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Every Book Has Its Reader

Allen Public Library Has Something for Everyone this Summer

“A welcoming place to inspire the mind.”

Allen Public Library’s vision statement says it all. If you have kids, you know that a visit to APL is often a necessary must each week, whether for a study session in a private room or to chill out with a goodie from Food for Thought Cafe. For adults, APL is a haven too. A book club or a community event are only a few of the myriad offerings of this powerhouse library.

Jeff Timbs, Director of the Allen Public Library, has been serving the public for 27 years now. He joined APL in 2008 and has seen the library change locations five times! He has also witnessed its tremendous growth. “Just for this summer, we have 115 programs offered, ranging from story times to a blues band. Everything is free.” In 2016, Allen voters approved the sale of 16 million dollars of General Obligation Bonds to fund the expansion and renovation of the existing library. Construction is slated to begin this fall and go on for approximately two years. Timbs notes, “With the extra space for programming, we can serve better than we already do."

Check out a few of the events occurring in July...

APL Book Club

Join the APL book club to connect with other readers, discuss recent reads and enjoy new books together @ the Shared Shelf Book Club.

This will be held on July 18 @ 7 p.m. and July 19 @ 12 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Program Room. July’s theme will be “Free Choice,” so come talk about the book that you love the most! For questions or to register, contact Kristen Amen at (214) 509-4905.

Arts @ APL: Paint Pouring

Don’t know what to do with all that latent talent? Summer is a great time to explore your artistic side (even if you don’t think you have one!). Come and let your creativity flow and create a unique abstract masterpiece using the art of acrylic pour painting. It’s fun and free!

This event is for those in grades 7-12.  Friday, July 21 @ 3 p.m. Free ticket required. 

LED Show

Juggling and awe-inspiring moves with LED lights will amaze the audience in this popular show by David Slick. Limited to 287 at each show. Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the program begins at the Children's Desk.

This event is recommended for ages 5+. Wednesday, July 26 @ 2 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Allen Library Endowment Fund

ALEF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charter of the Friends of the Library to promote and expand the programs and projects of the Allen Public Library. The Fund is committed to nurturing the Library of Tomorrow — providing a secure future for one of Allen’s most important institutions. ALEF is also committed to nurturing the Library of Today and its mission is to enhance existing projects and programs, as well as to make new ones possible.

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