What’s On


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

Coming soon

Keep Well Campaign

Mindfulness for Teenagers age 12-14 years
Saturday 6th March 11am to 12noon

This is a short session to start a basic level of mindfulness to help our attention to be more aware of what is actually happening rather than worry about what has happened or what might happen. It’s bringing curiosity to our experience and respond more skilfully to our challenges. To register please email mountmellicklibrary@laosicoco.ie or phone 0578644572

Transforming your relationship with Anxiety through Mindfulness.
Thursday, 25th February, 7pm – 8.30pm

Emotions are intelligent and on a physical level keep us safe. When we feel anxiety and live in uncertain times it is helpful if we reconnect to ourselves. We allow the opportunity to be present with what’s truly happening and bring true loving kindness for support. We can examine this through Mindfulness. To register please email mountmellicklibrary@laosicoco.ie or phone 0578644572

Hope and Compassion in Challenging times through Mindfulness
Friday, 5th March, 7pm – 8.30pm

The path of Compassion for ourselves and others asks us to look at vulnerability when life is uncertain, we can do this with courage and tenderness through Mindfulness. Hope is present to us all when we stay present rather than living in the future and past. Mindfulness can open us this gift of hope. To register please email mountmellicklibrary@laosicoco.ie or phone 0578644572

Eat Well from Scratch – online cooking classes
Yvonne Carty from Hey Pesto is a Home Economist with BSH and has a mission ‘to get everyone cooking’. With everybody spending so much more time at home this is a great opportunity to get into the kitchen and start cooking. Over the 4 weeks Yvonne will share a selection of tried and trusted recipes that will enable attendees to cook with confidence and most importantly, without stress. Budgeting and menu planning will also be covered as well as ideas for using up leftovers.

Eat well from scratch – Soups and Breads
Thursday March 4th, at 6.30pm

A toolbox of recipes to give you the confidence to cook quick and tasty meals from scratch for you and your family. This week the focus is store cupboard essentials, soups and breads. To register please email mountmellicklibrary@laosicoco.ie or phone 0578644572

Eat Well from Scratch – One Pot Wonders
Thursday March 11th, at 6.30pm

A toolbox of recipes to give you the confidence to cook quick and tasty meals from scratch for you and your family. This week the focus is creating delicious meals with minimum fuss (and washing up!) To register please email mountmellicklibrary@laosicoco.ie or phone 0578644572

Eat Well from Scratch – Fakeaways
Thursday March 18th, at 6.30pm

A toolbox of recipes to give you the confidence to cook quick and tasty meals from scratch for you and your family. This week includes homemade versions of your favourite takeaway – healthier (and cheaper!) To register please email mountmellicklibrary@laosicoco.ie or phone 0578644572

Eat Well from Scratch – Cooking for Summer
Thursday March 25th, at 6.30pm

A toolbox of recipes to give you the confidence to cook quick and tasty meals from scratch for you and your family. This week includes lighter dishes for the summer days to come! To register please email mountmellicklibrary@laosicoco.ie or phone 0578644572

Laughter yoga
Thursday March 11th at 11.30am

with Mary Ananda Shakti from laughteryogaireland.org.

Laughter Yoga (Hasyayoga) is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter and finding that happy place inside. It is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. To register please email mountmellicklibrary@laosicoco.ie or phone 0578644572

 

This “Keep Well Campaign” is brought to you with thanks to Healthy Ireland, an initiative of the Government of Ireland with funding from the Healthy Ireland Fund and the Sláintecare Fund delivered by Pobal, administered by Laois County Council.

       

 

Digital Marketing Strategy for Small Business and Self-employed

Thursday 4th March, 7pm

Jane Manzor of Manzor Marketing will identify the cornerstones to effectively market your business in the digital world.  She will outline tools available, how to decide which tools best suit your business and she will include practical advice on using tools like email marketing and social media. To register for this Zoom & YouTube Live event email library@laoiscoco.ie or call 0578622333

 

Rhyme & Sign Storytime

Tuesday 9th March at 11am

Participants can sign along as we go, no previous experience necessary as with a brief introduction to baby sign. This 30-40 min storytime, via zoom, is free for participants. To book email: mountmellicklibrary@laoiscoco.ie.

 

Baby Sign Classes

by Clever Little Handies

Wednesday, 3rd, 10 & 24th, 11.30am and Tuesday, 16th March, 12.30pm

This 4 week course enables parents to communicate with their babies before they can talk.  The classes are one hour long.  It is taught through nursery rhymes, songs and poems .  The ISL alphabet will be repeated each week and at the end of the 4 weeks you will have enough signs that if used frequently, your baby will be able to communicate with you.  To register email mountmellicklibrary@laoicoco.ie

Poetry Speaks

Wednesday 10th March at 11 a.m.

Join us over Zoom to celebrate, share and listen to poetry. Pick any poem that you want to read and share with us! If you don’t want to read, then join us to listen!  To register your interest email portarlingtonlibrary@laoiscoco.ie.

Music Workshops – as Gaeilge

To celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021 Portlaoise Library are working in collaboration with the Mobile Music School and offering fun and interactive music workshops through Zoom! The workshop will introduce your child to the world of music through a range of musical games and interactive activities. As it is taking place over Seachtain na Gaeilge, the workshop will incorporate some basic Irish terminology too!

Each workshop will last 60 minutes. The workshops are taking place at the following dates & times:
5-8 Years Old – 11am, Friday, 12th March
9-12 Years Old – 2pm, Friday 12th March

Call 0578622333 or email library@laoiscoco.ie to book a place. These are free events but places are limited, so booking is essential

Ciorcal Cómhrá
Ar mhaith leat teacht le chéile le daoine eile a bheith ag caint faoi gach aon rud? Tá fáilte roimh gach duine agus gach leibhéal Gaeilge. Clarú: library@laoiscoco.ie/0578622333

Trá na gCeist (Aois 13-15)

Thursday 11th March
Test your knowledge and use some Irish this March. Beidh an quiz seo le Barry ar Youtube live agus ar fáil ar YouTube nios déanaí. Faigh é ar bealach YouTube an Leabharlann ‘Laois County Library Service’.

Cómhrá le Carmel faoi Leabhra (Aois 8-10)
Friday 5th March, 11am
Beidh an t-údar Carmel Uí Ceallaigh ag caint le paistí faoi na leabhra is fearr leo agus ag léamh ó chúpla leabhair is maith léi. Clarú: library@laoiscoco.ie/0578622333

Gemma agus Percy Péacóg (Aois 6-8)
Wednesday 10 March, 3pm
Buail leis an t-údar Gemma Breathnach. Beidh sí ag léamh a scéal álainn agus ag caint leis na paistí faoin scéal freisin. Clarú: library@laoiscoco.ie/0578622333

 

Gaeilge san Phairc

1-17 March

Special signs with words and phrases in the Irish language will be in the playground in Mountmellick throughout Seachtaine na Gaeilge.

Am Scéalaíochta do pháistí óga le Triona

12th March, 3.30pm

For children 4-8years, available on Facebook (Laois Libraries)

Am Scéalaíochta do pháistí óga le Olivia

Dé Domhnaigh 7 Márta

For children 4-8years, available on Facebook (Laois Libraries)

Am Scéalaíochta do pháistí óga le Bernie

Tuesday 9th March.

For children 0-3 years, available on Facebook (Laois Libraries)

Am Scéalaíochta do pháistí óga le Amanda

Saturday 13th March,

For children 4-8years, available on Facebook (Laois Libraries)

Regular events

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 [the spring season begins this Thursday 4th Feb. and will run for four weeks] 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 mountmellicklibrary@laoiscoco.ie 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: library@laoiscoco.ie