What’s On


Here are some of the free events, activities and clubs taking place in our libraries in February – contact the libraries directly for more information or to book a place! Please note all our branches are closed on Sat, 3rd Feb – Mon, 5th Feb for the St. Brigid’s Day Bank Holiday.

 

Abbeyleix Library – Call 057 8730020 or email abbeyleixlibrary@laoiscoco.ie

Local Author Event – to celebrate Ireland Reads, the library will host 2 local authors on Thurs, 22nd Feb at 6pm. Noel Burke, author of Grandad Tells Us Another Story, and Billy Phelan, author of St. Lazerian’s GAA Club Abbeyleix – From the Beginning, will both do readings from their books and chat about their work.

Adult Chess Club – a brand new adult chess club will start on Thurs, 1st Feb at 6:20pm and continue every week. All welcome!

Staying Connected @ the Library – the digital skills classes with the LOETB continues on Thursday mornings from 11am-1pm. Bring your own device, smartphone, tablet or laptop. Booking essential – call or email the library directly. The current series will finish on Thurs, 22nd Feb so add your name for future courses.

Crochet Class – the crochet class continues to meet on Tuesday mornings from 11am-1pm with Courtney from the LOETB. Contact the library for more information.

Adult Art – classes continue with Billy from the LOETB every Tuesday from 2:30pm-4pm. The current series will finish on Tues, 20th Feb – call or email the library to put your name down for future classes.

Baby Book ClubAbby Babbies Baby Book Club takes place on Friday mornings at 10:30am with Martina. Suitable for ages 0-3 years and their parents/caregivers. The club is a social space to meet, learn and play with others. Call or email the library for more information.

Junior Chess Club – the junior chess club runs every Saturday morning at 10am – join us in the library to test your logic skills and battle it out with other chess enthusiasts.

Adult Book Club – the next meeting of the book club will take place on Thurs, 29th Feb at 6:30pm. Call or email the library for more information.

Knitting Group – the group meet every Tuesday morning at 10:30am. All levels of skill are welcome to come along for chats and tea.

Bridge Club – the club meets every Wednesday at 12noon. All welcome.

Art Gallery – the gallery is delighted to welcome the Durrow Art Group for the month of February. The group will be exhibiting a mixture of landscapes, still life and portraits through the medium of oils and acrylics.

 

Durrow Library – Call 057 8736090 or email durrowlibrary@laoiscoco.ie

Daisy Chain Craft – celebrate the arrival of spring and come and design your own flower! The spring flowers will be connected together to create a colourful chain to hang in the library. Available for the month of February during opening hours.

Valentine’s Craft – pop into the library on Tues, 13th Feb and make your own Valentine’s Day card for someone special!

Board Games – call into the library on Tues, 20th Feb and have fun playing some board games. Available during opening hours.

Lego Free Play – enjoy making Lego creations with friends on Weds, 28th Feb from 2pm-4pm.

Art Group – the adult art group in conjunction with the LOETB meets on Wednesday afternoons at 2:30pm. Booking required – call or email the library for more details.

Adult Book Club – next meeting on Tues, 27th Feb at 6.10pm. New members welcome – call or email the library for more details.

Irish Circle – the Irish Circle group meets in the library on Tuesdays at 6.10pm. Next meeting on the 6th Feb. Beidh fáilte róimh cupán tae a ól agus cúpla focail Gaeilge a labhairt nó a canadh.

 

Mountmellick Library – Call 057 8644572 or email mountmellicklibrary@laoiscoco.ie

Valentines Parent & Child Craft – make a special craft for someone you love for Valentine’s Day at the library craft table on Sat, 10th Feb from 11am while stocks last.

Ireland Reads – to celebrate Ireland Reads Day on Sat, 24th Feb, pop into the library for another special Parent & Child Craft table from 11am. Come and make your own comic and maybe create the next Dog Man or Bunny vs Monkey!

Mountmellick Arts Collective – the group meets weekly on Thursday mornings in the library. Call or email the library for more information.

Baby Book Club – takes place on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am. The club aims to encourage sound awareness using action rhymes, songs and stories for ages 0-3 years. Call or email the library for more details.

Adult Book Club – next meeting taking place on Fri, 23rd Feb at 11am. New members are welcome! Call or email the library for more information.

Junior Book Clubs – there are 3 junior book clubs running in the library this February: 4-6 year olds next meeting on Tues, 13th Feb at 3:30pm, 7-9 year olds next meeting on Tues, 6th Feb at 3:30pm and 10-12 year olds next meeting on Tues, 6th Feb at 4pm. Call or email the library for more information

Shared Reading – shared reading groups bring people together to talk, laugh and share. Grab a cuppa and enjoy listening to a story or poem read by a library staff member – no pressure to read or talk. Light refreshments provided. Call or email the library for more details.

Lego Free Play – every Saturday morning in the library from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Drop in and create together!

Sensory Toy Resource Collection – a service for parents of children with additional needs who live in Co. Laois. The toys are designed to support the development of gross motor skills, fine motor skills and communication skills. Take a look at the resource booklet here.

Sensory Room at Mountmellick Library – This service is for use by children and adults with additional needs along with their parent/carer. Following registration with a supply letter, the room can be booked for 30-minute slots. Contact the library for more details.

Art Gallery – the gallery is delighted to host The People & Places Exhibition: A Selection from the Kenrick Photo Collection 1895 – 1915. The Kenrick Photo Collection is the work of amateur photographer Patrick Kenrick who produced over 830 plate glass negative images of family life, social occasions, sporting events and community gatherings. Pop into the library during opening hours in February to view the collection!

 

Mountrath Library – Call 057 8756378 or email mountrathlibrary@laoiscoco.ie

St. Brigid’s Day Craft – join us in the library on Thurs, 1st Feb at 4pm to make a St. Brigid’s Day cross with pipe cleaners. Suitable for ages 6-12 years. Booking required – call or email the library.

Blind Date with a Book – back by popular demand for both adults and children, blind date with a book will be available in the library for the month of February! Review your mystery book and enter to be in with a chance to win a prize.

Crochet Class – a new six-week intermediate crochet series of classes with the LOETB begins on Thurs, 29th Feb at 10:30am. Booking required – call or email the library.

Parent, Baby & Toddler Play – an open play session for babies and toddlers takes place every Wednesday morning in the library from 10am-11:30am. Creative toys are placed in a circle on the floor to encourage children to socialise under the supervision of parents/guardians. Tea/coffee available. Call or email the library for more information.

Junior Book Club – The Junior Graphic Novel Book Club will next meet on Weds, 7th Feb at 4pm to discuss Two-Headed Chicken by Tom Angleberger and then will meet on Weds, 21st Feb to chat about The Batman & Scooby-Doo! Mysteries by Ivan Cohen & Sholly Fisch. Suitable for ages 9-12 years old. New members welcome! Call or email the library for more information.

Knitting Group – the group meets every Friday morning from 11am-1pm – all skill levels welcome. Light refreshments provided!

 

Portarlington Library – Call 057 8643751 or email portarlingtonlibrary@laoiscoco.ie

St. Brigid’s Day – pop into the library and help us decorate our Brigid’s cloak or create your own design! Available from Sat, 27th Jan to Fri, 2nd Feb.

Valentine’s Day Craft – join us for some special Valentine’s Day themed crafts on Weds, 14th Feb from 2:30pm while stocks last!

Clay Modelling Workshop – taking place on Weds, 21st Feb at 4pm. Suitable for ages 6-8 years. Places are limited so booking essential – call or email the library.

Staying Connected @ the Library – the LOETB smartphone digital skills classes are currently running – call or email the library to add your name for future courses.

Baby Book Club – the Baby Book Club meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am. Places are limited, so call or email the library for more details.

Junior Book Club – takes place on the last Wednesday of the month, suitable for ages 9-12 years. Places are limited, so call or email the library for more details.

Adult Book Club – the book club is currently reading Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkindon. Next meeting takes place on Tues, 27th Feb at 11am. New members welcome!

Knitting Group – meets every Friday morning at 10:30am. All skill levels from beginner to advanced are welcome!

Sensory Toy Resource Collection – a service for parents of children with additional needs who live in Co. Laois. The toys are designed to support the development of gross motor skills, fine motor skills and communication skills. Take a look at the resource booklet here

 

Portlaoise Library – Call 05786 22333 or email portlaoiselibrary@laoiscoco.ie

Form Filling Support – takes place on Tues, 27th Feb from 10am with the LOETB, this free and confidential service will offer support with filling in forms and accessing public services. No booking needed!

Author Event – To celebrate Ireland Reads Day, international bestselling author Andrea Mara will visit the library on Sat, 24th Feb at 2pm. Andrea’s novels have been shortlisted for a number of awards including Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the An Post Book Awards. Andrea will do a reading from her latest work and chat about her writing career to date, followed by a Q&A session. We will also be joined by Children’s Author and RTÉ Sports presenter Paul O’Flynn on Saturday, 24th Feb at 10.30am– we are delighted to welcome both Authors to celebrate Ireland Reads. Paul will be discussing his children’s books Go, Johnny, Go!, King Henry and his latest book Josh the Flyer. To register please contact the library or email: portlaoiselibrary@laoiscoco.ie

Children’s Storytime – as part of Ireland Reads, pop into the library on Sat, 24th Feb at 12:30pm for a special children’s storytime. Dress up as your favourite book character on the day. All welcome!

Climate Change Event – As part of the Europe Direct programme, the library is hosting speaker Dr. Darren Clarke on Thurs, 29th Feb at 6:30pm for a talk Climate Change: What You Need to Know – and Why! Darren is an assistant professor at the School of History and Geography at DCU and an Environmental Geographer. Booking advised – call or email the library for more details.

Computer Classes – Age Action run free one-on-one computer classes for people over the age of 55 who have little or no experience with their personal device. Classes run for 2 hours each week, over 5 weeks. To register your interest, contact the Age Action team on 0818 911 109 or the library directly.

Tales & Adventures Storytime – a weekly children’s storytime takes place every Wednesday at 4pm. Suitable for ages 3-8 years. No booking needed!

Baby Book Club – uses songs, stories, books and rhymes to build a foundation to literacy in your baby and toddler through sound awareness for ages 0-3 years. Meets fortnightly – next meeting takes place on Thurs, 22nd Feb at 10:30am.

Literature at 11 – Featuring poetry and prose readings by staff members with tea, coffee and chats about literature, life and lots more! The next Literature at 11 takes place on Thurs, 22nd Feb. Call or email the library for more details. All are welcome!

Pokemon Club – the new Pokemon Club meets monthly in Portlaoise Library. Recommended for age 7-12 years. Call or email the library for more details.

Lego Freeplay – children’s Lego freeplay sessions take place every Saturday from 11am-1pm (except Bank Holiday weekends). All welcome!

Genealogy Club – Join the club at Portlaoise Library to chat with family history enthusiasts, learn from their experiences and share your own unique family history stories. Next meeting taking place on Weds, 21st Feb at 7pm. Call or email the library for more information

Adult Evening Book Club – next meeting taking place on Weds, 6th March at 6:30pm. Call or email the library for more details.

.Chapter One Book Club – our adult morning book club meets on Friday mornings at 11am. Next meeting on Fri, 29th March. Call or email the library for more details. All welcome!

Knitting Circle – The Knitting Circle meets every Wednesday morning at 11am – all skill levels are welcome!

Ciorcal Comhrá – Come along for some Irish conversation and chat every Wednesday evening at 5:30pm – for all levels, from beginners to advanced.

Sensory Toy Resource Collection – a service for parents of children with additional needs who live in Co. Laois. The toys are designed to support the development of gross motor skills, fine motor skills and communication skills. Take a look at the resource booklet here.

 

Rathdowney Library – Call 0505 46852 or email rathdowneylibrary@laoiscoco.ie

Adult Book Club – next meeting on Mon, 12th Feb at 8pm. The club is currently reading The Watchers by A.M. Shine. Copies available in the library!

Lego Free Play – no need to book, just drop into the library and create together!

Sewing Club – the sewing club meets on Monday evenings from 7pm-8:30pm. Call or email the library for more details.

Sensory Toy Resource Collection – a service for parents of children with additional needs who live in Co. Laois. The toys are designed to support the development of gross motor skills, fine motor skills and communication skills. Take a look at the resource booklet here.

 

Stradbally Library – Call 057 8641673 or email stradballylibrary@laoiscoco.ie

Bubble Art – taking place on Thurs, 1st Feb at 3pm. Suitable for ages 5+. This session is fully booked, but contact the library to book for future events.

Valentine’s Flower Craft – a special Valentine’s craft to make flower bouquets with crepe paper and pipe cleaners will take place on Tues, 13th Feb at 3:30pm. Suitable for ages 6+. Spaces are limited so booking essential – call or email the library.

Adult Art Class – takes place on Thurs, 8th Feb at 3:15pm with Orla from the LOETB. Booking essential – contact the library for more details.

Creative Writing Class – takes place on Tues, 20th Feb at 3:15pm with Ryan from the LOETB. Booking essential – contact the library for more details.

Knitting & Crochet Club – the club meets every Tuesday at 6:30pm. Tea/coffee served. All welcome, no sign up needed!

 

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