The Friends of the Allen Public Library is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, dedicated to supporting the Allen Public Library by providing funds and programs that would not otherwise be possible.

Friends Events

Jamie Ford – Author of Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter and Sweet

Jamie Ford
Jamie Ford

Monday, May 2nd at 7:30 – New York Times Bestselling author Jamie Ford,  will appear at the Allen Public Library. Books will be available for sale.

Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations. Jamie’s debut novel, Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter and Sweet was a New York Times bestseller, an IndieBound NEXT List Selection, a Borders Original Voices Selection, a Barnes & Noble Book Club Selection, Pennie’s Pick at Costco, and a Target Book Club Pick. HOTEL won the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and has been translated into 35 languages. Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.  The book reflects some of Ford’s own family history, his fascination with Seattle, his passion for jazz, and buried family secrets.

Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past—both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness.

Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday, William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost.  Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song.

ALLen Reads 2016 Wraps Up

allen-reads Another wonderful year of ALLen Reads is complete. We read, learned …and this year we ate delicious food, too.

Do you want to meet authors? Plan concerts, food demonstrations, and guest speakers? Review books? Write grants? Connect with the community? All this and more happens when you join the Friends of the Allen Public Library. Call the library at 214-509-4913, leave your contact information, and someone from the Friends will contact you. Or you can do it via email at We hope to hear from you— we have a lot of fun planning the events, and the more, the merrier! If you would specifically like to be part of planning ALLen Reads for 2017 – it’s our 10th ANNIVERSARY YEAR – just contact Jane Bennett, We’d love to have you on the team.

Learn more about ALLen Reads!

Bach to Books

Bach to Books is a free arts program for the community, sponsored by The Friends of the Allen Public Library.

The main goal of Bach to Books is to share a variety of programs featuring music, dance, visual arts, literature, history and more with the people of our community for their enjoyment and enlightenment. We offer these programs free to the public, so that everybody can attend. Most events are held in the auditorium in the library.



Upcoming Programs include:                                   ·                               ·

  • Major General Charles Ferguson Smith / Thursday, May 12 – 7:30 pm
  • The History of Freemasonry / Thursday, May 19 – 7:30 pm
  • Allen Community Band (ACB), honors area first responders / Monday, May 23 – 7:30 pm
  • Texas Aggies Go To War authors / Thursday, May 26 – 7:30 pm
  •  Roy Rogers’ daughter Cheryl Rogers rides back to town / Friday, June 3 – 7:30 pm
  • North Texas Passenger Trains / Saturday, June 11 – 2:00 pm
Learn more about Bach to Books!

Ongoing Book Sale

allen-library-book-saleOne of the main sources of funding for Friends of the Allen Public Library is our ongoing book sale. Lately, sales are dropping because we don’t have enough books to sell! What a great way to encourage your kids to read — go through your books, pick some out to bring to the library, and while you’re here, pick up a few to take home!

In this year of budget cuts everywhere, the library needs all the funds we can give them. So help out by bringing YOUR books and magazines. And of course, it’s tax-deductible! Please bring us your popular paperbacks and children’s books that you are no longer using. Drop them off at the library circulation desk any time during library hours and ask for a tax receipt.