Riders on the Orphan Train, a multi-media program that tells the story of the 250,000 orphans and unwanted children who were placed on trains in New York between 1854 and 1929 and sent all over the United States to be given away, many in Texas, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26 at the Allen Public Library.
Don't miss the Free Movies @ the Library for March, including the PBS documentary American Experience: The Orphan Trains on March 31.
Get the VIP treatment! Become a VIP Donor with a donation of $30 to ALLen Reads/Friends of the Library, and you will receive two passes to a reception with Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, on April 9 at 6 p.m. These passes also entitle you to early seating in the auditorium for her talk and front of the line positions for the book signing. Sign up using the button below.
March 1 - 3 - 4:30 p.m. - Reception with artist Sara Stahl. Sara, who was adopted from a Russian orphanage as an infant, tells her feelings about adoption and her new life through her art. Ongoing Art Exhibit in the library gallery though February and March.
March 26, 7:30 p.m. Riders on the Orphan Train This multimedia presentation tells the story of the 250,000 orphans and unwanted children who were put on trains in New York between 1854 and 1929 and sent all over the United States, many to North Texas, to be given away. Original music, archival photographs and interviews with surviving orphan train riders are part of this official outreach program of the National Orphan Train Complex. The presenters, novelist/humanities scholar Alison Moore and singer/songwriter Phil Lancaster, will take questions from the audience and invite relatives of orphan train riders to share their stories.
April 9 - 7:30 p.m. - Author talk and book signing with Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train.
April 10, 7:30 p.m. - Orphan Train, the Play Becoming an annual event, the method acting class from Lowery Freshman Center presents a play tied to the main book for the year, Orphan Train. Reception will follow.
April 12, 3:00 p.m. - ALLen Reads concludes with a Vivaldi Concert performed by the award-winning chamber orchestra groups from the Lowery Freshman Center and Allen High School. A reception will follow provided by Allen Symphony Orchestra.
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Bookcase Clean Out One of the main sources of funding for Friends of the Allen Public Library is our ongoing book sale.Lately, sales are dropping because we donít have enough books to sell!What a great way to encourage your kids to read ógo through your books, pick some out to bring to the library, and while youíre here, pick up a few to take home!
In this year of budget cuts everywhere, the library needs all the funds we can give them.So help out by bringing YOUR books.
Of course, itís tax-deductible!
Please bring us your popular paperbacks and childrenís books that you are no longer using. Drop them off at the circulation desk and ask for a tax receipt. more detail
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