Bach to Books

Bach to Books is the name for the Friends’-sponsored arts and humanities series offered at the library, free to the community. Artists, writers, and musicians appear at the library and share their talents.

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 Events

Here are our upcoming events. Also, check the Library Calendar or call (214) 509-4911 for more information about any Bach to Books performance.


Holidays with HarpEssence, From Classics to Modern

Friday, December 14th at 7:30 PM

Acclaimed harpist Linda Mudd along with special guest artists will present an intimate, warm and joyful celebration of a traditional Christmas music at the 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 14 at the Allen Public Library. Beautiful runs, soaring glissandos, and delicate fingering surround the audience with the gorgeous sounds of four concert grand harps.

HarpEssence is an ensemble that is comprised of four harpists who came together to celebrate their passion for the harp. The group performs all styles of music, often in intricate 4 part harmonies.  Performing for special events, weddings, churches, libraries and private events, HarpEssence educates the audience on the history of their selections and the instruments in between pieces. Band leader Linda Mudd is also part of The Selkie Girls, a Celtic band.

Joining Linda are Susan Koskelin, Joan McCord, and Grace Johnson. Joey Flowers will enchant the audience with the magic of the flute, a perfect complement to the majesty of the harps.
A play list includes “Skater’s Waltz,” “Greensleeves,” “Gesu Bambino,” Bach’s “Sleepers’ Awake” and much more. No Christmas concert is complete without “Jingle Bells,” but this version will be performed in a jazzy and festive style.

A Christmas Story Movie

A Christmas Story (1983)

Tuesday, December 18th at 7:30 PM

Watch the enduring holiday classic A Christmas Story (1983) at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday December 18 at the Allen Public Library. Starring Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, and Peter Billingsley, Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940’s.  Parents across America flinched as they listened to their kids beg Santa for a Red Ryder BB gun.  Find out if Ralphie’s request is satisfied.   Made famous during the Red Ryder film series, this BB gun is still being manufactured.