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.

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

FDR and LeHand

The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Partnership that Defined a Presidency

Thursday, November 7th at 7:30 PM

The “fine biography” and “compelling personal story” (The Wall Street Journal) of arguably the most influential member of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration, Marguerite “Missy” LeHand, FDR’s de facto chief of staff, who has been misrepresented, mischaracterized, and overlooked throughout history…until now.

Listen to Kathryn Smith who authored The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 7 at the Allen Public Library.

Widely considered the first—and only—female presidential chief of staff, Marguerite “Missy” LeHand was the right-hand woman to Franklin Delano Roosevelt—both personally and professionally—for more than twenty years. Although her official title as personal secretary was relatively humble, her power and influence were unparalleled. Everyone in the White House knew one truth: If you wanted access to Franklin, you had to get through Missy. She was one of his most trusted advisors, affording her a unique perspective on the president that no one else could claim, and she was deeply admired and respected by Eleanor Roosevelt.

With unprecedented access to Missy’s family and original source materials, journalist Kathryn Smith tells the “fascinating” (Publishers Weekly) and forgotten story of the intelligent, loyal, and clever woman who had a front-row seat to history in the making. The Gatekeeper is a thoughtful, revealing unsung-hero story about a woman ahead of her time, the true weight of her responsibility, and the tumultuous era in which she lived—and a long overdue tribute to one of the most important female figures in American history.

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

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Veterans Day

Monday, November 11th at 7:30 PM

World War II flight instructor Lt. Commander J. Waymon Rose and Sgt. Eugene Pugh will share their fascinating stories during World War II and Vietnam at 7:30 pm Monday, Nov. 11, at the Allen Public Library.  In addition, the Allen Community Band will perform a medley of patriotic songs for the event.  Listen to a creative version of the William Tell Overture that will be replete with celebratory acoustics.  All veterans are encouraged to participate.

During the program, veterans will be invited to present the colors and stand when the theme song of their branch of service is played.

Lt. Commander Rose trained over 800 pilots during World War Two, many of whom became aces.  After the war, Mr. Rose served another 19 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

A Green Beret, Sgt. Pugh was assigned to MACVSOG the highly classified organization during the Vietnam war, also known as the widow making unit.  Sgt. Pugh is the author of  Surrender Not An Option, a novel based upon his dangerous reconnaissance missions into Laos, Cambodia and North Vietnam.  Hear the harrowing saga of his venture into North Vietnam to rescue POWs.

General Bernardo de Galvez Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will provide refreshments after the program.

Sponsored by Allen Public Library, VFW Armistice Memorial Post 2195, General Bernardo de Galvez Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and Allen Community Band, this program is free.

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

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Kilgallen and Belli

Dorothy Kilgallen, Jack Ruby, and the Truth about the JFK Assassination

Thursday, November 14th at 7:30 PM

Speaking at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 14 at the Allen Public Library will be Mark Shaw, the author of 25+ books, four about the JFK and Oswald assassinations including the bestselling “The Reporter Who Knew Too Much” being produced as a motion picture, and its follow-up, “Denial of Justice.” Each chronicle not only his 12 years of research but most importantly, the life and times and mysterious death of What’s My Line? TV star and crack investigative reporter Dorothy Kilgallen and her 18-month investigation of the Dallas tragedies which included being the only reporter to interview Jack Ruby at his trial. Shaw will also speak about his controversial exposure of the most important JFK assassination documents in history, the Jack Ruby trial transcripts which prove without doubt a plot to kill the president and how these documents have been hidden from public view for five decades and counting.

More about Mr. Shaw may be learned at and about Ms. Kilgallen at To date, more than one million people have watched Shaw’s interviews and presentations about the assassinations on YouTube.

Mark Shaw is a former criminal defense attorney specializing in high profile murder cases, and the legal analyst for CNN, ABC, and ESPN for the Mike Tyson, O. J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant cases. His books include “Melvin Belli: King of the Courtroom” and “The Poison Patriarch,” each about the assassinations, as well as “Down for the Count,” “Miscarriage of Justice,” “Beneath the Mask of Holiness,” “Stations Along the Way” and the novel, “Courage in the Face of Evil.” He lives in the San Francisco area.

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

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When the men were gone (002)

When the Men Were Gone

Thursday, December 5th at 7:30 PM

In Texas, football is king during the fall.  When World War II broke out, high school sports suffered immensely because male coaches joined the armed forces, except in Brownwood, Texas, where a woman agreed to coach the team.

Listen to Marjorie Herrera Lewis discuss her inspiring book When The Men Were Gone at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5 at the Allen Public Library.

Tylene Wilson insisted that the young men be offered an opportunity to play during their senior season before confronting more serious conflicts in Europe and Asia.   Tylene is among the women in the nation to serve in such a role.  Female football coaches remain a rarity.

An award-winning sportswriter, Marjorie Herrera Lewis was a female Dallas Cowboys beat writer when she was with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She later joined the SportsDay staff of The Dallas Morning News where she continued to cover the NFL.

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

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Thursday, December 12th at 7:30 PM

Do you know why some people think that reindeer can fly?  Learn about the life and lore of these legendary animals, from ancient times to the present, at this illustrated lecture by Sharon Hudgins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12 at the Allen Public Library. Sharon will also tell stories about her own personal contacts with reindeer, from Scotland to Scandinavia, from Texas to Mongolia.

An award-winning cookbook author and a food writer with more than 900 articles published internationally Sharon interviewed Julia Child for The Stars and Stripes newspaper, where she was the food writer.   As a lecturer on historical, cultural, and culinary topics, Sharon has worked on numerous international tours for National Geographic Expeditions, Smithsonian Journeys and Viking Ocean Cruises.

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

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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.