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


Clayotic Modeling Workshop:

Learn how to make two monster characters in this prerecorded Clayotic modeling clay workshop video. Clayotic is the first Irish-branded modelling clay, it’s not messy and air dries. Recommended for 5-12 years. See  YouTube for the pre-recorded video tutorial.

Pen Pal Writing Workshop:

Laois and Offaly Library services are offering the chance for girls and boys from Laois to be matched with a pen pal from Offaly. Each participant will be able to collect a free letter writing kit including the first stamp from the library. It is hoped they will write to each other over the summer and even beyond.  This event is Recommended for 9-11 years.  To book a place for this  you can contact Portlaoise Library.


The MAD Diary Writing Workshop with Maeve Devoy

A live online creative writing event with writer Maeve A. Devoy at 2.15 -3.45pm will take everything you know about fact and fiction and tear it apart. It will enable you to get to the root of why we tell stories and why we read them. Maeve will introduce you to The MAD Diary! Will the writers who take a trip inside be curious enough to challenge what they see and believe? If they are, they could make their entry into the literary world, as Maeve seeks to find writers for the very first, Laois Literary Journal. (An additional 4 workshops will take place to create the Laois Literary Journal)  This event is recommended for 14-17 years. See video on Facebook

Summer Stars Launch 2021 and ‘a lifetime of books’ with writer Maeve Devoy

Laois County Library Service is delighted to officially launch Summer Stars for 2021. Writer Maeve A.  Devoy joins us in a pre-recorded video to share the books that she has loved and recommends for those looking for inspiration for this summer’s reading.

Maeve A. Devoy is available on Saturday, 12 June on Laois Libraries facebook page and Laois County Library Service YouTube channel – There is no need to book, freely available online.

Summer Stars 2021


Summer Stars is the national reading challenge for children taking place in public libraries and online throughout the country. Its for children up to 12 years and ABSOLUTELY FREE!

How it works

All you have to do is read 8 library books before 31st August. Register at your local library from 12th June. When you register for Summer Stars you get a reading card, Laois Library Service activities booklet and a Summer Stars drawstring bag.

When you read four books you earn a bookmark.

Everyone who completes all 8 books gets a Summer Stars pencil and certificate.

Lots more

See here for details of Super Star Reading Challenge, Golden Ticket Family Challenge, An unexpected adventure: short story competition and lots of other online events/crafts to collect and scavenger hunts to complete.

Laois County Library Service ‘Summer Stars’ programme 2021

 To register your interest for any of the above FREE online events please contact Portlaoise Library on 057 8622333 or email: portlaoiselibrary@laoiscoco.ie

Among the activities provided by the library service the Storystroll and Town Trail Quizzes will give you a chance to get outdoors

Storystroll Quiz

Storystroll Wordsearch

Abbeyleix Town Trail Quiz

Mountmellick Town Trail Quiz

Mountrath Town Trail Quiz

Portarlington Town Trail Quiz

Portlaoise Town Trail Quiz

Rathdowney Town Trail Quiz

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
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

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.