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 performances.



The Rise of Hitler 1918-1933

Thursday, July 20th 7:30 PM

In the early 1930s, the mood in Germany was grim.

The worldwide economic depression devastated the German social fabric by creating huge despair and hopelessness. A humiliating defeat fifteen years earlier during World War I shattered their confidence in the weak Weimar Republic government.  Conditions were ripe for the rise of a new leader, Adolf Hitler, and his party, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.

Dr. Suzanna Ozsvath will discuss the rise of Hitler at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at the Allen Public Library.  A highly-recognized scholar, Dr. Ozsvath is a professor of literature and the history of ideas as well as the chair of Holocaust studies at University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).  Founder and director of UTD’s Holocaust Studies Program, she has published articles, addressing aesthetic and ethical issues in French, German, and Hungarian literature as well as the relationship between art and totalitarian ideology. Since the 1980’s, she has undertaken several translation projects and worked on various branches of Holocaust studies.

Quantrill raiders in Texas

Quantrill Raiders in Texas and Allen

Thursday, August 17th 7:30 PM

Sherman attorney Roger Sanders discusses the life and legacy of William Quantrill and his band of followers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 17, at the Allen Public Library.  Quantrill’s Raiders, which included the infamous Jesse and Frank James and McKinney’s own James “Woot” and Francis “Tuck” Hill who were cousins to the James brothers, camped out in North Texas during the Civil War. In 1864, Quantrill and his gang lynched Collin County Chief Justice J. M. McReynolds and Sheriff James L Read in Tyler, Texas.  Thus, the impact of Quantrill’s lawlessness was felt close to home.

Star Trek Matter Stream

Star Trek Matter Stream 

Saturday, August 19th 3:00 PM

When Scotty beams you up, where does your spirit go? What happens to Vulcans’ katras when they die? And what do these things say about Star Trek’s view of humanity?  Kevin C. Neece, author of The Gospel According to Star Trek series, discusses the depiction of the spirit, soul, and afterlife in Star Trek and asks whether human beings are more than the sum of our DNA at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 19, at the Allen Public Library.

Scam Detector Dave Lieber

Thursday, September 14th 7:30 PM

The Dallas Morning News’s Watchdog columnist Dave Lieber will discuss the array of scams foisted on consumers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 14, at the Allen Public Library. An unrelenting consumer advocate, Dave offers strategies for saving time, money and aggravation.  Exposing corruption and making positive changes, named his series one of the 10 best in the U.S. in 2014.

Founder of the consumer rights movement, Dave shows Americans how to protect themselves from thugs, thieves, scammers, and corporate crooks. He also provides a how-to guide that teaches tips, tools and strategies to confront businesses and scammers that take advantage of a consumer’s trustworthy nature

World War I Ace

World War I Ace

Thursday, September 21st 7:30 PM

America entered World War I in 1917. Now we honor the centennial of this significant decision, as well as the sacrifices and valor of soldiers and sailors that served in this horrific conflict.   Dr. Thomas Allen will discuss the life and legacy of one of this period’s most famous heroes, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at the Allen Public Library.


Capt. Rickenbacker shot down 26 German planes, the American record until World War II. Taking out several of Germany's formidable fighter aircraft, the Fokker D. VII, Capt.Rickenbacker secured his role as a famed World War One ace. Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross a record eight times, Captain Rickenbacker was also presented the Legion of Honor and the Croiz de Guerre by France.