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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Simply call the library on 057 8622333 or email us email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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.