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.

Bobcats in your yard?

Thursday, April 13th 7:30 PM

Have you suspected a bobcat was in your neighborhood or even seen one walking down your street?  Learn about the behaviors of coyotes, bobcats and other animals that live in urban environments from Bonnie Bradshaw at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at the Allen Public Library.  

North Texas’s very own coyote whisperer, Bonnie wants us to know how to be safe and avoid wildlife conflicts.   Learn about tips to keep you and your pets safe.

-bobcat photo by Nick Hetzel

Latin Jazz

Javier Gutierrez and Mosaic — Latin Music at Its Best

Saturday, April 15th 7:30 PM

Enjoy the exotic sounds of Javier Gutierrez and his Latin jazz band Mosaic at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Allen Public Library.  Javier has been entertaining the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over fifteen years. The ensemble performs Latin jazz standards with an infusion of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms and styles.

Sponsored by the ET Boon family in loving memory of Gayle Boon, the concert is free.

julia child

The Life and Times of Julia Child

Thursday, April 20th 7:00 PM

Award-winning food writer Sharon Hudgins presents the life and times of Julia Child, who, at nearly 60 years of age, gained fame as “America’s French Chef.” Sharon also shares personal recollections of her encounters with this legendary chef, whom she met in Paris during a 1984 interview for “The Stars and Stripes.”

Highclere Castle

The Real Downton Abbey: Inside Highclere Castle

Thursday, May 11th 7:30 PM

Downton Abbey devotees and Anglophiles take heed!  At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 at the Allen Public Library, Dr. Jann Mackey will share some of the secrets and mysteries of Highclere Castle, better known as “Downton Abbey,” on the popular PBS Masterpiece series.

Dr. Mackey’s lecture “The Real Downton Abbey: Inside Highclere Castle” focuses on the art, architecture, and history of Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England.  Dr. Mackey will share the history and stories of the Carnarvon family, which has owned the estate for centuries, including, George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who sponsored Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tut’s tomb in Egypt in 1922.  Dr. Mackey will also explain how the fictional plot of “Downton Abbey” has unexpected echoes of the real history of the castle and the Carnarvon family.



Friday, May 12th 7:30 PM

Travel back in time and celebrate the sound that forever changed rock-and-roll. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, Beatlemania64 takes the stage at the Allen Public Library.

A live multi-media musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band, Beatlemania64 covers hits from the vast anthology of Beatles classics, such as “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be,” and “Come Together.”   The band covers a pre-“Sgt. Pepper” period of their career, spanning the group’s famous 1964 debut appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” to their last live American concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966.

iwo jima

Allen Community Band and Iwo Jima Survivor, Clyde Jackson

Friday, May 26th 7:30 PM

Join Allen Community Band (ACB), VFW 2195 and Allen Public Library in paying tribute to America’s fallen soldiers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 26, at the Allen Public Library Civic Auditorium.  During this program, Iwo Jima survivor Clyde Jackson will share his memories as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.  A member of “F” Company 2nd Battalion 28th Regiment in the 5th Marine Division, he was standing a few feet away from photographer Joe Rosenthal when he captured the iconic flag raising on Iwo Jima.