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!

 allen reads celebrating 10 yearsALLen Reads has completed its 10th year of providing the community with its wonderful One Book Program. Over the years, 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.

ALLen Reads 2018

Main Selection The War that Saved my life


Companion books









Learn more about ALLen Reads!


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 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
. 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.

 Bach to Books

Dallas Banjo Band

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:

  • ALLen Reads movie, Black Beauty / Monday, August 13th at 7:00 PM
  • The Midnight Assassin / Thursday, August 16th at 7:30 PM
  • The Whiz Kids Take the Pennant: The 1950 Philadelphia Phillies / Thursday, August 23rd at 7:30 PM
  • Dallas Banjo Band / Friday, August 24th at 7:30 PM
  • Denison Dam: Taming the Raging Red / Thursday, August 30th at 7:30 PM
  • Diamond Bill and Texas Anthems with Ken Byler / Friday, August 31st at 7:30 PM
  • Dust Bowl: American Stories at Allen Folk Festival / Saturday, September 5th at 7:30 PM
  • Princess Maria Anna of Austria and Suzanne Pierson / Thursday, September 13th at 7:30 PM
  • Making of the Legendary American Film, “Giant” / Thursday, September 20th at 7:30 PM
  • Black Gospel: Robert F. Darden & The New Jerusalem Baptist Choir / Sunday, September 23rd at 3:00 PM
  • The Polio Years in Texas: Battling a Terrifying Unknown / Thursday, September 27th at 7:30 PM
  • Orchestra of New Spain and the Convivencia / Friday, September 28th at 7:30 PM
  • America’s First Female Astronaut Wally Funk / Saturday, September 29th at 3:00 PM
  • ALLen Reads Program: Celebrating Differences / Thursday, October 4th at 6:00 PM
  • ALLen Reads Program: Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo and Concert / Sunday, October 7th at 2:00 PM
  • ALLen Reads Program: Tea & Talk at Allen Senior Center / Wednesday, October 10th at 2:00 PM
  • ALLen Reads Author, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley / Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 PM
Learn more about Bach to Books!

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.

Located in the lobby of the library the sale offers used books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and Audio Books.  What better way to stock the bookshelf for the whole family!  Take some time to look through and find a good book or two.  Encourage your kids to read by having them pick out books they are interested in, all at bargain prices!

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.