What’s On


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

This years Summer Stars programme kicks off on Friday, 7th June – Click here for more information and to browse the brochure!

Cruinniú na nÓg takes place on Saturday, 15th June and is a national day of free creativity for children in Ireland. Take a look at what’s happening on the day here.

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

Harp Workshops – To celebrate Crinniú na nÓg, the library is hosting a special harp recital with all children who took part in harp lessons in the library on Sat, 15th Jun from 1pm-2pm. Join the children with their tutor Siobhan – all welcome to attend this beautiful event!

Storytime, Songs and Actions – this years Summer Stars events kick off in the library on Fri, 7th Jun at 10:30am with a Parent & Toddler storytime, songs and actions. A second session will take place on Fri, 21st Jun at 10:30am. Places are limited so booking essential – call or email the library directly to book a place.

Taylor Swift Craft Party – join us in the library for an extra special Swifty Crafting Pary on Thurs, 20th Jun at 5pm! Suitable for ages 10+. Booking essential as places are limited – call or email the library directly.

Open Evening – call into the library on Thurs, 20th June from 6pm for a special evening to celebrate Refugee Week. Register for free membership and chat to staff about the library services on offer. Light refreshments will be available – all welcome!

Rainbow Fish Craft – pop into the library to create a Rainbow Fish on Sat, 29th Jun at 12noon. Call or email the library to book your place.

Adult Book Club – the next meeting of the book club will take place on Thurs, 30th May at 6:30pm – new members always welcome. 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. Please note there will be no junior chess club on Sat, 1st June and Sat, 8th June. Chess will resume on Sat, 15th Jun.

Adult Chess Club – the club meets every Thursday evening at 6.15pm – come along to play a game with fellow enthusiasts. All welcome! Contact the library directly for more information.

Knitting Group – the group meets every Wednesday 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 11:30am. All welcome.

Art Gallery – the gallery is delighted to host artist Frances Tobin from Ballacolla who will be exhibiting in the library for the month of June. Frances’ has a large collection of artwork entitled ‘Colours of My Life 2023/2024’ of pieces depicting landscapes, seascapes and woodlands. She works with the medium of oil and acrylics on canvas. The exhibition will be launched on Thurs, 6th Jun at 5:30pm – all welcome to join.

 

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

Age Friendly – join us in the library on Weds, 5th Jun for an Age Friendly information morning, helping people avail of services and advice to support them to continue independent living for longer.

Crochet Class – meet Courtney in the library every Wednesday at 2pm for crochet classes. Call or email the library for more details.

Craft Table – pop into the library on Tues, 25th Jun and make your own butterfly sun catcher at the pop-up craft table. While stocks last.

Adult Book Club – next meeting on Tues, 25th Jun at 6.10pm. New members welcome – call or email the library for more details.

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

Lego Freeplay – visit the library on Weds, 26th June from 2pm-4pm for a Lego freeplay session.

 

Mountmellick Library – Call 057 8689382 or email mountmellicklibrary@laoiscoco.ie

 

Coffee Morning – pop into the library on Thurs, 20th June at 11am to celebrate Refugee Week. We invite you to share your stories, songs and culture. All welcome.

Taylor Swift Craft Party – join us for a special Swifties Friendship Bracelet craft party on Tues, 25th June at 3:30pm. Booking essential – call or email the library directly.

 

 

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 to meet 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 library is delighted to welcome artists Ethelda Ellis and Eileen McNulty for the month of June. They present their exhibition of landscapes and textile art called ‘Threadscapes’. A launch will take place on Tues, 4th June at 7pm – all welcome!

 

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

Circus Skills Workshop – Celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg with a fun and inclusive children’s circus workshop on Thurs, 13th Jun at 4pm. Professional circus skills performer and teacher Stephen McGinley has been training in Circus Arts and specialising in juggling for over 9 years. This workshop involves accomplishment of several circus skills, designed to be attainable by every participant regardless of ability. Take a chance to learn and practice juggling, balancing, plate spinning and parachute games in a fun and engaging library atmosphere! Booking essential – call or email the library to register your place.

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, 19th June at 4pm to discuss Four Eyes by Rex Ogle and Dave Valeza. Suitable for ages 9-12 years old. 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!

Adult Sports Book Club – next meeting on Thurs, 27th Jun at 6pm to discuss Relentless: Secrets of the Sporting Elite by Alistair Brownlee. Tea/coffee provided. New members welcome!

 

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

Face Painting Workshops – to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg, local artist Romena Roe will train young people (aged 15-17 years) in the skill of facepainting. They will learn a number of different templates over two evenings, and then have the opportunity to showcase their new skills on Sat, 15th Jun. Workshops take place on Weds, 5th Jun and Weds, 12th Jun from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Booking essential – call or email the library to book a place.

Face Painting – celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday, 15th June and get your face painted in the library. Book a slot by emailing the library directly.

Laois Schools Interactive Folklore Exhibition – local folklore from the 1930s schools collection is brought to life in the modern classroom with voice over, illustrations, animation and motion graphics. Featuring students from the Presentation Primary School and St. Fintans Boys NS on Sat, 15th Jun from 10am-2pm. All welcome!

Sarah Sparkles – join storyteller Sarah Sparkles for a special storytime event on Weds, 19th June at 10am. Suitable for ages 0-4 years. Click here to register your place.

Refugee Week Tidy Town Clean up – Wed 19th @10am. Starting from the library and refreshments will be served in the library after the clean up.

Refugee Week Home of your dreams craft event –  Wednesday 19th, 5pm.  Join Alekasandra for a lovely craft event where you can make the home of your dreams using cardboard. Suitable for children aged 6-12 years. Places limited

Refugee Week Human Library: – Friday, 21st June, 11am -1pm. This is an opportunity to speak and share with people of different lived experiences.  We are looking for volunteers who are willing to share their story on the morning .  To join call 057 8643751or email portarlingtonlibrary@laoiscoco.ie or integration@laoiscoco.ie

Stay and Play – with National Action Plan for Childminding. Starting Weds, 26th June at 3:30pm. Suitable for up to 8 years. Activities include play dough, arts and crafts, Lego, puzzles and game. For more information and to book a place, call Darina on 085 170 3772.

Puzzle Club – join us for a jigsaw morning and a cuppa every Tuesday from 10:30am-12:30pm.

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 This is Happiness by Niall Williams. Next meeting takes place on Tues, 25th June at 11am. New members welcome!

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

Laois Libraries Online Book Club – join us on the last Wednesday of every month on our Book Club Facebook page when questions are posed for discussion here. This months title is Fight Night by Miriam Toews and is available to download in both ebook and audiobook format on BorrowBox.

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

Local Community Groups Info Stands – a number of different local community groups will have information stands in the library throughout June including:

  • Portlaoise Women’s Shed on Tues, 4th Jun from 10am-3pm
  • Men’s Shed Portlaoise on Tues, 11th June from 10am-3pm

Revenge of the Sixth – join us in the library on Thurs, 6th Jun at 4pm as we send you to galaxy far, far away with some fun Star Wars themed activities. Suitable for ages 6-12 years. Register your place here.

Portlaoise Local Area Plan – Public Information Sessions for the draft Portlaoise Local Area Plan will take place in the library on Wed, 12th Jun and Wed, 19th Jun from 11am-1pm. All are welcome.

Picture Our Future: Showcasing Laois Climate Action – the Picture Our Future exhibition invites visitors to the library to explore Laois climate action projects through a visual exhibition and a series of interactive workshops throughout June. Artists Oisin McGann and Aisling Brennan have creatively interpreted the achievements and future plans for the Portlaoise Low Carbon Town Project, collaborating with the Climate Action Team of Laois County Council. Engage with the exhibition and join free workshops (for all age groups). For workshop information and booking details, click here.

Young Laois Writers Publication Launch – a diverse group of young Laois teen writers have been attending creative writing workshops in the library throughout the month of May, guided by tutor Ryan Dunne. Laois County Library aims to publish their compilation, offering a snapshot of local teen life and cultural diversity. Join us on Saturday, 15th June at 2pm as these talented writers showcase their work. Booking advised – call or email the library for more details.

Encanto Movie Screening – visit the library on Thurs, 20th Jun at 4pm for a special movie screening of the 2021 film Encanto. The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in a charmed place called the Encanto. Booking advised – call or email the library for more details.

Baby Book Club Fortnightly, Thursdays 13th and 27th June at 10:30am. The 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. All are welcome.

Radioactive Readers Book Club 7-9 years – Tuesday, 25th June at 4:00pm. Join us at the library for a new interactive book club where you will discuss a different book and followed by a craft. Recommended age 7-9 years, booking advised

Tweens Book Club 10-12 years – Thursday, 20th June at 4:00pm. Join us at the library for a new tweens club where you will get the chance to discuss books and books you would like to read. Recommended age 10-12 years, booking advised

Young Adult Book Club – Wednesday, 26th June at 4:30pm.  Do you like the idea of a young adult book club? A book club is a great way of discussing books and different genre’s and to share your passion for books and reading. Recommended age 13-16 years, booking advised

Tales & Adventures Storytime – a weekly children’s storytime takes place every Wednesday at 4:00pm. Suitable for ages 3-8 years. No booking needed!

Lego Freeplay – children’s Lego freeplay sessions take place every Saturday from 11:00am-1:00pm (except Bank Holiday weekends). All 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.

LOETB Form Filling SupportTuesdays, from 10:00am. This is a free and confidential service and  offers support with filling in forms and accessing public services. This is a drop-in service, No booking required.

Portlaoise Women’s Shed – Every Friday at 10am. Portlaoise Women’s Shed, taking place in Portlaoise Library and every Friday after. Run by volunteers, they are a non-profit charity focused on reducing isolation and fostering a community of kindness and support. Providing a safe and welcoming place for women aged 18 and above to come together, connect, and support each other. Any woman who would like further details can email portlaoisewomensshed@gmail.com.

Adult Evening Book Club Wednesday, 5th June at 6:30pm.  Book club members gather for a monthly meet up on Wednesdays to discuss books and different genre’s and to share their passion for books and reading. New members welcome.

English Learners’ Book Club – Monday, 17th June at 11:00am – 12:00pm. Looking to improve your English reading and conversational skills? Join our new English Learners book club!

Genealogy Club –  Wednesday, 19th June at 7:00pm. Join the club at Portlaoise Library to chat with family history enthusiasts, learn from their experiences and share your own unique family history stories.  Call or email the library for more information

Chapter One Book Club –  Friday, 28th June at 11:00am. Our adult morning book club, is a monthly meet up on Fridays, where we get the chance to discuss books and share our passion for reading. Call or email the library for more details. New members welcome!

Knitting Circle – The Knitting Circle meets every Wednesday morning at 11:00am – 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.

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.

 

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

Art Exhibition – as part of Refugee Week, the library will host an art exhibition from two local art groups, launching on Thurs, 13th June at 7pm. The exhibition will run from Mon, 17th June to Tues, 25th June.

Circus Skills Demo – join ISACS Circus Explored on Weds, 5th Jun at 3pm for a fun intro to the world of circus. Experience the thrill of juggling, master the art of hula hooping or the excitement of plate spinning. As this is a physical class, we recommend bringing a water bottle and to wear comfortable clothers. No experience necessary, our tutors will be on hand to help you along. Suitable for ages 9-12 years. Booking essential – call or email the library directly.

Dance Workshops – celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg on Sat, 15th Jun at 11am with this creative dance workshop. Float, fall, spin, shake and discover all types of creative moves with Monica Munoz. With the help of some balloons and your own imagination, this workshop will give you the chance to discover your own moves to all kinds of brilliant music. Suitable for ages 5-10 years. Booking essential – call or email the library directly.

Adult Book Club – next meeting on Monday, 17th June at 8pm. The club is currently reading When They See Me by Gill Perdue. All welcome!

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

Children’s Chess Club – takes place every Thursday evening at 7pm. Call or email the library for more details. The Summer Chess Tournament commences on Thurs, 20th June with the final taking place on Thurs, 27th June. Register before 5pm on Weds, 19th June, €3 to enter – text 087 9010356

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

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

 

 

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