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.

Please join us!

Please note our 2020 program has been postponed to 2021. Please follow our Facebook page for updates.

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 2020 is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richards

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:

  • October 1, 2020, 7:30 p.m. Paleontologist and Perot Curator Dr. Anthohny Fiorillo
  • October 8, 2020, 7:30 p.m. Honorable Bob Whistler, Potawatami Nation
  • October 14, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey and community panel
  • October 22, 2020, 7:30 p.m. Allen and Desi Author Jenny Bhatt
  • October 29, 2020, 7:30 p.m. Mitchel Whitington, Ghost Tales
  • November 12, 2020, 7:30 p.m. Historian Adrienne Caughfield
  • Learn more about Bach to Books!


Ongoing Book Sale

Friends Book Sale

Due to space limitations created to allow proper social distancing in the library lobby the Ongoing Book Sale is suspended until further notice. No donations will be accepted at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

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.

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. Send an email to if you are interested in volunteering. 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 2020 – just contact Kathy Litinas at
 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.