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 performances.

World War I Ace

World War I Ace

Thursday, September 21st 7:30 PM

America entered World War I in 1917. Now we honor the centennial of this significant decision, as well as the sacrifices and valor of soldiers and sailors that served in this horrific conflict.   Dr. Thomas Allen will discuss the life and legacy of one of this period’s most famous heroes, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at the Allen Public Library.

Capt. Rickenbacker shot down 26 German planes, the American record until World War II. Taking out several of Germany's formidable fighter aircraft, the Fokker D. VII, Capt.Rickenbacker secured his role as a famed World War One ace. Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross a record eight times, Captain Rickenbacker was also presented the Legion of Honor and the Croiz de Guerre by France.

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Texas Blues Legends Honor Freddie King

Friday, September 22nd 7:30 PM

Texas cannonball Freddie King electrified the world with his music.  Eric Clapton, Leon Russell and a host of other Texas bluesmen cited Freddie’s music as influences on their careers.

Listen to a reunion of members of the legendary Freddie King band and the Wanda King Blues Revue Band perform a rousing evening of blues music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 22, at the Allen Public Library.    The Texas Blues Revue Band includes Lewis Stephens, Andrew Jr. Boy Jones, Sugar Boy Myers, Alvin Hemphill and his daughter Wanda King whose pipes will undoubtedly shake the foundation of the auditorium.  Lewis Stephens, Sugar Boy and Andrew Jr. Boy toured with Freddie when he was performing with Clapton in Europe and in the states.  Alvin Hemphill will play his Hammond B3, which has no limits to its scope of ethereal sounds.  With Lewis Stephens who currently plays with Mike Zito and the Wheel on keyboard, they will take to library’s auditorium to unprecedented heights with their majestic sounds.

Alder and Hearn

Allen Folk Festival

Thursday, September 29th 7:30

Singers/songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne will perform a spirited blend of folk and jazz steeped in their Texas roots at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29, at the Allen Public Library’s annual Folk Festival.

Born in Oklahoma, Adler first blossomed as a gospel singer. One of the songs she wrote, “Sweet Adoration,” was recorded by Debby Boone. She also co-wrote the theme song to the PBS series Wishbone.

A Fort Worth native, Hearne spent his early musical years with country legend Roy Clark. He performed with Clark on the TV show Hee Haw as well as Las Vegas, the Tonight Show, and Carnegie Hall.

Pastor Gordon Illausky Deacon Ron Fejeran

The Reformation: A Journey Together

Thursday, October 12th 7:30 PM

By Tom Keener

Theologian and priest Martin Luther published his 95 Theses in October 1517, touching off what came to be known as The Reformation. This led to deep divisions within the church, followed by extreme social and political changes—often brutal— across Europe

Acknowledging the 500th anniversary of this event, Deacon Ron Fejeran of the Diocese of Dallas and Pastor Gordon Illausky of the Christ the Servant Lutheran Church will reflect on the past 500 years at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.  The speakers aim for a more harmonious future, with insights for healing and understanding being offered.

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Allen Public Library’s Golden Anniversary

Saturday, October 14th 2:00 PM

The Allen Public Library’s Golden Anniversary celebration will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.

This afternoon includes a documentary on the history of the library from its humble beginnings in the Woodmen of the World room at Main Street to its current 54,000 square foot building at 300 N. Allen Drive. Produced by the library’s Cultural Arts Office, over three dozen interviews of citizen volunteers, including members of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Theta chapter, sorority that founded the library, current and former staff members and patrons were conducted. Learn more about how their team effort nurtured the creation of the award-winning library that has had its programs featured in every major newspaper in the United States and have been mentioned in all major local television stations, and a host of print and electronic media.

A reception will follow the documentary.  Call 214-509-4911 for more information.

Levee Singers

The Levee Singers

Saturday, October 14th 7:30 PM

The Levee Singers are at it again!  As part of the Allen Public Library’s golden anniversary celebration, these legends of the 60s will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the Library auditorium. A long-time Dallas favorite, the Levee Singers just get better with age, and their popularity proves it. Headliners for years at the old Levee Club on Mockingbird Lane in Dallas, these guys are always fresh and fun.

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Roy Roger’s Daughter Rides Back into Allen

Friday, November 10th 7:30 PM

Cheryl Rogers, daughter of film, television and rodeo icons Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, returns to the Allen Public Library 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 10.  She will present The Trail of Robin Hood, a 1950 film starring Roy Rogers, Trigger, Penny Edwards, Jack Holt, Allan Lane and a host of famed B-western film stars, along with an uncredited appearance of Cheryl. The music soundtrack is performed by Roy Rogers and The Riders of the Purple Sage.

Filmed in California’s San Bernadino Mountains and Big Bear Lake, the Trucolor photography offers stunning scenery.  Cheryl reminisces, “I had a crush on Allan Lane’s horse Black Jack.”  Allan Lane was later the voice for the second most famous horse in television history—Mr. Ed.

Secret Service Agent J. Walter Coughlin

Secret Service Agent J. Walter Coughlin

Thursday, November 16th 7:30

J. Walter Coughlin, former Secret Service agent to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Vice President Humphrey, and other dignitaries, shares his memories of those harrowing times at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 16 at the Allen Public Library.  Coughlin was a U.S. Secret Service agent from 1961 to 1977.

Coughlin was a member of the advance team for Kennedy’s famous trip to Berlin.  It was here where the President delivered one of the more famous speeches in American history, declaring “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) to an enthusiastic crowd.  This was before the unification of Germany, when West Berlin was surrounded by communist East Germany. Protecting the President here was a daunting task.  Walter accompanied the President as the motorcade drove by the Berlin wall.