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 will be holding their annual meeting at 7:15 PM on April 13th, immediately preceding the Bobcat program. At this annual meeting, the Nominating Committee will present the following slate of officers:
Susan Jackson for President, Noma Nabi for Vice President, Laura Wingler for Secretary, and J.J. Grilliette for Treasurer

Please join us!

ALLen Reads 2017

allen reads celebrating 10 yearsALLen Reads is a one-book program 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacqueline Woodson, authorThis year’s selection as the Main Book for grade 5 through adult is brown girl dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson.

In vivid poems, Woodson shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow laws and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world and joyfully finds her voice through writing stories, even as she struggled to read as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

 

The CEB Lewis, Illustratorompanion Books are also written by Woodson, and are illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Each Kindness is our selection for grades 3 – 4, while The Other Side was chosen for grades K – 2.

Each Kindness

Chloe and her friends won’t play with the new girl, Maya. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her. Eventually, Maya stops coming to school. When Chloe’s teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship and thinks about how much better it could have been if she’d shown a little kindness toward Maya.

The Other Side

Clover’s mom says it isn’t safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. However, the two girls strike up a friendship and get around the grown-ups’ rules by sitting on top of the fence together.  Parents will recognize the symbolism of the fence between the yards.  Children will love the story of how a new friendship is built and the beauty of the watercolor illustrations.


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 allentxfriends@gmail.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 Jane Bennett, jane@jrbennett.net. 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.

 

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:

  • Tell Your Story – An ALLen Reads program / Thursday, March 16th – 7:30 PM                                   ·
  • Celtic Night / Friday, March 17th – 7:30 PM
  • The Red River Bridge War: A Texas – Oklahoma Battle / Thursday, March 23rd – 7:30 PM
  • Stary Olsa Belarus Band / Friday, March 24th – 7:30 PM
  • Freedmen’s Bureau and Post Civil War Texas / Thursday, April 6th – 7:30PM
  • Bobcats in your Yard? / Thursday, April 13th – 7:30 PM
  • Javier Gutierrez and Mosaic – Latin Music at its Best / Saturday, April 15th – 7:30 PM
  • The Life and Times of Julia Child / Thursday, April 20th – 7:00 PM
  • The Real Downton Abbey: Inside Highclere Castle / Thursday, May 11th -7:30 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.