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.
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Over 11 years ago, ALLen Reads established its One Book Program and has generated a lot of excitement throughout the Allen community by bringing authors/illustrators of Marley and Me, Seedfolks, Cellist of Sarajevo, Rocket Boys, The Hound of the Baskervilles, A Nest for Celeste, Big Fish, Orphan Train, Texas Eats, and brown girl dreaming. 2018 was no exception when we brought Kimberly Brubaker Bradley to the Allen Library Auditorium to discuss her book The War That Saved My Life. She was delighted to see such an enthusiastic crowd which was made up of people of all ages and was willing to sign books along with anything else she could autograph just so that she could meet every person in line!
The Allen community has benefited from reading some great books with an opportunity to meet fabulous authors, had thought-provoking discussions and attended a variety of local programs!
Our one book program is under the leadership of the Friends of the Allen Public Library. It is unique in one-book programs in that related books are chosen as “companions” to the main book to promote families and all generations reading and talking together.
The ALLen READs book for 2019 is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. Join us on October 19th when journalist Bryan Mealer shares his account of helping to bring William’s story to life.
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:
- Dear Hippie…We Met at Woodstock / Thursday, August 15th at 7:30 PM
- Trio Los Vigilantes / Friday, August 16th at 7:30 PM
- AMON! The Ultimate Texan / Thursday, August 22nd at 7:30 PM
- Classic Country Review / Saturday, August 24th at 7:30 PM
- Elizabeth Bacon Custer / Thursday, September 12th at 7:30 PM
- Shake Anderson / Friday, September 13th at 7:30 PM
- Mayan Grupo Pakal / Sunday, September 15th at 3:00 PM
- Allen Folk Festival / Friday, September 27th at 7:30 PM
- ALLen READS author, Bryan Mealer / Saturday, October 19th
Ongoing Book Sale
One of the main sources of funding for Friends of the Allen Public Library is our Ongoing Book Sale. Your donations will go a long way in bringing various entertaining and educational programs for all ages.
Looking for some cool books for your summer reading? Check out the hot sale in the Library’s 1st Floor Meeting Room from Saturday, June 29 through Monday, July 8th. With plenty to choose from for kids, teens and adults, including a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, you’re sure to find a treasure!
Friends accepts donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, craft magazines and current dates on magazines with current events. Your tax-deductible donations can be dropped off at the circulation desk any time or at the dock on the southeast side of the building Mon-Fri 10 AM – 4 PM – ask for a tax receipt.
Want to get involved? 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 email@example.com. We offer special projects, committees, opportunities to meet authors/illustrators/musicians, and much more!” 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 ALLen Reads for 2017 – just contact Anita Moghe at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to have you on the team.
Friends of the Allen Public Library meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 PM, Allen Public Library Board Room. ALLen Reads meets the second Monday of each month at 7 PM in the Allen Public Library Board Room.
The Friends of the Allen Public Library is a member organization in the Allen Arts Alliance.