Click any image above to learn more about these programs. The Friends of the Allen Public Library is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, dedicated to supporting the Allen Public Library by providing funds and programs that would not otherwise be possible.

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Please note our 2020/2021 author visit is currently in limbo due to changes with Covid. Please follow our Facebook page and newsletter for updates. We will be hosting a concert on October 3, 2021 with music inspired by That Book Woman by Heather Henson


Join us for a free family-friendly concert of music pulled from the setting of That Book Woman by Heather Henson, one of the books in this year’s ALLen Reads program at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 3 at a live event that will also be streamed virtually at

You can count on rip roar-in’ fiddle tunes that will have you dancing in the aisle and beautiful folk songs that will stay with you for days!

We’re proud to feature two incredible guest artists.  Fiddler Katrina Glaze will be playing selections from Mark O’Connor’s virtuosic “Strings and Threads.” Soprano Julie Strauser will bring the Appalachian hills to life with stunningly set folk tunes from the region.

The program will be rounded out with other fun fiddle tunes, including the Hoedown from Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo” and Ashokan Farewell, famous from Ken Burns’ “Civil War” mini-series.

This program is a collaboration between the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, Allen Public Library and the ALLen Reads program of the Friends of the Allen Public Library.

Our one book program is under the leadership of the Friends of the Allen Public Library. It is unique in one-book programs in that related books are chosen as “companions” to the main book to promote families and all generations reading and talking together.

The ALLen READS book for 2020/2021 is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richards. Companion books are Down Shin Cut Creek by Kathi Apelt and That Book Woman by Heather Henson

Learn more about ALLen Reads!


 Bach to Books

Bach to Books is a free arts program for the community, sponsored by The Friends of the Allen Public Library.

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 Programs include:

  • Allen Phliharmonic with fiddler Katrina Glaze and soprano Julie Strauser, Sunday, October 3, 3:00 p.m.
  • Quin Mathews, journalist and filmmaker, Thursday, October 14, 7:30 p.m.
  • Art with Friends, Zentangle, Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m., tickets available at 6:30 p.m., limited to 25 participants
  • Dave Lieber, DMN columnist and author, Thursday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dr. James Blackshear, author, Thursday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.
  • Amber Fletcher, head of marketing for Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Thursday, November 4, 7:30p.m.
  • Robert Groden, author, Thursday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.
  • Learn more about Bach to Books!

Art with Friends is a new initiative of the Friends of the Allen Public Library. Each program will feature a professional teachers demonstrating an artistic skill and encouraging hands on participation from attendees. All materials will be supplied and as with all programs, there will be no cost to attend. Please watch our newsletter for all for the exciting details.


Ongoing Book Sale

Friends Book Sale

The Ongoing Book Sale is OPEN and donations are being accepted.

One of the main sources of funding for Friends of the Allen Public Library is our Ongoing Book Sale.  Your donations will go a long way in bringing various entertaining and educational programs for all ages.

Friends accepts donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, craft magazines and current dates on magazines with current events.  Your tax-deductible donations can be dropped off at the circulation desk any time or at the dock on the southeast side of the building Mon-Fri 10 AM – 4 PM – ask for a tax receipt.

Want to get involved? Do you want to meet authors? Plan concerts, food demonstrations, and guest speakers? Review books? Write grants? Connect with the community?
All this and more happens when you join the Friends of the Allen Public Library. Send an email to if you are interested in volunteering. We offer special projects, committees, opportunities to meet authors/illustrators/musicians, and much more! We hope to hear from you— we have a lot of fun planning the events, and the more, the merrier! If you would specifically like to be part of ALLen Reads for 2021, contact Kathy Litinas at
 We’d love to have you on the team.
Friends of the Allen Public Library meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 PM, Allen Public Library Board Room. ALLen Reads meets the second Monday of each month at 7 PM in the Allen Public Library Board Room. Meetings have been suspended until further notice.

The Friends of the Allen Public Library is a member organization in the Allen Arts Alliance.