Bach to Books

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 Big Shootout: 1969 Texas vs Arkansas

The Big Shoot Out chronicles the titanic 1969 game between Texas and Arkansas, among the most thrilling competitions in the history of college football.

Director Mike Looney will introduce the film 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 13, at this live event which will also be shared virtually at   Questions can be submitted until 8:30 p.m. that evening through

The aphorism “fact is stranger than fiction” is applicable in this case.  This game has the distinction of being the first college sporting event orchestrated for national television coverage.

 ABC Sports executive Roone Arledge told then ABC media director Beano Cook, “It’s the 100th year of college football, we’ve got to do something special. Why don’t you look over all the schedules … and figure out what game we can pluck out of the middle of the year and put it as the final game of the season.  And, Beano, by the way, why don’t you pick who’s gonna be ranked No. 1 and No. 2 and we’ll get [US President Richard] Nixon to come and crown the national champion.”

This proposal was implausible, especially since Ohio State was the defending champion and they had all their starters.  Beano said, “They’d lose to somebody. I don’t know who, but they will lose to somebody and, besides, even if they don’t if we put them at the end of the season whoever we pick to play them will have three or four losses. Texas and Arkansas have a chance to be undefeated and, worst case, they’ll be [ranked] No. 2 and No. 3.”  How prophetic!

This game garnered the attention of politicians such as Arkansas Governor Winthrop Rockefeller and President Richard Nixon.   After the game, the president visited both locker rooms so that a charge of favoritism could not be lodged.

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

Fentanyl Factor

A short documentary offering insights into

the national epidemic of fentanyl overdose

as part of the On Stage @ APL speaker series

Nationwide, overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 in 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This amounts to nearly 30% increase from the previous year.  “What’s really driving the surge in overdoses is this increasingly poisoned drug supply,” said Shannon Monnat, an associate professor of sociology at Syracuse University who researches geographic patterns in overdoses. “Nearly all of this increase is fentanyl contamination in some way.”

How has Texas been impacted by fentanyl? 

Texas A&M University Health Science Center reports between June 2019 and May 2020, Texas recorded a more than  50% increase in synthetic opioid deaths, primarily driven by  ‘illicitly manufactured fentanyl.’

Attend a live discussion with local experts and expand your knowledge how fentanyl poisoning has impacted North Texas. Learn what you can do to protect yourself and loved ones.  Our discussion starts at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 27 at the Allen Public Library and the program is free. Submit questions until 8:00 p.m. that evening through View the panel discussion virtually at 7:00 p.m. at

Join the live discussion with Lieutenant Darrin Whitman and Officer John Booth of Allen Police Department. Lt. Whitman is a Drug Recognition Expert instructor (DRE), which includes courses for law enforcement officers, teachers, counselors, school nurses, and school administrators.  Officer Booth serves a Student Resource Officer (SRO) at the Allen High School and is on the Allen ISD Threat Assessment team.

They will be joined by behavioral health specialists. After the discussion, we will be viewing the 18 min. documentary, Fentanyl Factor.  Unable to join us for the documentary screening?  See it online here

With appreciation to Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon County (HCSC), New Jersey for producing this film.  Thanks to Starlite Recovery Stonegate Center, AMP Resources Documentary Events® and Allen Police Department  for organizing this local event at Allen Public Library.  Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.

The Larry Braggs Band
A soulful R&B artist with a heart of gold, Larry Braggs boasts a resonate voice in tune
with love, understanding, and forgiveness. With a vocal range of over three octaves,
when Larry performs, he commands the stage. The Larry Braggs Band will take the
stage for a free concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 18, at the Allen Public Library.
For 14 years, Larry Braggs was the lead vocalist for the legendary soul band Tower of
Power. More recently he was the lead singer of one of the most renowned R&B groups
of all times, The Temptations. Touring almost two hundred days out of the year, Larry
has provided vocals for greats like David Sanborn, Bob James, and Marcus Miller, just
to name a few.
His voice can also be heard on projects with other known artists such as The Winans,
and the late George Duke.
Larry asserts, “Music can set moods, but words are powerful. They can change a life for
the better or worse. Better is always better.”
This free concert is sponsored by the Allen Public Library, located at 300 N. Allen Dr.
Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.