What’s On


Cruinniú na nÓg is a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18 and takes place this year on Saturday, 11th June! Our branches have a range of events taking place, with all details below. For more information, click here.

Summer Stars – our Summer Reading Challenge will be kicking off in mid-June and will run throughout July and August. Keep an eye on social media and the Laois Libraries website here for more details!

Take a look at some of the free events, activities and clubs taking place in our libraries throughout June – contact the libraries directly for more information or to book a place!

Laois Local Studies – Call 057 8594985 or email localstudies@laoiscoco.ie

History Talks Online – on Thurs, 16th June at 8pm through Zoom, Terry Dunne, Laois Historian in Residence, and Francis Devine, Labour Historian, will speak about Revolutionary Workers in the second part of a three-part series on Laois and Ireland in revolution.  Terry will talk on his chapter in ‘Bread not profits: provincial working-class politics during the Irish Revolution‘, a new collection of essays on the labour movement. The chapter looks at the Portarlington Sawmills Lockout of 1918 and the Clonaslee Farm Strike of 1922. Francis, author of ‘Organising history: a centenary of SIPTU, 1909-2009’, and editor of ‘Bread not profits’, will discuss how the Laois experience fits into the national pattern. For more information and to book a place, click here.

 

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

Fire Safety in the Home – a member of Laois County Fire Service will deliver a talk on fire safety in the home on Friday, 3rd Jun at 11am, providing some tips, advice and answering any questions. Booking advised.

Lego Free Play – as part of the Summer Stars programme, a Lego Free Play session for children will be held in the library every Thursday from 4pm-5pm. The first session is on Thurs, 9th Jun. Booking advised.

African Drumming Workshop – as part of Cruinniú na nÓg, on Saturday, 11th Jun the Laois Africa Support group will deliver an African Drumming Workshop at 12noon for children aged 8-12 years. Booking advised.

Adult Book Club – meets on the last Thursday of the month at 6:30pm. Next meeting takes place on Thurs, 30th Jun.

Junior Chess Club – the junior chess club is up and running in Abbeyleix Library! Join us in the library every Saturday morning at 10am to test your logic skills and battle it out with other chess enthusiasts.

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

Art Gallery – the exhibition for June is called ‘The Light of Summer’, a celebration of summer showing a selection of paintings, prints, ceramics and enamels by artists Liz McHugh and Susan Walsh. Liz is a mix media artist living between Abbeyleix and Dublin. She studied Fine Art in Sheffield and Arts and Crafts at NCAD. Susan is an abstract artist living in Co. Donegal. She studied Fine Art in Sligo ATU and Community Arts Education in NCAD. They have both exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.

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

Lego Free Play – every Wednesday in the library from 2pm-4pm. Children and parents are invited to come along and play with our Lego collection. Places are limited so booking is advised.

Clay Workshop – as part of Cruinniú na nÓg, children aged 4-10 years can learn how to make the David Walliams character Boogie Bear! Visit the library on Sat, 11th Jun at 11am and take home your own Boogie. Places are limited so booking is required – call or email the library to book your spot.

Adult Book Club – meeting on Tuesday, 28th Jun at 6:10pm. This month’s read is Standing in Gaps by Seamus O’Rourke. There are a number of copies available at the library to borrow.

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

Creative Writing Group: Mountmellick Library will be hosting a new creative writing group-a space where people can meet to write or journal and possibly share work and events. We will be holding an initial meeting on Friday June 24th at 11 a.m. shortly to discuss what people would like from the group. If interested call 0578644572 or email mountmellicklibrary@laoiscoco.ie to leave your details.

Irish Patchwork Society Exhibition: The Gallery in Mountmellick Library is delighted to host “Language – Landscape – Migration” -a national exhibition featuring work from members all over the country from 8th – 29th June during library opening hours. The exhibition demonstrates the wealth and depth of techniques and artistry of current practitioners in these textile crafts. This is an exhibition not to be missed!

Summer Stars 2022:

Summer Stars 2022 has started! It’s for children up to 12 years of age and it’s absolutely free! Register for a reading card and get a free bag. Read over the summer and receive rewards. Check out the summer events below!

Story Stroll: As part of the Summer Stars programme, read a book in the open air!  Author Erika McGann has kindly allowed the library service to convert her book Wee Donkey’s Treasure Hunt to outdoor format. Call to the library to pick up your Wee Donkey activity pack and take your Story Stroll. If you return the answers to a short quiz to the library, you’ll get a prize! The Story Stroll will be on display in Mountmellick Playground from Friday 10th June to Thursday 30th June.

Baby Book Club: this is an early literacy initiative for 0-3 year olds on Tuesday 5th and 12th of July at 10.30 a.m.

Rock Decoupage: A fun craft of creating art with rocks on Thursday 14th July 10.30 a.m. for ages 7+. Limited places so booking essential.

Family Storytime: Join us for stories, songs and rhymes the whole family can enjoy on

Tuesday 19th July at 11.30 a.m.

tuesday 2nd August at 11.30 a.m.

Thursday 11th August 11.30 a.m.

For ages 0-7. Limited places so booking essential.

Lego Free Play on Saturday mornings in Mountmellick Library from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. No need to book just drop in and create together!

Under the Sea crafts: Join us for a story time and craft with a under the sea theme on Thursday 21st July for 5-7 year olds. Limited places so booking is essential.

Treasure Hunt: Pick up a treasure hunt page at the desk and follow the clues around the library. Return the hunt to the desk and receive a small prize. Starts at 10.30 a.m. on Friday 29th July till lunchtime. For all ages no need to book!

Teddy Bear’s Picnic: If you go down to the park today! Join us for some fun with songs, stories and rhymes on Tuesday 16th August at 3.00 p.m. for 0-5 year olds. Limited places so booking essential.

To book an event call 0578644572 or email mountmellicklibrary@laoiscoco.ie.

I Spy Garden Trail: Why not drop in during Mountmellick library opening hours and as part of the Summer Stars pick up an I-Spy garden nature trail at the desk to complete in our beautiful sensory garden. Return the completed garden trail to the desk and get a small prize!

Sensory Services:

Sensory  Toy Resource Collection: This service is 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.  To register for the service, you must have a referral letter from O.T., G.M.P., physio or other professional. For further details call 0578644572 or call into Mountmellick Library to pick up a booklet.

Sensory Room in Mountmellick Library: Following registration, this service is for the use of children and adults with additional needs with their parent/carer present. Following registration with a supply letter the room can be booked for 30 minute sessions. For further information contact Mountmellick Library at 0578644572.

Tovertafel Magic Table: The table has interactive light projection games specially designed for those with dementia, cognitive challenges, autism and learning difficulties. The projections respond to the touch of the players. Booking is essential for 30-minute slots.

Sensory Garden: Our sensory garden in Mountmellick Library is blooming again with plants and flowers to indulge all the senses! Why not drop in during library opening hours and as part of the Summer Stars pick up an I-Spy garden nature trail at the desk. Return the completed garden trail to the desk and get a small prize!

 

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

African Drumming Workshop – as part of Cruinniú na nÓg, on Saturday, 11th Jun the Laois Africa Support group will deliver an African Drumming Workshop at 10am for children aged 8-12 years. Booking advised.

Ciorcal Comhrá – Deardaoin, 9ú Meitheamh ó 6.15 go 7.30pm. Fáilte roimh chách!

Adult Book Club – meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6:15pm. The next meeting will be on Thurs, 2nd Jun where the group will discuss Devotion by Hannah Kent.

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

Jigsaw Morning – takes place every Tuesday morning from 11am-1pm. All are welcome.

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

BrickFlicks Stop Motion Lego Animation Workshop – as part of Cruinniú na nÓg, Create School will show the different elements of stop motion animation, how to create a set and storyboard and how to film and edit a short movie. Suitable for ages 10-12 years. Taking place on Sat, 11th Jun at 10am. Places are limited so booking required – call or email the library to register.

Adult Book Club – meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 11am. This month’s book is Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller and the next meeting will take place on Tues, 28th Jun. Call or email the library for more details – new members always welcome!

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

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

Story Stroll – as part of the Summer Stars programme, read a book in the open air!  Author Erika McGann has kindly allowed the library service to convert her book Wee Donkey’s Treasure Hunt to outdoor format. Call to the library to pick up your Wee Donkey activity pack and take your Story Stroll. If you return the answers to a short quiz to the library, you’ll get a prize! The Story Stroll will be on display in the People’s Park Portlaoise from Sat, 11th Jun – Wed, 31st Aug.

Gymboree Music and Play – as part of Cruinniú na nÓg, Gymboree will introduce children to the fundamental building blocks of music like rhythm, beat and dynamics. Go on a play and musical adventure and explore different instruments with puppets, ribbons, lights and dancing! Taking place on Sat, 11th Jun at 10am. Suitable for ages 3-6 years. Places are limited to booking required – call or email the library to register.

BrickFlicks Stop Motion Lego Animation Workshop – as part of Cruinniú na nÓg, Create School will show the different elements of stop motion animation, how to create a set and storyboard and how to film and edit a short movie. Suitable for ages 10-12 years. Taking place on Sat, 11th Jun at 12:30pm. Places are limited so booking required – call or email the library to register.

Rainbow Magic Storytelling – as part of Cruinniú na nÓg, help Sarah Sparkles to fill the books in the library with magic! Create your own story, sing songs, meet her puppet friends and help her perform some magic. Taking place on Sat, 11th Jun at 3pm. Suitable for ages 2-6 years. Places are limited so booking required – call or email the library to register.

Adult Book Club – meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm for a group discussion on books. Next meeting takes place on Weds, 1st Jun.

Radioactive Readers Book Club for 6-9 years – meets monthly on Thursdays at 4pm. Next meeting on Thurs, 9th Jun.

Baby Book Club for 0-3 years – meets fortnightly on Thursdays at 10:30am. Baby Book Club uses songs, stories and rhymes to build a foundation to literacy in babies and toddlers through sound awareness. Next session on Thursday, 2nd Jun at 10:30am.

Knitting Circle – The Knitting Circle is back in Portlaoise Library, meeting 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.

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

Lego Free Play – available in the library during opening hours for the month of June.

Adult Book Club – Next meeting on Monday, 13th June at 8pm.

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

Gymboree Music and Play – as part of Cruinniú na nÓg, Gymboree will introduce children to the fundamental building blocks of music like rhythm, beat and dynamics. Go on a play and musical adventure and explore different instruments with puppets, ribbons, lights and dancing! Taking place on Sat, 11th Jun at 11:30am. Suitable for ages 3-6 years. Places are limited to booking required – call or email the library to register.

Adult Art Course – Orla McDonagh will deliver this portrait painting course in conjunction with the LOETB in Stradbally Library on Wednesdays. Starting on Wed, 1st June. Places are limited to booking is required – call or email the library for more details.

Creative Writing Classes – this course, with a focus on telling true stories, memoirs and local history and held in conjunction with the LOETB takes place in Stradbally Library on Tuesdays from 3:30pm-5pm. Places are limited so booking is essential – call or email the library for more details.

Digital Phone Skills – this course, run in conjunction with the LOETB, runs on Thursdays from 1:45pm-3:30pm. Places are limited so booking is essential – call or email the library for more details.

Knitting & Crochet Club – the club meets every week on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm. All levels are welcome.

Junior Lego Club – every Saturday morning from 10:15am-11:15am. Booking essential. Call the library for more details.

Children’s Art Club – every Saturday morning from 11:30am-12:30pm. Booking essential. Call the library for more details.

Junior Chess Club – every Thursday evening from 6:45pm-8pm. Booking essential. Call the library for more details.