What’s On

Although we cannot hold events in library branches due to current COVID restrictions, we continue to provide events online through our Library social media pages and on Zoom for all ages and for many different interests.


Laois & Offaly Libraries Parent Support Programme

This online series of Parenting Talks has been organised in collaboration with Offaly Libraries, with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund and the Department of Rural and Community Development. The programme is FREE and open to all including parents, caregivers, teachers and all those working with children and young people. Events will be hosted on Zoom. Booking details can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/o/offaly-libraries-26265678679

Full details of all talks can be found here: https://laois.ie/wp-content/uploads/Oct2021ParentingProgramme.pdf

The Spectrum Series

We are delighted to share with You the booking link for ‘The Spectrum Series’ morning webinars that are starting on Wednesday Sept 22nd  for 6 weeks from 11-12 noon on ZOOM.


How to sleep well

with Breege Leddy, sleep therapist

The talk will cover tips on how to sleep well and reasons why you may not be sleeping.  For many the past 18 plus months may have thrown their sleep pattern out of sync so this is a great opportunity to find ways to help.

If interested email mountmellicklibrary@laoiscoco.ie  or phone us on 057 8644572

Online Healthy Cooking Classes for Kids

with chef Fiona McEnroy, Healthy Ever After Kids

Saturdays from 2nd Oct at 11:30am on Zoom

As part of Laois & Offaly Libraries Parenting Programme, join nutritionist and chef Fiona McEnroy online for a kid’s cooking class. This week, Fiona will show you how to make Healthy Pizza and Blueberry Muffins. Follow the link to book a place:  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/healthy-pizza-and-blueberry-muffins or call Portlaoise Library on 057 8622333.


Regular events

Laois Libraries Online Book Club

Laois Libraries Online Book Club reads one book a month chosen from the BorrowBox collection. On the last Sunday of each month , questions are posed for discussion on our Book Club Facebook page. You can join the group via this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/315513126404037 New members are always welcome.

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.

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.

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. 057 8622333 Email: portlaoiselibrary@laoiscoco.ie

Erika’s Crafty Corner

Weekly on Saturdays 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.