ciorcail Comhra

The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6.15pm.

 Knitting Group:

The group meets each Friday morning from 10.30- 1.00pm.


Portlaoise Library

Pop-up National Heritage Plan info session

Heritage Ireland 2030 is the Government’s new National Heritage Plan, and your views are now being sought, to make this the best possible plan for our heritage and our communities.
The discussion document can be downloaded at and you can make submissions by email (, via online survey ( or by post to Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Custom House, Dublin 1, D01 W6XO. The closing date for submissions is 28 February 2019.
To assist communities and individuals who would like to make a submission, the Heritage Office of Laois County Council is holding a drop-in information session in Portlaoise Library on Thursday 7th February from 3pm to 7.30pm. If you have a specific issue you’d like to clarify, or if you’re not sure how to write your submission, please do come along and we will help in any way we can. We can’t guarantee we will have all the answers but if we work together we can make sure the final plan is as strong as it can be for communities and for our shared heritage.
It’s really important the central Government sees how important heritage is at grass roots level across Ireland. One way we can show this is by a large volume of submissions on the plan. Please consider coming along on February 7th, spread the word and please send in a submission on the draft.

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.

Junior Book Club

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

Adult Book Club

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

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 January 2019. 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.

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.

Chess Club

The chess club, Recommended for 8-12 years, All skill levels are welcome. Spaces are limited so Booking Essential. TBC.

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:


Portarlington Library

Knitting Group

The Knitting Group meets in the library on Friday mornings from 10:30am until noon. New members are always welcome to join.


Library Book Clubs

The library hosts a  Book Club for adults and Junior Book Club for children, which meet on a monthly basis. For further details contact the library. Please note that available spaces within the book clubs are limited.

Stradbally Library

Adult Textile and Craft Club

This club meets every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm to 8pm.