What’s On


Laois Libraries are once again running our Parenting Support Programme in collaboration with Offaly Libraries with the final events taking place in December. For a full list of all upcoming events, click here.

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

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

Christmas Wreath Demo – join Hazel Duffy from the LOETB as she demonstrates Christmas wreath making on Thurs, 1st Dec at 11am. Booking advised.

Christmas Lego Sessions – pop into the library on Thurs, 1st Dec at 4pm to make a Lego Christmas tree decoration to hang on the library Christmas tree and on Thurs, 8th Dec at 4pm for a special Christmas themed Lego freeplay. All welcome.

Christmas Movies – visit the library on Sat, 3rd Dec and Sat, 17th Dec at 12pm for two special screenings of a Christmas family movie.

Christmas Craft Bags – pick up a special Christmas craft pack from Thurs, 8th Dec and make your own Christmas cards. While stocks last!

Christmas Craft Table – a special family Christmas craft table will be available in the library on Sat, 10th Dec during opening hours. All welcome!

Family Christmas Storytime – join us in the library on Thurs, 15th Dec at 6:30pm for a special family Christmas storytelling session. Don’t forget to wear your Christmas pyjamas!

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.

Adult Book Club – usually meets on the last Thursday of the month at 6:30pm. The club will take a break in December and return in 2023!

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 library is currently taking names of people interested in taking part in a Bridge Club for those new to the game or wishing to improve their skills. Contact the library for more details.

Art Gallery – the gallery is hosting an exhibition of artworks by local artist Frances Duggan. The pieces on display are a mixture of landscapes and animals using oils and mixed media. The exhibition will be launched on Thurs, 1st Dec at 6pm.

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

Christmas Treasure Hunt – visit the library in December and find all the hidden items to claim a prize!

Irish Circle – the group will meet up in the library on 6th Dec at 6.10pm. All are welcome to have a chat and an cupan tae as Gaeilge!

Teacher Appreciation – create a wonderful poem, a piece of art or a lovely card to gift to your teacher for Christmas on Weds, 7th Dec from 2pm-4pm.

Family Christmas Craft – join artist Caroline Keane on Tues, 13th Dec at 3pm for some festive craft fun for all the family. Booking essential.

Christmas Party – all are welcome to join the party in Durrow to get into the festive spirit on Tues, 13th Dec from 5pm-7pm for a Christmas get together with refreshments and songs, and a special Lego table for children!

Lego Club – the last Lego club session of the year will take place on Weds, 14th Dec from 2pm-4pm. The Christmas postbox will also be collected by the postman for special delivery to the North Pole!

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

Christmas Events at Mountmellick Library:

Santa Letter Station – visit the library on Sat, 3rd Dec from 10am for a special craft session to make Christmas cards and write your special Santa letter, while stocks last!

Family Storytime – children’s author Juliette Saumande will visit the library for a special storytime and craft session of her book The Baby Dragon, a cosy tale of cold winters and shiny dragons on Sat, 10th Dec at 11am. Booking essential.

Christmas Chair Decoration – in this workshop on Sat, 10th Dec at 12:45pm, Makai will show you how to decorate a household chair as a Christmas adornment using sustainable, natural materials. You bring your own chair and materials will be supplied. Places are limited so booking is essential. Contact the library for more details.

Cookie Decoration – join us for some Christmas cookie decorating fun on Tues, 13th Dec between 5pm-7pm. Places are limited, so booking is essential. Call the library for more details.

Christmas Craft Table – pop into the library on Fri, 16th Dec between 2pm-4:30pm for a special Christmas themed craft table, while stocks last!

Christmas Storytime – join us for Christmas songs, stories and rhymes for the whole family on Sat, 17th Dec at 11am. Booking advised.

The Gallery at Mountmellick Library: 

We are delighted to host for the month of December from Mountmellick Community School a  6th Year Art Exhibition.‘Moving Forward’ is an exhibition of work created and curated by sixth year students in Mountmellick Community School. These students range in age from fifteen to eighteen years old. The work in this show explores a range of disciplines, from painting and drawing to print-making and mixed-media sculpture. The art students have applied these mediums to explore the theme of ‘Moving Forward’ within their lives independently and as part of the school community. Challenged to envisage life as they progress from school and what this looks like for them, this concept is depicted through colour, symbolism, experimentation, imagery and text. The students have produced exceptional work and we hope you visit and enjoy this expressive collection of artwork during library opening hours.

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!

Book Clubs:

Our book clubs have returned in person so why not get your reading groove back on?!

Baby Book Club: Mountmellick Library Baby Book Club for 0-3yr olds aims to encourage sound awareness using action rhymes, songs and stories. This is a key building block in your child’s literacy. Every Tuesday morning at 10.30 a.m. Ring 0578644572 for further details.

Adult Book Club – the club is currently reading The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri. Next meeting taking place on Fri, 16th Dec at 11am. All welcome.

Junior Book Club – the club is currently reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling. Next meeting taking place on Tues, 13th Dec at 4pm. Suitable for ages 8-12 years.

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.

 

 

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

Adult Book Club – the club is currently reading Three Words for Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor. Next meeting takes place on Thurs, 1st Dec at 6:15pm. New members always welcome!

Ciorcal Comhrá – Deardaoin, 1 Nollaig ag 6.15pm go 7.30pm. Bígí linn le comhrá as Gaeilge agus cupán tae!

Santa Letter Writing Station – pop into the library between Thurs, 1st Dec – Sat, 3rd Dec to write your special letter to Santa. We even have Express Mail!

Christmas Movie – a special screening of The Nativity will take place on Sat, 10:30am. This comedy follows the children from St. Bernadette’s primary school as they plan their school play. Suitable for ages 5+.

Christmas Search & Find – visit the library between Tues, 6th Dec – Sat, 10th Dec and see if you can spot all of Santa’s reindeer hidden in the building!

Christmas Lego Freeplay – a special Christmas themed Lego building session takes place on Sat, 10th Dec at 11am.

Junior Book Club – The Junior Graphic Novel Book Club will next meet on Thurs, 15th Dec at 4pm to chat about Ghost of Shandon by Alan Corbett. Suitable for ages 9-12 years old. New members welcome!

Christmas Storytime – join us in the library on Thurs, 15th Dec at 6.15pm for a special family Christmas storytime and craft session. Come dressed in your favourite pyjamas or dazzle in your Christmas jumper! Suitable for ages 3-6.

Christmas Craft – make some Christmas tree ornaments at our craft table on Fri, 16th Dec at 3:30pm. Suitable for ages 6-10.

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

Christmas Wreath Demo – join Hazel Duffy from the LOETB as she demonstrates Christmas wreath making on Fri, 2nd Dec at 3pm. Booking essential.

Christmas Chair Decoration – in this workshop on Sat, 10th Dec at 11am, Makai will show you how to decorate a household chair as a Christmas adornment using sustainable, natural materials. You bring your own chair and materials will be supplied. Places are limited so booking is essential. Contact the library for more details.

Christmas Cupcake Craft – decorate your own Christmas cupcake and cupcake holder on Fri, 9th Dec at 3:30pm. Suitable for ages 8-12 years. Booking essential.

Christmas Craft Bags – our special Christmas craft packs will be available for pickup from Sat, 10th Dec. While stocks last!

Stickman Story Session – follow the adventures of Stickman at our storytime and craft session on Fri, 16th Dec at 3:30pm. Suitable for ages 3-7 years. Booking essential.

Adult Book Club – The club is currently reading Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. Next meeting takes place on Tues, 20th Dec at 11am. All welcome.

Cards in the Community – meets every Tuesday morning at 11am. Play popular card games for fun.

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

History Talk – join Dr. Pádraig Og O Ruairc on Weds, 7th Dec at 7:30pm for his talk Irish is a Foreign Language. He will discuss the hidden history of attempts to both kill off and save the Irish language during the Irish Revolution. Booking essential.

Adult Evening Book Club – meets on the first Wednesday of the month. Next meeting takes place on Weds, 7th Dec at 6:30pm. Booking required.

Literature at 11 – Join us for a Christmas poetry session and listen to poetry readings by staff members or feel free to read a poem of your own! The next Literature at 11 meeting will take place on Thurs, 8th Dec at 11am. All are welcome!

Lego Freeplay – takes place on Sat, 10th Dec at 11am.

Family Storytime – children’s author Juliette Saumande will visit the library for a special storytime and craft session of her book The Baby Dragon, a cosy tale of cold winters and shiny dragons on Sat, 10th Dec at 1pm. Booking essential.

Classic Christmas Movie – the library will screen the 1949 Christmas classic A Holiday Affair, staring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh on Weds, 14th Dec at 11:30am. All welcome!

Teddy Bear Sleepover – check into the Teddy Bear Hotel at Portlaoise Library on Thurs, 15th Dec between 3pm-4pm and see what sort of mischief your teddy will get up to!

Christmas Carols – join us in the library for Christmas carols with the Portlaoise Active Retirement group on Thurs, 15th Dec at 11am. All welcome!

Family Christmas Storytime – visit the library on Sat, 17th Dec at 11am for a festive family storytime and craft table. All welcome!

Kids Christmas Story Competition – write a Christmas themed story of 500 words or less and drop into Portlaoise Library before Sat, 17th Dec. All welcome!

Kids Christmas Movie – call into the library on Weds, 21st Dec at 5pm for a special Christmas screening of Elf. Refreshments will be served, 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. The club will take a break in December and return in January 2023! Call or email the library for more information.

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, 8th Dec at 10:30am.

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.

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

Family Christmas Craft – join artist Caroline Keane on Weds, 14th Dec at 3pm for some festive craft fun for all the family. Booking essential.

Junior Chess Club – our chess club for ages 9-13 years takes place in the library on Thursday evenings from 7pm-8pm. Call or email the library for more details.

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

Adult Book Club – the club will take a break in December and return in 2023!

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

Introduction to Chess – chess instructor Ruairi McManus will deliver an introductory workshop for families on Sat, 10th Dec at 10am. He will show adults and children the rules of the game so that you can play together. Booking essential.

Family Christmas Craft – join artist Caroline Keane on Thurs, 15th Dec at 3pm for some festive craft fun for all the family. Booking essential.

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

Saturday Art Club – join Faye in the library on Saturday mornings in December from 11:30am. For ages 5+. Places are limited, so booking essential.

Saturday Lego Club – every Saturday morning from 10:15am-11:15am. For ages 5+. Booking essential.

Wednesday Lego Club – every Wednesday afternoon from 3:15pm-4:15pm. For ages 5+. Booking essential.