News and Events

Dyslexia and Reading: Tips on how to support a dyslexic child in reading

presented by Special Education Teacher Eva Gabor

Mountmellick Library 7pm Thursday 8th November


This talk will focus on:

  • general difficulties child with dyslexia may be facing when accessing text.
  • focusing on practical examples of encouraging literacy at home and in everyday life.
  • practical examples of software and apps which support reading difficulties.
  • examples of books in the library which would be suitable to a reading age.
  • questions and answers session at the end of the presentation

Lest We Forget


Mountmellick Library 7.30pm

A spoken word evening of local history, prose and poetry.

There will be a spoken word evening of remembrance for those who lost their lives and served in World War One from the Mountmellick area on Sunday 11th November in Mountmellick Library at 7.30 pm.

The evening will consist of poetry, prose, local history, newspaper articles and narratives about those who served in the war.

Entrance is free but places will be limited.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite at

or call into Mountmellick Library

Healthy Ireland at Your Local Library

Lots of great Healthy Ireland events coming up in libraries all around the county. For more information on the Healthy Ireland initiative visit


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


Healthy Festive Season with Catriona Bolger

Come along to Abbeyleix Library on Saturday 1st December for some festive snacks and tips on your to look after yourself this festive season.

Catriona Bolger from will be giving a talk and demonstration.

Places are limited, contact the library on 0578730020 or at to book a spot.

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

Baby & Toddler Time:

Thursday 29th November at 11.30am -12noon.

Join storyteller Simone Schuemmelfeder in this fun and gentle session for the very young and their parents.  Let your baby enjoy Simone’s story -blanket with felt flaps to lift and funny animals to discover. And learn how to tell a relaxing bedtime story to your little one with sounds, movement and giggles.

Booking Essential: Contact 057/8756378 to reserve a place.

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

Healthy Eating at Christmas 

Encouraging healthier eating habits during the festive season. Nutritionist Rina Whyte will give all the information you need to eat healthy this Christmas. This event takes place on Wednesday, 5th December, 11 am. Booking Essential.

Music Generation Laois 

Harpists from music generation will treat us to a little bit of Christmas Spirit in Portlaoise library. Dates for your calendar, The Harpettes  Wednesday,  28th November, 4.30 pm-5.30 pm. The Harpies Thursday, 6th December, 6-7 pm. Senior Harp Ensemble Wednesday, 12th December, 7-8 pm.

Science Week 11-18th November 2018

Poetry & Ecology

This unique event is a poetry reading by  poet & writer Eleanor Hooker and a discussion with journalist Claire O’Brien on poetry and how it describes the natural world as compared to science, how the arts and humanities relate to each other or don’t. This will be a wide-ranging and interesting dialogue about the conflicts and connections between the arts and science. This event takes place on Friday 16th November at 3pm. People can book to attend via eventbrite  the booking link is

Shop Safely- Consumer Rights for Black Friday

Laois libraries and Europe Direct are delighted to welcome Martina Nee from the European Consumer Centre Ireland to Portlaoise Library for an informative talk on consumer rights on the run up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. From shopping online, delivery, damage in transit and vouchers, all your consumer questions will be answered in time for the festive period. This event will take place on Wednesday, 21st November, 6 pm. Booking advised.

Santa Letter Writing Workshop

Would you like to write and decorate that all important letter! you can then send your special letter to the North Pole in time for Christmas.  A Santa letter writing workshop will take place Friday, 23rd November, 3.30 pm.  Recommended for 6-9 year olds. Booking Essential.

Library Ireland Week  26th November -2nd December

Digital Marketing Strategy

What impact can digital marketing have for your business or organization? This talk will include the current social media landscape in Ireland and what channels are best for your organization & how to implement an effective digital marketing strategy. This event will take place in Portlaoise Library, Thursday, 29th November, 7 pm Booking advised.

Storytelling for Children

Share a Story for children 3-6 years and their carers. Storytelling a mix of singing, reading, talking and colouring. Storytelling will take place on Friday’s, time TBC.

Baby Book Club

The baby book club is based on the “Every Child Ready to Read@ your Library” programme. 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 (0-3years) 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, 10.30am. Suitable for 0-3 years. Booking advised.

Junior Book Club

The book club meet monthly on Friday, 3.30-4.30pm. Recommended for  8-12 years. The next meeting takes place on Friday 30th November, 2018.

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

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 next meeting takes place on Thursday, 22nd  November, 11am. 

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. The next meeting takes place on 21st November, 7.30 pm.

Adult Book Club

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

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.

Durrow Library

LEGO Animation

Durrow Library on March 20th at 4.00 pm will host an Animation Workshop for the LEGO Animation Project.
Joining us for this discussion will be Maurice Joyce from the Academy Award nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon.
Director Maurice Joyce began his career at Murakami Wolf Studios, where he worked on the 90s pop culture sensation, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, and he currently works on the Cartoon Saloon world renowned animated series Puffin Rock.
Please call 0578730020 or  0578736090 to book a spot or to join the LEGO Animation Project

This is a award winning joint venture by Abbeyleix & Durrow Libraries. During the course of the year both libraries will be running LEGO Animation classes for ages 10 and up. This is aimed at anyone between the ages of 10-18.

The aim is let your youngsters become creators and not just consumers of media, to use their smartphone, tablet & laptop constructively.

To tell their story, whatever it may be.

So like any film project, we need writers, voice actors, artists, designers and LEGO builders.

So if you think you have someone who might be interested in this project and would like  to take on one of these roles, please contact us at