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.


Cyber Crime and Identity Theft
Photo by Aron Seeley

Cyber Crime and Identity Theft

Tuesday, March 20th at 7:00 PM

Cyber crime and identity theft confront everyone. Learn more about these issues from Leonid Shkolnikov, Investigator for the Allen Police Department and Eric Matthews, City of Allen IT Department Director in a free program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the library’s second-floor program room.

The audience will learn the origins of threats, how to recognize scam email and phone calls and how to guard against, and recover from, malware infections on PCs and mobile devices. Strategies for creating and managing passwords will also be discussed.

We were the war

We Were the War

Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM

Most news about war revolves around military and civilian leaders who make the major decisions. Movies and television shows focus on the actions of the men who put their lives on the line and these are often fictionalized for dramatic effect. See the war through the eyes of eight men who actually served in the Viet Nam War at 7 p.m., on Thursday, March 22, as the Allen Public Library.

Four of the speakers crawled through snake infested swamps, rice paddies and the mountains of Southeast Asia. Two others served in logistics, one folded parachutes and one was a combat photographer/reporter. While these men confronted harrowing events and were surrounded by death, the home country was indifferent at best, disrespectful at worst.

Come listen to recollections about discovering an underground enemy hospital; an ammo dump that blew apart; or how an ammo depot was saved through gallant effort. Learn about Ranger ambushes, assaults on the enemy in mountainous terrain and how supply convoys brought provisions to the troops over heavily-mined roads. Humanitarian missions, the challenges of distinguishing friend from foe and the tensions heightened by prevalent drug and alcohol addictions will also be recalled.

Route 66

Route 66

Thursday, April, 12th at 7:30 PM

For some people, U.S. Highway 66 evokes nostalgic memories of vacations to Disneyland, Grand Canyon or Yosemite.  For others, it was films such as The Grapes of Wrath and the television series Route 66 that elevated this highway to iconic status.

Traveling the entire length of Route 66 from Chicago through the Ozarks and the Southwest to Los Angeles, Susan Croce Kelly then weaved a story of a highway that played a pivotal role in the social changes of the early twentieth century. Hear the fascinating story of Route 66 from Susan, author of Route 66, the Highway & its People.

From the dirt-and-gravel days until the time it was officially removed from the U.S. Highway system in 1985, sociological and architectural changes rapidly altered the experience of driving Route 66.  Restaurants, motels, gas stations, and souvenir shops sprang up.  In her book, Susan shares the reminiscences of people who witnessed these developments, including those who drove the highway, cooked the hamburgers, created the pottery, and pumped the gas.

the butterflies are coming

The Butterflies are Coming

Saturday, April 14th at 2:00 PM

Do you like vegetables and fruits?  Learn more about attracting butterflies to your house and their critical role to the food web and ecosystems at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Allen Public Library.  Melanie Schuhart will share how colorful butterflies can adorn your yard as they meander through native plants.

A Master Naturalist and Master Etymologist, Melanie Schuchart is passionate about sharing her love of butterflies and all insects.  Melanie declares, “As the Blackland Prairie is disappearing in Collin County, I want everyone to know that by planting native plants in their yard, they help provide food for many of our local butterflies.”

Mexican Army in Texas

Mexican Army in Texas

Thursday, April 19th at 7:30 PM

Most Texans consider Mexican General Santa Anna’s surrender to Sam Houston at San Jacinto the final episode of the Texas Revolution, but the weather also played a pivotal role.  General Vicente Filisola was leading a contingent of 2,500 Mexican soldiers and 1,500 female camp followers to San Jacinto but they foundered in the soft alluvial soils of what is now Wharton County, Texas.

Learn how American history could have been vastly different if they had arrived at their planned destination from archeologist, historian and author, Dr. Gregg Dimmick at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Allen Public Library.

Latin Jazz

Latin Jazz with Russ Hewitt

Latin sounds will fill the air when the Russ Hewitt Band performs at the Allen Public Library at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Allen Public Library.  An award-winning guitarist, Russ Hewitt’s recordings Bajo el sol, Alma Vieja and Cielo Nocturno resulted in five Top 40 Smooth Jazz singles.  Combining lightning guitar runs with unique Flamenco, Brazilian and Rumba rhythms will guarantee an electrifying concert.

Flamenco dancer Julia Alcatana will also grace the stage with spectacular selections.  Julia is founder of the Oak Cliff Flamenco Festival.