What’s On

Although we cannot hold events in library branches due to current Level 5 restrictions we continue to provide events for all ages and for many different interests

Coming soon

Giggle Time with Simone and Katie Katerpillar

From Wednesday 24th March

Join Simone from StoryGate and Katie Katerpillar for a selection of funny stories that are full of giggling glee! (Available on the Laois Libraries Facebook page)


Virtual Easter Search and Find Competition

From Friday 26th March

Watch the Easter Bunny’s video on the Laois Libraries Facebook page and email your answers to mountrathlibrary@laoiscoco.ie to be in with a chance of winning a prize! Closing date for entries is Wednesday 14th April.


The Little Sunflower Seed Craft Workshop with Dolores Keaveney

From Wednesday 31st March

Author of “The Little Sunflower Seed” Dolores Keaveney and her grandson Hugh show us how to make sunflowers out of paper, how to paint pots with sunflowers and will sow some sunflower seeds too! (Available on Laois Libraries Facebook page)


Healthy Ireland Talks

Tuesdays and Thursdays in April

Laois Libraries, throughout April, will air a series of Healthy Ireland talks on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Laois Libraries Facebook page on dealing with issues such as coping with grief and loss, support for parents/guardians of young children and adolescents and a compassion based approach to emotional over-eating.


Eva and the Perfect Rain with Tatyana Feeney

From Wednesday 7th April

Seeing as we are well-used to spring showers here in Ireland, then what better story for this time of year than “Eva and the Perfect Rain” read by its author Tatyana Feeney. (Available on Laois Libraries Facebook page)


Live Virtual Event with Marianne McShane

Wednesday 7th April at 11.00am

Children’s author Marianne McShane invites you to join her through Zoom for a springtime medley of participation stories and rhymes for children aged 3-6 years. To book, call Portlaoise Library on 0578622333 or email portlaoiselibrary@laoiscoco.ie


Energy Saving at Home

Wednesday 7th April at 7.30pm

Laois Libraries and EDIC Portlaoise are looking forward to hosting Energy Consultant Colm ÓhAonghusa for a Zoom talk on energy saving and cost reduction in the home.
The talk will include advice on:
• Energy Bills
• Lighting
• Transport
• Heating
• Appliances
Simply call the library on 057 8622333 or email us portlaoiselibrary@laoiscoco.ie to register.


Live Virtual Event with Eoin McLaughlin


Friday 9th April at 11.00am

Bestselling author of “The Hug” and “Why We Can’t Hug” Eoin McLaughlin invites you to join him through Zoom for a very special story time for children aged 3-6 years. To book, call Portlaoise Library on 0578622333 or email portlaoiselibrary@laoiscoco.ie


Stories on your Fingertips with Simone from StoryGate

Based on Lucie Albon’s book “The Elephant In My Hand”, this is a playful story video for young children and their parents, in which storyteller Simone uses her hands as puppets and props. With a little face paint, her hands turn into an elephant with hiccups! (Available on Laois Libraries Facebook page)Wednesday 14th April


How Lilian Got Her Wings with Juliette Saumande (Story + Craft)

From Wednesday 21st April

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Lilian Bland – the first woman to build and fly a plane. Join children’s author Juliette Saumande to hear about Lilian’s story and to learn how to make your very own plane! (Available on Laois Libraries Facebook page)

Parenting in the Online World

Thursday 22nd April at 6.30pm

In this Webinar, Dr Mary O’Kane looks at some of the latest research on the impact of technology on our children, considering online contact, content, and conduct. From the question of how much is too much, to the impact of screens, she considers how we can best support our children to not only survive, but to thrive, in their online engagements. Email mountmellicklibrary@laoiscoco.ie to book your place.

Series of Music Talks with John MacKenna

Tuesday, 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th May at 7.00pm

Laois Libraries are delighted to welcome the renowned John MacKenna for a series of talks on music. The series will begin with the music and poetry of Leonard Cohen. John collaborated with Cohen, a friend of his for over 30 years, on “Between your Love and Mine”, using Leonard’s words and music to create a requiem. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating talk. Other artists that will be covered in the series are Mary Chapin Carpenter, Paul Simon and Gretchen Peters. Email mountmellicklibrary@laoiscoco.ie to book your place.

Talking Buddies

5th May at 11.00am

Speech & Language Therapists Katie and Maria demonstrate how to use books and reading to encourage young children to talk and add to the words they already know. To book a place call 0578622333 or email portlaoiselibrary@laoiscoco.ie

Regular events

Literature at Eleven
Every Thursday morning at 11-00 am
Literature at Eleven features biography of a writer or poet, historical background and a reading of one of their works.
No registration needed.

Laois Library Classic Film Club
Spring and autumn seasons of classic movies
Description: Hosted through our blog, the film club features links to a video of the movie, plus an article on the director, historical background to the production and some analysis of the film itself.
No registration needed.

Short and Sweet Online Club
Last Thursday of the month at 11am

This is an online short story club which will run from January to May 2021. Join in from the comfort of your own home! We’ll meet over Zoom once a month to discuss selected short stories. If interested email mountmellicklibrary@laoiscoco.ie or call 0578644588.

Mountmellick Baby Book Club
Every Tuesday morning at 11 a.m.

Mountmellick Baby Book Club is gone online and is available on the Facebook page every Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. It is aimed 0-3 year olds and aims to support emergent literacy by encouraging sound awareness using action rhymes, songs and stories.

French Conversation Class

Every Saturday, 10.30am-11.30am

Aurelie hosts French conversation for French speakers at all levels.

Digital Library Training

Would you like to be able to access library resources on the internet, download an ebook or audiobook, but you are not sure how to do this? Let our Digital Library Ambassadors show you how to get online.  You don’t even have to be a member of the library already, we’ll help you join.   To find out more contact Portlaoise Library: Tel. 0578622333 Email: library@laoiscoco.ie

Erika’s Crafty Corner

Weekly on Wednesdays at 11.30am

Erika’s Crafty Corner is packed full of fun and easy activities for kids aged 6 and up available on our Facebook page. A great way of promoting creativity, building motor skills and critical thinking.