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.

Allen Community Band

Veterans’ Day Concert

Sunday, November 11th at 3:00 PM

Celebrate the centennial of the armistice that ended World I at Allen Public Library. The concert will begin with the National Anthem, led by Chris Xeros, Korean War veteran and founding conductor of the Richardson Symphony and Allen Philharmonic. The band will perform music made popular during and after World War I, as well as contemporary selections celebrating our Armed Forces.

Arranged by Darren Jenkins, “Echoes From the Battlefield” commemorates World War I with four songs that were popular and widely performed during that historic era. Opening with “Over There,” followed by “It’s a Long Way from Tipperary,” “Keep the Home Fires Burning” and closing with “Pack Up Your Troubles in an Old Kit Bag.”

The band will pay tribute to the early works of George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin. James Barnes’ arrangement, “Star Spangled Salute,” is based on several Cohan songs from that time. Included are “Yankee Doodle Boy,” “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag. “

Members of the audience are invited to stand as the musical theme of their respective branch of service is played and the flag is presented on stage. This free concert is also sponsored by the VFW 2195, Allen Community Band, and Bernardo de Galvez DAR chapter.

Marie Tippit: Widow of Officer Killed by Lee Harvey Oswald

Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 PM

Marie Tippit demonstrated courage and fortitude during one of the saddest periods in American history.

Shortly after 1:00 p.m., November 22, 1963, on a quiet residential street in Oak Cliff, Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit observed 24-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald walking down the sidewalk.  People could often be seen walking to work or to a store during a time when car ownership was not ubiquitous, but certain behaviors merited this experienced officer’s attention.  He stopped to investigate and was shot four times.  A passerby, Domingo Benavides, notified police using Officer Tippit’s own police radio of the tragic circumstances.

In a matter of moments, Marie became a widow with three small children.

While the nation watched the funeral of its beloved President John Kennedy, another funeral occurred one hour later for the fallen officer J.D. Tippit at the Beckley Hills Baptist Church in Oak Cliff.

Sherlock Holmes Symposium

Saturday, November 17th at 2:00 PM

Footprints, intuitive powers of observation and advanced forensics help solve the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes. An enduring subject of film, stage, radio, comic books, animations and television, Sherlock Holmes mysteries are popular internationally. Created in the mind of doctor-turned-author Conan Doyle, his methodologies encouraged a change in the way police work was conducted and remains in practice today. From Orson Welles in radio to Basil Rathbone and Robert Downey Jr, in film, numerous adaptations of Sherlock Holmes mysteries have been produced.

Tea with the Roosevelts

Sunday, November 18th at 3:00 PM

President Franklin Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt guided this nation during two of the most tumultuous periods of American history-the Great Depression and World War II.  After President Roosevelt died in 1945, Mrs. Roosevelt continued to support her husband’s efforts in establishing the United Nations.

While enjoying tea, you can hear Elliot Roosevelt Jr. and Liz Roosevelt Kelley recount stories of their esteemed grandparents and great-grandparents at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 18 at the Allen Public Library.   Mr. Roosevelt will share recollections of FDR and the woman he called “Grandmere.”    Having read every column and book penned by Eleanor Roosevelt, Liz Roosevelt Kelly will present stunning photos of Eleanor’s life and offer special insights and observations for the woman President Truman declared the “First Lady of the World.”

Juror #10: Texas vs. Rubinstein alias Jack Ruby

Monday, November 19th at 7:30 PM

Waymon Rose of Allen was Juror Number 10 during the infamous 1964 trial of Texas vs. Rubinstein alias Jack Ruby. He will share his experiences of this infamous trial at 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 19, at the Allen Public Library.

Jack Ruby fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald two days after President Kennedy was assassinated.  In one of the most highly publicized trials of the twentieth century, Ruby was found guilty of murdering Oswald, but the Texas Court of Appeals reversed the decision.  Ruby died of lung cancer while awaiting retrial.

At his wife’s suggestion, Mr. Rose maintained a journal of his experiences in a 25-cent spiral notebook, detailing the living conditions and limited activities of himself and his fellow jurors as well as his insights and observations of Jack Ruby, his attorneys, the prosecutors and the trial.   That notebook is now with the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.


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.