Bach to Books

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.



Black High School Football in Texas

Listen to Michael Hurd, the author of Thursday Night Lights, The Story of Black High School Football in Texas,” at a live virtual event, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13 at   Former Dallas Morning News columnist James Ragland will  moderate the program.  James is a 32-year veteran of The Dallas Morning News and The Washington Post.   

Thursday Night Lights was named one of the 30 best Texas books for the 2010-2019 decade by the Texas Observer, and one of the 30 most essential books about Texas by the Houston Chronicle.

Thursday Night Lights tells the inspiring, largely unknown story of African American high school football in Texas from 1920-1970. The segregated high schools in the Prairie View Interscholastic League (the African American counterpart of the University Interscholastic League) included future NFL greats such as “Mean” Joe Green (Temple Dunbar), Otis Taylor and Bubba Smith Pollard.

Michael is also the author of   Black College Football, 1892-1992,” the only book that comprehensively documents the legacies of football programs at historically Black colleges, and he currently serves on the selection committee for the Black College Football Hall of Fame.  He is also a board member for the Writers’ League of Texas, a trustee with the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.


Sustainable Greenhouse Products

Learn about providing sustainable greenhouse products throughout North Texas with Jeff Bednar at 7:30 p, m, Thursday, June 3 at a live virtual event at   Submit questions until 8:30 p.m. that evening through   The Allen Public Library and Allen Garden Club are sponsoring this free program.

Jeff Bednar is the founder of the Profound family of businesses. In 2018, Profound Foods received a USDA grant to create a local “food hub.” A food hub is a business that assists small farmers by offering a combination of production, distribution, and marketing services. Initially, the hub’s online store was only open to professional Chefs.  Profound grew rapidly, and by the end of 2019, over 130 restaurants are participating!  In response to the pandemic, weekly home delivery and pickup outpost options are available for residential consumers.

Jeff brings a unique business perspective to the world of food and farming.  Known for his innovative, out-of-box ideas, Jeff is genuinely interested in improving the quality of life for everyone. He generously shares time with chefs and farmers to bridge supply chain gaps and solve problems in a manner that all parties excel.

John Layne

Listen to Allen author John Layne discuss his two books Gunslingers: A Story of the Old West and Red River Reunion at 7:30 p. m. Thursday, June 10 at a free live virtual event at   Submit questions until 8:30 p.m. that evening through

Gunslingers: A Story of the Old West is John Layne’s inaugural novel set in the Old West packed with family drama, action, and adventure.  MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW declares, “A classic western novel by an author with full mastery of the genre, John Layne’s deftly crafted novel, “Gunslingers: A Story of the Old West” is an inherently compelling read from beginning to end. While unreservedly recommended for community library Western Fiction collections.”

In John Layne’s second novel, Red River Reunion, USA Today Bestselling author Michael Hopf observed, “is brimming with period detail and authenticity. His historical knowledge, coupled with his law enforcement background, makes this book an enjoyable read for anyone interested in the Old West.”

A veteran of law enforcement whose career began with the Houston Texas Police Department in 1981, John retired in 2012 but never left the profession. He is currently a Senior Detective for a state-wide law enforcement agency in North Texas.  ​His writing career began in the sports industry as a freelance writer and sports editor for national magazines and online publications.

Author of The River Always Wins and I Am A Teacher

Former Allen resident David Marquis will discuss his books The River Always Wins and I Am a Teacher: A Tribute to America’s Teachers at a free live virtual event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, at   Submit questions until 8:30 p.m. that evening through

David began his teaching career at Bowman Middle School in Plano, and one of his students, Brian McCall, eventually became Chancellor of the Texas State University System. David penned a play based upon his book I Am a Teacher, which toured the country from 1981 to 1989.  David performed at the Kennedy Center, in 40 of the 50 states, and in venues from schools to theaters, corporate boardrooms to college campuses, and even in a Congressional hearing room.

Published last year, The River Always Wins: Water as a Metaphor for Hope and Progress is David’s latest publication. Noting Texans familiarity with droughts and appreciation of flowing water, he explains, “I think that’s one of the reasons I have such a deep relationship with water. I come from a place where there was very little water.”  His book also serves as metaphor for opportunities rivers offer for emotional and spiritual change.

David has garnered a distinguished reputation for his valiant efforts in promoting arts, education, the environment, and human rights.  He is the founder of the 118-acre Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, whose members’ efforts saved a virgin forest from being bulldozed.  In 1984, he served as an election observer in El Salvador and a year later traveled to South Africa during the anti-apartheid movement. He has also been a longtime consultant on water issues, such as how to restore the Colorado River and improve water quality in the Trinity River. An Austin College graduate, David resides in Dallas.

Waldine Tauch, Texas First Sculptress

In 1935, the Texas Centennial Commission commissioned Waldine Tauch to create The First Shot Fired For Texas Independence, a life-sized bronze bas-relief set in granite. It sits seven miles southwest of Gonzales, near the site of the battle of Gonzales.

Learn more about this sculptor who rose to distinction for creating public monuments to heroes from Dr. Richard McCaslin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June  24 at a free live virtual event at   The audience may submit questions until 8:30 p.m. that evening through

Dr. McCaslin is a professor of history at the University of North Texas and is contributing a chapter entitled “Waldine Tauch, the First Sculptress” to Making the Unknown Known: Women in Early Texas Art, edited by Light and Victoria Cummins.

Born in Schulenberg, Texas, and later a longtime resident of San Antonio, Waldine was under the tutelage of Pompeo Coppini and embraced the neo-classical style.  When asked why she defied the trendy modernistic, surrealistic, and deco styles, Tauch declared, “When one attains the ranks of the monumental sculptor, you feel a certain grandeur has come into your life, into your possession of creation.”