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.

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Allen Community Band

Allen Community Band Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 15th at 3:00 PM

It’s time for the 2019 Allen Community Band Christmas Concert!

Early arrivals will enjoy one of the woodwind ensembles performing holiday selections in the Foyer.

The ACB Jazz Band kicks off the concert with jazz and swing arrangements of holiday music. Comprised of members of the parent organization, the Allen Community Jazz Band brings a unique perspective to many of the traditional holiday songs, including Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and an enjoyable selection entitled Trombones Under the Tree.

Arranged by Mark Woodward, the Saxophone Section will perform How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Under the leadership of Craig Logan, the Allen Community Band will perform medleys of popular Christmas songs that begin with A Christmas Fanfare, followed by Strike Up The Band!  With its quick, upbeat tempo, it is one of George and Ira Gershwin’s most famous pieces.

More classical selections include Alfred Reed’s arrangement of Greensleeves, which dates from circa 1360, and is better known today as What Child Is This?

The Liberty Bell by John Phillip Sousa brings the ensemble back to the traditional Band idiom.
This is one of Sousa’s most famous and recognizable marches.

The concert will conclude with Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride.

The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15, at the Allen Public Library Auditorium. Free! Sponsored by the Allen Public Library and the Allen Community Band, the concert is free.  The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Call 214-509-4911 for additional information,

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Vintage Christmas

Vintage Christmas with Rose Mary Rumbley

Thursday, December 19th at 7:30 PM

Listen to Dallas icon and Texas legend Rose Mary Rumbley discuss a vintage Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Allen Public Library.

In addition to author and speaker, you will find stage and screen acting credits on her resume.  At the Dallas Music Hall, she played opposite such famous actors as John Davidson and Ginger Rogers. and then to the big screen where she appeared as Aunt Billie in “Paper Moon” with Ryan and Tatum O’Neal. Also, she appeared with Roy Rogers during his last film, Mackintosh and T.J.

Her second book, “The Unauthorized History of Dallas,” was published in 1991.  On her next book, “Dallas, Too,” the dust jacket reads, “Stories I’m telling again because I want to hear them myself.”

At a recent program at the Highland Park Methodist Church, Rose Mary reviewed Susan Orlean’s bestseller, The Library Book and received a standing ovation.

Sponsored by Allen Public Library, the program is free.  The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Call 214-509-4911.

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Celtic Trio Christmas

Celtic Christmas

Friday, December 20th at 7:30 PM

By Tom Keener

Brighten your Celtic holidays with Sarah, Pamela and Randy Copus, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 20, at the Allen Public Library.   Joining this family trio are Matthew Cook and Nathan Kennedy on guitar and fiddle, respectively.

Bagpiper Jimmy Mitchell opens this free program with a lively processional. Irish dancers Kendall Thomas and Colin Troy take the stage with rocket-speed leg and foot movements.

Sarah Copus is an award-winning and Billboard charting singer/songwriter. She has had some extraordinary success: two albums hit the Billboard charts that feature her as lead singer, radio airplay across hundreds of stations worldwide, and she won two Best Vocal Album awards from the Zone Music Reporter Awards Show in 2015 and 2019.   Sarah’s 2017 album “Moorland Winds” was accepted into the first-round voting for the 60th GRAMMY Awards. She has performed with Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder and with Irish musical sensations, Téada as an opening act for their Irish Christmas in America tour.  She has been featured as a soloist at concerts of major touring artists like Celtic Woman and The Irish Tenors.

Randy Copus sings and plays piano, electric cello, guitar, bass, and keyboards. Pamela Copus sings and plays flutes, harp, keyboards, and a wind instrument called a WX5.

The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.

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Popcorn with the Police and Toy Story 4

Popcorn with the Police

Saturday, December 21st at 4:00 PM

Watch the delightful film Toy Story 4 at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Allen Public Library. Arrive early and meet Allen Police Officer as they distribute popcorn and greet guests.

Directed by Josh Cooley, voices include Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts. When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.

Sponsored by the Allen Police Department, this is a free event. The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.   Call 214-509-4911.