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.

The Milams

Ben Milam, Freedom Fighter

Thursday, March 14th at 7:30 PM

Most Texans are familiar with the contributions by Davy Crocket, William Travis and Jim Bowie to the Texas independence movement, but Ben Milam’s role is less well known.  Join three collateral descendants of Ben Milam portray his life through music and drama at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at the Allen Public Library.

A soldier and trader from Kentucky, Ben Milam was fluent in Spanish and helped the Mexican army in their efforts to secure freedom from Spain.  He served as a leader of the Texas independence movement during the 1830s. In December 1835, when some leaders of the rebellious Texas forces wanted to delay a planned attack on a Mexican army camped at San Antonio until after the winter, Milam vehemently disagreed. He urged other members of the Texas volunteers to instead join him in a surprise attack: “Who will go with old Ben Milam into San Antonio?” The attack succeeded, but Ben Milam was killed by a sniper’s bullet.

Celtic Rock Band Cleghorn

Celtic Rock Band Cleghorn

Friday March 15th at 7:30 PM

Cleghorn blends original folk/rock songwriting with high energy Celtic fiddle and bagpipe tunes at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the Allen Public Library. This father-son team features Texas southern rock with Celtic melodies. Original songwriting and high energy shows are among the band’s most appreciated talents.

The performances of Cleghorn have enamored audiences at the North Texas Irish Festival, Austin Celtic Festival, State Fair of Texas, Texas Scottish Festival and more.  Dylan and John have been acclaimed as charismatic performers who even go as far as leaving the stage to play among the crowd during their concerts.

Alexander Hamilton Portrait by John Trumbull

Alexander Hamiton

Thursday, March 28th at 7:30 PM

Alexander Hamilton was a statesman and visionary whose life continues to shape America today. The Allen Public Library will feature a presentation by Dr. Edward Countryman discussing this founding father at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

Dr. Countryman will examine Hamilton’s role during the Revolutionary War and Founding period (1774-1804).  The Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard will be in colonial costume to present the flag

Hamilton rose from an orphaned, 15-year-old West Indies immigrant to George Washington’s war time aide, and at age 32, our nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury.  Hamilton championed four causes — ratification of the constitution, the abolition of slavery, and creation of both the New York Stock Exchange and National Bank.  Alexander Hamilton’s efforts led to his picture being on the ten-dollar bill. Today, many most remember him for the duel with Aaron Burr that led to his death.

douglas box and the original southfork ranch

Douglas Box and the Original Southfork Ranch

Thursday, April 18th at 7:30 PM

The original Southfork Ranch for the famed television show Dallas was on Preston Road in Frisco and owned by the Cloyce Box family.   Hear Douglas Box discuss his recollections of one of Texas’ most famous ranches and the rise and fall of his family dynasty.

The Box family was once a formidable player in the Texas business world, controlling a diverse portfolio of public and private companies, especially oil and gas, cement manufacturing, and real estate. Following Cloyce’s sudden death and a litigious four-year family ordeal, Douglas led the sale of the family’s oil and gas business.

Today, Douglas is a certified family business advisor, author, and public speaker.  He helps clients with succession planning, corporate governance, dispute resolution, and family meetings.  Texas Monthly’s Skip Hollandsworth notes, “There is nobody more prepared to write the saga of a great Texas family than Douglas Box.  His legendary father Cloyce is like someone out of central casting.  And what happened to Douglas and his three brothers is something out of a best-selling novel.  Get ready to shake your head in pure amazement.”

Women's Suffrage Movement

Women’s Suffrage Movement in Texas

Thursday, April 25th at 7:30 PM

The adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 represented a huge victory for American women by securing their inalienable right to vote.  Texas was the first state in the South to ratify this hard-fought-for change.

Learn more about the champions for Texas women’s suffrage, political strategies, anti-suffrage sentiments, efforts to amend the Texas Constitution, primary suffrage, and, finally, the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment with Melissa Prycer at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Allen Public Library.

Melissa Prycer is the president and executive director at Dallas Heritage Village.  She holds a master’s degree in public history from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.   Prior to joining Dallas Heritage Village, she worked as an intern at several museums in Dallas.

Randy Hopper and the Big Tex Boys

Randy Hopper and the Big Texas Boys

Friday, April 26th at 7:30 PM

Randy Hopper and the Big Texas Boys, an exciting country band that combines the best of blues and rock, performs 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Allen Public Library.

A native Texan, Randy began playing guitar and writing country music as a teenager in Blue Ridge, Texas.  Some of Randy’s original songs include “The Cowboy Way” and “I Love Country Life.”  Playing with his band throughout Texas for the past 40 years, he has also performed with Zane Williams, Kylie Rae Harris, and other well-known musicians.

Collin County Diversity Council

The Diversity of Mental Health

Saturday, April 27th at 2:00 PM

On Saturday, April 27, at 2 PM, the Collin County Diversity Council, in partnership with the Friends of the Allen Public Library, will present a forum on mental health in the Allen library’s Civic Auditorium.

There will be a panel of speakers on a variety of mental health concerns, including Dr. Laura Bradley, OB/GYN, speaking on mental health issues during and following pregnancy; Elise Thompson, Family and Child Psychologist; and Ruth Josenhans, director of PLAN Clubhouse (an acronym for People Living Active Now —  a place where people with mental illnesses such a schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or severe depression, can come to learn how to deal with their illnesses and succeed in their daily lives). Q&A will follow.

Before and after the panel, groups that support various kinds of special needs will be in the lobby of the auditorium to answer questions and share information.